Providing Housing Assistance
for Single Mothers
Struggling with homelessness is a stressful situation made even more nerve-wracking by the added responsibility of caring for a child. Organizations such as theand the are working to provide resources and housing for homeless families. While organized efforts have made a significant impact on the homeless problem, more can be done in local communities to address the issue.
The Department of Social Services (DSS) provides aid and assistance to families struggling with homelessness or other issues that threaten their quality of life. Individual families can approach the branch of the DSS in their home states. To facilitate a request, the DSS will need birth certificates, social security cards, driver's licenses, and other personal documentation from the mother and her children. While the department may provide most or all of the requested aid in the majority of cases, resources are limited, and some families may have to pursue other options.
Local charitable organizations can pick up the slack where governmental aid programs fall short. Also, while the DSS provides assistance with food and nutritional aid, energy assistance, and long-term child support, most charitable trusts focus on more specific concerns and will be able to devote all of their resources to addressing those needs.
Religious groups are also a useful place from which to seek aid. Many local churches and church groups will organize fund raisers and food drives to supply local homeless shelters, and some church buildings will temporarily open their doors to the homeless. If nothing else, religious organizations can assist homeless families in identifying the resources available to them and seeking help through other means.
One of the primary causes of homelessness among single mothers is domestic abuse.(1-800-799-7233) offers resources and information on dealing with and escaping from violence and abuse. The hotline can also provide a list of nearby homeless and battered women shelters to those in need.
For the homeless, information is one of the hardest resources to come by, and often the most important. The first step to recovery is to seek help, and there are a high number of organizations offering assistance to homeless single mothers and their children. Only a phone call is required to begin helping homeless families get back on their feet and start providing the resources and security their children need.