Alabama is one of the poorest states in America, the sixth poorest state in the nation — almost a fifth of Alabamians live in poverty.1
It wouldn’t be difficult to imagine the plight of single women raising children alone in Alabama.
The federal and state governments offer various benefit programs for single mothers; each with its own set of eligibility guidelines.
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.
Application for Family Assistance Program must be filed in person at the Department of Human Resources in the county where you reside.
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 application portal for Alabama’s public assistance. Before you can complete the application, you must first register for an account.
Once you’re accepted into the program, you will receive an electronic EBT card that is preloaded monthly with cash benefits and is used, like a debit card, to purchase eligible food from local grocery stores.
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 141% of the federal poverty level. However, children with family incomes up to 312% of poverty may now qualify for ALL Kids (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
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.2
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 with income at or below 185% of the poverty guidelines.3
To find WIC agency closest to you, call
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. Priority is given to households with elderly members, disabled members, and/or households with young children.
For more information on how to apply, call
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 or 1-800-361-4524 if you would like to request the status of an existing claim.
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 $5000 per academic year with maximum amount available only when sufficient funds are available.
There are currently 51 Alabama institutions participating in the program. To be considered for ASAP, you must first submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Alabama Student Grant Program is available only to students enrolled in one of the dozen or so “independent” colleges in Alabama. However, this is a non-need based program.
Grant amounts vary from year-to-year based on the availability of funds, but cannot exceed $1,200 per academic year. It is currently available only in the following 13 institutions:
- Amridge University
- Birmingham Southern College
- Concordia College
- Faulkner University
- Huntingdon College
- Judson College
- Miles College
- Oakwood University
- Samford University
- Spring Hill College
- Stillman College
- U.S. Sports Academy
- University of Mobile
- AL.com, Alabama: The sixth poorest state in America
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- AL.com, WIC income eligibility guidelines go into effect in Alabama