The pandemic made life hard for a lot of individuals and families. As a result of COVID-19 restrictions, many people found themselves out of work for a while. This new reality has made it increasingly hard for households to come up with the money for rent or utilities, leaving more people to rely on rental assistance from private or government entities.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of adults still not caught up on rent has remained above 10 million people, 1 in 7 adults, since the end of March 2021. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) states that 5.2 million households in the U.S. are using federal rental assistance. According to the organization, the median rent for an apartment has also increased by 13 percent from what it was in 2001.
It is important to continue to provide funding that makes sure people have the shelter they need. In 2018, half a million people had experienced homelessness for at least a single night. Rental assistance can help make sure this number does not continue to grow. Below, are 10 grants specifically for rental assistance that are available on GrantWatch and have deadlines coming up soon. GrantWatch also offers categories for housing grants and COVID-19 grants.
Time is Running Out for These Rental Assistance Grants
- Grants to Chicago households in eligible locations for rent support during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. Funding is to assist income-eligible individuals and families who have been negatively impacted by the pandemic and are struggling with rent payments.
- Financial assistance to California landlords and tenants within San Bernardino County for housing expenses during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. Funding is to help income-eligible residents with past-due rent and utility bills.
- Grants to U.S. first responders to mitigate expenses. Funding is to assist with housing payments, work-related medical or mental health expenses, and childcare or eldercare expenses, and to offset financial hardships incurred as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
- Rental assistance to New Jersey individuals in eligible regions who have been financially impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
- Grants to New York individuals and families in eligible locations for housing support during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. Eligible applicants are Town of Hempstead renters.
- Grants to Indiana individuals and families in eligible locations for rent and utility assistance during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
- Grants to Texas households in eligible locations for rent support during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. Eligible applicants reside in the City of Killeen.
- Financial assistance to U.S. tenants to cover rental and utility expenses during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Funding is for individuals and households that have experienced financial difficulties as a result of the health crisis.
- Grants to U.S. and Canada individuals and families with low-income for financial assistance. Types of assistance include financial support to offset emergency expenses or to cover the cost of regular monthly bills.
- Grants to Vermont individuals and families for financial assistance during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. Funding is intended to cover rent and utility expenses.