Where To Find Assistance For Single Parents

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Raising a family on a single income isn’t easy but there is help. Nonprofits, charities, and the government have programs that assist single parents with their expenses. Though there are different types of local aid, the programs below help people across the nation.
CoAbode connects single parents looking to share a home and split the costs. They direct you to other single parents that you would most likely get along with. You can then meet or speak with the single parent you were matched with to decide whether or not it would be a good fit.
Feeding America is a network of food banks across the nation that distributes meals to those in need through food pantries.You can find your closest food bank and contact them for information on food pantries they supply.
The Young Women’s Christian Association, or YWCA, has many programs to help women, including Early Childhood programs. Despite the name, they help women regardless of religion. Contact your local association for more details.
This program works with 120 nonprofits across the nation to help low-income families with car purchases and down payments. Find information on eligibility and programs on their website.
Mercy Housing provides housing for low-income families in 24 states. Their website has information their regional offices and how to apply.
Government Help
There are three main programs that are helpful to single parents. TANF, or Temporary Aid for Needy Families, helps families with their general expenses, SNAP benefits help low-income families buy food and LIHEAP helps with home energy. Each of these programs are run through state governments, and you can learn eligibility requirements and how to apply through your local human services agency.
While these most of these programs aren’t exclusively designed for single parents, they provide the type of assistance that many need. Qualifying for these programs is also easier because you are supporting two people on one income. If you’re looking for help, these are definitely options you should consider.

By Alecia Stanton of Single Parents Alliance of America
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