There are a lot of demands on the plate of the average single parent, and all of them may seem to be a bit overwhelming. One of the things that you have to worry about is childcare. The big question is who is going to look after your child while you are at work?
This is one of those dilemmas that single parents have to face daily. Quality childcare facilities are not cheap, which means that you may have to settle for something second rate. However this is not ideal as the care of your child is not something you want to compromise on.
The care of your child is of paramount importance, something that the government Oregon is well aware of. That is why there are programs available from the state whereby you can receive subsidies for childcare services. In some cases, if you are working full time, the government will shoulder the entire cost. Even if they don’t pay for everything they can still make the burden a lot lighter by covering a large portion of the costs involved. This is just one of the many ways in which the state of Oregon is working to help you.
One area of your child’s well being that is of the utmost importance is their health. It is not a good idea to compromise on the health of your child. However it is also a fact that health insurance is not exactly affordable for families in bad financial situations, such as single parent families. This means that if you want to be sure of covering your child’s health you are going to have to look for subsidized health options. There are several options that are available if you know where to look for them and what questions you should ask.
There is one standard option that is available n all states to low income families and that is Medicaid. This is a subsidized health insurance program that aims to ensure that single parent families and other families with low incomes are in fact able to provide basic health care coverage for their children. It can be quite difficult to qualify for Medicaid; however, as the salary requirements for this program are very stringent. However as the program offers so much, such as in-patient hospitalization, dental care, immunization, and x-ray tests, it is something that you have to at least find out about.
There are not a lot of transport options available for single parents in most states who are looking for a way to get their children as well as themselves from point A to point B. This means that the cost of transport is yet another worry that is heaped onto the plates of single parents across the country. One of the options that you may want to consider is public transport. Public transport is cheaper than, for example, using your own car. Have a look at the public transport options in your area and see if it is a viable option for you.
One option that may be available to you is Medicaid’s non-emergency medical transport program. However like all things related to Medicaid this is a difficult program to qualify for and you may find that you are not able to have access to this assistance in your area or with your status. And of course you have to qualify for Medicaid in the first place if you want to qualify for the transport option. However, it can’t hurt to get in contact with Medicaid and find out more about this program and if you are eligible for it.
Rent / Housing Assistance
One of the things that you have to worry about as a single parent is providing a roof over the heads of your children. This is an essential thing to do but in the current economic climate it is not easy to buy or rent homes that provide adequate shelter for your children or that are safe. This means that you may find it difficult to fulfil this ideal. However there are housing subsidy programs offered by the state of Oregon that are open to you to make use of.
Oregon’s Housing Choice Voucher Program
There are a number of things that you have to keep in mind when it comes to your children. One of these things is the fact that they need to have a place to live that is safe and that they can run. On top of that the place needs to be stable. Moving a lot is never good for a child, hence the existence of Oregon’s Housing Choice Voucher Program which exists to try and make sure that single parents and their children have a permanent place to stay. This is a subsidy program whereby the government pays a portion of your rent directly to your landlord.
Food & Supplies / Nutritional Assistance
Making sure that your children are well fed is one thing, but making sure that they are being fed with quality food that is providing them with good nutrition is another. There are food stuffs in the grocery stores that are cheaper than others, but in a lot of cases the cheaper a product is the lower the nutritional value of that product. It is therefore important to look into all of the options that are available in the state of Oregon for getting access to food that is healthy and nutritious and that your children will benefit from eating.
Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
One form of assistance that is aimed particularly at single mothers is the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. This is a program whereby single mothers can receive coupons or vouchers which can be used to purchase dairy products. If you are a woman with children younger than five years old or if you are pregnant you will be able to benefit from the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program if you meet the necessary criteria. This is one of the best programs out there and is found in all states.
Electronic Benefit Cards (EBT) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
In the past you had food stamps, now you have Electronic Benefit Cards (EBT). This is a debit card that is preloaded with the cash assistance you need to buy the healthy food for your child. The government is behind financing Electronic Benefit Cards (EBT) and there are plenty of local institutes that will accept these cards as payment. A similar program is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) which also offers assistance for getting good and nutritional food in via a debit card. It is important that you are well aware of which stores will accept these cards and which stores will not if you are planning to go out shopping. There are some stores that are not participating in this drive, so make sure you know where you can go. You may also be limited in terms of what you can purchase with these cards. This means that you will have to keep a close eye on your shopping list.
If you are hoping to study further but feel that those doors have been closed to you because of your financial status, then worry no further. There are a number of scholarships and grants for single mothers available in Oregon that will be able to benefit form if they are hoping to study further. There are plenty of institutions willing to support your drive to study further as they see your efforts in a very positive light and they want to help you achieve your educational goals. Some of your many options are discussed below.
Government Grants for Single Parents on Oregon
Your first port of call when looking for government grants for single parents to help you pay for your studies should always be FAFSA. All you need to do to find out if you qualify for any of the free grants that you don’t need to pay back from the state of North Dakota is to fill out the very easy to follow FAFSA form and submit it to find out more. Based on your responses in the form you will be provided with information about what grant and loan options you have in your current situation.
Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship
One of the options available in all states is the Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship, which is a merit based scholarship for top achievers. There are a few eligibility requirements and rules that you need to be aware of when you consider applying for this scholarship. Pay close attention to them to avoid wasting your time and effort.
- Eligible recipients must be top students in their graduating class
- Eligible recipients must have top GPAs and ACT scores
- Qualified recipients must be accepted into a four-year college program anywhere in the United States
General Scholarships and Grant Programs
There are several general scholarships and single parent grants in Oregon that you may be eligible for. Not all of them will be suitable for you, but it is well worth the effort required to look into them and see what they are all about. The worst that could happen is that they tell you are not qualified. You may as well look at the option in any case. These are:
- The Oregon Opportunity Grants
- The Chafee Education and Training Scholarships
- Oregon Deceased or Disabled Public Safety Officer Grants
- Ford Family Foundation Scholarships
Specialized Studies Scholarship and Grant Programs
There are certain professions in Ohio that are experiencing a shortage. These areas include things like teaching and nursing, both of which are essential professions. If you are interested in one of these professions you may qualify for a scholarship to cover your tuition:
- Oregon Nursing Services Program
- The Oregon Rural Health Services Loan Repayment Program
- Troops to Teachers Program
- Oregon Barber and Hairdresser Grant Program
You may notice that these programs do not seem to be specifically aimed at single parents. However there is no reason why single parents can’t take advantage of them.
College grants and scholarships
It must be noted that there are numerous college grants and scholarships out there for single parents who are looking to get back to school. Many colleges that you may be interested in offer grants and other forms of financial assistance to their students in order to encourage more and more students to attend their school. This is something that you should keep in mind when you visit the various schools you are interested in. Start off by asking them what programs they may have in place and find out whether or not you are eligible for them.
Other Grants or Resources Available
The above information is by no means exhaustive. It merely provides an overview of some of the options that are available to single parents who want to change their situation and make their lives better for themselves and for their children. It is important that you research all possible avenues for assistance in your area. Try churches and non-profit organizations to see what structures they have in place. Use the internet to search for programs that aim to help single parents get through the tough of time of raising children by themselves in your area. Don’t give up and remember that you are not alone.
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
One option hat may be able to get you through a difficult time is the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. This is a program that provides monetary assistance to single parents and other low income families in the form of a debit card that can be used to purchase certain items. It must be noted that the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program is indeed temporary and you cannot rely on t permanently. The idea is to help you get back on your feet financially by offering limited monetary assistance for a short period of time.
Originally posted 2011-08-04 01:34:44.