Apartments for Single Mothers

One of the most difficult things for many single mothers is finding affordable housing or housing grants for single mothers. You want your kids to be able to play and be a little rambunctious while also being safe. Of course, the ideal home for children may seem to be a single family home with a fenced yard and a neighborhood watch program but for most single mothers that may be outside the household budget. So if you’re stuck with choosing an apartment as a single mother there are a few things to look for before you sign a lease.

Look around and don’t forget to negotiate — without playing the pity card. Most landlords only find begging and expecting pity only one more reason NOT to give you the apartment. Don’t be afraid to tell your story and what you have been through, but as soon as you start begging it doesn’t look good anymore so be careful.

Pricing

Luckily many apartments offer amenities such as cable or water service as part of your rent. This enables you to save some money toward getting your own home later. Another benefit of apartment living for a single mother is the maintenance. You don’t have to mow the lawn, trim the shrubs or worry about painting and maintaining the outside of your apartment. When something breaks or an appliance dies that is included in your apartment rent- you’ll get a repair or new appliance! The cost benefits of apartment living are one of the main reasons to give up the idea of a single family home for a while!

Government Help

The government is there to provide grants, loans and immediate housing for single mothers. Section 8 is a grant provided by the government that helps low-income families with their rent and covers a portion of it every month (or however often you need to pay rent). They just send the money directly to your landlord and the second you start paying late, they stop paying. They provide immediate housing, in case you really have nowhere to live and currently don’t have the money for a house.

Security

An apartment complex with a security office, intercom door systems, grated lower floor windows etc. is what you should look for in order to make sure you and your children are safe and sound in and outside of your apartment. Not all apartment complexes have all of these options but you can evaluate all the options and possibilities before you choose an apartment. Be sure to ask the property manager about security, evacuation, security cameras, etc., so you can ensure you and your kids will be safe.

Child Friendly

Is there a playground? Maybe a swimming pool? Do you see children playing outdoors in the apartment complex? As a single mother, you more than likely have a job, you probably don’t want to come home from work just to have to take the children to a park or other outdoor area to play. An apartment complex often has child-friendly activities and equipment as well as other children to play with. You can simply walk outdoors and enjoy a book while your kids play if you choose this kind of apartment complex.

Ground Floor Apartment

Single mothers often find that a ground floor apartment is a better choice than one that is atop another family. Children like to play and jump and bounce; a ground floor apartment makes this possible without enduring complaints from the family downstairs. You will have to request for a ground floor, and sometimes, there won’t be any available. You will have to make some sacrifices along the way to get the dream apartment at a low cost. If by chance you cannot find a ground floor anywhere, then be patient and teach your kids not to jump, and if they do, just take them outside.

 

The key to finding the ideal apartment for you and your children is to visit, ask questions and thoroughly check out the complex before committing to a lease. Single moms have a lot on their plates. They have to juggle all the bills, handle all the transportation and manage to feed their child a healthy diet on what is usually a tight budget. Choosing to live in an apartment as a single mother is a wise decision and one that can help with several areas of being a single parent. There’s the possibility of a neighbor taking on babysitting duties, other children for your kids to play with and even carpools to take advantage of to make your life easier!

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