GotTrouble Financial Hardship Food and Shelter Resource Directory
HOMELESS SHELTER RESOURCE AND DIRECTORY, DAY AND TRANSITIONAL SHELTERS, LOW INCOME ASSISTED HOUSING, FOOD BANKS, FOOD STAMPS, LEGAL AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
GotTrouble provides fast-and-easy-access to statewide emergency homeless day and transitional shelters, food banks and pantries, low income assisted housing, food stamp information, low income legal and financial assistance and counseling services.
Major Causes of Homelessness
Financial hardship is a major cause of homelessness. But it does not happen in isolation. People become homeless as a result of some unforeseen legal, financial and/or physical hardship such as a unexpected death, sudden loss of employment, divorce, drug and alcohol addiction, a long and drawn out bankruptcy, home foreclosure or becoming physically disabled by a personal injury accident or serious illness. MORE >>
Types of Homeless Shelters
Day Shelters - No Income - Low Income
Day shelters provide the homeless with temporary short-term shelter. The typical day shelter provides meals, showers and laundry. Some day shelters now provide internet access. Admission is based on a first-come basis.The Day Shelter intake process usually includes a short interview and needs assessment. Check with your local shelter to obtain the details concerning their admission requirements, intake procedures and hours of operation. To locate a homeless shelter near you, select your state from the list above. MORE >>
Transitional Shelters - No Income - Low Income
Transitional shelters is a temporary resource that facilitates the transition of homeless people from the streets to a more stable and long-term housing situation. Transitional housing is considered temporary but the stay can vary from a few weeks to a year or longer, depending upon the financial needs and health of the applicant. Transitional housing usually includes services that help people get back on their feet by offering assistance with finding employment and available social benefits. To locate transitional shelters and short-term housing near you, select your state from the list above.
Low Income Public Assisted Housing (HUD)
Low income housing, also known as public housing, provides long-term solutions to expand affordable housing for low income families. Public housing is limited to low-income families and individuals. Public housing comes in a variety of forms, from single family homes to multi-level apartment buildings. As of June 2012, there are over 1.5 million people living in public housing units, managed and paid for by both federal, state and local government grants and public and private social assistance programs. Residents are usually required to pay some portion of their income towards rent. To locate low income assisted housing in your state, select your state from the list above for more information.
Food Banks and Pantries
One in six Americans struggle with hunger. As a result, local Food Banks and Pantries are quickly becoming the “new normal” for many low-income Americans. Thanks to the support and assistance of local neighborhood meal programs, food banks and pantries, these neighborhood organizations are providing low income and homeless people with fresh foods and nutritional meals. To locate a food bank and pantry near you, select your state from the list above for more information.
Low Income No Income Legal Assistance
GotTrouble provides legal aid contact information for all 50 states including the District of Columbia. Each state offers some form of legal aid made up of no-cost and low-cost legal services. Qualifying for free and discounted legal aid will depend on your income level, health status and whether your case is a civil or criminal matter. Legal aid comes in many forms and include:
The Public Defenders Office - Free Representation on Criminal Charges
The Public Defenders Office is a state funded organization. Public Defenders defend people accused of crimes who are financially unable to afford retaining private counsel. To qualify for a public defender however you must be indigent and be charged with a crime punishable by jail or state prison. After determining your financial status, the court will decide whether to appoint you a public defender.
Legal Aid Clinics - Consumer Law and Tenants Rights
If you are unable to afford a private lawyer, you still may be able to qualify for legal aid. Legal aid clinics receive most of its funds from state and local government and public interest groups. Legal aid clinics provide free or low cost legal representation to low-income and no-income people. Legal aid clinics handle mostly contested legal matters such as debtors rights, eviction, foreclosure and small claims matters of all kinds.
Lawyer Pro Bono Services - Public Interest Cases
A growing percentage of lawyers devote a percentage of their time working on select legal cases without charge to the client. In fact, a good number of todays law firms encourage their associates to actively participate in Pro Bono legal work in and around their community related to a variety of important social causes.
Law School Legal Clinics