In need of Financial Help
Help For Single Parents In Need Of Financial Help
Being a single parent can be difficult and when finances are tight it's even more difficult. If you are a single parent in need of financial help here are a few tips to help out.
The federal government is becoming more aware how important it is that households with single parents to have a stable income. They know that all single parents make many sacrifices in order to give their family a safe and secure home.
With the proper finances the lives of single parents can be difficult. Even the day to day task of providing healthy meals for their families is a battle. Single parents have to provide clothing for their children which quite often are clothes from thrift stores or second hand clothing from friends and family members. Healthcare coverage is not even an option so families of single parents often choose free clinics and low cost clinics.
Even though the federal government offers some help it's mostly state and local governments which are the best choice for financial aid for single parents. However, sometimes it's difficult to qualify but persistence and a lot of research often pays off.
Some of the best places to look for financial aid are county and municipal governments. Other areas that are good places for financial aid are local unemployment offices, family service departments, children's agencies. There are also state government programs that can help. A good place to start is in the blue pages of your local phone book under health and welfare, family services, or child services. This can be a very long and frustrating service but it pays off in the end. While you are calling around you will gather information that will help you on your search. Once you've called the right office you will need to make an appointment to fill out forms and provide proof of income. You will also need to provide your address, past and current employment history, the number of children you have and their ages. The types of proof of income that is usually acceptable are payroll stubs, and income tax statements.
Before you make an appointment be sure to find out what the qualifications and requirements are. Most agencies that offer financial aid have a minimum income level. If you are over the minimum level it's possible you may not qualify. Also, there are some agencies where you qualify according to the amount of rent you pay.
If you find you don't qualify for any of these programs, your children may be able to qualify. Many children of single parents with low income are eligible for school meal vouchers and many other services.
For a listing of programs that are available for single parents in your state visit your state's website. Once you're on the site you will find a list of programs for low income families as well as local and state government agencies. You will also find a listing of school districts in your state and which ones offer special meal programs and food programs for your children.