My sister never went to college and has been working at a local store ever since she graduated from high school. Her pay has not gone up much over the years. It has basically been at the same minimum wage level. When it was just herself, she could get by with her minimal income. But eventually she had a kid and her income could not support the both of them. She needed to get government help. I told her to apply for low income homes for rent. These types of homes are for people that are living at or below poverty and need rent assistance from the government. If accepted to the program, my sister would only have to pay part of the rent.
To determine whether or not she was eligible to get accepted for homes for low income families, she had to go to HUD's website and check their requirements. Alternatively, you can contact HUD and ask them directly, which would be faster and you can get direct answers. Once she determined her eligibility, she took a trip to the housing agency and filled out the application to get a voucher. After a few weeks she was approved and she started looking for rental houses. With the voucher, you can use it for homes, townhouses, condos, or just about any other type of rental unit where the landlord accepts the voucher.
There are many ways you can search for housing. First, start your search for homes online. That way you can don't have to drive all over the place and waste your time and money. Narrow your search first and then drive to see the homes you have interest in. Go to HUD's website and search for homes for rent. They should list several in the city that you are searching.
Another place to search online for houses for rent is Craigslist. This is a very useful search site since many people post their homes for rent there. All you need to do is put in the search for low income houses for rent, the area you want to live in, and the amount of rent you wish to pay. Craigslist will give you results based on your criteria.
You can also find homes for rent by asking around your fellow coworkers or friends. Some companies have a bulletin board where people post their homes for rent, so you can approach the homeowners and ask if they will accept you. Let the homeowner understand the benefits of allowing section 8 people to live there.
Finally, you can find homes in the free rental magazine that some supermarkets usually carry. You should be able to find these magazines right outside the entrance. These magazines are good in that they list a variety of homes for rent in a city including pictures. Contact the owners and find out if they willing to take section 8.
My sister was finally able to find a nice house that she really liked. The landlord was nice and the neighborhood was very good. Her kid is lucky to be able to grow up there.