Single moms often struggle on all different types of fronts in their life. Whether it is housing, healthcare, buying food, or finding safe and affordable childcare, there is a lot on a single mom’s plate that she has to overcome. Arizona has several programs that you can choose from to help make single parenting easier and allow you to make the life that you want for you and your children. By doing your research, both online and in person, you will be able to determine which programs can meet your needs and that you are eligible for. No matter what your needs are, there are programs that can give you the assistance that you need. What are some of the programs that are available for Arizona residents?
Getting Help With Housing
Housing can be quite difficult to find in your price range that is safe and convenient to your work and the kid’s school. The financial side of housing is probably the most concerning, because the apartments or homes that you may be able to afford may not be in the best area. There are several options for you, including going through HUD (Housing & Urban Development) to get subsidized housing or going with the Public Housing and Housing Voucher programs to get Section 8 housing. Either way, you will be able to find housing that is safe for you and your family that meets your needs and your budget. Safe housing is available if you are willing to do the research and apply for the help that you need.
Getting Help With Food
Food can take a huge bit out of your income and having that extra little bit of assistance in buying food can make a big difference in your budget. WIC or Women’s, Infant, and Children assistance is one program that you may qualify for. This program is for children under the age of five and for pregnant or breastfeeding moms to get the nutrition that they need for maximum health. Nutrition Assistance is another program that is offered in Arizona. They offer temporary assistance to families by giving vouchers that can be used to buy food. Certain eligibility requirements apply, but it is a program that you want to look into if you are having issues paying for your groceries for your family. You can see the requirements here: https://www.azdes.gov/nutrition_assistance/, as well as the forms that you need to have to apply.
Getting Help with Childcare
If you have kids, then you may find it difficult to find a sitter or childcare that is dependable to allow you to work. Working is the only way that you are going to be able to take care of your family, but without good childcare, you may only be able to work sporadically. This is not good for your work history and it is not good for your paycheck, as you are not able to move up in a company if you do not stay with them for a long period of time. Childcare can be quite expensive, however, which is why many moms find it difficult to get ahead. Assistance in paying for dependable in childcare can be found through Arizona’s Department of Economic Security. The programs vary depending upon your needs and your family size, as well as income. That is why you want to look at the choices available at https://www.azdes.gov/main.aspx?menu=128&id=2670 to determine what type of help that you need and that you are eligible for.
Getting Education Funding – grants and scholarships
Money holds back many single moms and their families from getting additional education or training after high school. This doesn’t have to be the case, however. There are scholarships and grants available that can take care of your expenses and allow you to get the additional education and/or training that you want and need. Your local school’s financial aid office is probably your best source of information, as they have a lot of resources to match you with the financial aid that you need. Both of these funding sources do not have to be paid back, either, which means that you will get the money for free, as long as you meet their requirements. Don’t let money hold you back from going back to school or from encouraging your children to continue their education. Simply do some research and you will see that there are education funding sources out there that you can use.
Getting Healthcare Assistance
No one likes to have a sick child, but if you do not have insurance, this can be even more difficult. Healthcare is a big issue in the country today, but if you are a single mom, it can be even more of a worry, as you are worried about not being able to afford medical bills. Arizona offers KidsCare to children under the age of 18 to take care of all of their medical needs. From dental care to vision care to medical care and more, this program can help you to keep your children taken care of in the way that you want. If you need insurance yourself, you will also want to look into the Arizona Healthcare Cost Containment System to see if you are eligible for any of their assistance. You can find it at: http://www.azahcccs.gov/. Do your research and find the programs that work best for you and your needs.
When you are a single mom, all it takes is one missed paycheck to throw you into a tizzy. Whether you are having issues finding safe housing, finding healthcare coverage, or paying for groceries, there are many programs available in Arizona that can help to take some of the stress off of your shoulders. This can go a long way to allowing you to enjoy your life and be proud of yourself and your kids in knowing that you are making it on your own. Do not just assume that there is no help for you. Do your research and find the programs that fit your needs and that will give you the most help.