In 2015, about 2.4 million single mothers were living below the poverty line in Georgia. For them, finding affordable housing has been a big challenge.
As of December, 2016, 1 in 7 Georgia families lived in low-income housing. This is because they have less incomes and higher rent prices than the average family due to the fact that they are single parents. They have a hard time paying their rent and as a result, they struggle to find affordable housing, let alone get more money with which to pay for it.
There are many programs available for single mothers who struggle to afford their monthly rent and utilities but not enough people know about them so that these programs can serve those who need help most.
Organizations That Offer Rent Assistance For Single Moms
Salvation Army Housing Assistance
As a result of the state’s welfare reform of 2011, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs decreased the amount of cash assistance provided to low-income households with children.
The Salvation Army in Columbia County, where I grew up, is one of many charities that provide rent assistance for low-income families who are working and trying to get their life back on track.
The Salvation Army Housing Assistance program provides $235 a month rent assistance for single mothers with children who have been forced to move due to domestic violence or severe housing instability.
Catholic Charities for Single Mothers in Georgia provides monthly rent assistance for single parents who are in need.
Catholic Charities for Single Mothers in Georgia provides $187 per person per month to provide a measure of financial stability during a difficult time. The money can help with housing, food, clothing and other essentials.
Their services include:
- Financial assistance to help single parents maintain their housing while they search for employment
- Credit restoration to repair the damage caused by predatory lending and high interest credit cards
- Educational opportunities including counseling, job training, literacy classes, childcare and more
YWCA-Emergency Financial Assistance For Single Mothers
Single mothers, in particular those who are living below the poverty line, are one of the most vulnerable groups in our society. With Georgia being predominantly rural and low-income, many single mothers put themselves at risk when they can’t afford rent.
The YWCA of Atlanta provides a rental assistance program for single mothers who are struggling to pay their rent. The other programs that they offer are financial counseling, health insurance enrollment, and food assistance.
Rent Assistance is just one small part of their services that helps single mothers get back on their feet.
For more information:- contact them at [email protected]
FEMA Housing Portal
The Georgia Department of Community Affairs has set up a new application for single mothers who are seeking assistance to find affordable families that would be willing.
The application is called “Housing Portal” and can be accessed on the state’s website. It provides options for the women to find temporary, short-term housing in the state if they need it and also provides resources like referrals and information about rent assistance programs.
Single mothers are often faced with the daunting task of finding affordable housing while they are waiting to get on their feet. They often have to search through online listings or HUD websites and hope that they can connect with affordable rentals or places in which they can live. The Housing Portal application helps them cut down their time spent looking for rental homes by providing them with a list of apartments.
Home Investment Partnerships Program
In the US, there are some states such as Georgia and Texas that provide rent assistance for single mothers. However, the process can be a hassle as it involves a lot of paperwork and waiting on your case to get processed before you can apply to get help with your rent.
The Home Investment Partnership Program For Single Mothers in Georgia is an initiative that gives single mothers money to help them pay their rent while they save for the future. If you qualify for this initiative, the state will give you enough money to help you pay your rent and when you’ve saved the required amount, then they will give you a sum of cash.
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Housing Counseling Assistance Program
The Housing Counseling Assistance Program for Single Mothers in Georgia helps single mothers in need to secure affordable housing.
The program aims to help single mothers with a monthly income of $1,285 or less and covers the cost of rent, security deposits and/or the first month’s rent.
For more information:- Call them at (800) 569-4287.
Rural Rental Assistance
For single mothers in rural Georgia, the state’s Department of Community Affairs provides up to $200 per month for rent in exchange for 20 hours of community service.
Community service can help women struggling with poverty find better jobs, get more education and move towards self-sufficiency.
For more information about Rural Rental Assistance please visit: Rural Rental Assistance
Section 8 Rental Subsidy
Section 8 rental subsidy for single mothers in Georgia is a social program that can help out with housing expenses. It is designed to help low-income households, who have children living in their homes and they use the subsidy to rent an apartment or house.
Before this program, many low-income single mothers would be forced to move out of the area and live in a much more expensive location just because they had no money and could not afford the rent.
Although it is a very generous program, there are some restrictions, which include having children over 18 years old and not having any other source of income as well as being authorized by the state’s welfare office.
This project is focused on single mothers in Georgia. It provides them with resources to find emergency rental assistance when they are forced to move because of an emergency.
Many social service organizations work with low-income families who struggle to make ends meet, and Georgia has a high cost of living. Georgia also has a large population of single mothers that often rely on government programs such as Medicaid and TANF.
The amount of these programs is limited in many regions, so they often turn to social service organizations for help. These organizations face difficulties in trying to provide a quality solution for many reasons such as lack of funding and the sheer number of applicants for help.