Housing Assistance for Single Mothers
Get assistance to get decent housing:
Housing assistance is available for single mothers and for all families meeting the income requirements set by the local housing agency. Apart from being available to needy families, assistance is also offered to elderly and the disabled. Families who demonstrate non-affordability of housing will be eligible to apply for assistance. Applicants can make use of either the public housing units or choose to rent a house in the private market. Those opting for privately-owned housing will be provided assistance through the housing choice voucher program. The other name given to this particular program is the section 8. As part of the housing choice voucher, approved tenants will be required to pay only the difference between the actual rent and the amount of monetary help offered by housing agency. You can also choose to remain in your current residence and pay the rent using voucher, provided your landlord agrees to it.
In the case of public housing, rather than allowing you to choose a shelter in the private market, you will be provided a safe and sanitary place in one of the government-owned properties. As there are limited housing resources in the hands of each agency, long waiting lists are very common. On rare occasions, families could get assisted immediately, especially if they are facing a crisis. Families demonstrating the greatest need will be given priority and offered housing assistance as soon as resources in subsidized housing project become available. Once your application gets considered for housing assistance, an eligibility interview will be conducted by the housing authority’s representative.
The application process:
Get started on receiving housing assistance by contacting housing agency [HA] in your area. A full list of agencies and their contact information can be found in the page below:
In addition to basic and financial information, local HA will also require you to submit contact details of previous landlords. Information from such contacts can be sought so as to verify if you are a tenant who will not cause disruption to other families living in the housing project. Requirement documentation to verify the information provided by the applicant includes but not limited to birth certificates, tax returns and pay stubs.
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