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Whether you're a renter or a landlord, you'll find money-saving tips in this Howcast video series on apartments and rentals.
You Will Need
- Private housing
- Public housing
- Section 8 voucher
- HUD-approved housing counseling agency
- Security deposit (optional)
Search for privately owned housing
Search for privately owned apartments that offer lower rent for low-income tenants. Visit the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's website at hud.gov to search for apartments in your area.
Apply for public housing
Contact your local city or county housing authority about public housing if you are disabled, elderly, a low-income family, or have been displaced by government action or a disaster. Public houses are publicly owned and typically feature affordable rent.
File for Section 8
File for a Section 8 housing voucher with the Public Housing Administration, or PHA. With a housing voucher, your rent is set at 30 percent of your income, and the voucher covers the rest. You sign a lease with the landlord, and the landlord signs a housing assistance payments contract with the PHA.
Check with the state
Check with your state government for rental assistance in your area.
Ask for help
Contact a HUD-approved housing counseling agency, or call HUD at 800-569-4287 if you need advice about getting rental assistance.