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The pandemic has made it difficult for many people to afford their homes.

But even when the situation seems hopeless, there can be ways to avoid becoming homeless. Some of these things you may be able to do yourself. For others, you will probably need help from an agency or organization.

Talk with your landlord

If you have been asked to leave but you want to stay, try talking with your lender or landlord about your situation. If you owe money, you could try to negotiate to pay it back over time.

You may not have to leave right away

Whether you own your own home or rent it, you probably won’t have to leave your home until a court has ordered you to. Usually, your landlord or mortgage lender must follow a legal process before you can be evicted – or forced to leave.

If the correct process is not followed, your landlord or lender may be guilty of carrying out an illegal eviction. If you think you have been evicted illegally or your lender/landlord is threatening to evict you without going through the court, dial 2-1-1.

Ask a friend or relative

If you have a friend or relative you feel safe with, you can ask them if you can stay at their home temporarily while sorting out your living situation. This can give you time to save money or find your next housing arrangement.

Use COACH counselors to help you find housing

COACH (COVID-19 Assistance for Community Health) counselors are here to connect people in Connecticut with housing and other services to keep your family safe and healthy. They can put you in touch with services that can help you find housing that fits your needs. Find the COACH counselor near you.