Washington, DC (PRWEB) March 3, 2010
Online rental assistance database completes first year of operation. DC based RentAssistance.us has been offering free information to low-income renters as well as tenants in distress. The service was started to publicize existing services that help families and individuals in need. Over 600 agencies are currently listed in the database and over 2000 renters have been helped so far by the service.
According to RentAssistance executive director Alfredo Champ, "there are hundreds if not thousands more services out there that could alleviate much of the homelessness that the economic crisis has created, people just don't know about them." Many of the agencies listed on RentAssistance.us are non profit and non-governmental organizations that provide some type of financial assistance to tenants. "Clients still need to make some phone calls to find out if they qualify for a particular program, but at least we tell them who to call", adds Alfredo.
Many agencies have already taken notice of RentAssistance and have submitted their own content explaining terms and limitation of their rental assistance programs. Some of the programs are part of HUD's Housing Choice Voucher Program (formerly known as Section 8). What RentAssistance.us does is aggregate all of these resources in one easy to search website. The content is both user contributed and public record but either way the data would be otherwise difficult to come by. For example, if a tenant were looking for rent assistance in milwaukee he or she might find a few government agencies listed on the HUD website but Rent Assistance found several non-profit agencies that can provide temporary financial assistance to current renters.