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Transitional Housing for Low Income Families

Updated on June 18, 2013

Much like it sounds, transitional housing is for people who are in some type of "transition."

In many cases, the average transitional housing resident is a family or individual who has just left a homeless shelter.

However, in this terrible economy, many people who apply to these programs have never lived in a homeless shelter, they simply have low income, and cannot afford the high cost of rent (market rent).

There are also people who are in the bad situation of not being able to find rental housing because they have an eviction on their credit.

It can take up to 7 years for an eviction to fall of of your credit report, and some people have a really hard time during that period.

If this situation applies to you, you may be able to apply for transitional housing, get a space, and then stay there until either, the eviction falls off of your credit, or you have saved up enough money to be able to able to pay off the bad debt, and move into your own apartment.

Basically, this particular form of low income assistance is designed to give you a real chance to get yourself together, get an education or job training, and then move out in the world and be able to support yourself with a living wage:

Here is a good example of what a good program can do for you and your family:


In this program, an individual or family is offered housing for a specific length of time. This time length normally ranges anywhere from 6 months to 3 years (it can be shorter or longer depending on the program).

In the program, participants/residents pay a drastically reduced amount of rent - or no rent at all, and they are also usually given help with childcare, transportation, and food.

Some of these low income housing programs go the extra mile and actually match up to 100% of the rent paid and give it to the participant once he/she departs the program.

The basic purpose of the program is to help low income individuals to become self sufficient.


The type of accommodations you will live in will vary greatly from program to program. Some programs offer entire apartments to families and individuals, and other programs offer dormitory style living.

Just like with anything else, some programs are nicer than others, and some may need a little TLC. Obviously, a newer program will yield newer housing, and vice versa with an older program. Either way, each program is designed to give a low income family a financial boost up - so you should probably take it any way you can get it.

You might luck up on a program with newer construction, there are actually a lot of them out there, so the prospect is not far-fetched at all.


Each program has different application rules and regulations. Contact an agency in your local area and find out how to apply, then do your best to get in.

As Always,

Good Luck to You, My Friend...


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      Ellen 6 years ago

      do you also help out people with mental disabilities. my son will be 30 this year right now he lives in a small motel room, with a small fridge & microwave. he needs more space & a bedroom so he can have his friends over to play games. I cook for him, he needs to learn to cook & not burn things, I also do his laundry he'd use a full box of soap. can u tell me who to talk to. SRC here in Reno, says he is low on list for help because all his needs are met, he has roof over his head & his disability check pays for it. food & shelter & then he is mainly broke.

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      Pamela Lipscomb 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Once you lose your residence. It is not that easy to get another one,especially if you don't a a nest eggs or good credit. Transitional housing really help people who want to, get back on their feet.