Becoming a new parent can create a lot of worry. Babies are expensive, and many wonder what they are going to do next and how they will pay for the additional expenses. For some pregnant women, that additional stress could include finding a place to live that is within their families’ personal budgets. Several national programs and charitable organizations offer services to help expectant mothers find and afford apartments and homes for themselves and their new addition to the family.
Housing and Urban Development
Established in September 1965, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development was created to help some renters and homeowners afford housing. Public housing offers affordable apartments for low-income families, the elderly and people with disabilities, while privately owned subsidized housing helps the apartment owners offer reduced rents to low-income tenants.
HUD also provides housing choice vouchers, also known as Section 8 vouchers, which help the tenant search for a place and use the voucher to pay for all or part of the rent. There are income guidelines to receive this assistance. Those interested should contact their local agency for more information. The department’s website (see References) also contains information on how to get rental help in each particular state.
The Nurturing Network
The Nurturing Network offers several resources for expectant mothers. The international charitable organization has been working for more than two decades to help women cope with the unexpected demands of unplanned pregnancies. Among the services the network provides are health care assistance, employment placement and financial aid to those who qualify. According to the organization’s website, the program is individually tailored to the soon-to-be mother’s needs. The Nurturing Network also has helped clients relocate for reasons of confidentiality or emotional and physical safety.
The Nurturing Network PO Box 1489 White Salmon, WA 98672 509-493-4026 nurturingnetwork.org
In order to find more localized assistance, pregnant moms might check with their health care provider or county health department for other resources on help with finding an apartment. They may also want to check out their state human service agency for more information on helpful programs.
Each state is different. For example, Florida has a temporary cash assistance (TCA) program that provides monetary assistance for a variety of reasons. Pregnant women may receive TCA either in the sixth month of pregnancy if they are unable to work or in the ninth month leading up to the birth. The purpose of the program is to help families become self-supporting, and families who meet the income requirements must apply together.