With record unemployment and many rental markets at record highs, there are no shortage of single moms who need help finding affordable, safe housing. There are a myriad of programs to help mothers in these situations. Let’s take a look at the most comprehensive programs offered. Continue reading Housing Assistance for Single Moms – Simple Steps to Find an Affordable Housing Alternative
The programs offering assistance for single mothers in Hawaii are impeccable. Each program is set up with single mothers and low income families in mind. Program leaders understand that families can suffer financial hardships and may need a little bit of help from time to time. Each program will have an application and qualification process and each process will be different. Most of these programs will require the same type of documentation. To save yourself time, keep a folder with important documents available. The documents in the folder should include copies of ID’s for all household members, copies of Social Security cards for all household members, birth certificates, rental agreements or mortgage statements, current bank statements, current utility bills and current pay stubs. Having all of this information together at all times will help as you’re applying for assistance programs. Many communities in Hawaii offer community programs that help families with food and clothing. Hawaiian culture is very different; they are a tight knit community of people that always reach out to help others when they are able.
Food and Nutrition Assistance for Single Mothers in Hawaii
Hawaiian culture is often centered on a special meal or celebrating a special event. Communities will come together to help other community members that are struggling to provide food for their children. Local and Government food and nutrition assistance for single mothers in Hawaii is available. SNAP and WIC are two programs that cater to helping single mothers and low income families to provide healthy food for their children. These programs do require an application process. For families that do not qualify for these programs, food banks are available in many communities. Food banks provide emergency food supplies and other necessities to low income families and single mothers.
SNAP is Hawaii’s form of Food Stamps. This program helps low income families with a set amount of food dollars on a debit like card each month. The amount of assistance per month will vary depending on a family’s qualification for the program. Families of the same number may receive more or less assistance than another solely depending on the income and household bills. The net income of the family must be at least 100% of the Federal poverty guidelines. SNAP may not be available to all families. Families that receive TANF or SSI/SSDI cash assistance are generally qualified for the SNAP program.
WIC is a program designed to help single mothers and families of children that are age five or younger to provide healthy, developmentally rich foods to their children. Families that have babies or infants will have an allotted amount of formula, baby cereal or baby food available. Income restrictions do apply to this program. The WIC program provides foods such as juice, cheese, cereal, fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, milk and peanut butter for nutrition assistance.
Housing Assistance for Single Mothers in Hawaii
Providing necessary shelter for your children is important. For some families, the income is just not enough to afford proper housing. Housing assistance for single mothers in Hawaii is available to those that qualify. Assistance with apartment or housing rental can be obtained if agencies have the funds and the family’s income qualifies them. Apartment or house security deposit and monthly rent amounts can be paid for by local agencies or large church organizations. It is best to speak with your caseworker to inquire about available programs and which ones you would qualify for.
Another resource that most don’t consider is the local Salvation Army. Their funds do run out quickly, and their funding often takes time to be replenished. The Salvation Army can help to prevent eviction, utility disconnection and does have a food pantry. If they have funds available, an eviction notice is required for their housing assistance program. A utility disconnection notice is required for utility assistance if funds are available.
Childcare Assistance for Single Mothers in Hawaii
It is very common to see single mothers out of work due to not having appropriate childcare in place for their children. Assistance for single mothers in Hawaii regarding childcare may be available if program eligibility guidelines are met. PATCH is the main program available in Hawaii. This organization provides resources to single mothers and low income families struggling to provide sufficient childcare for their children while they work to support the family’s needs. This program does have a qualification process and does its best to match each family with the appropriate facility and program to suit their needs.
Hawaii has a large variety of resources available for childcare assistance other than PATCH. Head Start is available for children that are ages four and five to families that meet the income guidelines. Head Start is a national program that helps almost three quarters of a million children each year with, not only childcare, but early childhood development. Early Head Start is a program that is available for children under the age of four that qualify.
Other organizations that are available for assistance for single mothers in Hawaii regarding childcare are Arbor Child Care Connection, POD(Preschool Open Doors Program), Pauahi Keiki Scholars Program and Maui County Subsidy. Each of these programs requires that the single mother or parents be working or attending school and that they meet the income restrictions. Pauahi Keiki Scholars Program does require that participants in the program are of Native Hawaiian ancestry and that the program is approved by Kamehameha Schools.
Other Services for Assistance for Single Mothers in Hawaii
Healthcare is often a worry for a single mom. Medicaid (Med-QUEST or MQD) assistance for single mothers in Hawaii may be an option. This is available to qualifying adults and children. Most families that qualify for TANF or SNAP generally also qualify for Medicaid. Unfortunately, in Hawaii, the only Government subsidized program for healthcare is Medicaid. The qualification process for Medicaid is very strict since the program is a growing need in Hawaii. The need for healthcare in Hawaii is a rising concern as the number of adults and children is also on the rise. Some applicants may meet the program guidelines but may be turned down if there is no immediate medical need that must be met for survival.
There are not many programs available in Hawaii to assist with utility payments or to help avoid utility disconnection. Salvation Army is the first agency to attempt to obtain utility assistance with always. If they cannot help, they will provide several other resources that may have the funds to help your family avoid a utility disconnection. Low income families may qualify for the Energy Assistance Program; inquire with your Department of Human Services casework for program eligibility.
A suggestion for assistance for single mothers in Hawaii is to join local social groups or groups that are specifically geared toward single mothers. The women in these groups often have resources that many agencies do not make very public. These women have worked hard to find additional avenues to provide for their children by way of help from other local agencies. Clothing trade groups may be available if clothing cannot be purchased. Single mother’s support groups are out there, it is beneficial to become a part of one to share ideas, gain emotional support and build a strong support network.