As a single parent you cannot always be around to watch your child every second of every day. This is because all of the responsibilities involved in maintaining a household fall on your shoulders.
Therefore you will need to do things like work to bring in an income with which to support your family. However, while you are away, someone has to take care of your children. You want the quality of care that they receive to be good and you want to know that they are being cared for in a safe environment. In the state of Alaska it has come to the attention of many that there needs to be a system in place whereby the children of single mothers and single fathers can be cared for while they are at work. Here are some of the single parent grant options offered in Alaska.
Alaska Inclusive Child Care Initiative
The Alaska Inclusive Child Care Initiative is one example of an initiative to ensure that all children of single parents will be cared for appropriately. If your child has some kind of special need then this may be the program that you should apply for.
The PASS (Parents Achieving Self Sufficiency) Program
Another program is The PASS (Parents Achieving Self Sufficiency) program. This program aims at helping needy families in Alaska with childcare needs. As a single parent family your family may well fall into this category and be eligible for The PASS (Parents Achieving Self Sufficiency) program.
Alaskan Health and Human Services
The Alaskan Health and Human Services are a good place to start looking if you want to find out what kind of health care grants and subsidies you can get as a single parent. As a single parent you need to remember at all times how important it is to make sure that your children are healthy and that they receiving the nutrition they need. We know that this is not always possible which is why the Alaskan Health and Human Services has several measures in place to assist single parents in this regard. For more information visit the Division of Health Care Services.
Families who do not qualify or who cannot afford to get private medical aid may be eligible for the state funded Medicaid program. It is well worth your while to find out if you can get yourself and your child involved in this program in order to ensure that all of your child’s health needs will be met when he or she needs them to be met.
The Denali Kidcare is aimed at single mothers who are both working and not working. It is a program that ensures that all children in the sate of Alaska get the medical care that they need. In order to ensure that this care is ongoing you merely have to ensure that you renew your Denali Kidcare policy every 12 months to keep up to date. Go to the Denali Kidcare and look for the application download. As soon as you have it fill it out and send it out. This is an essential aspect of being a good parent and Denali Kidcare offers you the solution to your child’s healthcare problems.
Chronic & Acute Medical Assistance Program (CAMA)
Your problems as a single parent may be compounded if you have a chronic condition. Everything is so much harder to do, including earning the money needed to pay for good medical insurance, if you are battling with an illness yourself and consequently both you and your child may suffer. However there are options available to you in this regard, such as the Chronic & Acute Medical Assistance Program (CAMA). It is well worth your time and effort to inquire regarding your eligibility for Chronic & Acute Medical Assistance Program (CAMA) if you feel that you do have a chronic illness. This will help you cover healthcare costs.
Public transport is more affordable than taking a taxi so if you are a single parent in Alaska trying to save cash, take public transport instead.
The Workfare Program
There are not many transportation systems in place to aid single parents in dealing with stresses of life. However there is the workfare program which revolves around the public transport system. You can speak with a case worker to get more information on how to qualify for his program.
Rent / Housing Assistance
Alaska is a very cold state, so it is essential that you have a home for you and your children to live in. There is no way that you can compromise on having a safe and secure home that will protect you from the elements. Perhaps it is safe to say that single parents in Alaska face a much greater challenge than single parents living elsewhere in the country.
Housing and Urban Development
The best place to start looking for housing subsidies and assistance is at your local office of Housing and Urban Development. This should always be your first port of call for all house related queries and problems. However please note that there is quite a long waiting list and that often they do not accept any new applicants for housing subsidies.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development can be reached at:
NeighborWorks – Anchorage
3700 Woodland Drive, Suite 500
Anchorage, AK 99517
Anchorage Housing Initiatives
Post Office Box 202222
Anchorage, AK 99520-2222
Alaska Housing Development Corporation
1800 Northwood Drive
Juneau, AK 99801
1801 Douglas Highway
Juneau, AK 99824
Tlingit-Haida Regional Housing Authority
Post Office 32237
Juneau, AK 99803
NeighborWorks – Fairbanks
Post Office 71168
Fairbanks, AK 99707
Public Housing Agency (PHA)
Another port of call may be the Public Housing Agency or PHA. There is a number of housing assistance programs offered. For example, consider contacting the following PHA:
4300 Boniface Parkway
Alaska Housing Finance Corporation
There is also the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation to consider. As a single parent you may find their offers very interesting indeed and it is well worth taking the time to find out what sort of things they have in place to help single parents cope with the stresses of their position and find a decent home for their children.
Housing Choice Voucher Program
The Housing Choice Voucher program is a way to ensure that you are able to cover the rent. To find out more about this particular program you will have to contact the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation. Remember that these programs are aimed at helping single parents reach self-sufficiency so are not permanent solutions for your housing difficulties and needs. Be smart and try to sort things out for yourself.
Food & Supplies / Nutritional Assistance
Keeping food on the table is not always the easiest thing for single mothers to achieve. However, it is very important that your child receives adequate food and, more importantly, adequate nutrition. Bad nutrition has been linked to health problems in children so this is a very important aspect of being a good parent. Luckily in Alaska there are a number of programs in place to help single parents get the food they need for their children to keep them healthy and fit.
The Food Stamp Program
Your first port of call (when looking for food benefits and single parent grants in Alaska) should be The Food Stamp Program. This program works on a debit card system whereby you are given a debit card with asset amount of money on it that you are then allowed to use at participating stores in order to buy food with which to feed yourself and your children. The amount of money you get on the card depends on how big your family is and what your income is.
Another option is the WIC program. You get the following if you are eligible for WIC:
- Checks to buy free, healthy food
- Tips for eating well to improve health
- Referrals for medical and dental care, health insurance, childcare, housing, fuel assistance and other services that can help the entire family
- Immunization screening and referrals
- Breastfeeding support and breastfeeding supplies such as manual and electric breast pumps
If you are a single parent of a 5 or 6 year old or if you are currently pregnant then you may qualify for a commodities program. For more information on how to qualify for commodities and how to apply for the program, visit the Public Assistance Family Nutrition Program.
Family Nutrition Program
Some families may qualify for the Family Nutrition Program which works in association with Woman, Infants and Children (WIC), the Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program (FMNP), and the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSCF). It is well worth inquiring about this program to see if you are eligible. These programs exist to help low income families manage in terms of food. As a single parent family you will most likely qualify quite easily for this type of assistance. It can’t hurt to ask about it. Some families may also be eligible for food stamps (see Food Stamp Benefits) so it is well worth your time finding out about that as well.
The steps that you have to complete in order to apply for financial aid for single parents in Alaska are the following:
- Put an application in at the college or colleges of your choice
- Fill out the Federal financial aid application at FAFSA
- Apply for any scholarships and grants being offered at the school
- Try to get into a work study program
- Apply for on-campus jobs
- Make sure you meet any requirements that you need to in order to receive your funds
- Maintain satisfactory GPA
Here are some links to consider for single parents looking for ways to fund their further education:
- Alaska Academic Competitiveness Grants
- Alaska International Educational Foundation
- EMU National Scholars Program
Government Grants for Single Parents in Alaska
Pell Grant and Alaska Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG)
If you are eligible for a Pell grant for single mothers then you may also be eligible for the Alaska Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG) which is an addition to the Pell grant for eligible students. If you want to know whether or not you are eligible for a Pell grant you will have to complete a FAFSA and wait for the results to be returned to you. You also have to be eligible for a Pell grant before you can qualify for the Alaska Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG) as the two grants are interconnected.
AlaskAdvantage Education Grant
One of the excellent education grants offered by the state of Alaska that you should consider is the AlaskAdvantage Education Grant. To find out more about this grant, go to the Alaska Student Loan Corporation.
College grants and scholarships
Most community colleges do have some kind of grant program in place to help students in financially difficult circumstances. This information may interest you as a single mother. To find about these Alaska single parent grants you will have to find out from each individual school what exactly they offer in this regard.
Other Grants or Resources Available for Single Parents in Alaska
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families comes in the form of a debit card on which a specific amount of money for the SPECIFIC needs of your family is loaded. This aims to help families deal with specific problems that they may be facing and many sing parents benefit from this.
There are a number of heating subsidies offered in Alaska to single parents. This is another big concern in Alaska, a very cold state. It is simply not enough to have a good home. It also has to be warm enough to create a healthy and happy family atmosphere which is why there are measures in place to ensure that single parents living in Alaska have access to the heating they need to keep their homes in a good condition. For more information on heating subsidies in Alaska visit the Heating Assistance Program.