If you find yourself in a situation where you may end up homeless with your children, don’t put yourself at risk by turning to the streets. There are many programs to help single mothers in a homeless situation just like yours.
Review the following resources for single mother housing to keep you and your children safe.
2-1-1 Program -www.211.org/
You know you can call 9-1-1 for medical emergencies, however, you can call 2-1-1 for housing emergencies. If you need shelter, help with rent or utilities, clothing and food, give 2-1-1 a dial. They have a list of community resources that may be able to help you through your financial distress.
If you aren’t in financial distress, but need support in other ways. This organization also provides help with getting unemployment benefits, job training, transportation, education programs, student recreation and enrichment programs, and older adult services, such as home health care and Meals on Wheels.
The Nurturing Network - www.nurturingnetwork.org/
This organization helps women dealing with an unplanned pregnancy. They can help you find housing, and financial assistance to buy the things you need for you and baby.
The Salvation Army - www.salvationarmyusa.org/
The Salvation Army doesn’t only provide you a place to purchase slightly used clothing for a low price, they also have programs to help people overcome life’s challenges.
United States Department of Housing and Urban Development - www.hud.gov/
If you haven’t already, go to your local U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development office. You can meet with a representative to discuss low cost housing options.
Eden Council for Hope and Opportunity -www.echofairhousing.org/
Some organizations help people with rent. If you are in jeopardy of losing your apartment, or can’t meet the requirements to live in an apartment, contact the Eden Council for Hope and Opportunity.
They may be able to help pay for your rent until you get back on your feet, or help pay some of your security deposit.
Champaign County Regional Planning Commission - www.ccrpc.org/
In Champaign, Illinois, residents can apply to receive Tenant-Based Rental Assistance. This provides them with subsidies for two years.
While this only for this location, check with your local social services office for similar programs.
Housing for Crisis
If you’re involved in a domestic violence situation, and have nowhere to turn, consider seeking a domestic violence shelter. These homes are in private locations. They will help you get to the home without your partner finding out.
Money should never hold you back from a dangerous situation. Seek comfort in the resources of your community, and protect you and your children first.
Seek Housing Assistance Now
Now that you have some resources to help you find affordable housing, start calling to find out more, and make appointments.
There are options out there in your community, you just have to take the effort to apply to get them.