What if you could find a fellow single mom to share the various burdens of parenthood with? Then you might find CoAbode to be just the thing you’re looking for.
CoAbode is a nationwide network that connects single parents with other single parents to share housing and financial resources with one another.
Membership is free, wherein registered members need only fill out a personal profile questionnaire before searching for potential housemates in their area.
Part of CoAbode’s mission statement is about forming connections where “single parent women families pool their finances and resources to improve their living conditions for themselves and their children by sharing a home.”
The network has members in nearly all U.S. cities, and has even begun expanding into Canada. It has even been featured on Time Magazine, USA Today, Inside Edition and Chicken Soup for the Single Parent’s Soul.
It is, of course, not for everyone. Single parents who prefer to live by themselves will not find the service appealing at all, while not all single parents are compatible with one another. You will even need to spend a great amount of time and effort to get to know someone you’d like to share a house with. References and credit checks are also encouraged to check how a potential housemate’s lifestyle is.
Another rather significant limitation of the network is that it caters only to single moms. The network plans to offer services to single fathers in the future, though, so interested single dads should send in their support to the network – just to let them know that “daddy needs help too”.
Regardless of these limitations, CoAbode does provide a great way for single mothers to ease the burdens of finances, housing and childcare. If you are interested in signing up for the network, simply log on to http://www.coabode.org/ and sign up as a member.
Beside affordable housing opportunities, CoAbode also provides specialized support groups, educational scholarships, community outreach and involvement designed to make parenting a child alone a lot easier.