Government Assistance For Single Parents

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Raising a child by yourself is almost always financially difficult. Providing for a family is expensive and doing it on a single income can sometimes seem impossible. But you don’t have to do it on your own. Even two-parent households sometimes need help. While there are many nonprofits and organizations geared towards single parents, the government also provides assistance. The six programs below may be able to help you with different financial needs you may have.
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or TANF, provides cash assistance to families going through hardships. It is run through state governments and you will need to apply through your local agency.
If you are having a hard time feeding your family, you may qualify for SNAP benefits. They are also run through state governments and you can apply through your local human services office. 
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program provides energy bill and weatherization help to those in need. To find the LIHEAP program in your office, call the National Energy Assistance Referral hotline at 1-866-674-6327.
Head Start is a federally funded child care program for children ages 0 to 5 years old. They also provide health and social services to the families of participants.Click the link above to find a Head Start program near you.
The Women, Infant, and Children program provides nutritional assistance to pregnant women as well as mothers of children 5 years old or younger. They also provide screening and referrals to additional services.
The National School Lunch Program, or NSLP, provides free or low cost school lunches to children in low income families. Ask your child's school about how to apply for this program.
Don’t miss out on getting the help you need. Being a single parent doesn’t have to be as much of a struggle. With a little assistance, you can provide for your family the way they deserve. If none of these are helpful, search for other organizations that may be able to help you.

By: Alecia Stanton

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