Resources for Renters and Tenants

If you are a low-income individual looking to receive rent assistance through Section 8 housing, there may be other housing assistance programs that you should consider as well. If you are a senior, for example, you may qualify for additional supportive services, such as housekeeping and having your meals cooked. There are also programs that provide utility assistance to alleviate the cost of energy bills. 

Additionally, the cost of moving and redecorating a house can be expensive. Luckily, there are certain tasks you can complete prior to your moving day that will minimize these costs. For example, you may save money by collecting old boxes from friends and family members instead of purchasing new packaging material. You may even purchase moving insurance in case there is any damage done by the coming company. Review the following sections to learn how you can save money moving and get information on all the resources available to you as a renter.

Other Housing Assistance Programs

If you are a renter or tenant in need of rent assistance, there are other housing assistance programs in addition to Section 8 housing that can provide these services. The type of program you may receive assistance from will depend on your eligibility. If you are a low-income senior of at least 62 years of age, you may qualify for senior housing under Section 202 housing. In addition to assistance with monthly rent, seniors can receive assisted living services for daily living activities. This may include personal assistance with dressing or bathing, transportation and housekeeping services. To be eligible, seniors must have an adjusted income that is below 50 percent of their area’s median income level. 

If you have a disability, you may qualify for Section 811 housing instead. Like Section 202, the program offers supportive services, such as housecleaning, cooking and transportation. However, the program also offers case management, therapy and treatment for those physically disabled, developmentally disabled and mentally ill. To be eligible, you must fall under one of these categories and must be at least 18 years of age. To apply to either of these low income housing options, applicants must choose a living facility that participates in the program. Eligible applicants will then be placed into a unit or be put on a waiting list, similar to a Section 8 waiting list.

If you are a tenant in need of utility assistance, you may apply for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). This program assists low-income families and individuals with their home energy bills to ensure that they are safe and healthy. Furthermore, the program assists households through crisis energy situations, such as life-threatening heating or cooling emergencies. In the event of a weather-related energy emergency, the program also provides minor weatherization assistance. To apply for this assistance, households must contact their local community action agency to prevent an illness, fire or disconnection. 

Resources for Moving

While moving to a new home can be overwhelming, being prepared for your moving day will help you sleep a little better on your first night in your new place. There are several tasks that you can complete prior to moving that you will thank yourself for later. For starters, you should always schedule a moving day with your landlord prior to moving. You want to make sure that your new apartment has been properly cleaned and inspected before you arrive. 

Additionally, you will need to double check with the apartment complex’s rules for moving. The complex may require that you request an elevator and pay a fee for parking your moving truck. Furthermore, you want to ensure that you have electricity when you make a trip to the bathroom on your first night. Ask your landlord how to transfer utilities into someone else’s name and get your electricity and water supply activated. Because the cost of moving can be expensive, you want to make sure to incorporate a few money-saving tips into your move. This may include downsizing on your things, following useful packing tips and purchasing moving insurance. 

If you are moving into a smaller place, it may be smarter to donate, sell or throw away a few of your belongings before your move. Start with your closet and get rid of the clothes you never wear. If there is a specific furniture piece that you know will not look good in your new place, sell it and use the money to buy a new one later that fits better. To make the process easier on yourself, create a packing and moving checklist to avoid losing, misplacing or leaving important items behind on the big day. This may include packing and labeling your boxes by a specific room.

How to Improve your Living Space

Home renovations may seem like daunting tasks to low income residents under Section 8 housing. However, improving your living space can improve your quality of life. Furthermore, it does not have to be expensive. You can design a space while on a budget by purchasing used furniture at your local thrift store or on Craigslist. This increases your chances of finding unique and antique furniture that no one else will have. Additionally, you can design new and improved pieces through repurposed materials. This may include using a steamer trunk as a coffee table. Not only does it provide additional storage, but it also has an attractive vintage design.

Finding multipurpose furniture, like a steamer trunk, can help maximize your space and comfort. If you have a lot of belongings and a limited amount of storage space, consider buying furniture pieces, like murphy beds and storage ottomans, to store additional items. Having a cluttered space can be frustrating and make it difficult to relax. Utilizing multipurpose pieces can help you locate your items more quickly and avoid running late to work because you cannot find your keys. 

Additionally, you can make your small apartment appear larger by taking a minimalist approach with the design and arrangement of your apartment’s furniture pieces. This means defining the things you need over the items you do not need that take up space. When moving into a Section 8 apartment, tenants tend to think about how they can fill up their rooms. However, it is important to think how you can make your space work for you. The items that fill up your home should all have a purpose and should work to make your life easier and more efficient.