Financial Help for Single Mothers in Louisiana

Food on the table, a decent roof over their heads and quality care are just the basic needs that single mothers have to provide for their kids.

What makes it doubly hard is the fact that they face these responsibilities alone.

The southern state of Louisiana offers a plethora of programs for single moms to better their lives and that of their children.

Without any of these support, these women face more difficult challenges primarily because of their dual-parent role, that of both mother and father.

1Louisiana Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program (FITAP)

Louisiana FITAP provides cash assistance to families with children whose financial resources are insufficient to meet subsistence needs. The average amount of FITAP benefits received per household is about $200 per month.

In Louisiana, the general rule is that you cannot get more than 24 months of FITAP payments in a 60 month period and a lifetime limit of 60 months.

Application for FITAP, SNAP, CCAP, or KCSP benefits can be done online via LA CAFÉ. If you do not already have a CAFÉ account, please create one.

2Louisiana Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Louisiana SNAP is a food assistance program for low-income Louisiana residents who qualify. In 2012, eligible participants in Louisiana received an average of $136 per month in SNAP benefits.1

If you are eligible for SNAP, you will receive a Louisiana Purchase Card and SNAP benefits will be automatically deposited into your account every month.

A simplified version of SNAP known as LaCAP — Louisiana Combined Application Project, is a separate food assistance program for Louisiana elderly residents who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

4Louisiana Medicaid

Medicaid provides a complete package of medical coverage for to Louisiana residents who qualify. Generally, eligible recipients of benefits include low income families with children, the elderly, and persons with disabilities.

In Louisiana, you’ll qualify to receive Medicaid if you are a recipient of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and the Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program (FITAP).

Medicaid has over 450 application center sites around the state. Call 1-888-342-6207 to find the site nearest to you or use the Self-Service Portal to apply or renew coverage for any Medicaid program.

As Louisiana is not expanding Medicaid coverage, most low-income adults without children and some parents may not be eligible. However, you may still be able to get financial assistance to pay for coverage in the marketplace.

3Louisiana LaCHIP

LaCHIP is a no cost health insurance program designed to bring quality health care to currently uninsured children and youth up to the age of 19 in Louisiana. It pays for children’s hospital care, doctor visits, prescription drugs, immunizations, and more.

In order to qualify for no-cost LaCHIP program, family income (before taxes) must not exceed 255% of the federal poverty level. For additional information, call 1-877-252-2447.

5Louisiana Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP)

The Louisiana CCAP helps low-income families pay for child care while working or attending school or training. The program helps pay for child care for children under age 13 or up to age 18 for children with special needs.

CCAP pays for part of the child care costs, and you co-pay for a portion based on the size of the family, the amount of your income, and the number of children in care.

In Louisiana, a single mother of two earning $2,545 per month may be eligible for child care assistance. Call 1-888-524-3578 for assistance.

6Louisiana Unemployment Insurance

Unemployment insurance (UI) provides temporary financial assistance to workers unemployed through no fault of their own — for up to 26 weeks. As a condition of eligibility, you are required to actively seek suitable employment each week that you are collecting benefits.

Your weekly benefit amount could be anywhere in the range of $10 to $247, depending upon the total amount of wages paid to you during your past employment.

To file a claim for unemployment insurance, you may contact the UI Call Center at 1-866-783-5567 or you may file online at the comfort of your home.

7Louisiana Low Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP)

LIHEAP provides provides eligible households with assistance in meeting their monthly utility bills. Priority is given those who may be elderly, disabled, have families with children, and/or have the highest energy consumption.

The Louisiana version of LIHEAP can provide an energy payment and/or in-kind benefit up to a maximum benefit amount of $475.

8Louisiana GO Grant

The Louisiana GO Grant is a need-based grant program by the State of Louisiana to assist Pell-eligible students who need additional aid to afford the cost of attending college.

The minimum award amount that eligible student may receive is $300 with the maximum award not exceeding $3,000 per academic year.

As funding is limited, students who completed the financial aid process earliest are given priority consideration. Proof of residency is a must. However, eligibility is subject to annual review.

  1. Source: FindTheData2012 SNAP Participation and Benefits []