How to Find Alternative Living Arrangements

The economy is no one's friend these days, but don't let it hold you down. If the recession hits you in the home base, there are many options available to make it through. Here's how to find alternative living arrangements.

Make a list of everyone who might be willing to put you up for a few days, weeks or even months. Make amends with family members if you have been on the outs. Now is not the time for hanging on to old disagreements.

Suck back your embarrassment, and let your loved ones and friends know that you are facing dire straits. Let members of your place of worship know that your are looking for alternatives as well. Most will rack their brains for ways they can help. After all, you'd help them if the situation called for it. Better yet, if you've been a good friend, you've already proven that you would do whatever it took to keep your friend or family member off the street.

If you still own your house but are at risk of defaulting on your mortgage, try making a room available for rent to a friend or family member.

Take in adults with special needs or foster children. There is a great need for planned and emergency residential services for adults and children with disabilities, and most counties pay up to $85 or more a day to care providers. Providing these services can help you keep your home while helping someone else have a home. You get the added inner glow of helping someone else while helping yourself. \nPrepare a room or rooms in your home to receive individuals in need of planned or emergency residential services. You will need two or three sets of bedding per person to be served. Adults must agree to have a roommate or each will need a private room to themselves with a door which they can close. \nFoster children cannot share rooms with any adult, nor with any child more than five years older or of the opposite sex.\nConsult your county social service agency for licensure requirements.

Find a live-in situation with an elderly person or someone with disabilities who needs a companion. Many such situations will also include a per diem payment for incidental expenses.


  • Be careful when opening your home. Make sure you know the person very well, or insist on a background check.\nBe sure to check with your local zoning board before taking in boarders or beginning foster care. \nBe sure to follow all applicable laws in your area.