Being a single dad can be challenging. Single dads are not only responsible for their own health and welfare, but also for their children's. Single dads may benefit from a number of grant programs that are designed to help offset the costs of housing, education and child care so they can seek gainful employment and provide the best lives possible for themselves and their children.
HUD Housing Grants
One of the largest expenses that single dads face is the cost of safe and affordable housing. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development offers a number of grant programs that can be used to help offset the cost of rental housing or purchasing or repairing a home. HUD is a federally-funded program that distributes grants on individual state levels. To qualify for HUD grants, applicants must not have a household income that exceeds limitations determined by the state in which they live, must be U.S. citizens and must use the funds toward the costs of renting, purchasing or repairing their primary homes. Applicants may apply directly through their local HUD office to see if they qualify.
Federal Pell Grants
Single dads who seek to improve their career opportunities through education may benefit from federal Pell grants issued through the U.S. Department of Education. Federal Pell grants are based on need and can be used toward the costs of undergraduate and certain postbaccalaureate programs offered through accredited colleges and universities. To qualify for Pell grant funding, applicants must not exceed income qualification standards that are determined by standards such as family size. While grant awards vary based on factors like individual need and the cost to attend the school of the applicant's choice, as of November 2010, typical federal Pell grants were issued in amounts not exceeding $5,550. Interested applicants may apply directly through the U.S. Department of Education.
Child Care Grants
Single dads who have children too young to care for themselves during the day or after school may benefit from child care grants issued through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Cabinet for Families and Children. These grants, which are distributed through individual state levels, offer block grants to help pay for the costs of child care so parents may work or attend school. To qualify for child care grants, applicants must not exceed income restrictions, which are determined by factors such as household size, and funds can only be used at approved, state licensed child care facilities. Interested applicants may apply directly through their local Department of Health and Human Services office to see if they qualify.