Which Organizations Offer Help to African-American Single Mothers?

Single black mothers can take advantage of numerous income earning opportunities. There are grant monies available from many charitable organizations across the nation. Single mothers who dream of college or starting a small business will find many resources designed to offer assistance. However, it is wise to remember that there are also other organizations that offer grants and assistance that are not specifically geared to single black mothers. Continue reading Which Organizations Offer Help to African-American Single Mothers?

Are There Any Legit Small Business Grants for Moms?

There are not any small business grants specifically geared to mothers, but there are small business grants for women in general. These grants often provide an option for women who need funding to start or maintain their own business. There are other ways for moms to raise the funds to start small businesses as well. Continue reading Are There Any Legit Small Business Grants for Moms?

5 Tips for Finding Legitimate Government Grants

Thinking of starting a new business or expanding one you already have you but don’t have the financial resources to do so? Applying for a government grant is one option to consider. Be aware that only a few individuals get approval for their grant applications, but it won’t hurt to try. Continue reading 5 Tips for Finding Legitimate Government Grants

Assistance for Single Mothers in Michigan

As a single mother you know that it is not easy raising children, and it can be even harder if you are struggling to pay your bills. Single mothers often find that they cannot work as much as they need to in order to pay the bills and still spend time with their children. If you find yourself in this position there are organizations in Michigan that are able to help and can get you back on your feet.

Child Care

One of the hardest part of being a single mother is trying to afford child care on a single income. Often quality child care can cost the majority of your paycheck, leaving you with little money for the necessities. This is where Michigan’s Child Development and Child Care program comes in. They offer help to reduce the financial burden of child care.

Eligibility

In order to be eligible for child care assistance you must meet a certain income requirement. For example a family of 3 must make less than $1990 a month to qualify for child care assistance. You must also be using the child care assistance to work or go to school. To find out more about Michigan’s Child Development and Child Care program and how to apply visit http://www.michigan.gov/dhs/0,4562,7-124-5529_7143-15306–,00.html.

Benefits

Michigan’s Child Development and Child Care program will pay for a certain amount of your child care expenses depending on your monthly income. For example, a family of three earning less than $1895 a month may qualify to have 90% of their child care covered. You must choose a child care provider that is approved by the program and you cannot use the program to pay yourself to watch your own children.

MIChild

If you are struggling to pay your children’s health care bills then your children may be eligible for MIChild. MIChild is a healthcare program that is geared toward ensuring that all children have access to quality healthcare even if they are from low income families and do not qualify for Medicaid.

Eligibility

In order for your children to qualify for MIChild they must be under the age of 19 and have no health insurance. Your family must also meet certain income requirements, live in Michigan and be U.S. citizens. To apply visit http://www.michigan.gov/mdch/1,1607,7-132-2943_4845_4931—,00.html.

Benefits

The program allows for your children to have access to comprehensive healthcare for only $10 a month for your entire family. MIChild is comprehensive healthcare, including mental health, dental, vision and hospital stays. However, it will only cover hospitalizations and extended care for 120 days. This program is an affordable and effective way to ensure that your children are covered for regular health expenses and in case of an emergency.

Family Independence Program

If you find yourself struggling through a rough patch, either due to trying to finish school, an internship or in-between jobs, you may benefit from the Family Independence Program. This program offers temporary cash assistance to help you get back on your feet and provide for your children.

Eligibility

In order to be eligible for the Family Independence Program you must have children under the age of 18, or a child may be 18 but still attending high school. You must have assets under $3,000 and you must meet income requirements that are based upon your monthly salary and the number of people in your household. There may be also be certain exemptions allowed depending on your expenses. To find out if you are eligible and for information on how to apply visit http://www.michigan.gov/dhs/0,4562,7-124-5453_5526-21229–,00.html.

Benefits

The Family Independence Program offers temporary cash assistance that is dispersed every month. The program is dedicated to helping families becoming self-sufficient so they will also help you find job and training opportunities so that you have a better income and ability to support yourself when you are no longer able to receive cash assistance.

Food Assistance Program

If you find that you are having to cut things out of your food budget in order to make ends meet or you are unable to afford enough food to feed your children, you may qualify for the Food Assistance Program. This program is designed to help struggling families have access to adequate nutrition.

Eligibility

In order to be eligible for food assistance your family must meet certain income requirements. Your income level is judged by your countable income and the number of people in your family. You also must have limited assets to draw upon and you must be a U.S. citizen. To find out if you qualify and to apply visit http://www.michigan.gov/dhs/0,4562,7-124-5453_5527_6691-13176–,00.html.

Benefits

The Food Assistance Program offers you a certain food allotment each month. The amount of money that you received is based on your income and the number of people in your household, as well as your specific situation. The money is then transferred to the Michigan Bridge Card when you can use at any ATM or credit card machine at a grocery store in order to access your funds. The money can be used on nearly any food purchase allowing you to choose exactly what your family likes and needs.

Education Assistance – Education grants and scholarships

If you are looking to go back to school but are not sure how you will be able to pay tuition then you can fill out a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). This allows you to receive federal funding to use toward your education. The program disperses money to lwo income families and the amount of money that you receive is based on your individual need. If you do not receive federal funding, you may still qualify for a Michigan education grant. You can find out more about the FAFSA here http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/ and there are several other education grant programs that you can apply for to help pay for tuition.

These programs are just the start toward helping you build a better life for your children. The programs are often only temporary solutions to help you get on your feet and into a better career to support your children.

Living Assistance from the Government

Living assistance from the government can be available in the form of grants and other state programs. In cases of severe financial distress, low-income and under employed families may qualify for a one time government grant to help with living expenses. This program is most commonly used for rent and mortgage payments to avoid eviction or foreclosure. Other forms of Government assistance are also available.

HUD Housing Program

HUD Housing is low income; Government subsidized housing that aids families in obtaining safe housing for their families. There are a lot of stipulations associated with this program. HUD Housing can be privately owned or publicly owned. Privately owned HUD housing allows for an apartment building or home owner to offer reduced rental rates based on a family’s income. HUD is living assistance from the Government.

Families that qualify for HUD Housing assistance must abide by strict guidelines. Only those listed on the HUD application may live in the home. Certain criminal offenses will be disallowed for tenancy. Strict income guidelines must be followed. Any and all income changes must be reported immediately. This can change your eligibility as well as decrease the amount of rent paid if an income decrease takes place.

Many HUD houses are built by volunteers. HUD homes are also built for specific families from time to time. These special homes are built in special circumstances. They are usually built for families that have disabled members requiring modified living conditions in order to live with their families. Those living in HUD homes are often so appreciative of the program and how much it has helped their family that they will volunteer to help build a home for another family in need. The HUD community can become very close.

Section 8 Housing

Section 8 housing living assistance from the Government provides qualifying families with reduced rental rates for subsidized or public housing. There are also strict income requirements for this program. Most states are on a long waiting list to enter this program. By the time your number on the list is reached, it is likely that your financial situation has changed for the better. There are cases where a family can be on an Emergency Section 8 list. This would mean that the family, with young children, is homeless.

Section 8 also has strict rules as far as staying in their program. In order to remain eligible for Section 8, you must abide by all of the rules and regulations of the program including not allowing unauthorized people to live in the home. Criminal activity cannot take place within the home. The home itself cannot be damaged or sublet. Section 8 does have the right to inspect their property with 24 hours notice. They do expect their homes to be kept neat and clean. Unsatisfactory living conditions upon inspection can cause a person to be taken off of the program.

The Section 8 program is fully funded by State and Federal Governments. Program availability can change from year to year as funding amounts do often change. If the national budget cannot suffice the large amount of funding for the program in a specific year, fewer applicants are approved for the program. There is nothing that an agency can do to push an application through if the funding is not there and all of the housing is full. The most that they can do is find other sliding income housing or a suitable shelter.

Government Grants for Living Assistance Purposes

Living assistance from the government in the form of grants is attainable for families suffering severe financial hardship. These grants are offered only one time to low income families. A grant can be given for eviction prevention or foreclosure prevention, home repairs and for general living expenses. A general living expense grant is sometimes available depending on the program you are applying to.

Government grants for these purposes usually do not require reimbursement. Since the grants are available to a person only once in their lifetime, the government often seeks further funding to keep this program available. The items needed to apply for a government living assistance grant include a letter of intent, proof of financial hardship, proposal of the need and what the funds will be used for. It can take several months to receive an answer regarding the acceptance or denial of your request.

Other Living Assistance Programs

Local agencies may be able to provide living assistance from the government. The government does provide funds to some local agencies to assist their community members. These programs are usually saved for the elderly and extremely low income families, including single mothers. Those that are homeless will take precedence over others that are simply a little short on their bills.

One local agency that may be able to help with Government provided living assistance funds would be your local Salvation Army office. They receive funding from state and federal government agencies as well as private funding in the way of donations. The Salvation Army provides living assistance from the government in the way of rent or mortgage payment, electricity payments and natural gas payments. Some Salvation Army locations offer transportation assistance, car repair assistance, food assistance, clothing, toiletries and medication assistance. They can help only once per year with a major expense such as rent or utility payments. There are also some locations that can help with moving costs to obtain suitable housing by helping with security deposits or the first month’s rent. If they do not have funds available to assist you and your family, ask them about other government funded programs in the area that may have funds. They will gladly provide you the resources needed to reach out to another agency.

Living assistance from the Government may not be available in all states. Programs for this type of assistance often run out of funds early in the year. It is difficult to replenish the funding as donations and grant funds have decreased. If all of these programs fail to have the funds to help you, ask them to refer you to a safe shelter for temporary housing.

Assistance for Single Mothers in Kentucky

Single mothers in Kentucky know that it is not easy to provide the best care for the children, especially during a tough economy. However, there are a number of programs available in Kentucky to help families who are struggling.

SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)

Often food costs can make up a large portion of a family’s budget but SNAP helps to ease this financial burden while still making sure that families get adequate amounts of nutrition.

Eligibility

In order to be eligible for SNAP your family must meet certain income requirements that are based on the amount of people that live in your household. Everyone in the household that is between the ages of 16 and 60 are able to work must be actively looking for work. You may be able to count certain expenses as subtracted from your monthly income in order to increase your SNAP benefits and eligibility. You can get a SNAP application form here http://chfs.ky.gov/dcbs/dfs/snapapplication.htm.

Benefits

Once you are approved for SNAP you will be mailed an Electronic Benefit Transfer card. This card will be loaded with your approved funds each month which can then be used to buy nearly any type of food. Alcohol, tobacco, household products, pet food, medicines, and hot and ready meals are not able to be purchased with SNAP funds.

KCHIP (Kentucky Children’s Health Insurance Program)

This program offers free or low cost healthcare for children. This is a great way for single mothers to afford healthcare for their children and ease the financial burden of regular doctor’s visits.

Eligibility

The program is available for children under the age of 19 whose family’s income is less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level. For example, a family of four must make less than $46,100 a year before taxes in order to qualify for the program. If you have recently left a job there is a six month period before you can apply your children for KCHIP, however if your employer dropped your health coverage your children may be eligible immediately. You can get an application for KCHIP here http://kidshealth.ky.gov/en/kchip/apply.htm.

Benefits

KCHIP covers nearly all aspects of healthcare for your children, including regular doctor’s visits, dental care, mental health care, prescriptions, hospitalizations and more. This is an affordable way to get comprehensive health coverage for your children at little or no cost to you.

Housing Assistance

If you are looking to find a way to afford your rent or fear that you may soon be homeless, then you can apply for housing vouchers. These vouchers can be used to help pay for rent and help to reduce the financial burden that housing may cause. To apply for housing assistance you must meet with the contact for your area to apply for the program. You can find out about the contact for your area here http://www.kyhousing.org/page.aspx?id=600.

K-TAP (Kentucky Transitional Assistance Program)

This program is designed to help needy families move toward self-sufficiency. The program temporary offers monthly cash assistance to help families who are struggling to get back on their feet and reach self-sufficiency.

Eligibility

In order to be eligible for K-TAP you must meet certain income requirements that are based upon monthly household income and the number of people in your household. For a family of three the monthly household income must be less than $974 a month. This will allow you to receive a maximum of $262 a month. To find out how to apply visit http://chfs.ky.gov/dcbs/dfs/ktap.htm.

Benefits

The program will give you monthly cash assistance in an amount determined by your income and the number of people in your household. This is a one-time assistance program that will last for 60 months, after this period you can never benefit from the program again.

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

This program is for low income families who are unable to pay their heating and cooling needs for their home. This program helps over 150,000 Kentucky residents every year and it can be a great resource to help you and your family as well.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the program you must be at or below 130 percent of the federal poverty level. Your household must also not have more than $2,000 in liquid assets, unless one member of the household has a catastrophic illness, in this case the assets may equal $4,000. To see if you are eligible for the program and to find out more information visit http://chfs.ky.gov/dcbs/dfs/liheap.htm.

Benefits

There are three programs involved with the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. There is a subsidy component that operates in November and December to help low income families pay their heating costs. The Crisis component operates from January to mid-March and helps those families that are in imminent danger of losing their heat and have no means to heat their home. It can also offer help to families that have received an eviction notice. There is also a program that offers help with cooling costs if there are funds available.

WIC (Women, Infants and Children)

The WIC program in Kentucky is dedicated to providing pregnant and nursing mothers, and children under five with healthy and adequate nutrition. The program is available to low income families and offers a number of services to help new families.

Eligibility

If you meet the requirements for Medicaid or food stamps, then you automatically are eligible for WIC. The income requirements are dependent upon the number of people in your household, for example a family of four must have a monthly income of less than $3,554. To find out how to apply for WIC visit http://chfs.ky.gov/dph/mch/Applying+For+WIC.htm.

Benefits

The WIC program offers food checks every month that can be used to buy food that meets certain nutritional requirements. These checks can be used at most food stores and ensure that you provide your young family with adequate nutrition. They also offer breastfeeding support and nutritional advice and support. They can also provide immunizations for children.

Taking advantage of these programs can help you provide for your children and move toward self-sufficiency and the ability to provide a better future for your children.

Assistance for Single Mothers in Iowa

It is no secret that raising children is hard, and raising them as a single mother is even harder. Luckily there are plenty of programs out there that offer assistance to single mothers who are struggling to provide for their children. While none of these programs are specifically geared toward assistance for single mothers in Iowa they can make sure that a single mother is able to provide for her children.

Child Care Assistance

Often one of the hardest parts about being a single mother is trying to figure out how to work and find someone to care for your kid(s). Most daycares are expensive and can take most of your paycheck, making it hard to get ahead. But Iowa does have a Child Care Assistance Program that can help low-income mothers have free or affordable child care.

Eligibility

In order to be eligible for the child care assistance program you have to have children under the age fo 13 (or under the age of 19 if they have special needs) and work at least 28 hours a week. You may also be eligible if you are looking for a job, are trying to go to school or you cannot care for your kid(s) because of an approved medical condition. To apply you can visit http://www.dhs.iowa.gov/Consumers/Child_care/ccassistance/ccaforconsumers.html

Benefits

If you do enroll in the Child Care Assistance program then you can choose your child care provider, as long as it is one that is approved by the program. You can choose a daycare program, a before and after school program, for someone to care for the children in your home and a child care home of a school run child care program. This will allow you to have the freedom to choose a caregiver that both you and your children trust.

WIC (Women, Infants and Children)

The WIC program is dedicated to providing assistance for single mothers in Iowa by offering the means to buy healthy food. The WIC program provides food checks that can be used to purchase approved food items for your family.

Eligibility

In order to be eligible for WIC, you must be pregnant or have children in the household that are under the age of five. You must also meet a certain income requirement that is judged based on your yearly income and the amount of people in your household. If you fall within this limit you are able to benefit from everything that WIC has to offer.

Benefits

WIC offers food checks every month that are based on your needs and providing your family with a healthy diet. You can use it to purchase milk, eggs, fresh fruits and veggies and more. They also offer help with breastfeeding and nutrition counseling and help, they also offer immunizations to ensure the health of you and your children. To find out more about the WIC program in Iowa and how to apply visit http://www.idph.state.ia.us/wic/Families.aspx

Hawk-i

This program offers assistance for single mothers in Iowa by providing affordable health insurance for children of low income families. This allows children to have regular doctor’s visits, medicine and will cover emergency care. Depending your income you can pay a nominal monthly fee or even nothing to receive high quality medical care for your children.

Eligibility

In order to quality for Hawk-i you must meet certain income requirements and the children must be under 19 years of age. The children must not be eligible for Medicaid, if they are you can apply to Medicaid in order to receive health benefits for them. The children must not be the children of a state employee and have no other health insurance. To apply visit http://www.hawk-i.org/en_US/apply.html

Benefits

The Hawk-i program offers a choice between United Healthcare and Wellmark Health Plan of IA and it includes dental coverage. This is a great way to make sure that your children always have access to healthcare even if they do not qualify for Medicaid. Included in these programs is substance abuse, mental health, eye health, speech therapy, medical equipment, coverage for hospital stays and more. For free or a small fee, you children will have well rounded quality health care.

Iowa Rental Help

Another great program that offers assistance for single mothers in Iowa is Iowa Rental Help. Through this program families who are homeless or in danger of being homeless can get rental assistance. This program is geared toward families who are at or below the median income for the area and that are in danger of becoming homeless. If you have received an eviction notice, or have no means of paying rent then you qualify for the program. Your status will be re-evaluated every 90 days to ensure that you are still in need of assistance from the program and that you are working toward becoming self-sufficient. To learn more about this program visit http://www.iowarentalhelp.com/

Grants

Another type of assistance for single mothers in Iowa is through grants. There are a number of government grants that can help mothers who want to go back to school, mothers who are struggling to take care of children with special needs or mothers that are looking to fund a project or idea. This is a great way to move toward a better future for you and your children. To find out about available grants in Iowa visit http://www.iowagrantsguide.org/index.php?get=home

Student Loan Forgiveness for Single Mothers

There are not any student loan forgiveness programs aimed specifically at single mothers, but there are a number of programs available that may be of help to women with children living at home. The first step for single moms who are looking for student loan forgiveness will be to determine whether they have private or federal loans. Continue reading Student Loan Forgiveness for Single Mothers

Assistance for Single Mothers in Maryland

Raising children can feel like an uphill battle and it can feel even worse when you are doing it on your own. If you are a single mother and you are struggling to make ends meet or provide for your children in the way you want, then you some of these programs are here to help. They will give you the assistance you need now so that you can work toward a better future.

MCHP (Maryland Children’s Health Program)

It is no secret that healthcare for you and your children can be very expensive. But the Maryland Children’s Health Program offers a way to get your children full health care coverage if they do not qualify for Medicaid.

Eligibility

In order for your children to be eligible they must be under the age of 19 and your income must be less than 200% of the federal poverty level. Pregnant women whose income is below 250% of the federal poverty level are also allowed to apply for the program. In most cases you must be uninsured in order to qualify but you can talk with your case manager to see if you can still benefit from the program. To learn more about eligibility and how to apply visit http://mmcp.dhmh.maryland.gov/chp/SitePages/Home.aspx.

Benefits

The Maryland Children’s Health Program offers full health coverage, including hospitalizations, regular doctor’s visits, mental health care, dental health, vision, substance abuse and prescriptions. This is an invaluable program to be a part of as it ensures that your children will have access to high quality healthcare.

Child Care Subsidy

If you are struggling to go to work and go to school because you cannot find quality affordable child care, then you may be able to benefit from the child care subsidy program. The problem that many struggling mothers run into, is that going to work or school means that the majority of their money goes into paying for daycare. The Child Care Subsidy provides vouchers that reduce the financial burden of quality child care.

Eligibility

In order to be eligible for the child care subsidy you must be at or below a certain income level. For example a family of two must make less than $24, 277 a year in order to qualify. However, for teen parents or non-parent custodians, $5,000 is disregarded from your yearly income. This allow those with the greatest need reap the benefits of this program and move toward a better future. To see if you are eligible and to apply for the program visit http://www.mdchildcare.org/mdcfc/for_parents/poceligibility.html.

Benefits

This program allows you to choose your child care provider, whether you choose to have informal care, which is care provided by a relative or non-relative in the child’s home or the provider’s home, or formal care which is care provided by a child care center or a registered child care home. The program will give you a certain amount of money each month as is determined by your income and family size.

SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)

One of the major financial expenses that a family may encounter is the cost of food and SNAP hopes to ease this burden. The program offers a specific amount of money each month to be used toward certain food purchases in order to reduce the costs of feeding a family.

Eligibility

In order to be eligible for SNAP your family must meet certain income requirements that are based upon your monthly income and the number of people in your household. Your household income must meet or fall below 200% of the federal poverty line in order to qualify for the program. To apply for the program visit https://www.marylandsail.org/.

Benefits

The SNAP program provides you with an Electronic Benefit transfer card which provides you with a certain amount of money on the first of each month. This card can then be used at nearly any grocery store on most food purchases. The amount of money that you receive is based upon your income and the number of people in your family.

TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families)

The TANF program is a great way for a single mother to move toward a better future for her children by giving temporary assistance to get through a rough period. The program only disperses funds once per adult, so it is best that you only apply for this program when you have little other recourse.

Eligibility

Like most assistance programs, eligibility for TANF is based on your monthly income and the number of people in your household. You must have never taken advantage of TANF help before or used the service for less than 60 months. To see if you are eligible and to apply visit https://www.marylandsail.org/.

Benefits

The TANF program provides you with a specified amount of money each month that is delivered to an electronic benefit transfer card. The amount that you receive is based upon your income and family size, for example a family of four can receive a maximum amount of $482 a month. This benefit is dispersed only once for every adult and only for 60 months, after which it can never be used again.

WIC (Women, Infants and Children)

The WIC program in Maryland is geared toward making sure that women and children receive the best nutrition available. The program is for pregnant women, nursing mothers, women who have given birth within the past six months and children under the age of five.

Eligibility

There is a low income requirement in order to take advantage of these services and you must have children that are under the age of five or be pregnant or nursing. To see if you are eligible and for more information visit http://fha.dhmh.maryland.gov/wic/SitePages/Home.aspx.

Benefits

The WIC program provides monthly checks that can be used to buy food that meets certain nutrition requirements. They also provide immunizations and breastfeeding support to ensure the best health of children and babies.

These programs are just the beginning of what is available and they are often only meant to be a temporary solution. So if you do decide to take advantage of these services you should also try and find a way to become self-sufficient for when the programs run out.

 

Assistance for Single Mothers in California

Several programs are available for assistance for single mothers in California. These programs do have strict requirements mostly pertaining to income. Each program will have different requirements. This article will explain what each program is and will include the requirements listed. California has great programs available to help struggling families. These programs stem from childcare assistance to transportation assistance. These programs are available due to state, federal and local funding.

Childcare Assistance for Single Mothers in California

There are various childcare assistance programs available for single mothers in the state of California. Each program requires an eligibility screening process. Each program has a different process. Most programs do, however, require the same information for eligibility qualification. The CalWorks Program is set up for assistance for single mothers in California regarding childcare. For this program, full time employment is required. The program is funded by cash aid from state and federal resources. The agencies that participate in this program are screened and deemed safe by the State of California.

Income requirements must be satisfied within the program guidelines in order to qualify. Eligible mothers will receive information from their local Welfare office with the necessary steps required to enter into this program. Acceptance into the CalWorks program aids in the acceptance into the TANF program as well. These programs are designed to provide low cost or free childcare to qualifying families.

Nutrition Assistance Programs

One of the largest food assistance programs in California is Food Stamps. Food assistance for single mothers in California is available through several programs. For the food stamp program, the household income must be at or below poverty level. The household bills, which are accepted by the state, must exceed or nearly exceed the amount of income allotted for the qualifying number of family members as well. Each family that is accepted for the food stamp program will be allotted a different amount of funds depending on their family size and income. The food stamp program has been renamed the CalFresh Program.

Other food assistance programs for needy or low-income families in California include the WIC program and many food banks. The WIC program is designed to help single mothers or low-income families to provide nutritious food items for their children. The WIC program includes food items such as baby formula, baby cereal, rice, cereal, juices, fruits, vegetables, cheese, peanut butter and milk to name a few items. This program is available to single mothers and parents of children that are age five and younger.

The local welfare office will have a list of available food banks that service the area that a family lives in. Food banks are available to help families in emergency situations with enough food for a few days, up to a week depending on their guidelines. Some food banks may allow a family that is on the Food Stamp program or WIC program to obtain food more than once per month. Some food banks will restrict their services to non-food stamp receiving families. The guidelines and restrictions for these services will be listed in their printed information. The USDA supports and organizes many of the food banks in California.

Healthcare Assistance

There are two healthcare programs for assistance for single mothers in California that are available. The first program is the CaliforniaKids Healthcare Foundation. The second is the California Children’s Health Insurance Program. The CaliforniaKids Healthcare Foundation is designed to provide low cost health and dental programs to children of qualifying single mothers or parents. The rate for this program is $75.00 per child per month for qualifying families. The services included are medical, dental, behavioral health and prescription coverage. The application for this program can be found on the website for the CaliforniaKids Healthcare Foundation. It can be filled out online or printed and mailed in. Income restrictions do apply for this program. Children between the ages of two and eighteen with qualifying parental income qualify.

Medicaid is the other healthcare program available to single mothers and qualifying families in the state of California. In some cases, only the children of the family will be covered. California is dedicated to making sure that children are able to receive necessary and proper medical care. There are guidelines that must be met in order to qualify for and receive Medicaid. Specific income restrictions are in place. The household income figured with the general household expenses determine eligibility. Some of the documentation required for the Medicaid application process are income verification or proof of lack of income, rental leases or mortgage statements, birth certificates of all household members, bank statements and other required documentation listed on the application form. All of the necessary paperwork must be complete and turned in before any determination of eligibility can be made.

Assistance with Transportation, Rent and Education

Rental and housing programs for assistance for single mothers in California are available to qualifying households. These programs are generally federally funded and have strict guidelines. Section 8 and HUD Housing programs are available for single mothers and very low income families that meet or are below poverty level standards. Some of these programs may have a waiting list.

Basic rental assistance may be available to prevent eviction through local services. These assistance programs do generally require that an eviction notice be received prior to asking for rental help. Funds may not always be available with every service, it is best to contact the larger organizations first, such as Salvation Army.

Transportation assistance may be available to and from medical appointments through the state funded Medicaid and CaliforniaKids Healthcare Foundation for those that qualify. In some cases, transportation assistance may be available to and/or from work. These programs are usually very limited as the cost of transportation continues to rise.

Assistance for single mothers in California to further or better their education can be available. Education grant programs for single mothers can be researched for their availability with the help of a Social Worker or Education Counselor. Both of these can be made available by a Caseworker with the Welfare department.