Taking care of your children 24 hours a day 7 days a week simply is not an option as a single parent. The amount of responsibility on your shoulders is immense and you have to make sure that every aspect of your child or children’s well being is taken care of 100%. As a single mother you will definitely need to find a way to ensure that your children are taken care of when you are not around. Luckily there are several options open to single parents in Arizona.
Arizona’s support for childcare
Arizona provides a lot of support for childcare for single parents and the state of Arizona feels responsible for ensuring that the children of single parents are in fact properly cared for at all times. So:
- If you are an actively employed single parent then you will qualify for assistance from the state of Arizona for your childcare needs. This is almost a reward for your attempts to obtain self-sufficiency and allows you to continue pursuing your admirable goals and aims in this direction. It is enough to show that you are being a good parent by keeping a job and trying to improve your situation by working.
- If you are studying towards a degree or doing some kind of training then you will also qualify for childcare and daycare assistance from the state of Arizona. Again this is because you are making an effort to become self-sufficient by improving your educational qualities to get the job you need to improve your situation and that of your children.
Considering the many challenges facing single parents it is no surprise to hear that single parent families struggle really badly when it comes to getting quality health insurance at affordable prices. In fact some people consider it to be almost impossible. However it cannot be denied that this is an essential aspect of caring for your children properly. The key is not to give up but to keep looking for those financial aid programs that you know are out there. In Arizona there are several options available for single mothers looking for ways to ensure that their child’s health will be covered.
Help From the State of Arizona
The state of Arizona offers to cover the health insurance costs of both single mother families and low income families. This means that if you fall into both of these categories, which is likely if you are a single parent, then the chances are quite high that you can be guaranteed of health insurance coverage for your children. All of the medical bases will be covered, such as medical care, eye examination, dental care and immunization, and because it is offered by the state you can be assured that the care is of good quality.
Arizona Kids care program
The Arizona Kids care program is now available to low and no income families without exception. This program is an important step in the direction of ensuring that all children have adequate care in terms of their health. With this program children will be covered for preventative health care as well as emergency medical, dental and eye-care. Ensuring that your child is healthy is one of the most important things that you as a parent are responsible for doing, and the Arizona Kids care program is the answer to this problem.
Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS)
If you are interested in looking into insurance benefits that are given to low income families, you may want to consider doing some research on the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS). It can’t hurt to try!
Public transport is more affordable than taking a taxi or owning a car so if you are a single parent trying to save cash, take public transport instead. Arizona has a number of great public transport services that may be just what you need for getting to and fro your job and for taking your children to the places that they need to go. If you are interested in finding out a bit more about the public transport networks in your area, go to the Arizona Transportation Services.
Rent / Housing Assistance
It is very important that you are able to provide a safe and wholesome home for your children. However as a single parent you are well aware that this is not always a possible ideal to achieve. The cost of renting or buying a house is very high in his day and age and it must be noted that most people are struggling. Single parents are in an even worse position as they lack many of the resources that other people may have. If you are taking the time to look, however, you may be able to find some assistance in this regard in the state of Arizona.
Arizona HUD Subsidized Apartment Program
The first option that is open to you is the Arizona HUD Subsidized Apartment Program. This is state offered program whereby you will be helped in renting or buying an apartment. It is well worth your while to investigate this option as you may well qualify.
Section 8 Housing
Section 8 Housing is another state offered program that exists to try and house as many people living in Arizona as possible provided of course that they meet the necessary eligibility requirements to qualify.
Food & Supplies / Nutritional Assistance
Putting food on the table is an important part of being a good parent, but it is not always easy for single parents to find the food resources they need to keep their families healthy and well nourished. In fact for many the task of finding food is so difficult as to almost be impossible for them. If you are in a situation where you are struggling to make ends meet and put food on the table, remember that there are a number of initiatives in Arizona that will help you achieve this extremely important aim.
Women, Infant and Children (WIC) Program
Under the Women, Infant and Children (WIC) Program you can qualify for food vouchers. These vouchers can be used by you to purchase the food that you and your family need to maintain a good level of health and nourishment. Many people successfully make use of the Women, Infant and Children (WIC) Program to ensure that their children are well fed. The Women, Infant and Children (WIC) Program not only provides food for you and your family but it is also a method by which you can ensure that you will be getting NUTRITIOUS food on the table.
Arizona’s Nutrition Assistance Program
Arizona’s Nutrition Assistance Program is offered to low income families to help them get the adequate nutrition that they need. As a single mother you may well be interested in Arizona’s Nutrition Assistance Program. This is because many single parent families are in fact low income families so the chances that you will qualify for Arizona’s Nutrition Assistance Program are quite high. At the very least it cannot hurt to make inquiries about this program to find out whether or not you are in fact eligible and whether or not the assistance is in fact offered in your area.
Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT Edge program)
The Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT Edge program) is a way for low income families to purchase food. It replaces actual paper coupons and comes in the form of a debit card that can be sued at particular places to buy particular goods. If you have not qualified for cash assistance under the temporary assistance for needy families guidelines then you may still be eligible for Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT Edge program) despite that it is well worth trying to see if you can get this great program. To find out more go to Arizona Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.
Coordinated Hunger Program
The Coordinated Hunger Program is an initiative by the Arizona government in partnership with a number of agencies to ensure that food that would have otherwise gone rotten and been wasted is distributed to families who are in needy situations and that may require food assistance, such as single parent families.
Education Grants for Single Parents in Arizona
It is an admirable aim to pursue your education and better your chances of reaching self-sufficiency. However many single parents feel that they are actually unable to achieve their educational goals simply because they do not have the funds or time to do so. However if you are really determined to achieve this goal then you need to take the time necessary to explore the various education grants that are available for single parents in the state of Arizona. I assure you that you will soon realize how many options there really are.
Government Grants for Single Parents in Arizona
Federal Free Grants
The first step is to see if you are eligible for Federal free grants. To do this you will have to apply with FAFSA. FAFSA will let you know whether or not you apply for Federal free grants and if you do then you will be in a position to start researching the various grants that are actually available and to start making preparations to continue your studies. The first step in this process is downloading and completing the FAFSA form. Once you have done this you will be well on your way to achieving your goals.
College Grants and Scholarships
Many 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 parent. To find about these grants you will have to find out from each individual school what exactly they offer in this regard. It is very important, therefore, that you take the time to speak with a representative from the financial office of the school where you would like to study. Unfortunately in Arizona a lot of these funding programs have been suspended. It is still worth your while to inquire and see if there is anything that you qualify for.
There are a number of grants from private sectors that may also be beneficial in helping a single parent get their education and finance other aspects of their lives.
Helping Hands for Single Moms
One such program is the Helping Hands for Single Moms grant. This program is aimed at helping single mothers who want to pursue their education further afford the costs of tuition. Helping Hands for Single Moms is offered by a non profit organization that offers scholarships to mother living in the Phoenix-Metro area. The grant is offered on the basis that these single moms are trying to better themselves financially, which will in turn benefit the well-being of their children.
Other scholarships and grants for Single Parents residing in Arizona
At Arizona Aid you will find a list of other scholarships and grants offered in Arizona. It is very important that you consider all of your available options before giving up because the chances are very high that there is something out there for you. Below are two of the single parents grants in Arizona mentioned that may be interested in considering if they hope to take their education to the next level.
- Arizona Community Foundation
- The Arizona College Scholarship
Other Grants or Resources Available
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. Remember that the point of his grant is to aid single parents in their journey towards achieving self-sufficiency and that the aid is therefore temporary, as the name of the grant suggests. You will need, after a set amount of time, to stop using the benefits offered by Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and start taking care of yourself and your family by your own means.
Originally posted 2011-08-04 05:49:20.