Financial Help for Single Mothers in Nevada

Single parents face the same parenting problems like any other – except they struggle to face these issues on their own. With no one to turn to, they become extremely helpless and hopeless at worst.

In Nevada, the state government assures single mothers that they have something to lean on in dire times. Nevada offers support programs to ease the burden of their plight. The aim is to help improve their situation and provide better future for them and their families.

Child Care Assistance

Among the many concerns that working single women face is taking care of their kids. Children who are too young for school need motherly attention to help nurture their development years.

Under the state’s Division of Welfare and Supportive Services, low income families may receive child care subsidy to help them pay for child care services. The Child Care and Development Fund is used to subsidize expenses so they can seek gainful employment without worrying about their kids.

Food Program

Families and single mothers with children under the age of five can qualify under the state’s food programs. One of them is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) which is cash support for qualified applicants. The money is intended for the purchase of food and grocery items at subsidized prices.

Another is the WIC program. It caters to women with children and pregnant or expectant mothers. This assistance is for the purpose of providing them with nutritional sustenance such as infant formula and other dairy items.

Medicaid Program

Single mothers may avail of the Nevada Medicaid program. This provides comprehensive insurance to qualified Nevadans who do not earn enough to pay for insurance premiums. In order to qualify, the applicants must meet the low income eligibility requirement of the program.

Those who earn more than the poverty threshold can turn to the Child Health Assurance Program (CHAP) which offers an insurance coverage to children aged 19 years and below.1

Paying for College

Better employment opportunities are opened to those with a solid educational background. That is why the Nevada state encourages single mothers to pursue college degrees or take better courses. It facilitates the processing of federal grants and scholarship awards to reach applicants who need the assistance the most.

One notable example is the Governor Guinn Millennium Scholarship (GGMS) Program which is offered to a resident of Nevada who met the eligibility criteria.2 The Millennium Scholarship covers about 56% of a student’s tuition costs at a Nevada university.

References:

  1. Nevada Check Up is the state Children’s Health Insurance Program. This program provides affordable health care coverage to uninsured children of low-income families not covered by private insurance or Medicaid. []
  2. Governor Guinn Millennium Scholarship (GGMS) Fact Sheet []