There are several different Washington single parent grants available for single moms and dads and their children. These programs may be used to provide additional funding for your daily needs.
If you are a single parent, then you probably have a job. It is very difficult to function as a single parent and keep your family going if you don’t work. This poses the problem of who will look after your children while you are at work. Luckily there are a number of structures in place to help you pay for childcare. Childcare is not cheap, and it is not an easy thing for many single parents to afford. But it is not something you want to compromise on, so consider all of the available options very carefully.
Working Connections Child Care Program
There are several options available in Washington for working single parents who want to make sure that their child or children are adequately cared for while they are at work. One of these programs is the Working Connections Child Care Program. Through this program the government extends aid to single parents who are either working or who are undergoing an approved training program in order to become active member of the work force. If you would like to find out more about the Working Connections Child Care Program then please take the time to visit their website.
There are many demands on the resources of a single parent, but one of the more important things that you have to worry about is the health of your child. Children get sick, break arms, and contract diseases. It is important that you are in a position to deal with these situations if and when they arise. However affordable health insurance is not easy to find. In fact many single parent families are unable to afford most forms of health insurance. That is why there are a number of structures in place in Washington that exist to make sure that single parents have health insurance for their children.
One of the possible options for single parents in terms of providing healthcare insurance for their children is Medicaid. This is a subsidized health insurance program aimed at families with low incomes, such as single parent families, pay for health care costs and ensure that their children are covered. It is however often quite difficult to qualify for the Medicaid program.
Washington State Health Insurance Pool
One of the options that single parents can consider if they do not qualify for Washington’s Medicaid scheme is the Washington State Health Insurance Pool. This is a way to ensure that you are covered for your health insurance needs. If you have been rejected by another insurance provider due to some or other medical condition, then the Washington State Health Insurance Pool program is the answer for you if you are living in Washington. As you can see there are a number of options available if you take the time to look for them.
There are not a lot of options out there for single parents who are looking for affordable ways to transport themselves and their families. There are a few things you could consider. Public transport, for example, is a very affordable option. This is far cheaper then traveling in your own car and paying the gas bills, or then taking a taxi every time you need to go somewhere. There are many public transport options available in the state which you should look into and make use of to diminish the amount of money that you have to pay for transport.
There are some very specific situations in which you may be able to receive non-emergency medical transport help form Medicaid. Of course you have to first qualify for Medicaid and then you will have to find out if this type of aid is open to you as well which it may not be. Like with all things related to Medicaid, this non-emergency medical transport can be quite difficult to qualify for. However the worst they can do is say no so it is still well worth your while to ask about it and find out what the options are.
Rent / Housing Assistance
One of the more expensive responsibilities that you have as a parent is making sure that there is a roof over the heads of your children. In the current economic climate it is not easy to rent or to buy a home, and it is especially difficult for single parents who tend to fall into the lower income brackets. However this is something that you absolutely have to find a way to do. Luckily there are measures in place in the state of Washington to make sure that you and your children are able to live in good a home permanently.
Housing and rent subsidies
In this state there are systems in place to help single parents and other low income families afford a home to live in. This is born out of the knowledge that homes are expensive both to rent and to buy in the current climate. Depending on your eligibility you may receive subsidized that cover all, part, or some of the costs involved in keeping a home. In case where a family cannot afford rent, for example, a portion of the rent may be subsidized by the government and pad directly to your landlord on your behalf.
Food & Supplies / Nutritional Assistance
It is important that you know that it is not enough to simply make sure that your children are well fed. You also have to make sure that the food you are feeding them is of good quality. This means buying food that is healthy and that has high nutritional value. We all know, however, that healthy food is often more expensive than food that is not so healthy. This means that you may be limited when it comes to purchasing food. Luckily there are several measures in place to help single parents buy healthy food for their families.
Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
One of the options that serve single mothers is the Women, Infants and Children (WIC). This is for pregnant women or women who have children younger than the age of five. The point of the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is to make sure that these women and their infants and small children receive the nourishment they need, this is done by giving them vouchers that can be used in order to purchase dairy products and formula in order to make sure that these essential sources of nutrition are being provided adequately to these children.
Basic Food Program
Another option that is available to single parents living in Washington is the Basic Food Program. This is a program through which the government ensures that the family has all of the groceries and toiletries that they need to survive. These goods are paid for by the government through the Basic Food Program. As the name of the program suggests, the foods that are provided through the Basic Food Program are very basic indeed but they are the things that you will need in order to keep yourself and your small family going and well fed.
Education Grants for Single Mothers
There are a number of options that you can consider if you are serious about going back to school and studying further. Gone are the days when single parents are prevented from going on. These days it is recognized how beneficial studying further can be for you and your children, as well as for society at large. This is why there are so many options for you to consider. Don’t be scared. As king about your options is not a commitment. Take a bit of time to look into it and maybe you will decide that it is worth studying after all.
Government Grants for Single Parents in Washington
Your first step when looking for financial aid to help you study further should be to apply to FAFSA to find out what kind of governmental aid for single mothers you are in fact eligible for. The website of FAFSA is http://www.fafsa.com. If you are unable to click on this link, simply copy and paste it into the URL and press Enter. Fill out the form that the website presents you with. The information you give will determine your eligibility for a number of different scholarships and programs available in the state, so be honest in your responses in the form.
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 for it:
- 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 Washington. 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 Washington State Need Grant
- The Promise Scholarships
- The Washington Scholars Programs
- Washington Awards for Vocational Excellence
- American Indian Endowed Scholarships
Specialized Studies Scholarship and Grant Programs
There are certain professions in Washington 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:
- The Washington State Department of Health’s Office of Community and Rural Health offers healthcare professionals a repayment program
- Washington State Health Care Professionals Scholarship Program
- The Future Teachers Scholarship and Loan Repayment program
Although these may not be specifically aimed at single parents, they are still very viable options.
College grants and scholarships for Single Mothers
If you are interested in studying further at a particular school then you should start your inquiries with a visit to the financial aid department at that school to find out what financial aid systems they have in place for their students. There are a large number of schools and universities that offer a way for prospective students to study with them even if they are suffering financial difficulty. As a single parent there should be a number of options open for you to take advantage of in your area if you are serious about getting back to your studies as soon and as quickly as possible.
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)
The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program is in place to provide families with monetary assistance in the form of a debit card that can be used to buy food as well as many other essential household items. As the name indicates this is only a temporary form of assistance. You cannot rely on the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) as a permanent solution to your problems. The aim of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is to help families get back on their feet and achieve self-sufficiency.
Originally posted 2011-08-04 00:48:24.