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.
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.
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.
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.
Medicaid is the largest program providing health care coverage to Indiana’s poorest people — including children, the aged, blind, and/or disabled.
It provides assistance for medical expenses such as doctor visits, prescription drugs, dental and vision care, family planning, mental health care, surgeries, hospitalizations, among others.
The Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP) — the State’s alternative to traditional Medicaid, provides health insurance for uninsured adult Hoosiers 19-64 years old whose household income is at or less than the federal poverty level and are not otherwise eligible for Medicaid.
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.
The new HIP 2.0 may soon replace traditional Medicaid in Indiana for all non-disabled adults age 19-64 with incomes up to 138% of the federal poverty level. If the program is approved, enrollment will start in early 2015.
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.
As Indiana is not expanding Medicaid coverage, Hoosier Healthwise is limited to parents with incomes below 25% of federal poverty level, or about $4,900 a year for a single mother of two.
To enroll, call the Hoosier Healthwise Helpline toll-free at 1-800-889-9949 or use the directory here to find an enrollment center near you.
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.
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.
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, IndianaCAREERconnect.com within ten (10) days of filing your claim.
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 $10,272.
To qualify, you must submit a valid FAFSA by March 10 of the academic year preceding the academic year you plan to enroll.
- Income Eligibility & Fee Schedule effective 4/20/14 [↩]
- If you don’t have internet access, go to your nearest full service WorkOne Center as soon as you become unemployed. [↩]