How to Get Government Assistance for Single Mothers

By eHow Contributor

Single mothers have their hands full with being the head of the household, doing the job of two parents and trying to keep food on the table. The government understands the plight of the single parent household. Programs for food, medical, financial support and housing assistance are available. This article will the Government Assistance Programs further and where to go to apply.

Each State in the United States dedicates funds for the individual counties to delegate to meet the financial needs of the residents. With these monies the counties offer financial assistance per demonstration of the participants of financial need. Each county has a Department of Health and Human Services located in the County Seat. Your local phone book will have the contact information listed in the front under county offices. Financial Services are received following an application and assessment process. The application can be completed independently at home and mailed in to the County offices or completed in an appointment with an employee of the County. The process can be expedited by supplying all requested documentation with the initial application submission.

A person never knows when a crisis will develop. With the high cost of medical insurance many one parent families choose to gamble with no health coverage. The Government recognizes the investment in the health of the Countries youth is an investment in the future of the Country. Medical Assistance is available from the Department of Human Services as an entitlement program. The application which is filled out for Financial Assistance is also the application for Medical Assistance. In a simple step of adding a check mark in a box the applicant is considered for Medical coverage. Most states have provisions to ensure all children have some form of health insurance. If a parents earnings are above the requirement for this entitlement program there may be a deductible for the child's coverage.

Also available from the Department of Human Services is food stamps. Once again the same application as financial assistance serves for food stamps and for free/reduced meals at school. With a check mark, the case will be reviewed for meeting the requirements for food programs. The main office at the child's school can also supply applications for the free and reduced food program. Food programs such as these allow for financial resources to cover other needs without the sacrifice of nutrition.

Along with a roof over the head and food in the stomach, a person needs to have heat to warm the house. Once again the application filled out for your resident County can give you access to Energy Assistance. This is an emergency fund where the County can give assistance to individuals in danger of losing heat and electricity services.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development, also referred to as HUD, offers two entitlement programs for families which meet financial guidelines. The first program is Low Income Housing. These units are usually in the form of an apartment building or community of buildings which are owned by HUD where the rent is offered at a subsidized rate. The second program is Section Eight Housing. This program usually has a considerable waiting list involved. The program participant finds an apartment of interest. With the agreement of the landlord, the consumer pays for a portion of the rent with HUD paying the remaining portion. The rent does need to be "reasonable" in meeting the specifications of the program. These programs are accessed by contacting the local HUD office and completing an application. Your counties Department of Human Services can assist in providing the contact number.