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.
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.
|NO. of CHILDREN||INCOME THRESHOLD|
|If you do not have a qualifying child||$15,200|
|If you have one qualifying child||$40,300|
|If you have more than one qualifying child||$45,800|
Please refer to the 2016 IT-40 Individual Income Tax Booklet for more details.
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 amount of $288 for a family of three. To see if you qualify for benefits, call 1-800-403-0864.
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.
Most families must meet both gross and net income limits to qualify for SNAP. Those receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or TANF are automatically eligible for SNAP.1
In Indiana, participants in SNAP access their EBT benefits using the “Hoosier Works” card that works like a bank debit card used for purchases at any store that accepts food assistance.
WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) provides supplemental foods, nutrition education and referrals to health care to low-income, nutritionally at risk: pregnant women, infants, and children under the age of 5.
Families receiving Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or TANF are automatically income eligible for the Indiana WIC Program. A letter of eligibility is required.
If you think you qualify for WIC assistance, call toll-free 1-800-522-0874 to find the WIC clinic nearest you and set up a certification appointment.
The Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP) 2.0 — the State’s alternative to traditional Medicaid, provides health insurance for uninsured adult Hoosiers with incomes up to 133% 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.
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 Medicaid.
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.
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.2
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.
On My Way Pre-K awards grants to 4-year-olds from low-income families so that they may have access to a high-quality pre-K program the year before they begin kindergarten.
Eligible families may use the grant at any approved On My Way Pre-K program in selected counties.3 As slots are limited in each county, families will be chosen on a first come-first served basis in the order in which applications are received.
Families with incomes less than 127% of federal poverty level may apply online or in person at their local intake agent in which they reside.
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.
Children 18 and younger may receive free meals and snacks through SFSP. Meals and snacks are also available to persons with disabilities, over age 18, who participate in school programs for people who are mentally or physically disabled.
For additional information about SFSPC, you may contact the Division of School and Community Nutrition at 1-800-537-1142. You may also call the National Hunger Hotline at 1-866-3-HUNGRY.
LIHEAP is a federally-funded program that helps qualifying households with heating and cooling costs. Throughout Indiana, this program is known as the Energy Assistance Program (EAP).
To qualify for the EAP, you must be a resident of the state of Indiana and have an income not exceeding 150% of the federal poverty level. Priority is given to the elderly, disabled and households with small children.
Applications for LIHEAP must be made through a local Community Action Agency, known as Local Service Provider (LSP), from November 1 through May 18.4
When funding is available, a Summer Cool Program will be offered during the period from June through August of any year to eligible households served during the winter months to use towards their electric bill.
Unemployment insurance provides temporary income replacement 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, Indiana Career Connect 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 or go to your nearest WorkOne Center as soon as you become unemployed.
Frank O’Bannon Grant Program,5 is 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.
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.References