It’s a fact that parenting a child is no easy feat. And this becomes increasingly difficult when done alone.

Balancing work and parenting for single parents can seem like an endless juggling act — and not surprisingly, this can and does take its toll on any parent.

To support single mothers in their plight, the state of Indiana offers assistance that eases their financial and emotional stresses.

It has opened key programs that aim to put their needs and that of their children on top of the priority list.

$Indiana Earned Income Tax Credit

The EITC is often cited as one of the most effective anti-poverty programs, lifting more children out of poverty than any other programs in the nation. Indiana piggybacks onto the federal EITC by adding an additional 9% to the federal allocation.

However, Indiana has separated itself from the federal guidelines by adopting different income thresholds. As a result, those claiming Indiana’s EITC no longer benefited from increased payouts for families with three or more children.

If you do not have a qualifying child $14,800
If you have one qualifying child $39,250
If you have more than one qualifying child $44,600

Please refer to the 2016 IT-40 Individual Income Tax Booklet for more details.

1Indiana Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is a program that provides cash assistance and supportive services to assist families with children under age 18, helping them achieve economic self-sufficiency.

As a condition of eligibility for TANF cash assistance, you’re required to participate in job search services available through IMPACT, a component of Indiana’s Welfare-to-Work program.

Benefits vary based on the family’s countable income up to the maximum allowable amounts of $288 for a family of three. Click here to apply online or call 1-800-403-0864 for assistance.

2Indiana Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formally known as food stamps, is a 100% federally funded program that provides food assistance to very low income people and families in Indiana.

This program is designed to raise the nutritional level of households who couldn’t afford to eat balanced meals. It enables eligible families to buy nutritious food through Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards.

3Indiana Special Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) provides supplemental foods, nutrition education and referrals to health care to low-income, nutritionally at risk: pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, infants, and children under the age of 5.

Families receiving Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) are income eligible for the Indiana WIC Program.

If you think you qualify for WIC assistance, call toll-free 1-800-522-0874 to find the WIC clinic nearest you for an appointment.

5Indiana Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP)

The Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP) 2.0 — the State’s alternative to traditional Medicaid, provides health insurance for uninsured adult Hoosiers 19-64 years old with incomes up to 138% of the federal poverty level.

HIP members are expected to contribute between 2% and 5% of their gross family income — the exact amount of which will depend on your income and family size.

Applications are available online, by mail or by visiting your local Division of Family Resources (DFR) office. Call 1-877-GET-HIP-9 to find more information about the application process.

6Indiana Hoosier Healthwise (HHW)

Hoosier Healthwise is a health insurance program for eligible Indiana children up to age 19, parents/guardians, and pregnant women who are not covered by health insurance.

The program covers medical care like doctor visits, prescription medicine, mental health care, dental care, hospitalizations, surgeries, and family planning at little or no cost.

Families with income up to 250% of the federal poverty level can qualify for CHIP through Hoosier Healthwise. Pregnant women and children up to age 19 are also eligible for benefits.

7Indiana Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF)

The purpose of the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) is to provide financial assistance with child care costs to eligible working families. Eligibility for the subsidy is based on income level and family size.1

Families who qualify will receive a voucher from the local department of social services to take to the provider of their choice. If you need help locating a CCDF eligible provider, call 1-800-299-1627.

8Indiana Summer Food Service Program for Children (SFSPC)

The aim of the Summer Food Service Program for Children (SFSP) ensures all Indiana children in low-income area receive proper nutrition during the months of June, July, and August when school is out.

For additional information about SFSPC, you may contact the Division of School and Community Nutrition at 1-800-537-1142.

9Indiana Unemployment Insurance

Unemployment insurance benefits provide temporary income assistance to Indiana workers who have lost their job through no fault of their own — up to $390 per week.

As a condition of eligibility, you are required by the law to be registered with Indiana’s job matching service, within ten (10) days of filing your claim.

All claims for unemployment benefits in Indiana must be filed through Uplink CSS, the online system for unemployment insurance claims.2

10Frank O’Bannon Grant Program

Frank O’Bannon Grant (formerly the Indiana Higher Education Grant) Program, designed to provide access for needy Indiana students to attend eligible postsecondary institutions. The grant is given on a “need-based” basis — up to a maximum of $9,000.

To qualify, you must submit a valid FAFSA by April 15 of the academic year preceding the academic year you plan to enroll. Students receiving the Frank O’Bannon Grant are subject to credit completion requirements.

11Adult Student Grant

As part of the You Can. Go Back. campaign, adults with college credits but without a college degree can receive a $1,000 grant to continue their education.

Submit the FAFSA and the Adult Student Grant Application as soon after October 1st as possible, as the awards are given on a first-come, first-served basis.

  1. Income Eligibility & Fee Schedule effective 4/20/14
  2. If you don’t have internet access, go to your nearest full service WorkOne Center as soon as you become unemployed.