Raising kids in this economy is tough, and it becomes even tougher when you are doing it with little money. The state of Idaho offers provides several resources you can turn to when you need a little extra help. You can get a lot of assistance with childcare, transportation, rent, college and a lot more if you are eligible.
Knowing your kids are safe and happy while you are at work is crucial to your success in your job.
Sometimes you can save money on childcare expenses by sharing some of the expense with another family. If you have a low income, consider the Idaho Child Care Program (ICCP). This Department of Health and Welfare program subsidizes some childcare expenses for low income working families.
Idaho’s primary health-care assistance program is its Medicaid program.
The program provides coverage for children, their parents, pregnant women, women with breast or cervical cancer, or the blind and disabled. Families that make too much money for Medicaid may be able to get coverage for their children for a small fee through the Children Health Insurance Plan (CHIP).
Boise: Healthcare becomes really expensive. Luckily, there is friendshipclinic to help you and provide cheap healthcare. This organization was made for low-income families so you wouldn’t have to stress anymore.
There are a number of places that offer rent assistance to single moms and low-income households in Idaho. Idaho Rent Assistance Programs frequently updates its listing with new resources. Currently, rent assistance programs available in various countries and through other organizations are listed here.
Idaho wants to make sure every child has a warm, safe place to call home. The Idaho Housing and Finance Association oversees several programs to ensure that all families are safely housed.
Section 8 rental assistance, public housing options, and the Family Self-Sufficiency program all aim to find housing for needy families in Idaho.
Coeur d’Alene: Kootenai County offers a wide variety of assistance when it comes to housing assistance. This includes providing housing, rent, public housing, etc.
Food and Supplies
You and your kids will not stay healthy without the right food on the table. But healthy food is often a lot more expensive than
If you cannot afford to buy healthy foods, look into Idaho’s Food Stamp Program.
If you make too much money for food stamps and have preschoolers at home, consider applying for WIC, which provides healthy supplemental food through the grocery store as well as nutritional education.
Sometimes you face a temporary cash crunch, and during those times consider looking for your local food bank.
In addition to the other food assistance resources listed here, the Emergency Food Assistance Program is available for those emergency situations that can sometimes arise. The food is made available to low-income households at no cost.
Reliable transportation is essential if you are going to get and keep a job. If you live in a city, look into the public transportation options.
Some private organizations provide reliable transportation as well. Carpooling with someone in your neighborhood and sharing the gas bill is another option if you do not have your own vehicle.
If you would like to head school, start by filling out the FAFSA to apply for federal student aid.
Idaho recently passed the Recovery & Reinvestment Act for education, and now there are several state grants for higher education. Also, talk to the financial aid department at the school you wish to attend for information about other grants and scholarships.
Both Idaho State University and the University of Idaho have financial aid programs that may be of use to single moms. Programs and funding can change from year to year at both locations so check with the school’s site to see what’s currently available.
In Idaho, there are several options for getting assistance with utilities. One such program is the Weatherization Assistance Program. It provides low-income households with Department of Energy-approved means of lowering the financial burden of energy costs.
The program is open to homeowners and renters year round and eligibility is determined based on income.
The State Energy Loan Program allows households to obtain low-interest loans with the proceeds being used to make building improvements that will conserve energy and boost efficient energy use. Things that qualify for improvement under this plan are insulation, lighting upgrades, windows, appliances, HVAC, and weatherization. Loans are granted at 4% interest for 5 years.
Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is there to help low-income households pay for some of their heating costs during the winter. Idaho Telephone Service Assistance Program (ITSAP) can help cover the installation or of or monthly cost of basic residential phone service for low-income households.
Make use of all of the programs listed above. After all, they were made for you to use and save a lot of money out of it.
If you are eligible, this can really come to use for you and your family.
If you have any questions about the programs or have any other programs you want to know about, leave a comment down below.