There is plenty of assistance available for single moms today. For the most part, the only ones who do not qualify for assistance they applied for are the ones who make enough money to be over the poverty level, or the ones who did not submit the correct forms on time or did not fill out the correct forms in the first place. Filling forms apart, there are many grants available these days for single mothers to make use of. Granted, some may still have strict applications or be in high demand, but are totally worth checking out.
Before you start, don’t be hesitant in doing full research. The more research you do, the better prepared you will be for everything. FInd out everything you can about the organization and what exactly what they will offer, how they will offer it, etc.. Feel free to email or call any number that you are given and find out more infomration. More often than not, the people are more than helpful.
Each state has a different program that they offer, with a few different eligibility requirements. Check our our state pages here to find detailed information for the state you live in.
Food is probably the most widely received benefit for single mothers. It comes in many different forms, and is most widely available.
Single moms can apply for food benefits in the form of SNAP. Unlike some of the other available benefits, SNAP takes into consideration your income as well as your outgoing funds within reason. For instance, cable and Internet are not considered as part of your outgoing funds because they are “luxury” items, but your electric bill and rent are considered.
Each state has a different procedure for eligibility into SNAP. Find out what your state offers and how you can get it.
Medical benefits are also available to single moms. Pregnant women who meet the income guidelines also qualify for medical benefits which are proactive up to three months. This means they will pay for medical bills that were filed up to three months before you started receiving medical assistance. If you do not qualify for free medical benefits, most states offer similar medical plans that you can purchase for a nominal amount. For the most part, children of single parents are very rarely denied free medical benefits as long as there are no medical benefits available to cover them from either parent. In some cases, free medical benefits are granted even if a parent carries insurance on them.
Once you find a good program, find out more and find out exactly what you can get covered so you are exactly clear on the conditions. Sometimes, there are hidden secrets, and you may not receive as much benefits as you think you might be getting.
Single moms who meet financial criteria and do not receive child support or recevie less in child support than they would in the form of TANF qualify for cash benefits. Most states will take the father to court for child support once TANF is obtained. Keep in mind that the state acts in the best interest of the state and the child, not the parent. This means the state will take their funds paid out through TANF from the child support before the mother gets it.
There are also multiple grants available for single moms who want to go back to school. Sometimes the cost of the schooling is less than the amount of the grant, which means that the single mother will then get the leftover funds.
There are various housing assistance programs for single moms which not only take care of the rent portion of the cost of living, but also sometimes include benefits in the form of cash to help pay the utility bills for that residence. You might also benefit from the Individual Development Account which assists in saving up funds for the purchase of a new home, matching the single mom’s saving up $3 for every dollar that the single mom deposits.
There is no dearth in the amount or types of assistance that is offered for Single mothers in the United States. The bottom line is that you need to know where to look, find out detailed information regarding each type of assistance, and fill out each application as thoroughly as you can.