Financial Help for Single Mothers in Delaware

Delaware’s support programs for single mothers take into account everything that these women and their families will need in order to survive. In many cases, the living conditions of these families are very poor and are in dire need of government intervention before they can stand on their feet.

The state understands its role in making sure each and every one of its citizen lives a comfortable life. It identifies individuals who need intervention the most like single-parent families living on low income.

Childcare Assistance

Many single moms find themselves unemployed or underemployed. Education is one major factor and their non-schooling children are another. When no one is left to take care of their kids, they are forced to quit work and focus on looking after them.

Quality childcare service is elusive for single mothers who cannot afford the cost. That is why Delaware is offering state subsidy to these women to help them pay for the service as well as helping them locate the child care provider that meet the state’s standards.1

Cash Assistance

Delaware extends cash assistance to financially-strapped single moms and families with low income through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANP). Beneficiaries receive cash support for several months at the end of which they are expected to be independent and self-sufficient.

Another form of financial assistance is through the SNAP. The money received from this program is intended for the purchase of food that is needed for proper nutrition of the children.

Healthcare Support

The primary healthcare assistance for single mothers in Delaware is the Medicaid Program which offers health care coverage for eligible low-income families whose income is insufficient to meet the cost of necessary medical services.

Delaware also provides support through the Delaware Healthy Children Program (DHCP) provides low cost health insurance for children up to the age of 19 who are currently uninsured.2

Housing and Utilities

Keeping a house these days is not as easy as it used to be. This is another challenge for single moms who need to keep up with monthly rental payments and utility bills. But with money not enough for food alone, it is nearly impossible for them to guarantee their children with a “roof over their heads”.

Delaware assists these women in finding an ideal dwelling place for their families. Through the Section 8 Housing Program, single mothers get to choose any private low-cost housing and receive payment assistance. For those who cannot afford to pay for electricity, heating or cooling systems, the state extends financial assistance in paying for these but directs the money or check to utility companies.

References:

  1. The service is available for children from infancy through twelve years of age. DSS determines eligibility based on the need for service and income limit which is currently set at 200% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) []
  2. Call the Delaware Healthy Children Program at 1-800-996-9969 to apply or visit http://www.dhss.delaware.gov/. []