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Transitional Housing for Low Income Families
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.
HOW TO APPlY
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.
Good Luck to You, My Friend...