Financial Help for Single Mothers in Indiana

It’s a fact that parenting a child is no easy feat. And this becomes increasingly difficult when done alone. Single mothers not only have to take care of their children, they also need to earn a living and provide what the household requires. From time to time, it becomes an impossible task to just be able to do everything.

To support single parents in their plight, the state of Indiana offers assistance that eases their financial and emotional stresses. It has opened key programs that put the needs of single mothers and their children on top of the priority list.

Childcare Assistance

Childcare is the foremost responsibility of single mothers. This may be hard to fulfill when studying or working at the same time. In the same manner, making sure there are enough resources to cove for childcare can be tough as well. When this happens, single mothers can get help from the Child Care Development Fund of Indiana (CCDF).1

In case the single parent cannot qualify for the programs under this initiative, there are several daycare and church sectors helping single mothers get by. There are many non-profit organizations also offering affordable childcare.

Support for Healthy Food

A number of programs are created to help single moms provide sufficient food for their children. This addresses not just their need for sustenance but also for decreased risk for diseases.

One is the Food Stamp Program2 that helps low-income families to buy nutritious food through Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards.

Another state-backed food program is WIC which identifies women with infant or children below five years old who are considered to be at nutritional risk.

Education Assistance

For single mothers to earn more, they need skills that can only be gained through quality education. This is where the Indiana state government lends its hands through scholarships and grants to help them pursue tertiary degrees.

The State Student Assistance Commission of Indiana (SSACI) creates education opportunities for single mothers. This way, they can continue a college degree or take up better courses to increases their chances for gainful employment. But first, they need to fill out and submit a FAFSA application before processing for grants can begin.

Support for Rent or Housing

Mortgage payments are virtually impossible when a single mother does not make enough money for food alone. Her family faces threats of eviction or living in the streets. To keep a good roof over their heads, the Indiana government pushes several housing programs to meet their needs.

There is the Housing Choice Voucher program to help with mortgage payments and financial assistance or subsidy that is paid directly to landlords. Another is a public housing program which offers affordable houses or apartments to single mothers.

References:

  1. To apply for the CCDF voucher program, you must contact your local Intake Agent. []
  2. At the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service, the Food Stamp Program name has been changed to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). []

Last updated: November 13, 2014 by & filed under Midwest, State Assistance

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