There is a plethora of financial aid aimed at helping single mothers cope with the challenges of single parenting. Though it isn’t a guaranteed entitlement, they are freely awarded on the basis of economic hardship.
Child care can be expensive but financial assistance is available to help eligible families afford it. Here is a list of child care assistance programs that are available in your state — each with its own eligibility guidelines.
Medicaid is an “entitlement program” that provides free or low-cost health coverage to more than 60 million children, families, pregnant women, and people with disabilities.
For students with families of their own, here is a list of a few family-friendly colleges & universities that are more accommodating to welcome single parents to the campus.
Section 8 is a federal housing program assisting the neediest families to afford safe & decent rental housing. The program provides vouchers to very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to cover a portion of their rent.
The Pell Grant program is America’s largest student aid program that provides grants of up to $5,800 to the nation neediest students to attend college. And it does not need to be repaid.
The unemployment insurance (UI) helps people who have lost their jobs by temporarily replacing part of their wages. The aim is to provide them with income support during a spell of unemployment.
For single mothers, higher education may seem like a far-fetched idea. Fortunately, there are plenty of options that make returning to school a reality — from grants and scholarships (free money), work-study (earned money) to federal loans (borrowed money).
TANF or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, as the name implies, extends temporary financial assistance to “needy” families that are living on income far enough below the poverty threshold.
For many of the poorest Americans, SNAP has become the only form of income assistance they receive. Statistics show that one in five SNAP households lives on cash income of less than $2 per person a day.
For millions of American families — especially those headed by single women, tax season is full of stress and number crunching. However, at tax time, being a parent comes with certain perks.
With little finances at their disposal, single mothers need assistance if they are to pay for school. That is why FREE scholarships are available for “moms returning to school”.
The Housing and Urban Development (HUD) offers two main types of subsidized housing — Section 8 and Public Housing. Each program maintains rents at levels affordable to families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.