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How to Get Financial Moving Assistance

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Whether you’re moving across town or across the country, moving expenses can quickly add up and the process can become quite costly. If you don’t have all the financial means to complete your move right away, there are ways that you can increase the number in your bank account before your move with these tips.

Federal assistance

If you’re a victim of a natural disaster that has displaced you, you may be eligible to receive financial assistance for your moving expenses. The Federal Relocation Assistance Program helps small businesses and individual families cover moving costs after a natural disaster. Businesses will get assistance locating a new facility and financial assistance for their moving expenses.

Displaced families can receive a grant amount to cover the moving expenses and deposits for a home similar in size and value to the one owned before displacement. If you’re a renter, you could also receive financial assistance through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program.

To qualify as a renter, you must be homeless or at risk of becoming homeless due to financial hardship or displacement. The program will help pay for moving costs, including transportation, moving furniture and covering the costs of deposits. Applicants can also receive temporary assistance paying rent.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development also offers relocation assistance for tenants displaced from their homes as a result of demolition or acquisition for a project for which federal funds are being used.

If you’re notified that you will be displaced, it is important that you do not move before you find out what your options are, what you may be entitled to and any requirements you may need to fulfill before you receive any relocation payments.

Eligible residents will be notified that their options often include the following:
  • Payment for moving expenses
    • Payment for your actual reasonable moving and related expenses, or
    • Fixed moving expense and dislocation allowance, or
    • A combination of both based on circumstances
  • Replacement housing assistance which will enable you to rent or if you prefer, buy a comparable or suitable replacement home. You may choose either rental assistance or purchase assistance.

Employer assistance

If you’re moving for a new job, your new employer might be able to offer some financial assistance for your move. For example, if your employer requests you to move out of state for another position in the company, you may receive a moving allowance, known as a RELO package. With a moving allowance you’ll be able to pay for professional movers, cover the costs of deposits for rentals and utilities or pay for a hotel stay while traveling to your new location. Depending on your employer’s particular program, you may have to shell out the money upfront and later be reimbursed by the company.

Sell unwanted items

If you’re not moving for work and you aren’t eligible for federal housing assistance but still need some immediate funds for your move, you could try selling some of your stuff. Not only will selling unwanted items lighten your load causing your overall cost to go down, but you could make a decent amount of cash to help your finances during your move. You could host a garage sale to get rid of old items that you no longer need. That old baseball glove from when you were 12 years old might not do you some good, but the $5 you can sell it for might help out your wallet.

If you’re trying to sell more collectible items, try selling them online at an auction site like eBay or listing them for sale on Amazon. Or you could even take them to a brick-and-mortar auction house and have them sell the items for you.

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Tanaya | Commented on April 5, 2018 at 10 : 57 AM
I'm am looking for help moving in next 5 days. VA has provided everything except for transportation for actual move in Fayetteville, nc.

Vanessa Perry | Commented on December 31, 2017 at 04 : 54 AM
Need help please moving 1-6-201 got to be out by that date .still need a trucj]

Vanessa Perry | Commented on December 31, 2017 at 04 : 47 AM
Need help just don't have money on disability need help.with a truck

Ed | Commented on December 12, 2017 at 12 : 47 PM
I am looking for assistance in moving, mostly from health reasons, in 2012, I had a major stroke which left my entire right side 80% disabled.. in 2012 I also had 3 major spinal surgerys, cause I have degenerative disc disease, they said it would help me walk better, of course I had it, after having 8 plates, a cage and over 100 screw's, I came out and turns out I can hardly walk now and live with the worst pain in my life daily, it NEVER GOES AWAY... I have since then had 3 more stroke's, 4 heart attacks, which I have major heart failure, I'm now fighting with my doctor who wants me to get a pacemaker, which I don't want....and another back surgery for my T-9 and T-10 disc's.. omg I can't have another spinal surgery, .. anyways I need to get back to Oregon from Pennsylvania, I use a cane or Walker, I'm on SSI disability, my income is very limited, I'm fighting each month to pay utilities which is outrageous here in PA, .. my only brother lives in OR, he's my only living relative, he can't help me either but he will help me if I can get out there.. any help will be extremely helpful.. please

jenny | Commented on April 19, 2017 at 07 : 47 PM
we are in need of help moving because of medical reasons. this is an urgent situation and we can get no help in the state that we live in. because of these reasons, we need to move to another state. if anyone has any information that can help me, I would greatly appreciate it. thank you so much.

Kelley and Scott at gmasweetpea2@yahoo. Com | Commented on February 10, 2017 at 03 : 54 AM
We need moving cost help. My husband and I are disabled, on a fixed income and we had one hour to vacate or home and were forced to move 200 miles away to Denver. We had a quote of $2000 at the most. We are physically unable to pack and move. My landlord did illegally repairs that violated numerous state codes and they deemed or home uninhabitable. Pop lease help or offer advice

Dena | Commented on September 10, 2016 at 04 : 58 PM
My Husband had two strokes and my mom is in a alztimers home and not doing well I haven’t seen her in years all oyr family lives in Shreveport Louisiana and my husband and I are in Mississippi I’m trying to get back to Shreveport Louisiana to be close to family I need help with my husband and to be close to my mom it’s gonna cost $304.84 for budget moving truck and car Dolly and $150 in gas to go from pass Christian Ms to Shreveport Louisiana please help us we have called all places here for help and I’m four months behind on rent I just got a three day notice i can’t live on the street with my husband being sick so please any help would be most appreciated

jane cahill | Commented on November 10, 2015 at 09 : 05 AM
I am in

jane cahill | Commented on November 10, 2015 at 09 : 05 AM
I am I need of assistance with moving and rental assistance and I am disabled and on ssi ...please help


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