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Old 10-09-2012, 01:22 PM
Location: Denver
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I'm a single mother with a just now pre-school aged child. I'm from Europe (though I have dual citizenship), and plan on returning home in early 2014 once I wrap up school here and hopefully sort out legalities, but for the next year I need a safe, inexpensive place for my daughter and I to stay. Her father does not pay any child support and between school, work, and childcare- my funds are pretty limited. I could afford around $600 per month at a stretch if it was all-inclusive, but I would really prefer to stay lower than that. The stuff I've seen on Craigslist for under $600 tends to not have bath tubs (only showers), and no ovens/stoves (just hotplates) and if possible I'd like to be able to easily bathe and feed my daughter (though I understand if I have to compromise since my budget is SUPER low.)

Because my funds are limited, I'm totally okay with living in a studio (even a very small one) with my daughter, since it's only for a year or so. I work and attend school downtown, and I do not drive or own a car (just a bike)- so I need to be close to transit and in the city.

I have many friends who live in Five Points- but when I have mentioned living there as a single mother I get horrified reactions. I've lived in not-so-nice neighborhoods before in Chicago, but not as a single parent. I'm on the waiting lists for a few low-income flats, but obviously those could take a year to actually get into, and right now I am staying with someone temporarily (in their unfinished, though weather-proof basement)- but this is not a long-term solution.

Suggestions as to specific neighborhoods, buildings/management companies would be appreciated. I realise my budget is very low, and that's why I'm posting here- please be constructive and not judgmental- I'm just trying to do the right thing for my daughter.

Thanks in advance.

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Old 10-09-2012, 03:46 PM
Status: "28 restaurants within 6 blocks of my house" (set 16 days ago)
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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Default Consider another city

$600 is going to be very difficult in Denver. The vacancy rate is 4%. Rents are increasing at 10%/year.
Try Padmapper.com
(Addendum. I just looked at Padmapper and it is bleak. $600 is mostly room share. I even looked in UNsafe neighborhoods.)
Maybe: Glendale in one of the older apartment complexes. Maybe Quebec and Leetsdale/Parker Rd.

Have you checked the costs of childcare in greater Denver?

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Old 10-09-2012, 03:56 PM
Location: Littleton, CO
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You're saying that $600 would be a stretch too. No offense but Denver is not a good place to be and searching for apartments for $600 or less, especially now with apartments in huge demand and rents rising like Dave mentioned.

I can't even think of any options at all at that price range, let alone being in a safe place to raise a kid. It seems like at the current market the starting is around $800-900+
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Old 10-09-2012, 04:32 PM
Location: Denver, Co
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If $600 is a stretch, that you would even like to stay below, I don't think you can focus on an apartment/studio/flat in Denver. Best bet, if you really want/have to be in Denver, is maybe to look at renting out a room, or basement apartment; Denver University area might have some stuff available, bungalow houses with rooms in the basement. It is a safe area, close to light rail and bus system. But like I said it may just be your best and only bet, good luck.
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Old 10-09-2012, 04:50 PM
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I would suggest strongly that you make contact with some of the faith based organizations in this area that can provide you some help in finding housing. I would contact Volunteers of America, Catholic Charities, Salvation Army and as many other non-profit social agencies that you can find. I would look into more than one local housing offices of counties and cities and see if there are other options than low income or than HUD section 8 for a single woman with a child. Also Section 8 is not all one type of housing but can be voucher based and also project based and you must be sure you look at both options.

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Old 10-10-2012, 09:36 AM
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You're looking for a "cheap" apartment at the worst possible time for rates. $600 would get you a sketchy place in an unsafe neighborhood.

But the poster that mentioned faith-based organizations has a good idea. There surely must be help for single moms such as yourself.
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Old 10-11-2012, 09:04 AM
Location: Colorado
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If I was a single mom with a low budget I would move somewhere in Texas. it seems cheap to live there and safe overall.
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Old 10-14-2012, 06:08 PM
Location: Philadelphia
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Dear ecolette - I sent you a direct (private) message that may help. Please check your account.
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Old 10-17-2012, 03:07 PM
Location: OC, CA
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Rents are so high right now I am thinking of not selling my house or selling and paying cash for a smaller place. A nice 2 bed 2 bath in DTC is $1200-1400 with garage and refrig.
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Old 10-19-2012, 10:47 PM
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I did a bit of putzing around on Trulia, and, no there's not a lot out there in your range.

I did see a few studios in Cap Hill that might be in your range, but I'm not sure how they'll be about having a young child, and while it's safe enough for an adult, I wouldn't raise a child there.

I did see some hits around Colfax and Colorado and one or two around Colfax and Wadsworth in Lakewood -- there might be a few things in your range. Neither area is great, but they'll be near a bus route that can get you downtown pretty much anytime and there's shopping close.

Good luck, and I hope that there's some assistance out there for you that'll get you into something better than what I suggested.
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