As a single mother facing homelessness, you have one thought on your mind – securing safe housing for you and your child. Finding safe housing isn’t as easy as most people think since most of the places that are within a single mother’s budget are found in impoverished areas in which crime rates are high.
While the situation looks grim, there is hope in the horizon. With some helpful resources, you can find a nice place to live.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
While the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development may not be able to help with securing a house tomorrow, they can set you up with a voucher that allows you to be eligible for low income housing in safe neighborhoods.
This program is part of section 8 housing. You can apply at your local HUD office and within a few days or weeks, you may have the voucher to get into housing that you can afford now and into the future.
Social services have a list of housing options for people in your situation. You can find out about shelters in the area that only accept women and children, which are usually much safer than the ones that accept anyone.
You can also find information about safe boarding homes for single mothers, and other programs that provide women with or without children a safe, healthy place to stay temporarily.
Salvation Army, Catholic Charities, and Religious Centers
The Salvation Army has programs that help single mothers with housing. They sometimes help pay for rent, so the mother can stay one more month in her current home to make arrangements for a place much more affordable. Some Salvation Army centers have housing that accept women with children on a temporary basis. The only way to know if your local Salvation Army has these options is to check in with them.
Catholic Charities and other religious centers also have similar programs for the homeless or those facing homelessness. They sometimes pay for rent or utilities to keep people in their home to buy them some time to get back on their feet, or they may have information on places where they can go to stay for a few days or weeks.
Staying with Friends
When there’s nowhere to go, many single mothers turn to friends for a place to stay. While you may not want to burden friends, if this is a possibility for you, take it. You don’t have to stay for a long time. Just stay for as long as you need to get assistance or housing in a better place.
Friends show their worth in times of trouble. If you have friends who open their arms and homes to you, take it as a good sign that you have people in your life that care about you.
This is the time when you need them the most, so don’t go it alone. Take the support and repay it later when they need you.