Single parents have a lot on their plates and they may find that the challenges that they have to face on a daily basis are close to being overwhelming. However they will be glad to hear that there are several grants and programs available in Idaho for single parents who are looking for ways to take care of their children.
As most single parents have to work, and because day care facilities for children tend to be expensive, there are several options open to single mothers who are trying to find affordable but quality childcare for their children while they are at work.
Idaho Child Care Program (ICCP)
If you are looking for a way to subsidies the expenses involved with finding suitable childcare for your children, you should consider trying the Idaho Child Care Program (ICCP) to see if they will be able to help you. Please note that with this program you will not be receiving a complete coverage for your childcare expenses. The costs will merely be subsidized and you will have to pay in the rest of the money once the subsidy expense has been dealt out. This will usually be based on your income. For more information about this please visit the Department of Health and Welfare.
One of the most important aspects of childcare involves ensuring that your child has adequate healthcare. This is not very easy for single parents who already have a lot of other demands on their time and resources, and it is well known that healthcare does not come cheap. However if you are living in Idaho, if you are a single parent, and if you are committed to finding healthcare solutions for you child, then you will be glad to hear that there are a number of structures in place that will help you reach this ideal and help you to make sure that your child stays fit and healthy.
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.
There are many concerns on the minds of single parents and you may not feel that transportation should necessarily be one of them. However transportation is one of those things that can cost a lot of money f you are not careful so it is definitely something that needs to be factored in when you are thinking about costs. There are affordable ways to travel around Idaho. For example it is generally considered to be a much better idea for single parents to use public transport then taxis or private transport as this is more affordable and as a single parent you should be all about saving money.
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
There are a number of concerns that single parents have to deal with, one of the more important of which is finding a good house or apartment for your child to live in. It is very important that you consider all of the options in this regard before giving up. Having a healthy and safe environment at home is linked to so many things, such as school performance and health. In fact spending some time on finding a good home for your child can be an excellent preventative measure against other problems. In Idaho there are a number of options available to parents looking for homes.
Section 8 Housing
Idaho 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
As a single parent you may be a very bad situation financially to the point that you are finding it very difficult to make ends meet. This may be affecting your ability to provide your children with good, healthy, nutritional food. However this is something that you know you can’t compromise on as it will affect your child’s overall health. In Idaho there are a number of programs in place to help single parents who are trying o make sure that their children are well nourished. If you are in this position then it is your responsibility to research your options and do everything you can to provide your child with healthy food.
The Food Stamp Program
Your first port of call (when looking for food benefits and single parent grants in Idaho) should be The Food Stamp Program. This program works on a debit card system whereby you are given a debit card with asset amount of money on it that you are then allowed to use at participating stores in order to buy food with which to feed yourself and your children. The amount of money you get on the card depends on how big your family is and what your income is. This is a program that is well worth looking at if you are struggling to keep food on the table.
Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
Single mothers In Idaho 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 will be provided with in this program will also be guaranteed to provide your children with the nutrition that they need in order to lead healthy and productive lives. There is no harm in trying so contact the WIC today for more information.
Government Grants for Single Parents in Idaho
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.
General scholarships and grants
In Idaho there are a number of general scholarships and grants that you may be interested in. Some of them are very specific, but it is still well worth your while looking into the scholarships offered in Idaho to see if there is anything that you do in fact qualify for. It can’t hurt to inquire and you may well be pleasantly surprised by the responses you get when you ask about your eligibility:
- The Idaho Governor’s Challenge Scholarship
- The Robert R. Lee Promise Category A Scholarship (aka State of Idaho Scholarship)
- Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarships
- The Tschudy Family Scholarship
- Idaho’s Freedom Scholarship
- Public Safety Officer Dependent Scholarship
- Robert R. Lee Promise Category B Scholarship
- Leveraging Educational Assistance State Partnership Program (LEAP)
- Idaho’s Minority/At Risk Student Scholarships
Specialized study scholarships and grants
There are a number of options open to people who would like to study in specific areas in Idaho. There are a number of grants, scholarships, and loan forgiveness programs for people who are willing to study to become a nurse, a teacher, a dentist, a health care professional, or a vet. There are shortages in specific areas of the state. In exchange for aid to study for your qualifications in these areas you will be required to work in a state designated area for a set amount of time.
Recovery and Reinvestment Act for Education
There is a program that is specifically aimed at helping single parents in Idaho to get back to school and reach their educational aims. This is the Recovery and Reinvestment Act for Education. It is definitely well worth your time and energy to find out more about this program and to see f you qualify for assistance under this act. If you are then you will no longer have to worry about the financial constraints that are holding you back and you will be able to get the qualification that you have always wanted. If you would like to find out more about this act and how it can benefit you, visit http://www.ed.gov/recovery.
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.
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 sing parents benefit from this. Remember that the point of his 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.