East BayHi. I am almost single, mom of 3 youngsters. STBX has finally moved out. Our rent is $1225 for a 2bd/ 1 1/2 bath & one car garage. And that is a good deal! I applied for social services, but I recieve too much money ($1000 voluntary child support). Can you believe that? I am a high-roller with my $12k/ year income, IN east bay CA! Imo, those kind of standards supports homelessness. At least I have a home, though. If I had no income, CA cash aid (for our county anyways) is about $850.
Upside? I live in a nice apartment complex with many families, with children. My obvious option is to open a family childcare. I am fully committed to staying home with my children, homeschooling/unschooling, and supporting it all. So, my application for FCC is almost finished. It seems that I will need about 3-4 children regularly to make a nice living.
I will be a full-time student in January: two classes in person at Las Positas, 5 distance ed through Las Positas, and one class with Fountainhead Montessori Teacher training. Educational grants will help. I cancelled the digital cable. We wear layers to keep warm, so the cost of utilities stay low. I will probably have to switch to dial-up. We eat every crumb I buy before I can buy more. Somehow the groceries always get restocked, even at the last moment. Our laundry piles way up high before I can get enough quarters for the machines, but it always works out. The kids love sports and the city activities, but I can not afford that. Our homeschooling group coordinates sports for free, so we will have to stick with them! Just have to drive further sometimes, that's ok.
I'll be very happy when we aren't stretched so thin financially. The peacefulness in our home is more than worth the inconvenience though!
PM me if you'd like to meet up sometime. My children are dd2, ds4,& ds5.