One of the things that you have to worry about as a single parent is how you are going to make sure that your child is adequately cared for while you work. And it is well know that single parents do have to work.
It is something that cannot be avoided and it is one of those things that will be true until the end of time. It is very important that you find quality childcare for your children, but this is not always a financially viable option. This is why the state of Pennsylvania has decided to step in and help single parents out in this regard.
Subsidized Child Care Program
Affordable childcare is expensive and the state of Pennsylvania acknowledges this. That is why there is a program in place to combat this issue. This is the Subsidized Child Care Program and is designed to help single parents and other families who are struggling financially to pay for quality childcare for their children. Through the Subsidized Child Care Program you will be given a subsidy that will cover part of the costs of a childcare service. You will of course pay the rest but this can decrease the burden significantly.
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.
One option that is available in all states to low income families and families headed by single parents is the Medicaid scheme. This is a subsidized health insurance program whereby families who cannot afford other forms of health care will be able to make sure that they are covered. Children covered by Medicaid get in-patient hospitalization, dental care, immunization, and x-ray tests, all of which may turn out to be essential for ensuring your child’s continued health. However the criteria for Medicaid are very stringent and you may find that you do not qualify.
There are unfortunately not many options that are available to single parents when it comes to transport. This may seem like one of the less important problems that you have to deal with as a single parent, but transport is important for everyday life and can be expensive if you are not careful. There are several options you could consider to reduce your costs. For example it may be advisable to only use public transport. This is cheaper than, for example, driving your own car everywhere. There are a number of good public transport systems in place in the state.
If you qualify for Medicaid you may be interested to know that in some situations Medicaid offers non-emergency medical transport to certain people. As with all things related to Medicaid, however, this is not a program that is very easy to qualify for and you may not be able to make use of the service. However it is still worth your while to inquire about it. The worst they can do is say no, and if they say yes then you may be in a much more manageable situation in terms of transport than you were previously.
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 Pennsylvania that are open to you to make use of if you are in need of housing assistance.
Housing Choice Voucher program
If you are struggling to pay your rent and keep your home then the Housing Choice Voucher program may be the answer for you. This is a program offered by the state of Pennsylvania to help single parents and other low income families pay their rent every month. This comes in the form of a subsidy paid by the government directly to your landlord. You will of course have to pay the rest of the money, but the expense can be significantly defrayed if you take advantage of the Housing Choice Voucher program.
Food & Supplies / Nutritional Assistance
It is not enough that you put food on the table for your children to eat. You also have to be very certain that the food that you are providing your children with is of good quality that you can be certain is nutritious and that will jeep you children fit and healthy as much as possible. Fortunately in the state of Pennsylvania there are several options in place that exist to ensure that you and your children are getting nutritious food. Bad nutrition has been linked to a wide variety of health problems, which is why there is such a drive to make sure that children are being adequately nourished. It is the desire of the state of Pennsylvania that these problems are brought to an end as soon as possible and it works in your favor as well. If you are able to keep you child well nourished then you may well be decreasing your healthcare costs.
Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
One of the options that are available to single mothers in Pennsylvania at the very least is the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. This is a program for women who have children who are younger than five years of age or who are pregnant. The aid you receive is in the form of coupons that you can use to purchase nutritious items that small children and infants need. Mostly you will be able o purchase dairy products and formula through the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. If you are in this situation this is something well worth looking into.
Central Pennsylvania Food Bank
Another option that you have in Pennsylvania is the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. This is a food bank that you can go to with your children to get the food that you need to keep them well fed and healthy. As far as food bank systems go, Pennsylvania has one of the bets out there, and it is something that is well worth your while to look into. If you would like to find out more about the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank project, then please take the time to visit http://www.centralpafoodbank.org/.
If you want to study further but feel that you are prevented from doing so due to your status as a single parent. Worry no more. You are in fact in a very good position at the moment as there are a number of programs available that exist to help single parents and other potential students with low incomes to study further. You just need to know where to look and what questions to ask to find that you are looking for. For example there are a number of scholarships offered by schools and many more that are offered by the state itself. The best thing for you to do is to start with the options listed below, but don’t stop there as this is by no means an exhaustive account of what your options are. Go on until you find the right program for you.
Government Grants for Single Parents in Pennsylvania
If you are looking for financial assistance for single parents from the government then you need to definitely start by filling out a FAFSA form and finding out what forms of assistance you qualify for. There are a large number of options out there for students that have a financial need, and there are plenty of opportunities available for single parents who simply want to study further and make something of their lives. Filling out the FAFSA form does not take long at all and once it is filled out you will soon be given information about what you are eligible for.
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
The Pennsylvania House of Representatives Scholarship Program
Another option available is The Pennsylvania House of Representatives Scholarship Program which is open to all Pennsylvania students. However this is not an easy scholarship to get as there are only two that are given out every year. However if you manage to get your hands on one of The Pennsylvania House of Representatives Scholarship Program then you will be in a good position financially and you will be able to fund your studies and reach your goals a whole lot more easily. If you want to explore all of your options, then this includes looking into the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Scholarship Program.
A list of options offered by the state of Pennsylvania
There are a number of options available to you in the state of Pennsylvania. It may be a good idea to consider all of them before giving up on your educational dreams. It is always wise to consider every possibility. Some of the better known grant and scholarship options are mentioned below:
- Kids’ Chance of Pennsylvania
- PA Cleanways – The Sue Wiseman Scholarship
- Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers
- Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency – Pennsylvania State Grants
College grants and scholarships
There are a number of colleges out there that offer grants and scholarships to potential students as a way to encourage them to get involved with their institution. This is definitely something that you should look into if you are hoping to study at a particular school or university that that you have in mind. If you want to find out more you will have to go to the financial aid office of the particular school or university that you are interested in and ask them what your options are and whether or not you qualify for any financial assistance they offer.
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)
If you are in an emergency situation and desperately need some cash to keep your family afloat, then you need to look into the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. This is a temporary program aimed at helping families achieve self-sufficiency. Aid is in the form of a debit card that can be used to purchase certain items.
Originally posted 2011-08-04 01:22:59.