Housing Stability

Headline:

Resources are available to help tenants navigate rent increases.

Last-reviewed: 4pm, Jan. 19, 2023

Key Resource:

The Basics

  • State and local resources may be available to renters facing eviction.

The Breakdown

  • Rent Increases: Rent has increased by an average of 10% nationally. For state-specific data, view the HUD’s 2023 Data. Care teams can refer people struggling to afford rising costs to a HUD-certified housing counselor or provide resources from the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau.
  • Shelter: Care teams can use HUD’s Find Shelter tool to find housing, shelter, health care, and clothing resources in communities across the country.
  • Evictions: Tenants living in a HUD-subsidized property must receive a 30-day notice for non-payment of rent. The rule also requires that landlords provide tenants with information about available federal emergency rental assistance.
  • Conditions: HUD sets quality standard for all public housing, a HUD-funded properties and Section 8 voucher residences. Care teams can help residents request an inspection using the HUD process.
  • IPV Survivors: VAWA offers protections to survivors of domestic and sexual violence who live in federally assisted housing. Care teams can share information about these rights and how to assert them.

Spotlight on non-discrimination:

Landlords cannot discriminate based on national origin or race, color, national origin, sex, disability, familial status, religion, or age. This includes all aspects of housing, including the application process, rental tours, and mortgage applications.

  • Familial Status: They cannot charge a family a higher rent or require a larger security deposit because the family has young children. 
  • Durable Medical Equipment: They cannot evict someone with COPD because their home oxygen concentrator makes too much noise at night.

If a person believes they have been discriminated against and they share that with your care team, direct them to the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity where they can file a complaint (available in multiple languages). The FHOC is a federal office enforces fair housing protections.

The Bottom Line

  • Care teams can help families by using every means necessary to keep them housed.