(www.TheSingleMomclub.com) – Unless you are one of the rare single mothers who have financial security, you have already or will find yourself in need of housing assistance at some point of tour single mom journey. Bookmark this page for resources to help stop eviction, get rapid rehousing or to maintain your stable home.
First let’s learn the types of housing available to you.
Transitional housing can be a miracle for you. They provide homeless mothers and her children a warm, stable place to live. They will also work with you to find employment or go to school so you can get a job.
An example of that is Mary’s House of Hope, which is a transitional home for pregnant women that is the next step in helping mothers become the best parents they can be. At Mary’s House, at risk families can receive support and resources necessary to help prevent a cycle of homelessness that can pass on to the next generation. Here mothers can receive pre- and post-partum support such as prenatal care, lactation consulting, parenting classes, and the consistency of a safe home for up to two years. Learn more here: http://www.loudounhomeless.org/transitionalhousing
Supportive housing can be a great help to single mothers in that many provide individual apartments per each family but also provide on-site childcare, coordination of other supports including self aufficiency, health and education-oriented. For example, Mercy Housing in Chicago, IL does exactly that with its 4-story apartment building called Miriam Apartments.
Located in a historic district of Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood, The Miriam Apartments were originally built in 1925 as a home for senior citizens. The four-story brick building was acquired by Mercy Housing in 1991 and transformed into an affordable housing complex for women who were otherwise unable to affordaa home, making it the first development of its kind in Illinois. The first floor of the building offers a large community kitchen, recreation room, resident lounge, bike storage and laundry facilities. The building was named for Sister Miriam Friday and her lifetime of work with Uptown’s poor and homeless.
Miriam House Apartments Statistics:
66 units of supportive housing for single women
Handicap accessible and adaptable units available
Acquired in 1991
Funded by: McKinnney Section 8 Grant and Low Income Housing Tax Credits
Domestic Violence Survivors
Most city housing subsidies place DV victims, intimidated witnesses on what is called Priority One status to help fond housing quickly. As your DV advocate or call 211/311 to locate help in your area.
New York City residents or employees
If you live OR work in New York City, NYCHA’s housing subsidy can pay up to $1,800.00 in back rent to prevent eviction. Human Resources Administration (HRA) can pay up to $6,000 in arrears. You can apply for the help at your local HRA office. If you have an open ACS, go to the 8th floor of 150 William Street for help.