There is a plethora of financial aid aimed at helping single mothers cope with the challenges of single parenting. Though it isn’t a guaranteed entitlement, they are freely awarded on the basis of economic hardship.
Similar to the Pell Grant, FSEOG awards very low-income students anywhere between $100 and $4,000 a year based on the gravity of their needs and fund availability.
For those above the Medicaid limit, CHIP comes in to bridge the gap, as it aims to cover uninsured children in families with incomes ‘too high’ to qualify for Medicaid, but ‘too little’ to afford private insurance on their own.
The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is a federally-subsidized meal program that provides free or discounted school lunches to eligible children whose family income falls below certain “poverty guidelines”.
Child care is always almost unaffordable for single mothers. With only one income, raising kids alone creates a financial drain on an already-limited budget. So what options do they have?
The Women, Infants and Children Nutrition Program — better known as the WIC, provides free support to low-income pregnant, breastfeeding and post-partum women and children under age five who are considered to be “at nutritional risk”.
The Housing and Urban Development (HUD) offers two main types of subsidized housing — Section 8 and Public Housing. Each program maintains rents at levels affordable to families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
For millions of American families — especially those headed by single women, tax season is full of stress and number crunching. However, at tax time, being a parent comes with certain perks.
For many of the poorest Americans, SNAP has become the only form of income assistance they receive. Statistics show that one in five SNAP households lives on cash income of less than $2 per person a day.
TANF or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, as the name implies, extends temporary financial assistance to “needy” families that are living on income far enough below the poverty threshold.
The unemployment insurance (UI) helps people who have lost their jobs by temporarily replacing part of their wages. The aim is to provide them with income support during a spell of unemployment.
The Pell Grant program is America’s largest student aid program that provides grants of up to $5,800 to the nation neediest students to attend college. And it does not need to be repaid.