Alabama is one of the poorest states in America, where one in four children live in poverty.1
In today’s economy, it wouldn’t be difficult to imagine the plight of single women raising children alone.
Fortunately, for single mothers in Alabama, there are several forms of assistance available to them.
From childcare to meeting their basic daily needs, the state of Alabama assures they have something to hold on to when times are 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.2
Application for Family Assistance Program must be filed in the Department of Human Resources in the county where the family resides.3
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 of any age and pregnant women with family incomes below 146% of the federal poverty level. However, children with family incomes up to 317% of poverty may now qualify for CHIP.
As Alabama is not expanding Medicaid coverage, most low-income adults without children and some parents may not be eligible. However, Alabamians may still be able to get financial assistance to pay for coverage in the marketplace.
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.
If you have any questions about ALL Kids, call 1-888-373-5437, Monday through Friday, to speak with a customer service representative.
Alabama CCAP is the state subsidy program targeted at low-income Alabama families who need help paying for child care. It provides assistance with payment for child care on a sliding fee basis for eligible parents.
Depending on the county you live in, you will need to meet the work requirements and have a child under the age of 13. Some exceptions can be made for those that are disabled.
If you think you’re income eligible, you must download and complete the Child Care Assistance Application form and mail it to your local Child Care Management Agency.4
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. For more information, call (334) 242-4909.
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.
You may file your claim online here or alternatively, you can call the Initial Claims Line at 1-866-234-5382 if you wish to file by phone.
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.
- AL.com, Alabama: The sixth poorest state in America [↩]
- 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. [↩]
- Alabama’s County Office Contact Lookup [↩]
- Please click on the region you desire to obtain information about the appropriate Child Care Management Agency. [↩]