Keeping up with the stress of maintaining a family and work at the same time is difficult. Especially if you are low income. It can get overwhelming and keeping up with the high expenses can be daunting. Luckily, if you live in Alaska, there is a lot of help available for you to use. You can take advantage of programs that help you with healthcare, housing, childcare, and more.
Childcare is essential because you need a reliable place you can keep your kids while you are working. Managing kids and work can become tough without the help of childcare.
The PASS (Parents Achieving Self Sufficiency) program offers child care assistance to needy families in Alaska, based on income.
If your child has a special need, you might qualify for help under the Alaska Inclusive Child Care Initiative. For more information, contact the Alaska Child Care Program Office.
If you need additional resources to locate good child care services, try Child Care Program Office (CCPO). Information on applying for PASS I, II, III (eligibility, application) and on locating Special Needs Child Care as well as approved, eligible providers is available on the site.
The Denali Kidcare program provides health care for children and pregnant women who meet income guidelines and have insufficient or no access to private healthcare. The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services offers Denali KidCare which provides medical insurance for kids less than 18 years of age and pregnant women who meet the program’s qualifications. The coverage lasts for 12 months and then must be renewed.
Low-income families who do not have private health care can get help through the state’s Medicaid program.
If you have a chronic health condition and no health care may be able to get medical care through the Chronic & Acute Medical Assistance Program (CAMA). The Chronic and Acute Medical Assistance (CAMA) program is designed to help people between the ages of 21 and 64 who do not qualify for Medicaid payments but have specific illnesses. The program helps you get medical care if you have low-income and little or no health insurance.
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Having a place to call home is important when raising a family.
If you are struggling to get enough money together to pay rent, consider taking advantage of the Housing Choice Voucher program or one of the many Public Housing offerings in the state.
Learn more about these programs from the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation. Keep in mind that Alaska aid programs all point people towards self-sufficiency, so these are temporary programs that you can utilize to make your situation better.
Food and Supplies
If you are going through a tough time and need a little help to get back on your feet or better your employment situation, you can get cash assistance through the Alaska Temporary Assistance Program also known as ATAP.
The Family Nutrition Program offers help affording nutritious foods through programs like Woman, Infants and Children (WIC), the Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program (FMNP), and the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSCF).
Some families will qualify for food stamps as well.
There are also many other programs in Alaska that you can apply to get assistance for you family. Check them out here.
The Anchorage YMCA offers financial assistance on a limited basis to those who wish to use their facilities and services. Their facilities include a swimming pool, gymnasium, cardio equipment, sauna, circuit strength and free weights, child watch room and a shower/locker room.
If you want to stay in shape, relax or take a class. Fill out the application provided on their site.
If you do not have access to a personal vehicle, learn to take advantage of public transportation. This is an affordable alternative to taking a taxi or owning a car. Most major cities in Alaska have it so you might want to purchase a pass if you are going to be using it more.
Grants In Alaska For You To Use
One of the best ways to become self-sufficient is to further your education.
Find federal help through the FAFSA, then look into the various programs offered through the state. The Alaska Advantage Education Grant is an excellent one to consider. Also be sure to research school scholarships for more financial assistance options.
The University of Alaska at Anchorage offers scholarships and other forms of financial assistance to students. They provide assistance in completing your FAFSA which is needed to determine your qualification for most types of educational financial assistance.
The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services may be able to provide assistance for you if you are in need and are blind, aged or disabled through their Adult Public Assistance (APA) program.
Applicants must be blind or disabled if under the age of 65.