Single mothers often have to struggle to make ends meet. They often have to scrimp and save just to make sure that enough food is on the table. Washington is a state that provides financial assistance to single mothers and other low income families.
The most important thing for single mothers is to feel competent that they can provide for the basics. Food is the most basic elemental substance that a mom can give. If you are struggling to provide for your children you can apply for assistance through Washington Basic Foods Program http://www.dshs.wa.gov/onlinecso/food_assistance_program.shtml you may be eligible if you are unemployed, work part time, or receive other state assistance.
Washington is also a provider for the federally funded Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program.WIC is available for pregnant women who qualify, as well as children under 5. Stop by your local Department of Public Health to apply or http://www.doh.wa.gov/cfh/WIC/ for more information.
It can be very scary for a single mother to be unable to provide medical care for her children. To live in fear of anything happening to your child because you can’t afford health insurance, is not something you should have to fear any longer. If you qualify, Medicaid is available for low income families for no monthly fee. They offer the Healthy Options Program for children in low income families. By going to this website http://hrsa.dshs.wa.gov/healthyoptions/healthyoptions.htm , you will be able to determine your eligibility.
Washington also has options available for adults who may need coverage as well. You can go to https://www.wship.org/Default.asp to read about their options and costs associated with them.
Single mothers need to make sure that their children have a safe place to stay while they are working. If a child is not school aged, it can be difficult to find affordable, yet adequate child care. Working Connections Child Care Program is part of the state’s Department of Health and Human Services. For additional information or for eligibility requirements, go to the following website http://www.dshs.wa.gov/onlinecso/wccc.shtml .
If you are struggling to pay the rent or if you are homeless the state of Washington can help. For information on rental assistance go to http://www.commerce.wa.gov/site/487/default.aspx . If you do not qualify, you can inquire about Section 8 housing, which is subsidized by the state. There are also homes that you might qualify for through the Housing and Urban Development agency or HUD.
There are times when it may be in your best interest to go back to school and finish your degree. There are many different grants that are available for single mothers. www.school-grants.org/federal-student-aid.shtml . You will start by filling out the FAFSA. This form collects tax information and will tell you the amount of aid that you qualify for. After you get the results, you can determine if you qualify for grants, scholarships, or work study. All of these programs will assist you in the completion of your education.
Most single mothers find that they qualify for a large amount of free money and do not ever have to take out a student loan. By completing your degree, you can be a role model for your children and have the opportunity to make more money and gained financial security.