Alabama, AL

Alabama offers various benefit programs for single moms — each with its own set of eligibility guidelines. These programs cover essential needs like childcare and daily necessities, ensuring support for these families during challenging times.

Alabama Family Assistance (FA) Program #

The Family Assistance Program provides temporary financial assistance for needy families with a dependent child under age 18 whose income must meet the eligibility thresholds.

As a condition of eligibility, you must participate in mandatory work-related activities that will help you become able to support your family on your own, unless otherwise exempt.

Application for Family Assistance Program must be filed in person at the Department of Human Resources in the county where you reside.

How much is a TANF check in Alabama?

How much is TANF in Alabama largely depends upon your family’s income and size. Alabama pays a maximum of $215 a month to a family of three — one of the lowest TANF benefits in the nation.

Alabama Food Assistance Program (SNAP) #

The aim of Food Assistance Program is to alleviate hunger and improve nutrition by providing monthly cash benefits to eligible low income Alabamians to help them buy the food they need for good health.

How do I apply for food stamps online in Alabama?

To apply for food assistance benefits online, please visit — the online application portal for Alabama’s public assistance. Before you can complete the application, you must first register for an account.

Once you’re accepted into the program, you will receive an electronic EBT card that is preloaded monthly with cash benefits and is used, like a debit card, to purchase eligible food from local grocery stores.

Families with children under 6 years old who participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) also qualify for P-EBT. No application is needed.

Alabama Medicaid #

Medicaid is the largest program providing medical and health-related services to Alabama’s poorest people — including children, the aged, blind, and/or disabled.

In Alabama, Medicaid covers children of any age and pregnant women with family incomes below 146% of the federal poverty level. Children with family incomes up to 317% of poverty qualify for ALL Kids (CHIP).

As Alabama is not expanding Medicaid coverage, eligibility for non-disabled adults is limited to parents with incomes below 18% of poverty, or about $4,150 a year for a single mother of two.

How do I apply for Medicaid in Alabama?

You may file a paper application or you may apply online at Insure Alabama. If you need help when applying online, please call 1-888-373-5437 for assitance.

If you want to apply for help in paying your Medicare premiums, for nursing home or a program for the elderly or disabled, you will need to send an application to one of Medicaid's 11 district offices.

Alabama ALL Kids #

ALL Kids provides low-cost healthcare coverage for Alabama’s uninsured children under age 19 whose family incomes are above the Medicaid income limits. Depending on your income, you may pay small premiums and co-pays for coverage.

Benefits include 12 months continuous coverage, regular check-ups and immunizations, sick child doctor visits, prescriptions, vision and dental care, hospitalization, and much more.

How much does All Kids cost?

The fee group for which your child qualifies will determine the premium you will pay for your child's coverage — ranging from $52 to $104 per child, per year.

How do I apply for All Kids?

ALL Kids shares an application with Medicaid. The program for which you and/or your children qualify will be determined by your family size and income.

If you have any questions about ALL Kids, call
1-888-373-KIDS (5437)

Alabama Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) #

Alabama CCAP is the state subsidy program targeted at low-income Alabama families who need help paying for child care. It provides assistance with payment for child care on a sliding fee basis for eligible parents.

Depending on the county you live in, you will need to meet the work requirements and have a child under the age of 13. Some exceptions can be made for those that are disabled.

How do I apply for child care assistance in Alabama?

If you think you’re income eligible, you must download and complete the Child Care Assistance Application form and mail it to your local Child Care Management Agency.

Alabama Special Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) #

WIC helps families in Alabama who qualify with special vouchers for buying healthy foods to supplement their diet. Other benefits may include, but not limited to, nutrition education, free screening and referral for health care.

WIC target population are low-income, nutritionally at risk: pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, infants, and children under the age of 5 who meet income requirements.

How do I apply for WIC in Alabama?

If you think you may qualify, please call (888) 942-4673 to find a WIC agency closest to you and schedule an appointment.

Alabama Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) #

Alabama LIHEAP helps pay home heating costs for low-income households throughout the state, particularly those with the lowest income, that pay a high proportion of household income for home energy.

In order to receive assistance, the applicant’s household income must not exceed 150% of the federally established poverty level.

Priority is given to households with elderly members, disabled members, and/or households with young children under the age of five.

How do I apply for LIHEAP in Alabama?

If you would like to apply for assistance with your home heating or cooling bill, locate the agency located in your county by following this link:

For more information on how to apply, call
(800) 392-8098

Alabama Unemployment Insurance #

Unemployment insurance benefits provide temporary financial assistance to Alabama workers unemployed through no fault of their own — up to 20 weeks.

Benefits per week range from a minimum of $45 to a maximum of $275. The amount of UI benefits you may be eligible to receive is determined by wages paid to you during the qualifying period.

Alabama reinstated the work search requirement for all claimants, which was temporarily waived during the height of the pandemic. This requires all claimants to actively search for work to remain eligible for unemployment benefits.

How do I file for unemployment online in Alabama?

You may file your claim online or alternatively, you can call the Initial Claims Line at 1-866-234-5382 if you wish to file by phone or 1-800-361-4524 if you would like to request the status of an existing claim.

Not everyone who applies will qualify. Certain conditions must be met in order to meet initial eligibility requirements and to remain eligible to receive benefits.

Alabama Student Assistance Program (ASAP) #

Alabama Student Assistance Program (ASAP) is one of the Alabama Student Aid Programs that awards eligible Alabama state residents to study at an independent college or university in Alabama.

Applicants must meet general eligibility requirements and demonstrate substantial financial need. Up to $5,000 per academic year with maximum amount available only when sufficient funds are available.

How do I apply for the Alabama State grant?

There are currently 51 Alabama institutions participating in the program. To be considered for ASAP, you must first submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Alabama Student Grant Program #

Alabama Student Grant Program is available only to students enrolled in one of the dozen or so “independent” colleges in Alabama. However, this is a non-need based program.

Grant amounts vary from year-to-year based on the availability of funds, but cannot exceed $1,200 per academic year. It is currently available only in the following 13 institutions:

  1. Amridge University
  2. Birmingham Southern College
  3. Concordia College
  4. Faulkner University
  5. Huntingdon College
  6. Judson College
  7. Miles College
  8. Oakwood University
  9. Samford University
  10. Spring Hill College
  11. Stillman College
  12. U.S. Sports Academy
  13. University of Mobile
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