Sometimes you have to live where you can afford even if it's not what you want. If funds are low then the mother and 3 children may have to live in a one bedroom apartment until they can do better. Some people have family or friends they can lean on until situations improve. What about the fathers? Look to them for help and if they don't then place them on child support. When kids are involved people are more willing to do what they can to offer assistance. Oh, also go to the churches and see if anyone there can provide assistance.