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Housing Search

Housing Search Engines

 Like the Fair Shake Find A Job page, the Housing Search page lists search engines to find housing near you.    In addition to the websites listed below, there is a lot more information in the Resource Directory and in Reentry Guides section below the Search Box.

Aunt Berthaab

Aunt Bertha is a social care network that connects people and programs — making it easy for people to find social services in their communities. To do this, we’ve verified and added hundreds of thousands of programs covering every county in the US.




A phone number and a website!  Not sure where to turn? We are here for you.

211 receives more requests for help with finding housing or shelter or paying utilities bills (over 4.4 million each year) than for any other issue.


Homeless Accommodation Directory
This is a state by state guide to safe sleeping accommodation for those who need a little help. Every individual who is homeless could use some assistance. Below you will find a list of shelters for every state as well as information regarding the amenities and any special requirements needed to seek shelter at each accommodation provider. If you know of a reliable and safe sleeping accommodation provider for the homeless and disadvantaged that is not listed here, please send details including name, address, telephone number and description of services provided to HelptheHomeless@SleepCupid.com.
Homeless Shelters and Service Organizations.
National list of homeless shelters and other services.

Section 8 Frequently Asked Questions: 

What is Section 8 Housing?

The actual name of the program commonly known as “Section 8″ is the Housing Choice Voucher Program, a federally funded program that subsidizes rent for eligible participants. It is designed to assist very low-income families or iPHA mapndividuals. A housing subsidy is paid directly to the landlord on behalf of a participating family/individual.

How do I apply for Section 8 housing?

Contact your local Public Housing Authority.

Click here or on the map to find contact information by State.                          

For further assistance, contact the Housing and Urban Development office nearest you.


Low Rent Apartments:

Private and nonprofit landlords operate a host of other subsidized rental housing programs. HUD maintains a searchable list of low rent apartments and houses. Click on the picture to search for other housing in your area.


Section 8 Made SimpleDoes my criminal record ban me from public housing? 

There are only 2 convictions for which a PHA must prohibit admission:

  • if any member of the household is subject to a lifetime registration requirement under a State sex offender registration program; and,
  • if any household member has ever been convicted of drug-related criminal activity for manufacturing or production of methamphetamine on the premises of federally assisted housing.

Public Housing Authorities (PHA) have great discretion in determining their admission and occupancy policies for ex-offenders. While the Public Housing Authority can choose to ban ex-offenders from participating in public housing and Section 8 programs, is in not HUD policy to do so.

Search in our Resource Directory

Search in our Resource Directory for the following categories:

  • Energy Assistance
  • Homeless Assistance
  • Homeless Shelter
  • Low Income Housing
  • Salvation Army
  • Shelters for Specific Groups
  • Transitional Housing