SocialServe.com Search for Affordable Housing for Single Mothers
Today we will review the website www.SocialServe.com that is a network of tenants & landlords who list affordable housing & rental units for low income families & single moms. SocialServe handles millions of housing searches every year & has helped thousands of families find affordable housing across 48 states. The company has a toll free phone line that has representatives speaking English & Spanish help landlords list their rental units & tenants find affordable housing in their respective neighbourhoods. SocialService is a non-profit organization that has created this highly efficient & technologically advanced website that connects landlord & tenants. In fact according to the company’s About Us page, 75% of its users are individuals searching for affordable workplace housing.
How the Service Works
Tenants can search for affordable housing by rent $$, property type, location (zip code & state), bed & bath offers, pet friendliness, availability of public transit, smoking policy & landlord’s language, etc. Results can be printed via printer-friendly pages & sorted by preferences like rent, date available & location. This works well when you have to present your housing findings to a charitable organization if they are paying for your housing. Search results are displayed on a map allowing surfers to find locations based on proximity & their chosen neighbourhood.
A sample property details page shows the address of the housing unit, landlord’s contact information, date available, if utilities are included in rent, total rent amount & security deposit required, major appliances information, whether a credit/criminal check is required, smoking allowed, seniors only, pets allowed, parking & clubhouse or amenities features.
What Can You Afford to Rent Calculator
This is a very handy tool that asks for # of people in your family, total family income (in $/hour or annual salary), Section 8 voucher or # of bedrooms you need. It then outputs your total monthly rent you can afford to pay, and suggests you current available rental units in that price range. We did a sample search in the Greater Atlanta Metropolitan Area, GA for 2 people in the household with a median income of $35k. Below is the result we got. The tool says we can afford up to $875 per month which is 30% of gross monthly income ($35k). What I really like about this tool is the option of “What’s available at/under $875 a month.” Be sure to check this out!
If you are a single mom with low income & looking for affordable housing, be sure to check out SocialServe.com. Go here for other resources such as government housing grants and assistance for single mothers, government grants for single moms buying home for first time & daycare financial assistance for single moms.