Finding Help After a House Fire

What help is available after losing everything to a house fire with no insurance? We had help with a motel, the Red Cross helped with a money card, but how do we get help to find a home? We are a family of 7 that are now homeless.


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September 20, 20190 found this helpful

Social services and churches can help. I would swallow my pride and notify local tv stations to your plight. They can do a story on you and you will get help and money.

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September 20, 20190 found this helpful

For immediate shelter you can contact the Salvation Army in your area but if they can help it will be very temporary.

You can contact HUD as they have housing programs for families like yours but very few agencies work fast so be sure to ask them about temporary housing.

Habitat for Humanity also may be able to help but as mentioned before, all of these programs take time to work things out.


For immediate help you may have to go to local churches, and/or place ads in Freecycle,, Craigslist with an explanation about what you need and why you need it.

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September 20, 20190 found this helpful

Describe your situation and post it on or social services!

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September 21, 20190 found this helpful

I am sad to hear you have such troubles and will add you to my prayers.

Without knowing where you are located, my suggestions are broad/general.

Do you have a United Way in your area? Contact them and see if there are agencies that can help.

Also, contact your local township/boro/city offices and see if they can hook you up with low cost loans and programs to help you secure enough money to rent a place until you can rebuild or find a permanent rental.


Churches, synagogues, mosques in your area may also be able to assist. Call around and see if anyone can get you started.

Do you have children in school? Talk to the school principal or other school leader and see if they have any resources they can share with you.

For immediately funding for daily expenses and future rebuilding, your best bet is to set up a Go Fund Me and ask your friends and family for help. Pair that with a special donation account at your local bank (talk to the manager at the bank).

Typically, young folks will click and donate but they do not always have a lot to give. Older folks (who often are able to give more) will NOT click to donate (in many cases) but they will gladly go to the bank and donate via cash or check into a secure account.


Please post back with more info and an update with your progress.

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September 22, 20190 found this helpful

Starting over will be hard and you do have a large family. I would try looking on Freecycle in your area to start off with to find new furnishings for your home. You can go and speak with social serivces to see if they can offer you some low-income housing to get you started off. You can also go to your local church and see if anyone can hlep to donate clothes or other items for your home. There is also radio stations and TV stations who do stories for fire victims and many people help out in these cases.

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September 23, 20190 found this helpful

I'm very sorry to hear about this!

Was the home yours? Or were you renting? Did you have any sort of renters insurance?


Did this fire occur from your home, or from a different home or do you know the cause? If the fire was someone else's fault - you may be able to sue.

If you contact your local news, you can start a GoFundMe and hopefully your community will help raise some money so you all can start over.

You can also spread the word to family, friends, neighbors, co-workers to see if they will help to chip in.

Start a fundraiser, do car washes, etc.

Places that could help:

  • Local charities and churches
  • Salvation Army
  • Freecycle, Craigslist, Facebook Market (Under free items)
  • Post on NextDoor

Other resources:

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