There are a lot of demands on the plate of the average single parent in Vermont, 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 of Vermont 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 Vermont is working to help you.
In all states you will be able to have access to the subsidized health care insurance program Medicaid. This is a program that has been designed for single parents and other people form low income families who cannot afford private health insurance to cover the medical costs that they and their children incur. People under Medicaid are eligible for in-patient hospitalization, dental care, immunization, and x-ray tests. Although it is not an easy program to qualify for, it is suggested that you try nevertheless as t is a very good program for your children to be covered by if at all possible.
Vermont Health Access Program (VHAP)
For single parents who do not qualify for Medicaid, the Vermont Health Access Program (VHAP) is available. This is a program that will have to be sponsored by your employer. Through this program your employer will pay for part of the costs of health insurance and you will have to pay the rest. It works as a subsidy, providing only partial financial relief. If you would like to find out more about this great program, then please take the time to visit the website for the Vermont Health Access Program.
Another option is the Dr. Dynasaur which is offered to single mothers who are pregnant or who have children who are younger than 19 years of age. This program is a way for mothers who can afford to pay part of the cost to get a subsidy for health care insurance. For mothers who cannot pay part of the cost, the entire cost will be dealt with for them. The amount of assistance you receive depends on your income. If you would like to find out more about the Dr. Dynasaur program, please take the time to visit their website.
There are not a lot of options out there for single parents who are trying to find affordable ways of transporting themselves and their children to the places that they need to be. In fact there are not systems in place at all. The best advice that can be given regarding this is that you try to use cheaper transport. For example, if you use public transport it will cost you substantially less than driving your own car. Take a look at the public transport systems in the state and see if you can make it work for you.
There is one interesting option that you may be eligible for. People who qualify for Medicaid may also in certain situations qualify for non-emergency medical transport. This could come in handy for routine doctor’s appointments and so on, and it is suggested that you look into this if you are able to do so. The worst that can happen is that you will be turned down. However, if you are not, this can go a long way to making your life easier in terms of essential transport costs and logistics.
Rent / Housing Assistance
In most states there are measures in place, such as Section 8 Housing or the Housing Choice Voucher program that exist to ensure that you will be able to afford a place to live. In many cases assistance such as this is offered in form of a monetary amount that is paid directly to your landlord to cover your rent. This means that you will be protected by the government from having to leave your home. In most cases you will not be able to find full financial assistance, only partial, but this helps to decrease the financial burden.
Section 8 Rental Assistance Program
One of the forms of assistance offered in Vermont is the Section 8 Rental Assistance Program. This is a program that exists to help single parents and other low income families pay for their rent. The aid given by the Section 8 Rental Assistance Program comes in the form of vouchers that can be spent on these costs. Single parents making use of this program are also able to choose where they and their families live and do not have to settle for second rate housing any longer.
Food & Supplies / Nutritional Assistance
It is very important that you make sure that your children are well fed. This is a basic requirement, and one that I am sure you are well aware of. However, it is not as easy as it seems, as I am sure you have realized. Providing your child with food is one thing. Making sure that that food is of good nutritional value is quite another. Bad nutrition is linked directly with bad health which means that if you are ensuring that your child is well nourished you may also be avoiding the problems that could land them in hospital. Basically you can cut down on your medical bills too.
Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
If you are a pregnant woman expecting to be a single mother, or if you are a single mother with children who are younger than five years of age, then you may be in a position to benefit from the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program which is a program that aims to ensure that the infants and small children of single mothers and other mothers in need are adequately provided for in terms of the nutritious dairy products that their systems require. This is essential for development in children at these ages, which is why the service is offered.
3SquaresVT program (Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT)
In Vermont the 3SquaresVT program (Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) is offered to help single parent families and other families with low incomes to buy food. This is a form of aid that comes as a debit card that you can spend on a variety of different food stuffs. The main advantage of this program is that you can be sure that the food that you get has high nutritional value for your children to benefit from.
Education Grants for Single Mothers
There are a number of demands on the limited resources of the average single parent which means that they may feel as though there is not much left for them. They may feel that they have to give on dreams such as studying further. It must be noted though that this need not be the case. Single parents have a lot more options available to them than they may realize. There are a number of scholarships and grants for single mothers in place to help people study. The opportunities are there as long as you know where to look for them.
Government Grants for Single Parents in Vermont
If you are looking for sources of government aid for single mothers then the first thing you have to do is apply with FAFSA. To do this you will need to fill out the FAFSA form which can be found on their website. Be honest in your responses to the questions asked on the form as the financial aid you will be informed of will be based on those answers. You will then be given information about what sort of financial aid you may be eligible for and then you will be able to apply.
Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship
One option available in all states in the merit based Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship which is awarded to students who have achieved outstanding results. If you are a top achiever and if you want to study further, then you should have a look at these requirements to make sure that you qualify:
- 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 grants for single parents that you may be eligible for in Vermont. 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:
- Vermont Incentive Grants
- Vermont Part-Time Grants
- Vermont Non-Degree Grants
- Emily Lester Vermont Opportunity Scholarship
- Vermont Chafee Education and Training Scholarship
Specialized Studies Scholarship and Grant Programs
There are certain professions in Vermont 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:
- Vermont State Nursing Incentive Program
- Nurse Educators/Faculty Loan Repayment
- Vermont’s Loan Repayment programs
Although these programs mentioned here may not be specifically aimed at single parents, they are nevertheless great opportunities for single parents who are serious about studying further and improving their educational level to take advantage of.
College grants and scholarships
It is important to note that there are a number of colleges and universities in this state that offer a wide range of scholarships, grants, and other forms of financial assistance to potential students in an effort to encourage more and more students to join their college. This is something that you may be able to take advantage of if there is a specific college that you are interested in attending. Start by making inquiries at the college itself, preferably at their financial or financial aid department. Find out what the options are and if you are eligible for them, and then apply for them if you can.
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)
A similar form of assistance that you may be able to apply for is Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). This is a form of monetary assistance that is given as a debit card that is preloaded with money to be spent on certain items. However, this assistance is temporary and aims to help families reach self sufficiency.
Originally posted 2011-08-04 00:56:27.