Where To Find Assistance For Single Moms

 By: Mats Lonnstrom
In order to survive as a single mother, one has to start building a network of support systems that cover housing, childcare, food, finances, education and more. The list of needs that a single parent has and her ability to pinpoint resources for her needs may mean the difference between stability and poverty. This article addresses the three basics of survival: housing, childcare, and food.


The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has great information on their website on where to find assistance for single moms for locating housing assistance. It can range from vouchers, to first-time homebuyers programs, and Section 8's.

Other possibilities to help defray housing costs are organizations that pair up single mothers to co-house, or getting fuel or heating assistance from the local utility companies.

Child Care

By far, next to housing, childcare is the single biggest expenditure in a single mother's budget. Many single mothers rely on relatives to help with the childcare. The Department of Social Services has information on child care subsidies and child support enforcement.

For children in elementary schools, the school system sometimes offers after school programs. The YMCA also offers after school programs. If you work at a university and your child is older, they might qualify for a subsidized summer program being held there. There are a number of government and local programs to help provide assistance for single moms needing day care.

If you are working full-time at a company that has a dependent care flexible spending account, sign up. Allocate only the money that you know you will need for childcare expenses and no more. Any unclaimed money at the end of the year is lost. However, with careful management, one can save the same percentage on childcare as your tax rate allows. This can range from 10 to 28% of childcare costs and is a hefty benefit.

Food Programs

A single mother who is pregnant or with children under five may qualify for WIC (Women, Infant, Children), which is a program to give help in providing nutrition. There are income guidelines and the Department of Social Services may need to assess your nutritional risk to determine if you qualify for assistance for single moms.

Registering with the Department of Social Services would help one to also possibly obtain food stamps, which now come in the form of an Electronic Benefits Transfer card, similar to a debit card. This type of assistance for single moms can be invaluable in bridging the gap between making it or not.

Public schools all have meal programs that are need based. There is a national school lunch, breakfast, and special milk program. Schools will typically include guidelines and an application form when you are enrolling the child in school.

Food co-operatives will often let you buy food at a discounted price if you donate time with them. Another possibility is local food pantries and church initiatives.

Typically, the bulk of assistance for single moms falls into providing this daily necessity of food, shelter, and childcare. There are many options available, but it takes time and persistence to apply and obtain benefits.
Artice Source: http://www.articlesphere.com

Related Articles in Women Interests And Issues

People interested in the above article are also interested in the related articles listed below:

Of every four women that go to college, one will be sexually attacked. Isolated from their safe home environment, young women can be victims of assault, theft and rape. Late night study hours can make them more vulnerable to attack as they move from study hall to the library or a restaurant.
The current age of retirement for women in the UK is 60, whereas the current retirement age for men is 65. However, the retirement age limit increased from 2010, so that by 2020, it will be 66 years. A study shows that 26 per cent of women retiring this year will have an annual income of less than 10,000 pounds when they stop working. On the other hand, only 12 per cent of men retiring this year will have to live on less than 10,000 pounds in a year.
Summer is coming up. It is a season that people will spend more time outdoors during such as travelling to the beach and picnic with friends or families. There are many interesting parties will occur in summer. Lots of girls try to lose weight before summer comes so as to look much beautiful or slimmer in summer dress. However, losing weight is really a tough thing. Though more and more people agree that confidence will make them look much more beautiful, jimpness is still part of a woman's life.
Related Articles
in Women Interests And Issues

More in Women Interests And Issues

Excellent, Larry. Thank you for taking the new article directory technology and making it work to the max. I encourage everyone to keep contributing and contributing regularly. I can attest to the fact that this site is already a strong directory in a field of many. Kudos to Larry!

Matthew C. Keegan
The Article Writer


I find it a delight to use both as an author and a publisher. It is full of nice little surprises that make the whole process of writing, reading and publishing articles a complete delight. This is one that comes out tops and beats the rest hands down.

Eric Garner
Managing Director


I did a Google search and came across your site. It was exactly what I was looking for and was elated to find such a broad range of articles. As I am launching a free magazine in a small town in Florida, I wanted to be as resourceful as possible while still being able to provide some content that is interesting and well written. Your site has all the variables in the mix. Excellent Site hitting all the notes in the scale sort of speak.

Mo Montana
Florida, USA

Article Topics

Copyright © 2005 - by Larry Lim, Singapore - Article Search Engine Directory at ArticleSphere.com™
All Rights Reserved Worldwide. All Trademarks and Servicemarks are the property of the respective owners.
ArabicBulgarianCatalanChinese (Simplified)Chinese (Traditional)CzechDanishDutchEnglishEstonianFinnishFrenchGermanGreekHaitian CreoleHebrewHindiHungarianIndonesianItalianJapaneseKoreanLatvianLithuanianNorwegianPersianPolishPortugueseRomanianRussianSlovakSlovenianSpanishSwedishThaiTurkishUkranianVietnamese