The majority of the population of the state of Illinois is concentrated in the Chicago Metropolitan area. This makes the lives of single parents living in other remote areas more challenging due to lack of all resources. With almost 25% of the state population under the age of 18, one-third of who live with single parents, the state is obliged to run a number of single parent support programs not only to support them but also to support of the economy of the state. Some programs that can be of interest to single mothers are discussed underneath.
Childcare: The state of Illinois recognizes the needs and requirements of a single mother in terms of child support and childcare. To assist the single mothers with this purpose, the Illinois Department of Human Services runs the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP)that provides single mothers and low-income families with affordable childcare support. This is a huge support to single mothers’ whose biggest concern is quality childcare for their kids when they are off to work. Aid can be in the form of subsidies or direct aids.
Healthcare: With single incomes that most single mothers run their households on, it is usually difficult to afford the high costs of healthcare programs for you and your children. To support you with proper healthcare services, the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services runs affordable healthcare programs at subsidized costs to residents of the state. Another very encouraging program for single mothers, run by the name of FamilyCare is a health cover plan for parents having kids of age 18 years or less. The state also runs another child health specific program by the name of Kids that offered uninsured kids of the state comprehensive health coverage.
Food & Supplies: It might get difficult for families to afford healthy and nutritious food for children without a steady source of income. It is thus well imaginable how challenging a task this is for single mothers. To aid single mothers with providing proper nourishment for their kids and making sure that no kid of the state sleeps hungry, the state runs The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Under this program, a single mother can at least assure healthy and nutritious meals for her children. Another effort to support single mothers is in the form of the Women, Infants and Children program that supports pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers, mothers who have recently had a child, Infants and Children.
Rent Assistance: The state of Illinois runs the Rental housing support program which aims at helping single mothers and low-income families in paying rents for their housing needs. The aid is in the form of subsidies to pay rents for apartments or houses. Alternatively, you can also seek assistance under section 8 housing support, which is also a widely sought option for housing assistance.
Educational Grants: There are various state aid programs available which you can choose from to seek educational grants that will help you get back to college and get that degree you have always wanted to have on your resume. There is also an option to apply for the federal FAFSA aid that is a nationwide educational support program.
Transportation: The state of Illinois prides itself in having one of the most robust, efficient and affordable transport networks in the state. Single mothers who need to commute long distance to get to work can depend on the state public transport safely.