Single parents experience significantly higher hardship than do married couples. Some 37% of single mothers lack self-sufficiency — and are officially poor.
More often that not, these women do not have the additional support that some women are blessed with.
The state of Georgia offers a number of financial aid programs to lower income single mothers and their families.
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.
The Food Stamp program provides monthly benefits to low-income families to help pay for the cost of food. The average family in Georgia on food stamps received about $417 a month.
Unless otherwise exempted, those receiving food stamps in 24 counties across the state must work at least 20 hours a week, be enrolled in state-approved job training, or volunteer for a state-approved non-profit or charity.1
You may apply for food stamps online with Georgia Gateway or call (404) 206-5300 to have an application mailed to you. After your application is filed, an interview will be arranged by a staff person from DFCS to determine your family’s eligibility.
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.
How much do you get for TANF in Georgia?
Georgia pays a maximum of $280 a month to a family of three with a monthly income of $784 or less and countable assets of not more than $1,000.
To apply for TANF, contact the county Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS) office in the county where you live or you may apply online via Georgia Gateway.
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% of the federally poverty level; and who are at risk for nutritional deficiencies.
WIC has local offices across the State of Georgia. Call 1-800-228-9173 to locate the WIC agency serving your area and set up your first appointment.
Georgia Medicaid is a health insurance program that helps eligible Georgians 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.
As Georgia is not expanding Medicaid coverage, eligibility for non-disabled adults is limited to parents with incomes below 32% of poverty, or about $6,500 a year for a single mother of two. However, you may still be able to get financial assistance to pay for coverage in the marketplace.
To find out if you qualify for Medicaid or other medical assistance, call the DFCS information line at 1-877-423-4746 and speak with a representative at your local DFCS office.2
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 no more than 247% of the federal poverty level.3
There is no cost to families for children under age 6. Starting at age 6, premiums are $11 to $36 per child and a maximum of $72 for two or more children living in the same household.4
For children ages 6 or older, a co-payment is required for some medical services. If you have any questions about PeachCare for Kids®, please call toll-free at 1-877-GA-PEACH (427-3224).
Subsidized child care in Georgia is provided through the Childcare and Parent Services (CAPS) program to help low income families afford quality child care. The CAPS program is administered in all 159 Georgia counties through the county Department of Family and Children Services.
Families that qualify for the CAPS program can choose their own child care provider. The CAPS program will reimburse child care providers up to a certain amount.
Georgians are now able to check their potential eligibility and apply for child care online with Georgia Gateway — the only authorized website to apply for public assistance benefits in Georgia.
LIHEAP is a federally-funded program that assists low-income, elderly and disabled Georgians with heating bills. Depending on income and household size, those who qualify receive between $310 and $350 toward their home heating bills.
To qualify, a family’s annual income must be less than or equal to 60 percent of the median income for a Georgia family. For a family of three, the current income threshold is $21,207.5
Applications for LIHEAP must be made through a local Community Action Agency. Due to limited funding, LIHEAP applicants are served on a first-come, first-serve basis by each agency, for the counties that they serve.
To find a Community Action Agency in your area, call
Unemployment insurance benefits provide temporary financial assistance to unemployed Georgians through no fault of their own — up to a total of 14 weeks. This makes Georgia the state with the shortest duration for UI benefits in the nation, behind Florida.
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 (a PIN is required) or at any Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) Career Center. Georgia law requires all applicants to sign an Application Affidavit Status.
Georgia’s HOPE Grant is available to all students from Georgia who are working towards a Certificate or Diploma at Georgia’s public postsecondary institutions.6
The amount awarded to each student may vary depending on the institution and the no. of credit hours in which a student is enrolled — but is capped at 63 semester or 95 quarter hours.7
In order to be considered for HOPE Grant, you can either complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) OR complete the GSFAPPS electronic application.
Another grant within HOPE called Georgia HOPE GED Grant is available to students who earned a General Education Development (GED) diploma. Students receiving GED Grant may also qualify for HOPE Grant.
Recipients receive a one-time award of $500 toward that can be used towards tuition, books, or other educational costs at an eligible public technical college or public or private college or university.References
- Breitbart, Georgia to implement work requirements for food stamp recipients
- How do I apply for Medicaid in Georgia?
- Is PeachCare for kids the same as Medicaid?
- How much does PeachCare cost?
- Georgia’s 2017 LIHEAP Eligibility Guidelines
- The HOPE Scholarship is for eligible students seeking a degree program.
- To determine the HOPE Grant award amount you may receive, please review the attached chart here.