Financial Help for Single Mothers in Georgia

Last updated: March 4, 2013 by Dawn

In times of recession, single mothers have a much harder time of it than do married couples.

These women needs far more support and attention than the others.

The state of Georgia offers a number of support and aid programs to single mothers and their kids.

These programs cover different facets of life and challenges that they deal with on a daily basis and are geared towards helping them achieve self-sufficiency.

Georgia Food Stamps

The Georgia Food Stamp program provides monthly benefits to low-income families to help pay for the cost of food. Anyone may apply for food stamp benefits but the program is designed to help those who need food assistance most.

You may apply for food stamps online with Georgia COMPASS at www.compass.ga.gov or call (404) 206-5300 to have an application mailed to you.

Georgia Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

Georgia TANF is the monthly cash assistance program for poor families with children under age 18. The program goal is to provide necessary assistance to needy families with children on a temporary basis.

In Georgia, receipt of cash assistance is limited to 48 months in a lifetime. Recipients are also required to participate in a work program for at least 30 hours weekly.

Georgia Special Program for Women, Infants & Children (WIC)

WIC helps low-income families with checks or vouchers to buy healthy supplemental foods from WIC-authorized vendors, nutrition education, and help finding healthcare and other community services.

Georgia WIC serves women, infants, and children in Georgia whose income is at or below 185 percent of the federally poverty level; and who are at risk for nutritional deficiencies.

Georgia Medicaid

Georgia Medicaid is a medical assistance program that helps many Georgian who can’t afford medical care pay for some or all of their medical bills. It covers families with children, pregnant women, and people who are aging, blind and disabled.

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Georgia whose financial situation would be characterized as low income or very low income.

Georgia PeachCare for Kids®

PeachCare for Kids® provides comprehensive health care to uninsured children through the age of 18 who do not qualify for Medicaid and live in households with incomes at or below 235 percent of the federal poverty level.

There is no cost to families for children under age 6. Starting at age 6, premiums are $10 to $35 per child and a maximum of $70 for two or more children living in the same household.

Georgia Special Milk Program

The Special Milk Program is available to children of all schools or nonprofit child care institutions and students attending a split-session kindergarten who do not participate in other child nutrition programs.

Any child from a family that meets income guidelines may buy milk or receive it free, depending on the school’s choice of program options.

To apply for this program, contact your child’s school or child care institution directly to find out if it participates in the Special Milk Program.

Georgia Unemployment Insurance

Unemployment insurance benefits provide temporary financial assistance to workers unemployed through no fault of their own that meet Georgia’s eligibility requirements.

To be eligible for unemployment benefits, you must be able to work, available for work, and actively seeking work each week that you file a weekly claim for benefits.

Claims for weekly benefits may be filed online at www.dol.state.ga.us or at any Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) Career Center.

Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship Program

Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship is available to all students from Georgia who have demonstrated academic achievement and are enrolled in an undergraduate degree seeking program in Georgia.

The money pays toward tuition payment only based on hours enrolled — capped at 127 credit hours. Students with at least a 3.0 GPA would qualify for an award that pays 90% of tuition.

Another scholarship within HOPE called the Zell Miller Scholarship reserved only to “the brightest of the bright” — students with at least a 3.7 GPA and a 1200 on the SAT.