There are a number of issues facing single parents in this day and age. One of these issues is that of childcare. When you are a single parent it is not always necessarily possible to be there for your child constantly.
As a single parent it is your responsibility to work in order to produce the money needed to keep your family going. There is not much choice in the matter for most single parents. To make matters worse finding affordable day care services that are of good quality is incredibly difficult. Luckily in the state of Hawaii there are several options open to single mothers looking for childcare assistance.
There are several things that a single parent has to consider when it comes to the care of their child and one of these things is healthcare. The health of your child and their adequate nutrition should be near the top of your priority list. However we know that there are already a lot of things on that priority list, and that it is not necessarily possible for you to afford the medical care our child needs. There are several structures in place to help single mothers in Hawaii find healthcare assistance that is affordable and that will cover their children adequately.
It is not easy for single parents to simply take their children to the hospital. There are too many things that they have to consider. For one thing it is unlikely that a single parent is able to afford health insurance to cover the costs of the hospitalization. This is why many single parents think two about sending their children to the hospital. However there is a system in place to combat this situation. A health insurance package known as Medicaid is available for families who cannot afford their own healthcare coverage. Beneficiaries in this program qualify for in-patient hospitalization, dental care, immunization, and x-ray tests. Find out more about this as soon as you can if healthcare is a problem for you.
Transitional Medical Assistance Program (TMA)
One of the options that you can consider as a single parent is the Transitional Medical Assistance Program (TMA) that is offered in Hawaii. This is a great program that aims to provide health care assistance to people living in Hawaii who are not eligible for Medicaid for whatever reason. If you are someone who has either not qualified for Medicaid, or if you have lost your eligibility, then considering the Transitional Medical Assistance Program (TMA). If you would like more information about this program, please visit The Department Of Human Services.
There are a number of issues that single parents need to consider and some may seem more important than others. However everything contributes to the overall picture. Take transportation, for example. You may think that it doesn’t matter to take an expensive taxi every once in a while, but these things add up. It is a much better idea to become familiar with the public transport system that is in place in Hawaii and get used to using that as much possible as this is by far a more affordable way to transport both yourself and your children to where you need to be.
If you are lucky enough to be eligible for Medicaid to cover your medical costs then you may also be in luck when it comes to getting non emergency transport for medical reasons. For example if you need to take your baby to the doctor for her shots then you may be able to contact Medicaid and find out if you qualify for assistance in this regard. Medicaid is aware of the fact that medical transport cannot always be limited to an emergency situation so consequently they have several programs in place that are designed to help people get to where they need to go. Getting your child to the doctor for a check-up is very important as a preventative measure, and Medicaid is willing to acknowledge this. If you are interested in finding out form Medicaid whether or not they offer this service and if you are eligible, call 1-888-987-1200.
Rent / Housing Assistance
Finding a good home for your child should be near the top of your list of priorities. This is however easier said than done. Homes are not cheap in the current political climate, either to buy or to rent, so finding a home that provides your child with a healthy environment as well as a safe and secure place to live may not be possible. However it is important that you don’t give up looking. There are several options open to single parents living in Hawaii who want to find the best home possible for their children. You just have to take the time to do some research.
Section 8 Housing
Hawaii has a section 8 housing program whereby they attempt to ensure that children from single parent families along with their parents are provided with adequate housing in which to develop. This is a very important legislation that is available in many states across the US and it should be your first source of reference when you are looking for a place for you and your children to stay. This is designed in such a way that single parents get to choose where they live provided it falls into the category of private low cost housing. They will then receive financial assistance to pay for this. In addition by this program you can receive monetary assistance for things like heating costs.
Food & Supplies / Nutritional Assistance
If you are a single mother then you have definitely come to realize by now that the job is far from being an easy one. There are limited resources at your disposal and yet you have to make those resources stretch to cover a variety of different things. This may seem like a very daunting task and you may be struggling to come to terms with how exactly you can cope with this situation. Take food for example. It is not enough to feed your child. You also have to makes sure that the food they eat has a good nutritional value, which is not always affordable. In Hawaii there are programs in place to account for this and to help single parents provide nutritious meals to their children.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
Another option that is available to single parent families in Hawaii is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). If you are eligible for this program in Hawaii you will receive a debit card which will be used by you to buy the food you need. The debit card can be used at a number of different places, but it is important that you have a good idea of which stores you can use the debit card at and which stores you can’t. And remember that there are only certain items that you will be able to purchase. However you can rest assured that these items will be highly nutritional.
Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
In Hawaii you will be glad to hear that single mothers with a child below the age of five, as well as pregnant women are eligible to receive food support. This is good news indeed as providing basics such as food is one of the biggest challenges that single mothers across the country are facing today. The food that you receive from WIC will also be guaranteed to be nutritional and good for your children. This is just as important as making sure that they get food in the first place. Find out if you qualify today!
If you want to pursue your education further, hold on to that idea and don’t give up on it. It is an admirable thing to want to do and there are a number of options available to single parents who want to achieve this. You see, striving for higher education is seen as an admirable thing t=for you to consider as you will be making life better for yourself and for your children in the long run. Many people are willing to reward your efforts by helping you pay, so make sure that you do some extensive research to find out what options are available for you.
Government Grants for Single Parents in Hawaii
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: http://www.fafsa.com. Once you have done this you will be well on your way to achieving your goals.
There are a number of options that you may be made aware of. Some of your choices that you should consider are:
- The Hawaii State Incentive Grant
- The State of Hawaii B Plus Scholarship program
- The Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship
- Kamehameha Post-High Scholarships
- The Hawaiian Affairs Scholarship Program (Available for Math and Science Majors, Native Hawaiians, Specific Colleges, and Business Majors)
- Undergraduate College Students may apply for $1000 scholarships
- Student Teachers studying may apply for $3000 scholarships
- Professional Educators may apply for $1000 scholarships
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.
For example there are a number of excellent scholarships that are offered directly through the University of Hawaii. If you are hoping to study at this institution then these are the scholarships that you need to consider applying for. The scholarships are administered through their Office of Student Equity, Excellence and Diversity (SEED). It is well worth your while to inquire with the university to see what they have to say and to see if you are in fact eligible for the scholarships that you may be interested in. It is just another one of the many avenues that is well worth exploring. It can’t hurt to ask and if you get into the University of Hawaii you certainly won’t regret it. Here are some of the scholarships that the university offers:
- Scholarships for First Year Students
- Scholarships for Continuing College/University Students
- Scholarships for International Students
- Regents Scholarships
- Presidential Scholarships
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
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 single parents benefit from this. Remember that the point of this 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.