Out of 190 countries, only four do not mandate paid time off for new parents — and the U.S. is one of them. America is the only developed nation in the world that doesn’t offer paid family leave.
Whether you are a first time student or a single mother returning to college after a break, here is an overview of what grants for college may be available to you in each state.
Twenty six  states and Washington, D.C offer their own version of Earned Income Tax Credits [EITCs] to complement the federal EITC — each uses federal EITC eligibility rules, however, the percentages vary greatly from state to state.
Child care can be expensive but financial assistance is available to help eligible families afford it. Here is a list of child care assistance programs that are available in your state — each with its own eligibility guidelines.
Medicaid is an “entitlement program” that provides free or low-cost health coverage to more than 60 million children, families, pregnant women, and people with disabilities.
Section 8 is a federal housing program assisting the neediest families to afford safe & decent rental housing. The program provides vouchers to very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to cover a portion of their rent.
The Pell Grant program is America’s largest student aid program that provides grants of up to $5,900 to the nation neediest students to attend college. And it does not need to be repaid.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.