Free Hotel or Motel Vouchers for the Homeless or Emergencies
Most cities throughout the county have non-profits that provide emergency shelter for 1 to 3 nights through the distribution of hotel and motel vouchers. Organizations that provide vouchers have different criteria on what they consider an emergency and to whom they will provide a voucher too.
In many cases, they are reserved for the homeless and are only provided once all other emergency shelters are full. Below are some examples of other situations where vouchers are provided.
Seasonal – Vouchers are often passed out during heat waves or colder winter months
Age/Specific group – Vouchers can be targeted to seniors, disabled, veterans, single parents with children, families with children, the sick.
Situational – Loss of home through fire, flood or other unexpected event, those fleeing a bad situation (abuse), recently evicted.
The above are some of the more common situations that non-profits consider serious. This is not an exhaustive list and if you are dealing with serious circumstances that requires emergency shelter you should reach out to your local non-profit.
Organizations that provide hotel or motel vouchers
Vouchers are generally provided by local non-profits or churches, in some instances different state governments may provide assistance – through partnerships that they fund. Below are a few of the more popular non for profits that help on a national level.
- The United Way
- Salvation Army
- St Vincent de Paul
- American Red Cross
- National Council of YMCA
How to Qualify for a Voucher
The restriction for vouchers will vary based on the organization and your situation. If you are need of shelter, contact one of the above organizations or a religious based org like a Catholic church. In addition, speaking to your local community action agency can be beneficial as they can potentially provide additional assistance.
In addition to short term or overnight shelter - learn about assistance for rent or a mortgage.