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Welfare Benefits for Single Mothers

single mom welfareThere are many programs available for welfare benefits for single mothers. These include food, medical, childcare, education and housing assistance. Program availability will vary depending on your location. Program eligibility will vary for each program as well. Each state has the same basic programs; they may just be called something different. In some states, transportation assistance may be included in some welfare benefits programs.

Food and Nutrition Assistance

Food Stamps and WIC are the two main food and nutrition programs included in welfare benefits for single mothers. WIC is a separate program, but often works alongside the local food stamp program for your state. Usually, if you qualify for one, you qualify for both.

Food stamps are available for low-income and under employed single mothers and families that are unable to purchase food items. Program requirements for each state vary. The items that are taken into consideration are your income, your rent or mortgage payment, electricity, water, natural gas and telephone. A determined amount of assistance will be allotted to each qualifying family each month. The amount for each family will differ. The benefits are automatically loaded onto a debit like card each month. Additional funds are not administered if you run out early.

WIC is a program that is set in place to help mothers and families of children ages five and younger. Healthy foods are provided on checks that include a specific amount that can be purchased at a time. The items included in the WIC program are baby formula, baby cereal, baby food, cereal, milk, peanut butter, juice, cheese, fresh fruit and fresh vegetables. Some WIC programs may include additional items.

Food Banks are available in all areas of the United States. Some of them do require proof of income or lack of income and proof of identity or residency. Food banks are set in place for emergency help to provide food for up to one week for needy families. The items available at food banks vary depending on what is donated and what is provided via government subsidies.

Housing Assistance

Most states have programs available to prevent eviction and foreclosure. In some cases it is in the form of a state grant. These grants are available one time and one time only to qualifying families. There are specific grants for single mothers to help with housing costs. State and federal programs fund these programs.

Welfare benefits for single mothers to help with housing can come in the form of cash assistance. Cash assistance is generally reserved for single mothers that do not have income but may receive child support payments. Speak to your personal caseworker about the availability of cash assistance and for the program requirements. Some states require that the person receiving cash assistance have a job working at least 30 hours per week.

The local Salvation Army may have funds available to help with housing costs and to prevent eviction or foreclosure. The Salvation Army is supported by grants and donations. If they do not have the funds to help, they can refer you to other local services that may be able to help. You can only receive this help from the Salvation Army once per year. They can help with other services once per year as well that include electric bill payment and natural gas bill payments.

Healthcare Assistance

Every state has welfare benefits for single mothers to provide healthcare for their children. This is most often identified as the Medicaid program. In some states it has a different name. There are often specific healthcare programs for children only. Some states only cover children due to the high poverty level or financial distress of the state’s economy. Adults can’t always be covered. These programs can be applied for at your local welfare office.

Many states have free or low-cost clinics. If your family qualifies for free care, children are often cared for first. It is much harder for an adult to receive healthcare assistance through a welfare program due to the large restrictions that are now on the programs in general.

Childcare Assistance

Childcare assistance may be available through the local welfare department as well. Childcare welfare benefits for single mothers often include six months of state paid daycare expenses to help a family become situated financially. Income requirements must be met. If the family is approved for these services, the children must attend a daycare facility that is chosen by the welfare system. It will be close in proximity to your location. They will find a daycare program that works with your schedule. If your child has special needs, a program to suit them will also be located.

Education Assistance

There are several state and local programs to aid adults in obtaining their G.E.D. for little or no cost. This is in an effort to further your education and help you to find more suitable employment. Your local library or welfare office will have program details and availability.

Assistance in attending college may also be made available by way of a grant. This is a one time grant that is attainable in special circumstances. Some jobs require that you pay for your own training or schooling. If you are unable to afford the costs, a state program may be able to help.

Transportation Assistance

Many states have transportation programs as a part of medical welfare benefits for single mothers and low income families. This transportation program provides free transportation to and from medical appointments and procedures. This is tied in with Medicaid benefits. Not all states are able to provide this type of assistance due to the cost of the program.

Transportation assistance to school or work is available in very few states. Ask your caseworker on bus pass assistance programs and other transportation program availability to help get you to and from work or school at a discounted rate. In some cases, a bus pass can be provided to you at no cost for one month depending on your circumstances and the program availability that your state has.

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