Housing and Homelessness
Resources to help manage mortgages and foreclosures, prevent or assist with homelessness, find affordable housing, and more.
Housing and Home-Ownership
Federal Reserve Board: Mortgage Foreclosure Resources
If you are having difficulty making your mortgage payment, one of the most important things you can do is seek assistance.
Homeownership.wa.gov: Free Homeownership Counseling and Information for Washington Residents
Developed by the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions, this site offers Washington residents assistance in numerous areas, including foreclosure help, buying a home, refinancing, and avoiding scams.
Making Home Affordable: Help for America's Homeowners
The Obama Administration has introduced a comprehensive Financial Stability Plan to address the key problems at the heart of the current crisis and get our economy back on track. A critical piece of that effort is Making Home Affordable, a plan to stabilize the housing market and help up to 7 to 9 million Americans reduce their monthly mortgage payments to more affordable levels.
The National Low Income Housing Coalition
The National Low Income Housing Coalition is dedicated solely to achieving public policy that assures people with the lowest incomes in the United States have affordable and decent homes. Be sure to visit their online resource library.
U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development: Guide to Avoiding Foreclosure
Whether you're in foreclosure now or worried about it in the future, we have information that can help. If you are looking for foreclosure avoidance counseling, check the list of counselors in Washington State.
Washington State Housing Finance Commission
A publicly accountable team dedicated to increasing housing access and affordability and to expanding the availability of quality community services for the people of Washington.
Washington Low Income Housing Alliance (WILHA)
Founded in 1988, the Housing Alliance is a trusted leader and expert on housing and homelessness. Along with a strong combination of housing and homelessness organizations, funders, services providers and individual advocates, they work closely with elected officials to turn good ideas into sound policy. Check out their section on Local Information to find resources in your area, information for veterans, and more.
HUD Homeless Information: Washington State
This U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) site offers Washington statewide and local resources to help you deal with homelessness. Find shelters, get a list of help hotlines, and check out other resources for food and legal assistance. Check out their federal page on homelessness for additional resources.
National Coalition for the Homeless: If You're Homeless or Need Help
This site has excellent information on how to avoid homelessness, as well as what to do if you become homeless. Includes resources, as well as practical information such as how to create emergency packs for you and your family.
DSHS Community Services: Locate an Office
DSHS offers a number of services through their Community Service Offices. Use their regional map to find a Community Service Office near you.
Shelter Listings: National Housing Database for the Homeless and Low-Income
This site allows you to find emergency and homeless shelters as well as transitional housing and permanent affordable housing in your area. Also take a look at this similar site: the Homeless Shelter Directory.