Being a single mom is always a challenge. Providing for yourself and your children can feel like a full-time job in itself. But rising to the challenge makes single motherhood extremely rewarding. However, while trying to get your feet on the ground, it can seem overwhelming. It is during those times that there are programs that will help single moms get started in the right direction.
As with most states, Delaware offers the WIC program to women in need of supplemental nutrition while they are pregnant or nursing. WIC also provides nutritional food for children below the age of five. You must qualify for the program; however, once you qualify you can remain in the program without recertification for up to 6 months.
Delaware also offers the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), which actually provides cash benefits for those who do not qualify to federal benefits. In order to be eligible for TANF you must meet the eligibility criteria. Simply go to www.dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dss/genast.html and look up the information needed.
The last program that provides food assistance to low income families is the Food Supplement Program. This program, previously known as Food Stamps, provides qualified members with a debit card that can be used towards most grocery products. For information about this program, go to the website www.dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dss/foodstamps.html .
While being able to provide food to put on the table is one of the most important aspects of working as a single mother, it is equally important to have medical coverage for your children if they medical assistance. Many private insurance policies are too expensive for single mothers. If this is the case, Delaware offers Medicaid. Medicaid is state medical insurance that the policy holders do not have to pay for. Many low income families qualify for this coverage, however you will need to check your eligibility requirements before filling out an application. The following link will take you there. http://www.dhss.delaware.gov/dss/medicaid.html
If you make too much money to qualify for Medicaid, but not enough to pay for private insurance, you may qualify for the Delaware Healthy Children Program. For qualification information, go to their website at http://www.dhss.delaware.gov/dss/dhcpfaq.html .
Child Care Assistance
Once the basics of food and health are taken care of, it becomes extremely important to be able to work full-time. To do so a single mom must have school-aged children or a reliable daycare center or babysitter. If you are working, Delaware will often provide you with a list of child care centers who accept state subsidy. This means that you may have to pay for some of the child care expense, but not all of it. If you do not qualify for subsidy, you can always look to the state vendors to see who is considered reliable and cost effective.
While not every single mother is worried about housing, some moms are in the position that requires help. If you find that you are looking at becoming homeless, or you can no longer keep paying your current rent, you can look to the Delaware Department of Urban Development to help. HUD housing assistance can come in a variety of forms. To find more information about the housing opportunities open to you, follow the link. portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/states/delaware