Financial Help for Single Mothers in Missouri

More than the available resources for assistance, information is the key for single mothers to better their lives and that of their children. In Missouri, the state government offers information as well as the much-needed assistance to improve their living conditions.

Missouri implements aid programs that target specific social needs of single mothers. The state government offers a wide range of options to cater to different levels of society, for families based on their income and individuals like single parents.

Cash Assistance

The foremost problem facing single mothers today is their lack of steady income to pay for their basic needs. In most cases, they struggle to keep a roof over their head and food on the table.

Through the federal-funded Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Missouri takes on the role of distributing the cash support to families whose income is below the poverty threshold. As the program name suggests, the help is given only for a limited time, just enough until they are able to stand on their own.

Nutritional Supplements

Another way that single moms can guarantee food their kids is through the EBT card that Missouri issues to its beneficiaries.

The card acts like a debit card which can be used in participating local stores. It gives them access to healthy food and other grocery items that their families need. This program is called the Food Stamp Program in Missouri.

Healthcare Plan

Getting a low range health insurance plan is also impossible for single mother who can barely earn enough for food. Consequently, this leads to poor access to quality health or even the basic medical attention.

Through Missouri’s HealthNet for Kids (MHK)1, uninsured children under age 19 are entitled to free health insurance coverage. Eligibility for the program is based on the countable family income. View the eligibility chart.

Children with monthly family income above the required limits may be eligible under the State’s Children’s Health Insurance Program.

Support for Child Care

Oftentimes, it is hard for single mothers to look for employment or pursue their education when they have non-schooling kids to take care of. Child care services, while needed, are not tapped because of the relative and often costly expenses.

This is where the state government of Missouri steps in. It offers cash assistance through a subsidy scheme to help defray the cost of child care services. The purpose of the Child Care Assistance program is to enable single mothers to gain employment and remain employed.


  1. MO HealthNet for Kids coverage includes primary, acute and preventative care, hospital care, dental and vision care as well as prescription coverage. []

Last updated: October 21, 2011 by & filed under Midwest, State Assistance

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