With a single shoulder supporting all aspects of the household, the situation can get very tough and demanding at times for single mothers. The state of Maine well understands the fact and thus has made a number of concessions for the single mothers in the state in supporting them with childcare, healthcare, rent assistance and several other programs. All these are aimed at making the lives of both the mother and her kids more comfortable, ensuring healthy lives and a prosperous future.
Childcare: The Department of Health and Human Services of the state of Maine, runs the Child Care Subsidy Program (CCSP) previously known as the voucher program, which aims at helping single mother with the high cost of childcare. Apart from state support, there are also various Employer sponsored childcare programs that are run under the umbrella of the state mechanism. Assistance may be in the form of on-site childcare as well part payment of the costs incurred.
Healthcare: The medical cover programs for the low-income single mothers of the state are run under the name of Office of the Maine Care Services. The program assures affordable healthcare and cover to single mothers and families who might find it hard to pay for these recurring expenses. Another healthcare program run in the state by the name of DirigoChoice also aims at health insurance covers for people who might find it difficult to get health covers.
Food & Supplies: The state run Supplemental Nutrition Program (SNAP) supports needy families and assures them with healthy and nutritious food supplements. You can also seek assistance in the form of healthy food and nutritious food items under the Women, Infants and Children program run by the state with federal support. Affordable food is also made available at local food banks and pantries.
Rent Assistance: The Adult Mental Health Services department of the state of Maine runs the BRAP (Bridging Rental Assistance Program) that is programs run to assure safe, healthy and decent housing to all residents of the state with psychiatric disabilities. Single mothers in the state might find relief in the form of Housing Choice Voucher, also known as section 8 vouchers to support their high monthly rental outflow.
Educational Grants: Getting back to school to get a college or university is already a tough challenge for a single mother. Paying for high education cost on top of that can make the experience even more challenging. Financial support in the form of a grant, aid or scholarship can help you achieve your dreams of getting that college degree. Apart from the state funds available, you can also apply for federal support by applying to FAFSA.
Transportation: Commuting to and from work does not only eat your precious time everyday but also increases various costs that a single mother bears for being away form home in the form of childcare etc. The state of Maine has an efficient state transport mechanism that will help single mothers whose work involves a lot of traveling. Check out the various state transport option here.