Single mothers often don’t have the luxury of being able to move from one of the most expensive states in the Union. California has the single highest cost of living in the United States, thus, many single mothers are in constant worry over their ability to make ends meet. Thankfully, California has a variety of assistance that can help single mothers feel more confident in their ability to provide for their children.
While there is no cash money available from California for food items, they do have Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) a federally funded program that provides nutritious food vouchers for children up to five years old, pregnant women, and nursing women. Simply stop by the local Department of Health and Human Services in order to apply.
California also participates in CalFresh, previously known as food stamps. They electronically issue benefits that can be used for most foods at a grocery market. You must apply for the benefits, but if you qualify it can really help single mothers keep their food costs down. Simply go online to fill out an application.
If there is still a need for assistance with getting food, California has an extensive system of food banks. Food banks often provide non-perishable items such as cereal, canned goods, and rice and beans. You can go here for more information.
Many single mothers spend hours worrying about whether their child needs to be taken to a doctor. Rather than worrying and waiting too long, there is assistance to make that decision easier. California provides Medicaid for certain low income families that qualify. This insurance will cost you nothing, but the eligibility requirements are fairly specific.
CaliforniaKids Healthcare Foundation is an agency that provides comprehensive preventive and primary health care services to children ages 2 through 18. This foundation is for single mothers who make too much money to qualify for Medicaid, but do not make enough to purchase private insurance.
Child Care Assistance
The only way that single mothers can work is if their children are school aged or have a daycare they can attend while the mother is working. Since child care can be very costly, some mothers end up unable to work because their wages would not cover the cost of child care. California CalWorks, child care assistance program, has everything a single mother would need to know about getting assistance for child care. To see if you qualify for a child care subsidy, just check the eligibility requirements at the website above.
Sometimes the best way that a single mother can help her family is to go back to school. To begin, start by fill out the Federal FAFSA form here. The website will walk you through the entire process. Once you get your results back, you can begin looking for free money, or grants, that you qualify for. You can find a large amount of information about college grants through online searches. It just may be the right decision for you and your family.