Help for Single Moms in Utah
Whether you are struggling to put food on the table or simply need a ride to work, life as a single mom is always challenging. While you work hard to raise your kids, check into the help that is available for you through the state of Utah.
Childcare – Childcare can eat up a huge chunk of your paycheck when you are a single mom. The Department of Workforce Services offers a child care subsidy through the Office of Child Care. Through this program, moms who need to work or go to school can get help paying for their child care needs through state-licensed providers.
Healthcare – For single moms who do not have insurance, a health problem could ruin their financial stability. Utah offers Medicaid (http://health.utah.gov/medicaid/) to families who meet certain income requirements and do not have other health care coverage. For moms who do not qualify for Medicaid but want coverage for their children, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) may be helpful.
Food and Supplies – The state of Utah offers several cash assistance programs to its neediest families (http://www.utahcap.org/programs/). None of these is a permanent solution to a cash crisis, but they do provide temporary relief as a single mom and her family figure out what the next step is. In addition, moms who cannot afford even the most basic things, like healthy food, may benefit from the Utah Food Stamps Program and Woman, Infants and Children (WIC).
Transportation – If public transportation is available in your area, consider it as an alternative to owning and maintaining a car. Many single moms can work out car-pooling agreements with neighbors or coworkers, offering something, like gas money, in return for transportation.
Rent Assistance - With the rent assistance programs available in Utah, single moms do not have worry about how they will keep their children warm and safe. Section 8 is the most common rent assistance program, offering lower income families an affordable way to keep their homes.
College Grants – Heading back to school can make the difference in your family’s future. If you can find a program offering online courses or night classes, this is a great possibility. Start the search for college aid by filing the FAFSA, which will show you any federal aid you qualify for. Then, check with the Utah Higher Education Assistance Authority, which outlines several grant, scholarship, and loan options for Utah students.