Here are the housing and housing assistance resources in Savannah, Georgia

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The Savannah Morning News has compiled a list of housing resources for people in need of assistance.

There are hundreds of local, state, and national organizations to help renters and landlords, but you need to know where to look to find what’s right for you.

Let us know if there’s an issue you don’t see covered and we’ll update the list.

rental assistance

The state and county still have federal money to spend on rent relief. In Chatham County, there are three places to apply for assistance with rent or utility bills. You must be able to demonstrate loss of income directly related to COVID to qualify. See here for a full list of candidate requirements.

If you have been displaced from your home due to the hardships of COVID-19, Family Promise of the Coastal Empire will temporarily house your family as part of their apartment accommodation scheme.

If you are a tenant facing eviction or involved in a landlord-tenant dispute, Georgia Legal Services has an e-learning tool to teach tenants and landlords about their rights under state law. Georgia:

The City of Savannah will soon begin helping tenants with security deposits and application fees. This will be funded by the $19 million the city has budgeted to address housing and homelessness issues.

If you have a physical disability, LIFE will help you repair your home, live independently and meet other housing needs. They have offices in Savannah and Jesup.

  • Visit the website for more information on the services offered: lifecil.com/

Renters who earn less than 50% of the area’s median income are eligible for Section 8 housing or public housing. That’s $26,500 for a one-person household and $37,800 for a four-person home, according to federal calculations. In Savannah, the Housing Authority is the administrator of both programs. Please note: Demand is high and waiting lists are largely closed due to high interest. (You can contact them, but be prepared that schedules and waitlists may not be available.)

Help for owners and buyers

Many government programs offer low-interest or interest-free loans and grants to low-income first-time home buyers. These programs also offer one-time loans and grants for home repairs. Here are three:

Veterans can qualify for low-interest loans through the Veterans Home Loan Program:

Habitat for Humanity of the Coastal Empire offers new homes to families who have a demonstrated need for secure housing, are between 30% and 80% of the region’s median income, and can demonstrate that they are financially ready to meet a mortgage payment .

Homeless Services

For those who are homeless – including sleeping in motels, cars, or staying with a friend of a family member – there are several places to seek help in Chatham County. Many organizations that serve the homeless are faith-based and largely affiliated with the Christian Church.

Inner City Night Shelter is one of three places adults can find overnight beds in Savannah.

  • Phone: 912-232-4673
  • Address: 124 Arnold Street
  • Website: http://icns-sav.com/index.php
  • Fee: Free for the first 30 days, then $10 per night (about $300 per month)

United Way of the Coastal Empire connects resources and people to partner nonprofits in the region. Call the UWCE helpline, explain the situation and a social worker should be able to direct you to the appropriate organization or programs.

Faith-based Union Mission meets a wide range of needs, including overnight shelter beds, addiction recovery, mental health counseling, job training, and longer-term housing.

Family Promise of the Coastal Empire helps find temporary housing for families without a roof over their heads. The organization also assists with the purchase of a home and placement in permanent housing, among other needs.

The Social Apostolate is a Catholic charity that provides immediate and long-term help to people who are homeless, on the verge of homelessness or in an emergency situation. It provides assistance with clothing, groceries, important government documents, and showers, to name a few programs.

The Chatham County Homeless Authority helps with all aspects of the homelessness crisis in the area. Social workers can help people and connect them to resources such as job training, transportation or housing solutions.

Emmaus House is a Protestant soup kitchen and clothes closet in Reynolds Square. They provide breakfast and lunch, daily showers, and on Wednesdays open the closet of clothes and supplies for those in need.

Park Place Outreach serves Savannah’s youth populations and runaway teens. Emergency overnight shelter is free and children can stay for up to 30 days. They have to go to school while living there. Park Place also offers a host of other programs for teens.

  • Phone: (912) 234-4048
  • Address: 514 E. Henry Street
  • Website: parkplaceyes.org
  • No cost

Old Savannah City Mission is a denominational overnight shelter located in the city center. The shelter also has a food pantry and recovery services and other mental health services. The organization also offers Christian discipleship programs.

Don’t see a organization or a program that helps? Email Zoe at [email protected]

Zoe covers growth and its impact on communities in the Savannah area. Find her at [email protected], @zoenicholson_ on Twitter and @zoenicholsonreporter on Instagram.

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