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Cathy Meyer

Help For Low Income Single Moms

By September 7, 2009

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What do you do if you lose your job or your ex loses his job and receives a downward modification in child support? Single moms have many challenges. In todays economic climate it isnít unusual for a single mom to be faced with financial difficulties. There are services set up for just such situations. Although it is the last thing most of us want to do, sometimes reaching out to state agencies is an only option.

Below is a list of resources single moms will find helpful if they are experiencing economic difficulties.

1. AFDC (Aid To Familyís With Dependent Children): This is a federally funded program set up to assists parents who have children under the age of 18 at home. The amount awarded monthly is based on the familyís income. There is a five-year lifetime assistance policy.

2. EBT (Food Stamps): Instead of food stamps there is now an EBT card which is much like a credit or debit card. When you go to the grocery store to purchase food you swipe your EBT card, put in your PIN number and you are finished. No more embarrassing coupons for food stamps!

3. Medicaid: Is a federally funded type of insurance for low-income families. With Medicaid go to the doctor if you are sick or if your child is sick. Qualifications vary state to state.

4. WIC (Women Infant Children): Th WIC program provides nutritional foods to pregnant women and women with children up to age five. This is also an income based program that pays for items such as baby formula, cheese, milk and eggs.

5. Low Income Housing: Hud assist individuals find low income rental properties. If you are having a problem finding housing you can afford visit Hud.com for more information about how to qualify.

September 8, 2009 at 3:03 pm
(1) bruno says:

as typically a women write an article looking at both gender, then end the article being one sided. Women are today on the same level as men. So why is it about women loosing income after divorce? If it is a statistic then look at the reasons why, if not then then lets investiage such. My wife left with a big business, assetts and cars: it took her 3 months to loose it all. I think women have forgotten they place in society, feminism just made it worse. Lets anylize that. We are the gender and have to be it. Transgender is something else…

October 23, 2009 at 2:22 am
(2) Man for Equality says:

I think one of the problems here is that the legal system assumes the mother should have the kids. There would be equal opportunity for post-marriage career building if shared custody were the norm. I am going through a divorce right now and as a man, I am facing a system that leans heavily against me having equal parenting time. I have taken serious pay-cuts to be more available as a parent and am not interested in sending a check off and just being an ATM who gets occasional “visitation” with my children. Fathers need to be encouraged to take stronger roles in parenting because we have a lot to offer that is unique, just as mothers do. Until we are a truly equitable society, I don’t see these issues working themselves out. There is gender-based inequality and injustice that goes both ways and it is wrong.

December 27, 2010 at 1:43 pm
(3) Theresa Binkowsky says:

I am a single mom of 2 kids. My husband walked out on us for a younger girl. It’s so hard. I applied for child support, we’re getting food stamps and my kids have medicade. I’m having trouble finding us a home with no income. Can you please help us. I can afford a divorce right now. Section 8 is not taking applications. What are we going to do? Do you have any advice or help for me?

October 6, 2011 at 12:47 pm
(4) Tamiko says:

I am a single mother with three kids, Iam going to school for nurseing while my kids are in school. I had a car but it had stop working on me, I need help with transportation because I have to get my kids from daycare in the evening, my kids are my life and I dont get much money for the four of us. So if someone can help me please help me. Thank You God Bless YOU Tamiko

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