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Navigating Life as a Single Parent During COVID-19

August 27, 2020, Author: Tamra Cater

It’s no secret that parenting through a pandemic is hard work. From keeping your little ones entertained to trying to get your work done, balancing life is more of a challenge than normal. For single parents, this challenge is magnified exponentially. 

Whether you’re a single mom struggling to make ends meet or just need the extra help where you can get it, be sure to use every available resource at your disposal. Check out these specific programs that offer assistance for single mothers.

  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF): The TANF program is designed to help single-parent families achieve greater self-sufficiency. The program’s focus is on in-home stability for both parents and children. 
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): The SNAP program offers nutritional assistance to needy individuals and families based on income. It can help single mothers purchase healthy foods for their families. 
  • Women, Infants, and Children (WIC): Focusing exclusively on women and children, WIC serves pregnant, breastfeeding, non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and children up to five years of age. 
  • Diversion Cash Assistance (DCA): The DCA program offers emergency cash assistance to single parents. Assistance up to $1,000 may be provided as a one-time payment for qualifying individuals. 
  • The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP): The TEFAP program provides supplemental nutritional assistance for needy families through group meals and food pantries.
  • Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP): Single mothers who don’t qualify for Medicaid may still be able to sign their child up for the CHIP program. It provides full Medicaid coverage for children, including well-baby and well-child care, dental care, behavioral healthcare, and vaccines. 
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP): For single mothers struggling to pay the bills on time, the LIHEAP program may be able to help. It offers utility assistance to qualifying families, focusing on home energy and weatherization to lower electricity, water, and gas bills. 

Single mothers struggling to provide may also be able to find free baby supplies, care, and other services through local community groups, churches, and food banks. Also considering this:

Final Thoughts on Navigating Life as a Single Parent During COVID 19

This pandemic has likely hit many people hard in one way or another. Unfortunately, it likely has negatively affected many people financially. I hope these resources help you find some help if it is needed during these unprecedented times.

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