Rental Assistance

HCS offers emergency rental and utility assistance through various programs. These rental assistance programs provide emergency payments for back rent, first month’s rent, and security deposit but do not provide ongoing housing subsidies. Call the Homelessness Prevention Program (HPP) at 202-667-7339 to find out what assistance programs are currently available and whether you may be eligible for assistance.

  • Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) for to DC residents who are homeless or in immediate danger of becoming homeless.
  • HCS offers rental case management and follow-up counseling to all clients who receive rental assistance.
  • HCS also offers specialized rental assistance programs for those living with HIV/AIDS. Click Here for more information.

Resources for Locating Housing

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Financial/Credit Counseling

HCS can help you develop a strategy for improving your credit and achieving your housing goals (including homeownership) through workshops and counseling.

Tenant Rights

Housing Counseling Services works to help renters understand and protect their rights, resolve conflicts with landlords and management companies, avoid displacement, and improve their housing conditions. Staff are not currently going to individual properties or conducting tenant meetings. Should you wish to contact someone regarding a tenant issue, please call our main number at (202) 667-7006.

Other Services for Tenants

Renters are encouraged to call HCS with any housing related questions. HCS also is a referral center and can refer renters to other organizations for assistance.