Assistance for Single Mothers should not be difficult, but it because moms have so much demanding work, it's the hardest thing sometimes! This page should provide some info on programs for any single mom, such as WIC, TANF, Medicaid, and utility bill help. Assuming you are not benefiting from your husband's income, filing for divorce now may be a good idea so that you may meet the guidelines to get approved for some of these programs. There will also be some budgeting info provided.
WIC is Women, Infants, and Children, and is a federal program designed to help with purchasing quality food items. The website says a family of:
However, each state may have slightly different WIC income guidelines. If you think you are close or definitely want to try this program, please visit their site right away to make an appointment. From what I've heard, it's not that difficult to get approved for Women Infants and Children, as long as you bring your documentation to the appointment. The WIC website is located at www.fns.usda.gov/, and is the best single resource for giving assistance for single mothers. Food is expensive--get some help!
Don't worry about your pride--you shouldn't have to be hungry. It's temporary, and it will change. Get the help you need fast.
TANF used to be a welfare program, but has transitioned over the past two decades into a work program that promotes personal responsibility and keeping a married couple together. Financially, this would make sense!
I personally found TANF information a pain in the neck to browse through. Their info is located on the Administration for Children and Families website at: www.acf.hhs.gov.
At this point, I am unsure if this is more geared towards men or women, or both. However, anyone should be able to apply if the guidelines are met, so it still could be assistance for single mothers.
If you haven't yet applied for child support benefits, now is the best time to do so. (There are some women who do not seek out child support because they don't wish to be involved with their child's father ever again.) If you are planning on having a joint custody situation or even a sole custody situation, you should file the paperwork ASAP, because the courts will not order a father to pay child support until the paperwork gets filed. And, this is a good source of consistent income, which could be used towards anything that has to do with your family's needs. Most important assistance for single mothers!
The best way to file online is to visit the Administration for Children and Families and click on your state. There are very low or no fees to do this, and you may be a lot better off!
To qualify for Medicaid, you must meet certain income guidelines. There is no guarantee of acceptance into this healthcare program, however, it is generally for very low income individuals (adults or children). To find out if you might qualify, visit www.cms.gov.
Each state may have programs for those who do not qualify for Medicaid, yet still have low incomes. If you need healthcare, try searching in your state for these government programs.
Go to www.Mint.com to sign up for budgeting help! The program is completely FREE and is essential to get control of your finances, especially at a time when you may be struggling with money.
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