If you’re a parent who has become homeless, there are many services available to help you get back on your feet. You may have just lost your job or your housing situation became untenable. You may be struggling with mental illness or addiction. Whatever the cause, homelessness is not a life sentence — it can be treated and remedied with the right resources and help from others.
The first step to getting back on track is applying for government assistance programs like food stamps (SNAP), Medicaid and Section 8 housing vouchers. These programs can help pay for rent and utilities while you get back on your feet. Just remember that these benefits are usually time-limited; so once you’ve landed a job or secured stable housing, make sure that you don’t let them lapse for lack of use!
There are many national organizations that offer free legal assistance to low-income individuals facing eviction or foreclosure proceedings — including the American Bar Association, Legal Aid Society and National Association of Consumer Advocates (NACA). These groups often also have local chapters that can provide advice on housing matters that don’t require litigation; so look into them if you need.
Last modified: September 12, 2022