I know the struggle of being homeless with kids personally. Being homeless, was one of the most hardest and humbling thing I have ever been through. I can only hope by speaking my truth with give another homeless mom some hope. If you are her reading this or you may know someone who is a homeless mom, PLEASE DON’T GIVE HOPE! KEEPING PRAYING!!!! I didn’t want to hear this when I was homeless because those words didn’t put a roof over my kids and I head. But I am glad I did hear it because when the kids were sleep and I was crying over pillow, those encouraging words someone gave me help. I have just a few tips that help hard to save when you are paying so much and I pray it helps you.
PRAY YOUR WAY THROUGH!!!
If you are living in a car, the best place I have found that are safe are Wal-Mart and some hotels. It would have to be a hotel that rent rooms for weekly rates. They will allow you to stay in their parking lot.
If you are living in a hotel, those weekly rate are the worst!!! But I have found after being in a hotel after a month or so, they reduce the rate.
For those of you whom are living in a shelter, please follow their rules and keep to yourself.
Your local Goodwill Career centers help with finding a job. They also give clothing to those that don’t have any for interviews. They also give interviews right on the spot when you go fill out an application.
Your local Department of Family & Children Services can help with food stamps and medical for your kids.
There are some local churches that can help with clothing, food, and prayer. I know it hard to pray for the kids and yourself.
Your children’s school have resources that also help with clothing and food. The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act helps families with children by allowing them to continue in their same school before they were homeless. Under the act, the school will provide transportation to and from school, even if you are not in the same district. There are other things under this act, that your child is entitled to, please check with your child’s school.
If you are able, go to your local Goodwill and buy a burner so you can cook in the rooms. If the hotels don’t have a stove in it already.
Dollar Tree has a lot of items that you may need. The price is just right,$1!
If you have family or friends you can stay with until you can get on your feet, don’t be afraid to ask for their help.
Don’t be scared or ashamed to let someone know you are homeless, they may be able to help.
Mentally put your mind in a place of peace. Don’t think of being homeless as the end. Think of it has a place to regroup and bigger things coming your way. You have to see your life turning around.
Find a few positive, inspiring songs and put them on repeat.
Now is the time to use your talents and hobbies to make money for your family. Don’t think you can’t do it, I know you can.
Believe in yourself moms!!!!I know it is very hard but your son or/and daughter is looking at you and they will feed off your energy. You want to feed them positive energy.
Look this is not the end for you, it’s the beginning of your biggest blessings. You have to work harder but it will pay off. I pray this help someone. I would love to hear from other moms who have experiences being a homeless.