Being a single mother is never easy, because even with
all the physical and emotional help from parents, grandparents, siblings and friends, many
women find that coping financially is the toughest part of being a single parent.
might not be aware of it, but there are in fact many options available to single
What kind of Assistance for Single Mothers is available?
There is currently financial assistance for single mothers, to help with normal parts of life, which
so many people take for granted. Single mom assistance can include:
- Housing, including rent and mortgage
- Plus various other areas that you might not have
"even thought of"
Perhaps surprisingly, the government has over 800 various schemes across the country, that offer Single Mother Assistance, government housing assistance, and Grants and Loans for those who may be struggling to cope with the financial side of parenthood. For many single mothers, this may be due to the vicious cycle that
means they cannot work, as they cannot afford child care, which in turn equates into them being
unable to afford basic essentials for the family & the kid in particular. To help you out
of this the US government is keen to help, not only financially, but also through schemes aimed
at helping women get back into work.
Where to Find Assistance
Finding the right assistance for
your personal needs may not be as easy as you would probably like. Nevertheless, no matter what kind of assistance you are
looking for, your first port of call should always be the Internet. Start by taking
a look at local government websites, as states are geared up to help. The problem here is knowing exactly which government websites to check out, and this will of course depend on the area that you are seeking help in, whether that is health, education, loans for Single Mothers etc.
Whilst you are looking to find work, the chances are that you probably won't have medical
insurance, however options may be available to you. The most popular assistance for anyone on a
low income, is Medicaid, which you will
need to join, providing you qualify. Once you are a member, you will be given a card that you
will need to show to staff, should you need to visit a medical establishment for any
The US Department of Health and Human
Services may also be a huge help, as they provide help paying for
medical care for children in low income
families. It may also be possible to receive fully paid care too.
For many mothers, getting back into work is a huge priority, but childcare is a big problem that often holds them back.
Grants may be a available to you, to assist with the costs of hiring a nanny, or placing your
child in a Daycare. Assistance for single mothers
in Florida is available through a body called The
Florida Department of Health and Human Services.
Assistance With Returning to Work
Once childcare is sorted, the next
problem is inevitably finding work,
which during a period of recession, is typically difficult. One option that you may choose
to take, in order to find employment, is by either re-training or returning to education, perhaps
you want to go back to College, for instance. However, we all know that both re-training and going back to education is not cheap, but you may be entitled to college grants for single mothers from the Office of Student Financial Assistance which can help you to get back to School.
If, on the other hand, you feel fully ready to return to work, there are schemes designed to
offer assistance for single mothers. The Florida Department of
Transportation, may (if they deem you incapable of getting to work by any other
means) be able to offer transport assistance that will help you attend interviews, and
hopefully eventually to your place of employment.
Raising children by yourself, does not mean that you have to "make do without" all of the
time, because the US government and States are working together to help single moms make that
important move back into working life, without the worry of who will take care of their child.
Programs for Single Mothers to help are out there, if you just know where to look.