Are there grants available for housing?
It absolutely takes a village, and part of our goal in building the urbanMamas community is to offer resources and guidance to all. We received a recent email from a mama just outside Salem requesting help accessing grants or other financial assistance to buy a home:
My name is Starla I live in Stayton, OR. I am 37 years old, single for 9 years. I have 3 kids each with a different type of mental disorder. My daughter is 14 with OCD, Trichotillomania, OCD Hoarder and ADD. One son is 12 with Autism/Asperger’s, PDD and ADHD. Last but not least my 10 year old son with Bi-Polar and ADHD. My children are my world. We moved to OR from CA so I can get my children more help through the school and Therapist, things are doing so much better here. I have a Home Day Care, that is so I can be more convenient when I have to drive my children to all of their appointments (therapist, Med Prescribers, a Home Skill Worker, or school teachers or counselors). I just went back to college in Oct. 2007, this is the start for me to a whole new career; my goal is to be a family Therapist for children with mental disorders.
Being a single parent with children with mental disorders, my job options are limited and the so are my finances. I would love to be able to buy a home for us. I am renting a duplex so the maximum number of children that I can have in my Daycare is limited to 5 children. If I had a home I would be able to have 10, and that would double my income. Also my children are loud and they bother the neighbors on the other side of the wall (the neighbors know about my children and their mental disorders). It is hard enough to try to control the children, and - when a neighbor comes over and gets in the middle of it - that makes it much harder. My son (the one who has Autism) thinks that the neighbors want to kill him and I can’t get him to play outside, and he thinks that the owner want to kick us out (they don’t). He lives in fear all the time. My daycare children are wonderful, and my children love them. They all get along with the great.
If there is a grant that can help my buy a home for us that would help us out so much.
What are resources statewide (or even in Portland that could potentially have similar programs in other cities) that you could suggest?