In 2009, more than 4 in 10 births were to unmarried women. That’s a jump from 18% in 1980 to an astonishing 41% in 2009. Consider the reality that the average single mom makes just over $25,000 a year, and factor in the average cost of raising a child per year, which is estimated at around $13,860—and it’s easy to see why single moms everywhere are finding more and more reasons to share housing.
With the dramatic rise in unmarried mothers giving birth, and the rise in single mom households falling well below the poverty line today, shared housing just makes good financial sense.
“Two single moms raising children together can achieve more than one struggling alone.”
That’s CoAbode’s mission statement. CoAbode is a Shared Housing Program that provides services and support to make parenting a child alone easier, healthier and more secure.
Women all over the U.S. are seeking to create “mommunes” for financial and moral support with the help of organizations like CoAbode. CoAbode has already helped more than 25,000 single mothers pool their finances and resources to improve their living conditions.
The venture of shared housing can do more for single moms than just help pay the bills. Shared housing can also create a new sense of family, and it can be especially comforting for moms to share the ups and downs of single parenting together.
Communal living might be experiencing growth because of the struggling economy, but it’s not exactly a new idea among Americans. Take the oft-quoted “it takes a village” sentiment, and the communes of the 1960’s. Communal parenting is nothing new.
As moms, we naturally look to the support and guidance of other moms. Truly, we’ve always been raising our children together.
CoAbode provides single mothers with support and services such as:
- Affordable housing opportunities
- Specialized support groups
- Educational scholarships
- Community outreach and involvement
- Referrals to vital resources
Let’s face it: living with others (especially strangers) is not easy! But as tough as it might be to share a home with another family, raising a child alone with limited finances is a whole lot tougher…
Does shared housing sound like something you might be interested in? To participate in CoAbode’s Shared Housing Program, register at www.coadobe.org. You’ll be asked to complete a profile that includes your accommodation needs, rent, neighborhood, and school district, as well as additional information about your likes, dislikes, and parenting philosophies.
Tell us: what do you think has contributed to the drastic rise in single moms today?