Rental assistance for single mothers and parents.

Single mothers can get rental assistance from the Salvation Army, government programs, churches and charity organizations such as Catholic Charities. The various non-profit organizations operate in many states across the country. Their goal is to help single moms and their kids find stable housing or apartments, pay the rent and/or security deposit on it, and remain stable.

The charities offer homeless prevention, rent or housing help and self-sufficiency programs. Agencies can also help single moms find and pay for a new or low income apartment. Find a list of long term as well as emergency rental assistance programs and lower income apartment for single mothers as well as their children below.

Salvation Army rent and housing programs for single moms

A number of agencies and financial resources are listed below, however the Salvation Army is one of the leading charities that supports single mothers, regardless of their age, race, or ethinicy. Many of the Salvation Army centers as well as charity organizations provide housing assistance with the objective of ending homelessness for single-parent families. They work by connecting individuals to professional case management, financial aid programs, rental grants and trained mentoring groups from local offices. These services will ensure that single moms and parents achieve permanent housing, family stability, and financial self-sufficiency.

With locations around the country, some of the programs offered at the local level will vary based on funding and available resources. Some of the assistance programs offered by the Salvation Army include.

Emergency and Holiday Food Assistance - Usually provided as needed to families. The Salvation Army centers will often work with local food banks and partner with other non-profits and charities. Many will provide an annual holiday food distribution over the Thanksgiving and Christmas season in partnership with the food pantries.





Rental assistance - Access mid to long term housing stability. Based on funding levels, the Salvation Army can provide emergency rental assistance for a period of time of up to 24 months. Receive help with landlord and tenant mediation. They also have homeownership programs. A focus of the rental programs is on single parents, and in particular moms.

Employment and Character Development - One main objective is helping adults develop character and employment skills. They do this through accomplishment of employment and educational goals. Case managers are involved in helping people and single moms find employment with self-sustaining wages and benefits, and maybe even the development of small business projects.

Attain and Maintain Housing - The local branches of the Salvation Army can provide a solution to homelessness and also help address at-risk nature of those needing housing. Single parents can receive referrals for transitional housing programs or grants for energy bills or rental costs.

Resources can help candidates who are single income households with a desire to afford and maintain long term market value housing. Centers can advocate to landlords on behalf of the participating family. Case managers will help clients find assistance in locating rental units for long term housing.

Attain Financial Self-Sufficiency - Counselors will help parents and single moms work toward permanent, full-time employment. They accomplish this by evaluating participants job skills along with their employment history. They will also work with parents to help them make connections with regional job training programs. Parents can also be linked to career counseling.





All of this self-sufficiency can lead to the parent increasing their income, which will allow them to keep up with their rent in the future. Counselors can also help and assist parents in locating permanent, full time job training and employment opportunities. Also gain budgeting skills, credit counseling and money management, all which help a mom achieve stability.

Financial assistance – Salvation Army center can help people secure adequate transportation, health insurance for the family, and access child-care. A focus is on housing needs, and grants can help pay rent, deposits, and housing costs.

Emergency Shelter - The housing program provides temporary housing to single women and their minor children  who are being evicted or who are homeless. The Salvation Army can provide a safe, stable and clean environment.

Services provided include hot meals and case management to promote self-sufficiency. Families and women in the program develop service plans and meet with a social worker to alleviate barriers that prevent them from becoming self-sufficient.

Additional assistance offered by Salvation Army case workers to parents may include job training programs, employment or money management and life skills. In addition, those families in the shelters often have limited access to household items, basic bedding kitchenwares, towels, blankets, and the like. Then, when ready to leave the shelter, the goal is to provide the single mom with financial help for paying moving costs as well as first months rent on a new home.

Transitional Housing – This can be offered so that single moms have a place to live with their children. The Salvation Army can coordinate low income housing and apartments, and help get families settled. There is also lodging for domestic violence survivors. Transitional housing can enable moms to improve their family housing stability and will also prepare participants for permanent housing in the community.

Permanent Housing – Work with a social worker from the Salvation Army. The case manager assigned to work with a struggling mother will provide assistance in finding appropriate renter's rights, housing, job search, community resources and budgeting.




Most of the participants in housing assistance, career counseling or job finding programs will also be assisted with meeting their employment goals through a skills assessment process. This will include computer/technology skills, employment readiness, and trade internships. Additional economic development offered by Salvation Army to struggling mothers will include small business ventures which provide jobs, training and employment opportunities to parents and the needy.

Case managers and social workers from the Salvation Army organization will mentor women and their children. This will help them attain financial and emotional stability with the help of highly qualified and trained mentoring groups. Single mothers will be able to achieve permanent housing and financial stability through employment, self-sufficiency and value of self through ongoing mentoring friendships.

The primary vision and objective of single parent programs administered by the Salvation Army is to first of all prevent homelessness by coordinating rental assistance, housing counseling and case management. Another goal is to end homelessness for women and children across the United States by working with churches, social services and charities in local communities. Some of the key programs will assist in goal planning, provide case management, allocates rental assistance, and teach client’s life skills.

Contact information - The Salvation Army has locations in all states and most mid to large size towns have a branch located in it. Families with children, including single moms, can get help with their rent, food, utilities, find free furniture and other support. Find a Salvation Army financial assistance program near you.

There are other branches too. Find locations of state assistance and charity programs, including additional local Salvation Army agencies as well as other non-profit agencies and government programs. These organizations that may provide rent assistance for families with children.

Other single parent housing programs

Some of agencies or services that can be looked into include The Nurturing Network, which is an international charitable organization that offers comprehensive housing and rental needs. The support is for woman facing the crisis of an unplanned pregnancy. The phone number is 1-800-TNN-4MOM.





Catholic Charities can often provide single moms with a fresh start. The national charity organization can help anyone, regardless of their religion, and many services and locations have special rent and housing programs for single mothers and their children. There may also be emergency shelters on site.

Single mothers and their children can often be provided with housing as they work towards an independent, structured program in order to achieve their longer term goals and maximize self-sufficiency. Read more Catholic Charity programs and find the location to call in your state.

Apartments - Single mothers often need help in finding and pay for a new home or apartment. It can be challenging to get a landlord to agree to a lease, find an apartment that does not in effect discriminate, to ensure the housing is safe, and it is often difficult for a single mom to come up with the money for a security deposit as well as first months rent. There is help from the government as well as charities. Find how to get assistance finding an apartment.

CoAbode - This non-profit agency will provide housing and indirect rental assistance for single mothers by allowing them to in effect share their expenses with other single parents. All applicants are screened and the service will do its best to ensure the parties are compatible. The service is free to clients. Sharing housing expenses, including energy bills and your monthly rent, can help ensure that mothers have a home for their children and themselves. Learn more on housing assistance for single moms from CoAdobe.

Rehousing and rent assistance - Other agencies offer support to families with children. Whether the household is run by a mother or struggling parent, the tenant can apply for housing services. There are government grants, eviction prevention resources, and other programs. Even some low cost loans may be involved. Find additional help for paying rent.





YWCA - This is one of the nation’s leading non-profit charity organizations that focuses on helping women, single parents, and their children. While direct financial assistance for paying rent will be rare, the centers may offer a number of housing resources. The specifics will vary by location and state, but can include transitional housing, information on rental voucher programs, case management services, and they can also provide referrals too. read more YWCA assistance programs.


By Jon McNamara

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