Providence House has financing available for people in need of rent assistance

SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) – Providence House, a nonprofit in downtown Shreveport, wants to help residents who are struggling to pay rent this holiday season.

Through funding from the city, the non-profit organization Homelessness Prevention has dollars available to eligible residents. Providence House has a total of $150,000 for individuals who need help paying rent and utility bills. The organization cannot support mortgages, only rent for a house or apartment.

These funds are paid directly to the landlord once a family qualifies. The money can be used to pay three to six months in arrears, but cannot be used for late fees.

These are the qualifying factors:

  1. You must live in Shreveport, LA
  2. We must have proof of necessity (eviction notice, overdue notice, disconnection notice)
  3. Documentation required (Louisiana ID/driver’s license, Social Security card, copy of rental agreement, birth certificate for each resident of the household)
  4. Income must not exceed 30% of AMI (Average Median Income)
  5. Income must be verified (unemployment, social security, disability, etc.)

If you qualify, these are the next steps:

  1. Call (318) 221-7887 and list Homelessness Prevention. Each applicant is vetted to ensure all qualifications are met before the process begins.
  2. Once all information is verified, the Providence House will begin processing the payment request.
  3. The Providence House has assembled a homelessness prevention team including case management, workforce development specialist, etc. to help families in the future

The Providence House can pay landlords within 36 hours after all documentation is received.

Through its own program, the nonprofit has helped more than 40 families with rent assistance.

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