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A house or apartment fire is devastating. Coping with the aftermath can be easier if you have assistance. This is a guide about finding agencies to help after a house fire.
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By 13 found this helpful
December 5, 2016

How do I get grants after a fire at my house?

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June 18, 20170 found this helpful

Im a widow with two children my house recently burned. It was a total loss. I didnt have any insurance. Is there any organizations that would help.

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June 2, 2017

The Red Cross put my fiancee and me up for a week after we lost everything to a fire May 28th 2017. We have no transportation and nowhere to go after this. Who can help us out in our situation? We lived in Newport, Tennessee and don't know what to do next. We are in need of immediate help.

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June 3, 20170 found this helpful

I take it you had no insurance? If you do, call them. It appears yo were living in a camper. It may be covered under your auto insurance.

Otherwise, churches, family services or friends. Do you work? Possibly rent a room close to work or see if you can stay with a co worker? If nothing else, you may have to resort to a homeless shelter.

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May 30, 2017

Where can I find laundry services after a house fire. We do not have money to go to a laundromat?

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May 31, 20170 found this helpful

Here is Red Cross's link to get help in your area:

http://www.redc  ur-local-chapter

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April 28, 2017

I am a house fire victim in Massachusetts and currently homeless in Connecticut. Do either of these states offer any help?

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April 28, 20170 found this helpful

I do hope your situation is resolved for you, and I feel for you and your family, if you have any

All I can do is google and find links that might be plausible. I do hope anything anybody here does helps you.

Here's HUD https://portal.  ecticut/homeless

Here's something that sounds promising, 'rapid rehousing': http://www.cceh  rapid-rehousing/

lastly, i think if i were in dire straits, i would approach a church, especially one I had any sort of (spiritual) affiliation with. I know it can be hard especially if one is atheist/non religious but at times they are the only groups organized and with resources when government programs or non profits fail

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December 31, 20140 found this helpful

I had a fire in my home Dec 1st in PA. I lost everything. I am single, all alone and on disability. Can't afford to rebuild. Can I get any help? I am reaching out as the house was not insured. Please help. Is there any assistance available?

By Robin S.

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January 2, 20151 found this helpful
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This same thing happened to a girl friend years ago but it was her young daughter that was disabled. They too lost everything including their miniature poodle [poor thing] it didn't make it out of the house. They went to the county they lived in and the Salvation Army for help.

Call your social worker and let them know what has happened to you. Perhaps the YWCA could answer some of your questions also. Your in my thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time.

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December 6, 2015

My home burned down and I have no place to go. I was wondering how do I get help?

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March 17, 20170 found this helpful

My family are victims of a house fire, in need of of clothes at least till home insurance red tape. Can they get any kind of a voucher from any thrify clothes and how fast clothing is needed now?? Please help..

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April 10, 2017

Were can we get help after losing everything in a house fire?

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April 10, 20171 found this helpful

Red Cross and if you owned the home, possibly see about getting on the list for Habitat if you meet their requirements.

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January 27, 2017

What do you do if someone one burns down your house and you don't have insurance and you have lots of items in it? I live in Cleveland Ohio.

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April 14, 20170 found this helpful

Wait until fire investagater clear u to go bk in house salvage wat didn't burn. Put in storage and contact redcross, your local chuches, I've been in ur shoes , I'm sorry for u and ur family, and I'll be pra yu ing

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May 31, 2016

The place where I was staying in Clark county in Washington had a house fire, and now I am temporarily housed in a luxury hotel. I am looking for a grant to rent this apartment with advance rent/deposits too. Does anyone know of any grants that are available for this need?

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December 30, 20160 found this helpful

Are they any help I can get

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March 30, 2017

I need to know if there are any programs to help us with a new apartment or house, and clothing, etc. We lost everything in a house fire. Please message me if you know anyone or any programs.

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March 30, 20170 found this helpful

I am sorry for your loss as I know this can be devastating and does not go away for a long time.

The American Red Cross is always the first line of defense in this kind of situation. Generally they will help with temporary shelter as well as vouchers for food and clothing but this does not last very long you will have to try and find help from local resources.

You may find some organizations if you ask for names that will help someone recover from a house fire and add your zip code.

Some suggestions:

The American Red Cross

Civic organizations

Department of Social Services

Your insurance agency

Nonprofit crisis counseling centers

Religious organizations

Salvation Army

Many churches and thrift stores will give some items and clothing vouchers but not very many can offer any long term solutions.

Emergency food stamps can sometimes be gotten through your local social services agency.

There is always more available if children are involved but maybe you can get help long enough to find something more permanent - contact any relatives or friends that may help for a few days.

You can also place a free article on Craigslist and Freecycle as there are many caring people who will give help to someone who truly needs help.

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September 16, 2016

My house burnt down. I have no money and no where to go. Where can I find help?

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October 28, 20161 found this helpful

I need emergency help ilost my house and everything in a fire and have no insurance cant find help

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June 12, 2016

Where can I get help? We just loss everything we owned in a house fire including our beloved dogs, Rags our German Shepherd and Ryker our Pit Bull. We finally were able to secure an apartment, but have no furniture and can't seem to get help. We have nothing and every place I call sends me to another number. Everyone keeps passing the buck. We need help. Please.

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June 13, 20160 found this helpful

Do you have Craigslist or Kijiji or another type of online "buy / sell" forum? Why not post ads?

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February 13, 2016

My house burned down two days ago. I didn't have insurance. I lost everything. Yes it hurts to lose all my material stuff, but the biggest loss was my little dog. I'm homeless and broken hearted. What do I do now?

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February 16, 20160 found this helpful

I am so sorry for your loss. I wish I had words to take the pain away. Please know that there are caring people on this site who are praying for you. The only thing I can think of at the time is to visit a church in your area, tell them of your dilemma, & ask for help. As for your dog companion, as a dog lover myself I can tell you that in due time you will find another dog who will need you as much as you need it. I know the loss is heartwrenching, keep in mind there are many rescue dogs waiting in shelters who are longing to be loved & cared for & when you are ready the right one will be there for you. God Bless & keep us posted on how you are doing.

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June 15, 2015

Where can I find someone that can give free building materials to an elderly lady whose kitchen has been burned? We have people willing to do the work for free, but have no supplies. She is an 84 year old lady that just has no money to buy the materials. I don't have a picture at this time, but can get one soon.

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June 17, 20150 found this helpful

Is there a Habitat for Humanity materials store in your area? Look for one of these. It's called ReStore. They sell building materials very inexpensively. I don't know their policy on free stuff.

Also check Craigslist free stuff column for free building materials. Usually these are new leftovers from people who aren't good at figuring up area and overbought.

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December 23, 2010

Can I get help if me and my baby were living at a house that got burned down with our things in it if our name isn't on the lease?

By Seiricka from Montgomery, AL

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March 26, 20131 found this helpful

I was recently in an apartment building fire, it was my boyfriend and I living there. The Red Cross did help us immediately, they gave us a card with some little amount of money on it like a credit card, for food clothes etc. Then they set us up in a hotel for a days, (this was on a Thursday, so Thursday night and Friday night we were good, but what can we have done over the weekend?? So we called back and stayed in another (not so nice,) motel for 2 more days, until Monday morning. Then we were basically on our own unless we wanted to go into the local shelter! (Not a good place to be at all, very poor conditions all around!!) But they did say after we get into a new apartment they will help us with things like furniture and kitchen stuff, etc. It has been hard finding agencies that will help us, if it wasn't for my parents I would be in that shelter! ;(

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July 20, 2016

Can I use my property as collateral to get loan to rebuild a burned house? I have no insurance.

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February 27, 20170 found this helpful

It really depends on the price of the land, on whether you own it ouright or have a lien on it and, ultimately, if the bank lets you.

If the bank doesn't it's possible that a private individual would.

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August 30, 2015

How do I find help with repairs after a fire? We are trying to finish up the repairs, the contractor ran off and stole our money.

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August 31, 20150 found this helpful

Is there any way to get the money back from this contractor? Can you take them to small claims court? They must still have a listing somewhere, like the phone book, and a business address.

If you have proof you paid them you should look into it.

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January 10, 20150 found this helpful

I have four children ages 9, 2, and twin girls age one. Our home burnt down and we are homeless. Is there any assistance for getting us a home?

By Crystal from Clarksville, IN

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January 11, 20150 found this helpful

I kind of think home owner insurance reminders, assuming it was her home, is a moot point right now. My guess is you don't have money for an apt. no matter how little work you have to do for upkeep.

I would call 211, as it helps with other things besides health insurance. Then, call St. Vincents and Salvation Army for assistance. You may have to stay in a shelter for a time, but you and your family will not be cold. If you have family that can and will help, take it. Ask your friends to pitch in and take in the kids for a few days while you have a chance to breath and navigate the next steps.

Contact the local news station and you may be amazed at how many people will help.

I wish you all the luck. PBP

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May 15, 20110 found this helpful

The day after my birthday my house burnt down to the ground. Luckily it was daytime and nobody was home, but we lost it all. The local Red Cross gave us $500, but with paying for a hotel, toiletries, and few items of clothing, on day 2 it is gone. Please we need advice where we can get help. We live in a poor area and charities are few and far between. I am a single mom of 2 little girls. Please help us with any info on where we can get help. Thank you, God Bless.

By Jodi

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Anonymous
October 27, 20150 found this helpful

I feel your pain, I'm a fire victim as well. So to say, you don't know how it is to be uninsured and own your home on a fixed income.To own your home for 35year

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May 8, 2016

My brother is disabled. There was a store fire that got into the 4 apartments. My brother's was one. He paid rent on the 3rd and on the 5th the place was destroyed. Red cross is helping him and the other families. They were all put into the same hotel, but only until Monday.

I started a go fund for my brother, but he lost so much. Some other family members had renter's insurance and brag how they're getting big money. It breaks my heart for my brother to lose so much and see him cry.

After Monday I don't know who could help him. He didn't get his rent back he had just paid so we have no way of renting him a place. I have cancer and have no way of helping him. Who can we ask for help? I have never asked before for anything. Does someone know who could help ? Thank you so much in advance.

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May 11, 20160 found this helpful

Contact your local Social Services immediately. They may be able to help with various programs, but paperwork takes time so he needs to start right away.

Whether or not you ascribe to any particular religion, your local churches are another good place to ask for help. Most are more compassionate than you may have been led to believe.

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February 10, 20150 found this helpful

My mother's house burned down this past Saturday morning. We found out she was not insured. She is 83 years old and the widow of a Korean war veteran. She is coming home with me. Is there anyway we can get help to rebuild?

By Thomas

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February 10, 20150 found this helpful

The Red Cross would be the best bet to start. Then with friends & relatives you have you can put together a fund raiser to help with finances. Just make it into a great big party! As for future housing, would be heart-moving to take her in if possible. It is a terrible trial that has happened to you & yours, it's all about compassion. I bid you blessings for a great outcome! I must say the first comment made a lot of sense but come on, word something different to lesson the blow, I am sure they feel maybe they should have secured mother for emergencies< it is called Empathy! :)

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December 19, 20140 found this helpful

My friend is a single mom and her house burned down.
I would like to directed to a charity or more that will help my friend rebuild her house.

By Robert

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December 20, 20140 found this helpful

You do not provide any further information so no one can even begin to respond to your question. If your friend owned the house and has insurance, she should contact her insurance company. There may be other options available to her but you did not provide any more information.

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July 27, 2015

On July 4, 2015 three teenage girl's set fire to my 100yr old historic home in Texas. It was not insured, it burned to the ground and I lost everything. Are there any government agencies that would help, being as it was arson. I am wondering if maybe FEMA would help also. My home was paid for; I don't know if that matters or not. Any advice as to who would help with a arson fire?

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July 27, 20150 found this helpful

Why was your home uninsured-historical or not?

Three teenage girls burned down your house? Were they arrested, tried, convicted? If they are legally at fault, have you filed a private suit against them (and their parents) for full recovery of your losses? You may win a suit, but the responsibility for collecting any money is yours. If their parents do not have money, etc., your chances of recovering are nil.

There are victim's assistance programs in some areas but I doubt they will help rebuild your house.

Try an online search for possible programs in your area.

Your best hope is filing suit and moving forward with litigation.

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February 26, 2016

I had a bad house fire yesterday, 2-25-2016. I was at the doctor's office and got a call from the fire department. When I returned home my kitchen and everything was destroyed. I am looking for advice on where I might find help. Any suggestions will be appreciated.

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February 27, 20160 found this helpful

I am so very sorry for your loss! Call The Red Cross First!! Call your local churches and especially if you are practicing at one particular church. They are usually the greatest source of contributors. Contact the closest Good Will for furniture and appliances. Put out flyers and put a free ad in your local newspaper. And ask to start a fund through your bank. People are wonderful when it comes to "Acts of kindness" and giving from the heart! There is not a better feeling than helping someone who is in desperate need. I too had a fire and lost everything. I hope these suggestions work. And "God Bless You." Is there somehow I could get your address to send you a check, Please?

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February 18, 20150 found this helpful

My home was burnt down. My family lost everything and now we're staying in a hotel. The funding is running out and it's very cold. The Red Cross helped along with another organization. I live on SCSI and don't receive that until next month. What else can I do in the short term?

By Leah

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February 18, 20150 found this helpful

There isn't much you can do until you get some cash for a rental. Sometimes the county that a person lives in will help with deposit and rent, for one month. Did you have home owner's insurance or renter's insurance, whichever you were doing? Do you have family or friends you could stay with for a couple weeks? If you have a pastor talk to him/her.

When you find a place to live, you can go to your local Salvation Army Office and ask for a voucher to take to their thrift store, for whatever furniture you need. Most of the thrift stores only give the necessities, no electronics, TVs, etc. Most of the time you will have to be able to transport it. If the thrift store has your requirements they will give it to you free, as long as you have the voucher.

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