CoAbode Benefits Single Parents

Group finds roommates and housing for those who need it

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CoAbode says on its website that it was founded on the principle that two single moms raising children together can achieve more than one struggling alone. CoAbode has already helped thousands of single mothers share the burden of rent, utilities, food, chores, and babysitting to take pressure off their finances. Through CoAbode's online matching service, single mothers have a safe place where they can collaborate with one another to find affordable housing and child care. They also get advice on being a single parent, being a mom, moving, insurance, counseling, and legal issues, among many other topics. And CoAbode also provides specialized support groups and an online forum where moms can connect and discuss common issues.

Founder Carmel Sullivan

Carmel Sullivan is a single mother who founded CoAdobe because she recognized the high cost of housing as one of the top barriers single mothers face in raising their children. "We bring together single moms whose interests and parenting philosophies are compatible to share a home and raise their children together," she says. In addition, CoAdobe helps "distressed and impoverished single moms who are living with their children in garages or tiny apartments where the children sleep in the bedroom and the mom sleeps on the couch to come together to combine their rents and resources to share a home together."

How CoAbode Helps Single Moms

Being a single mom is a stressful situation, full of both financial and parenting responsibility. Many single moms work full- or part-time, adding to the pressure. By finding housemates or roommates for single moms, CoAbode helps them:

  • Afford better housing in safe school districts
  • Hold onto their family home after a divorce
  • Halve the cost of rent and overhead expenses
  • Have more discretionary money to pursue activities and help their children flourish
  • Redefine what it means to be a thriving family

To Participate in CoAbode

You can register to participate in CoAbode's free shared housing program on the CoAdobe website. You'll be asked to complete a profile that includes your accommodation needs, rent or house payment, neighborhood, and school district, as well as additional information about your likes, dislikes, and parenting philosophies. You'll then be able to search the profiles of other registered members in your desired ZIP code. Through a private and anonymous email system, you can then contact those members who are compatible with your needs and who seem to be promising roommate candidates.


Participants at CoAbode report reducing their housing costs by up to 55 percent. Additionally, CoAbode moms report that they have reduced their household expenses, such as utilities, babysitting, groceries, and transportation, by about 40 percent. Besides the financial benefits, CoAbode members have reported that they gain, on average, 56 additional hours of time per month by sharing a house with another single mom. That's time that can be used to further your education, take care of yourself, and enjoy relaxing, joyful moments with your kids.