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Housing help for homeless mothers and other assistance

First off, if you just lost your home or are about to lose it, be informed that there definitely is help from many places for homeless people and for those who are about to become homeless. Since the amount of assistance information in the Internet can be overwhelming and might take a lot of time to get the right resources sooner, we have decided to put up a neat list over here explaining where you can get immediate help. Please read on for information about resources nearby:

1. 211=Dial 211 and you can get the assistance information in a matter of seconds or minutes. This is a free service and aims to provide quick information about community services to the needy people. As their web site states, in 2009 alone,they have answered more than 16.2 million calls. You can read more about it here or take up the phone and dial 211 right now to get the assistance you need. Your first step towards a better financial situation is just a phone call away.

2. Contact the Local Homeless Assistance Agencies: The contact details and other basic information about the agencies in your state can be accessed through the links below:

http://www.cms.gov/apps/firststep/content/hud-contact.html

http://www.hud.gov/homeless/hmlsagen.cfm

http://www.hud.gov/offices/cpd/homeless/index.cfm [excellent resource in HUD web site regarding overcoming homelessness]

3. Contact the local church and see what you can get in the form of immediate assistance,

4. Do not forget to contact the local social services center. You will be able to apply for all forms of government financial assistance through it. If you want to know about the kind of assistance available in your state and for the financial help that you could be eligible for, search in our site for your specific state.When it comes to assistance, it does not just involve cash or the housing assistance but also includes other forms like the energy assistance offered through the LIHEAP program, WIC etc,.

5. Search for “Shelters and Emergency Housing insert your state” to get information on more organizations that help people with emergency housing.

6. You can get the addresses of local homeless shelters through the below directory:

http://www.homelessshelterdirectory.org/

7. If after a few days, you want to move from shelter to a separate house, look into the HUD housing programs. If you do not prefer the public housing, you could go for section 8 housing choice voucher program which gives you rent assistance to a house you choose in the private market – Link.

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18 Responses to “Housing help for homeless mothers and other assistance”
  1. alex says:

    Hi I know a person who is a hard worker and she has 7 kids and just lost her job and cant find a new one and she is stressed out. She lost her home and she is staying with her sister and her sister says that she needs to leave by march 1st and she has no where to go if there is a program out there for her to get a new home and a job please email me so i can let her know. She has been looking so much for information but eveyone has a waiting list of about 3 years or more or they have to meet the income requirement of 2x or 3x of rent. Please someone help her she is a good person and deserves her own home. please help her

    • admin says:

      Alex, thanks for paying us a visit. The waiting lists are always gonna be real long and little can be done about it. But one thing your friend can do is share a home with another single mother. Can she do that? When a major part of the income goes towards the rent, sharing expenses with another mother who can also help with the chores and provide emotional support can make a difference. Of course, finding a mother who suits your type and the kids getting along must be considered but the idea is certainly worth giving a try.

  2. Nikita says:

    Hello my name is Nikita and i have 18 month old son and im pregnant due anyday now. I am soon to be homeless i have no job. I dont know what to do i cant find a job for nothing and so in desperate need of help. Winters coming and i am afraid of staying in a shelter and being outside in the cold with a newborn baby and my son. They are my world and would give my life for them. I dont know what to do. I would go to housing but i ow them a lil bit of money and i cannot reapply till i pay them off. I have no money now and none coming toward me. If anyone who reads this please help me!! Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

  3. julia says:

    joans was in ny with two children one and two left and has been in florida stuck,homeless,needs to come back to uo-state ny but needs help,need a ministry/organization,to help driving her her with a hitch and her children even if they drive her to jersey and prayer ministries meet and take the rest of way please contact us would ike to be her for holidays,leave asap get family in safe invironment .

  4. janelle swartz says:

    My name is Janelle I have to kid that iam working very hard to get back in may of 2011 I felt wore out. And alone with no support I tryed overdosing and almost succeeded .. thank god that I didn’t I lost my two kids so a very big part of me felt like It did die I lost are home my vehicle. But I realized. That I didn’t need anyone but my kids and that I needed to get up and fight for them I have took care on my own no state assistance I have done everything. I need to do so my kids can come home. But I don’t have the money for memedepositvandfirst first months rent all St one time so. They don’t have a home to come home to if anyone can help with some info or ideas plz help m

  5. kim says:

    my name is kim im 22 years old have 3 kids and im homeless i have no help from their dads i need to find us a place to live so i dont lose my kids.Im also in need of a job.If any one has any ideas or can help me with info or anything plz let me know and thank you.

  6. Jennifer says:

    I want to talk to the author of this article. Please email me so I can have a very frank conversation with you. As for the “help” that is out there, it is not as easy as asking. It is not as easy as even applying and qualifying. Depending on where you live, it can be next to impossible to find and get help.
    2-1-1 — Depending on the day and time you call, you may be on wait for up to 30 minutes. Then, you will get a list of local services.
    Local welfare office — More than likely long long waits up to 6 hours sometimes. This is hard for mothers. But, even if you make it through the wait you will then fill out a 14+ page application. If its accepted you can get a phone interview to then have a face-to-face interview. Again, depending on your region, even after you’ve been completely approved it can take up to 3 months to start receiving benefits. Also, make sure you continue to pay your cell phone bill and have an address or you can’t get benefits.
    Local Social Services — Some Counties’ Social Service Centers won’t help you if you get any Welfare assistance. Assuming you don’t get welfare assistance, you can apply for their program … if you can get ahold of anyone who can actually tell you what services are offered and how to apply.
    But there are always places like “help” of Southern Nevada. You HAVE to fill out their application on line. If you get a hold of anyone there they will tell you they can’t help you until you fill out their application on line which then they will call you back in 3-10 business days. They will only try to call 2 times. If they cannot get a hold of you, you will have to start the whole process over again. So, make sure you have a phone you can be by for up to 10 days. Sometimes 10 days go by and they still haven’t called. You can then email them regarding your application which you will get a response that says they will respond to you. You can call and leave messages for different people in different departments but no one will call you back.
    You can also try to Call the local Catholic Charities in your area but they don’t have anything available in most areas because the need is greater than the amount of resources they have available.
    Please do the research before telling everyone how easy it is. I’m about 2 months from being homeless. In 2008 I had 3 jobs. I was laid off my full-time salaried position and didn’t qualify for unemployment because I also had 2 part-time jobs which have both since been dissolved. I apply almost daily for positions. I have no savings left and 3 kids. I have found NO ONE to help. I did get medical coverage for my children. I get some food, but what I really want is a good job and I’ll pay my own bills. I lost my house and am renting. I NEVER thought it would take this long to find another full time position. AND, I am College Educated.
    So, please tell us where the real help is. I’ve done my research. Unfortunately, I had to do it. I would have never believed all these organizations existed with no REAL help.
    Please pray for me and my children.
    Somehow I will keep us from being homeless but it won’t be because I received any help.

    • MissJane says:

      That is all a FACT! Pregnant, homeless, and unemployed from DV. There are no gas vouchers, or motel vouchers. There aren’t even any empty beds at the four shelters I’ve been calling for three months. And to top it off, if you mention these needs to people, some people become near hostile that there are places where you CAN and WILL get help if you ask! Geez…and I thought I was miserable. Best wishes ladies.

  7. evelyn figueroa says:

    well hi ,my name is evelyn am a single mom of 4 just moved to fl , from pr and are about to be homless with my kids i only recived 289 a month for my kids and actually living with my dad i need help deseperate because dont know what will my housing status will be nedd some answers aqnd links were i can get help

  8. joe says:

    i love it when i see single mothers help. what about single fathers? you never see anything. i am a single father and cant find help for nothing!!! i am disabled just had back surgery looking at more surgeries, and do you think i can find any help? not going to happen. all i hear is sorry, there is a four year waiting list,sorry we are for mothers only. this is crazy. are you people blind? single fathers need help sometimes too!!!

  9. Maurishawn Walker says:

    I am a single mother of a soon to be 6 year old boy and I am currently 28 weeks pregnant wth my second.Do to an abusive relationship me and my children have been homeless for the past 6 months in and out of hotels,sleeping in laundrymats etc.I do have a job as a bathroom attendant in a Country bar where I work Thursday’s-Saturday’s for 8 hours I only get paid off of tips I do not get wages so my pay varies from 80 to 160 a month which makes it hard to get stability for my children and without getting any help from my family it’s a struggle trying to provide,house and maintain for my kids.The colder it gets the more stressful the situation becomes I am at my breaking point and desperately in need of help.If you guys could help me or even point me in the right direction I would truly be grateful.

  10. VIRGINIA says:

    im homeless with a 7 year old girl and a 5 year old boy. coming away from a abused relationship. Need help tucson

  11. ashley says:

    Jennifer,
    I am finding the same dead ends with all the things you tried, I have an 18 month old son and am expecting another baby in about 14 days. My husband just went to prison for 15 years and I am exhausted and ever so discouraged but I have to stay strong for my babies. If anyone lives or knows of anyone in riverside,ca. who would like to share housing/rental expenses please contact me asap. I will be praying for all you awesome single moms who don’t give up.

    Thanks

  12. BreOnna says:

    I’m 19 homeless and I’m due December 31 please help me I’m to the point to where I don’t know where I’m gone sleep the next night….

  13. Rashell says:

    I am 37 with 4 daughters and a son on the way. I am homeless now and looking for ANY type of assistance and its not out there . I was laid off from my full time job shortly after lost my house . And I have no Family to help me and getting another job is nearly impossible now a days. Im not looking for Pity or a Hand out Im asking for a Hand Up I want to work and be able to support my Family on my own and there are no Resources for my family.

  14. Dell Bodden says:

    Hi, I’m a single mother of eight kids living in Florida. I’m about to become homeless. I do not have a job or any family or friends that can help me please provide me with any information possible that could lead to me getting some form of emergency assistance.

  15. Jennifer says:

    I have been put in a terrible spot. My abusive boyfriend just got us kicked out of the home we were living in and within minutes went to jail. I have only been in havasu for 6 months and have no car, phone, home, food, friends, or family. The only resource I have avalliable is the library which closes soon….and I don’t know where I am going to sleep tonight…

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