When you’re about to lose your current home, it can be difficult to focus on what is most important – finding a new home for you and your child. Emergency housing for single mothers can be difficult to find because there aren’t as many options that are safe and appropriate for children.
Luckily, with the Internet, you can find the emergency housing you need as you transition from your current home to your future one.
Organizations Offering Safe and Healthy Emergency Shelters
Many non-profit organizations provide shelters to single mothers. Acceptance into these shelters only takes a phone call. Some of them will come to your current place of residence to pick you and your child up, while others allow you to drive yourself.
It depends on whether or not they also house domestic violence victims. Usually, single mothers who are trying to leave their abusive husbands want an undisclosed location, and picking mothers up is the only way to get them to the place without a safety risk.
To find available emergency shelters in your area, contact the following organizations:
- Catholic Charities
- Society of St. Vincent DePaul
- Salvation Army
Government Assistance for Temporary Shelter
The Department of Human Services provides many options for emergency or temporary shelter.
Overnight shelters – If you need a place to sleep at night, you can utilize the overnight shelters. They only allow people to stay for 12 hours, but you are able to come back each night. These shelters also provide meals and support services. When calling the Department of Human Services, ask about overnight shelters only for women or women and children.
Transitional shelters – Transitional shelters such as a house, apartment or other dwelling are available. Residents can stay for up to two years and meals are provided. During the stay, residents must work towards securing permanent housing with the support services offered.
Voucher shelter – If living with others concerns you, ask about the hotels and motels voucher program. This program will provide you a free room for as many nights as the overnight shelter is full or unavailable.
To find the Department of Human Services in your area, visit their website.
Other Housing Options
During your time at emergency shelters, you’ll need to seek permanent housing that you can afford. Consider seeking assistance through the CoAbode network. This organization matches up single mothers with one another to live together. This way, they are able to reduce the cost of rent and utilities, and be a support to one another.
If you need financial assistance to get into a new home, you can apply for the government funds through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. To find out how to apply for this or learn more about your housing options in a housing emergency, call 211.
Stay Strong and in Control
Emergencies happen, but that doesn’t mean you can’t overcome them. There are many resources for you as a single mother to get back on your feet. With help from temporary shelters, you can get back into control.