Policies for Single Mothers

Policies for Single Mothers
Many mothers in the United States of America are rendered single due to unavoidable circumstances. It is important to the Federal Government to assess their needs and take care of their children. If this is ignored, then families helmed by single mothers will gradually sink into poverty. Already around 47% of the families led by single mothers are below the poverty line. It is in such situations that the need to make such single mothers aware of the Government’s policies arises. Other than that, there are also plenty of organizations that offer disability assistance, career development assistance, food and nutrition advice, etc. Having an insight on it would be very helpful, and though the policies are not an alternate to your source of income, they can supplement it greatly.
Temporary Aid for Needy Families (TANF):
This was primarily a block development program introduced in the year 1996, and this policy covers single mothers. It offers every family under it, a cash grant every month, and this goes on for a period of up to two years. The specifications under this policy, stated by the , single parents, with children, and the department of Health and Human Services must work 20 hours every week, as a requirement. For children over the age of 6, 30 hours of work per week is mandatory. The mandatory work time includes job training and the likes.
Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP):
This policy offered by the Federal and State Governments provides vouchers, commonly referred to as food stamps to low income households and individuals. This facility is available to everyone, even to those who receive other kinds of welfare assistance. These food stamps let you buy virtually any kind of food from commercial sources. If you are concerned about your child, the Federal Government has taken care of that too. More than 95000 schools provide free lunch and around 78000 offer breakfast too, at highly subsidized rates. Even yet-to-be single mothers can avail the nutritional assistance offered by Women, Infants and Children program, which provides its own food stamps.
Section 8 Housing program:
The United States Department of Urban Development provides housing assistance. It specifies that 30% of your income must be allocated to housing rent, but in case you are not able to afford it, the remainder of the rent will be sponsored by the Government under this policy. Though many cities have long waiting lists, this is an advantageous policy.
Medicaid:
The Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services is a Government agency which offers welfare assistance to many low income families, by providing them a very comprehensive medical insurance policy that helps them to take care of healthcare issues. Even the children of single mothers are benefited by this policy and can avail the various offers it provides to families. It ensures that your health needs are well taken care of.
These policies are meant to augment your lifestyle and not serve as the main means of sustenance. Through such Government policies, life for you and your children can be made very comfortable.

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