Financial Help for Single Mothers in Alabama
Last updated: March 5, 2013 by Dawn
Life’s many challenges are not the same for everyone. For single-parent families who are already financially strapped, these are much harder to cope with.
Fortunately for single mothers in Alabama, there are several forms of assistance available to them.
From childcare to meeting the basic needs on a daily basis, the state of Alabama assures single moms that they have something to hold on to when time is tough.
The Family Assistance Program provides temporary financial assistance for needy families with a dependent child under age 18 whose income must meet the eligibility thresholds.
As a condition of eligibility, you must participate in mandatory work-related activities that will help you become able to support your family on your own, unless otherwise exempt.1
The aim of Food Assistance Program is to alleviate hunger and improve nutrition by providing monthly cash benefits to eligible low income Alabamians to help them buy the food they need for good health.
To apply for food assistance benefits online, please visit MyAlabama.gov – the online portal for Alabama services. Before you can complete the application, you must first register for an account.
Medicaid is the largest program providing medical and health-related services to Alabama’s poorest people — including children, the aged, blind, and/or disabled.
In Alabama, Medicaid covers children under age 6 and pregnant women with family income below 133% of the federal poverty level; and children age 6 – 18 up to 100% of poverty level.
ALL Kids provides low-cost healthcare coverage for Alabama’s uninsured children under age 19 whose family incomes are above the Medicaid income limits. Depending on your income, you may pay small premiums and co-pays for coverage.
Benefits include 12 months continuous coverage, regular check-ups and immunizations, sick child doctor visits, prescriptions, vision and dental care, hospitalization, and much more.
WIC helps families in Alabama who qualify with special vouchers for buying healthy foods to supplement their diet. Other benefits may include, but not limited to, nutrition education, free screening and referral for health care.
WIC target population are low-income, nutritionally at risk: pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, infants, and children under the age of 5.
Alabama LIHEAP helps pay home heating costs for low-income households throughout the state, particularly those with the lowest income, that pay a high proportion of household income for home energy.
In order to receive assistance, the applicant’s household income must not exceed 150% of the federally established poverty level.
Unemployment insurance benefits provide temporary financial assistance to workers unemployed through no fault of their own — up to 26 weeks. Benefits per week range from a minimum of $45 to a maximum of $265.
Not everyone who applies will qualify. Certain conditions must be met in order to meet initial eligibility requirements and to remain eligible to receive benefits.
The ASAP is one of the Alabama Student Aid Programs that awards eligible Alabama state residents to study at an independent college or university in Alabama.
Applicants must meet general eligibility requirements and demonstrate substantial financial need. Up to $1200 per academic year with maximum amount available only when sufficient funds are available.
- Applicants who are receiving assistance are referred to the JOBS Unit and placed in work or work-related activities for up to 40 hours per week. [↩]