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What Options Are Available to People Who are Homeless?
January 22, 2011
9:34 am
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I know someone who has a young child. She is single. She lost her home to foreclosure. She does not qualify for cash aid due to a past program violation. She does get food stamps. She has a travel trailer. She can't afford space rent to put it in a trailer park. She had it parked on a mans private land, but he evicted her because she did not want to have sex with him. Friends offered to let her keep her trailer, motorcycle, truck, etc. on their property, but they all have taken legal action against her to keep her property and sell it based on abandonment. She has been offered low paying jobs, but does not have the money to pay a child care provider up front. She is estranged from her family. She has tried to sell her property, but no one has money up front. She has made arrangements for people to make payments, but all they did was take her property without paying her as promised. She has exhausted all of her days at homeless shelters. She does want to go to college but has no child care or computer. Her son is noisy and not allowed in the public library. Fortunatly she does have a car. Any suggestions?Cry


January 22, 2011
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She's not alone in this world, that's for sure.  I wish I had something concrete to suggest.  Has she checked out all of the government services?  Has she contacted people like the Salvation Army?  Was the violation a long time ago or recent?

January 23, 2011
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She said she cannot get cash aid from welfare for 5 years for a program violaltion. That is the only government program I know of that provides financial assistance to parents with children.

January 23, 2011
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Wow, that's a difficult situation in which to find herself. It sounds like she needs to adopt a "can-do" attitude and work hard toward building trust. Can she try joining a local church and see if she can get help there? If she is willing to work at it, something should be possible.

January 23, 2011
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I am really sorry to hear about your friend. I agree with Alise, maybe she can get some assistance from a church in her area.

 

Regarding school, perhaps she can get some assistance from the government through that. My friend is unemployed, but her county pays for her education. I'm not sure what kind of paperwork she had to go through. Also, most schools have daycares, maybe they could help with that.

January 25, 2011
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She gets food stamps through the government. She can't go to school because she has no baby sitter. Child care providers and services are available, they cost $$$. The only thing that the churchs provide is some free food. She doesn't need free food because she gets food stamps. The organizations such as the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army have experienced major cutbacks in funding along with an increased need for their services. The Salvation Army and Social Services does provide a one time first month and security deposit check for those who find housing. Some provide motel vouchers for a couple of nights at a motel . She already used a motel voucher. You have to have a source of verifiable income and a credit check to qualify for an apartment. She has no income, an eviction, and a foreclosure on her record.

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