Financial Help for Single Mothers in Arkansas

Last updated: March 4, 2013 by Dawn

The nature of basic needs is that they should be prioritized. For single mothers, this can be a daunting task that can not be addressed on their own.

With limited resources at their disposal, even the barest essentials are a struggle to afford.

The state of Arkansas offers various benefit programs for single mothers & their families; each with its own set of eligibility guidelines.

The primary aim of these programs is to support their needs until they are able to stand on their own.

Arkansas Transitional Employment Assistance (TEA)

The TEA Program is a time-limited assistance program to help economically needy families with children under the age of 18 become more responsible for their own support. It aims to reduce dependence of needy parents on public assistance.

Benefits may include cash payments, childcare assistance, help with transportation, employment-related services, including job-readiness activities, and other supportive services.

For more information about Arkansas Transitional Employment Assistance, call the state Department of Human Services at 1-800-482-8988.

Arkansas Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps lower income families buy the food they need for nutritionally adequate diet.

SNAP benefits are used in place of cash to buy food. If eligible, you will receive an EBT Card, which allows SNAP benefits to be issued and accessed electronically.

Arkansas Special Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

WIC provides supplemental foods, nutrition education and referrals to health care, at no cost, to low-income pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants, and children up to age 5.

In Arkansas, participants receive food checks and Cash Value Benefit (CVBs) checks which can be used at WIC-authorized grocery stores.

To be eligible, applicants’ income must fall at or below 185% of the poverty level. Those who receive Medicaid, ARKids, TEA or SNAP are automatically eligible.

Arkansas ARKids First!

ARKids First provides health insurance coverage for more than 70,000 Arkansas children who otherwise might have gone without. ARKids First has expanded and will now offer two coverage options — ARKids First-A and ARKids First-B.

ARKids First-A is Medicaid for children. ARKids First-B is for children under age 19 whose families who earn too much money to qualify regular Medicaid but too little to afford private coverage.

Arkansas Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)

Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) provides one-time per year financial assistance to eligible households to offset the costs of heating and/or cooling dwellings.

Eligibility is based on income and benefit amounts are determined by the household’s historical energy usage. Households with the elderly, disabled or a young child under age 5 are given priority consideration.

Arkansas Unemployment Insurance

Unemployment insurance provides temporary financial assistance to workers unemployed through no fault of their own that meet Arkansas’ eligibility requirements.

If you meet the eligibility requirements of the law, you’re entitled to supplemental income while you are looking for a new job, up to a maximum of $274 per week.1

  1. Source: Bloomberg Businessweek – Unemployment Rates and Benefits, State by State []