There are few who would argue that Nebraska is not a beautiful state. With some of the most picturesque scenery in America, it is a great place for those who love the fresh air and countryside. It’s got some terrific cities too. With its low cost of living, low crime rate and great education systems, Nebraska is a wonderful state to live in.
Nebraska also offers a lot of help to its single moms. There are a good number of programs in place in the state that can help you to find enough cash to live and care for your family, and to put good food on the table. There’s help to find suitable housing, grants for education and even help to pay those electric bills in winter. So don’t miss out, find out what you could be claiming now. Everyone knows that life is often tough for single moms, but it doesn’t need to be as hard as you might think.
Nebraska also has the TANF program, which could be the ideal thing to help you turn your life around and have a brighter future with your kids. It is the Temporary Assistance for needy Families program, to give it is full name, and it is exactly what it says: A temporary program that offers help in various areas of your life for a period of up to 60 months for each individual. You can get all the information on Nebraska’s TANF site here:
You might also be wondering about Payday Loans, if getting through each month on a low income presents problems at times. Payday Loans are simply short term loans designed to get you through to your next wage packet…but they can come at a high price if you aren’t careful. Some have higher than normal interest rates, and others impose very high fines for late repayments. Take care if you are looking at these, and always try to find a grant instead of a loan is possible. Grants don’t have to be repaid!
Assistance with food
Every mother knows that good nutrition is vital for kids…and it’s important for moms too, especially those who are pregnant or breastfeeding. You need access to plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, to dairy produce and other good foods. But, what happens if your budget doesn’t go far enough
There is help available in Nebraska. First you can turn to the SNAP program (Full name Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). This is the new name for the old Food Stamps programs, and if you qualify for its help you will be given an electronic card that is swiped though a machine in participating stores to pay towards your grocery bills for food.
Then you might look at the WIC (Women, Infants and Children) Program. This for women who have kids under 5 years of age. WIC offers advice on good nutrition as well as help with paying for food. Check it out here:
Finally, there are also Food Banks in Nebraska that you may be able to use.
Assistance with childcare
Fact of life: You, as a single mom, are responsible for bringing in the money to keep the family. But, it is also a fact of life that to do so, you need to find and pay for good child care. Finding it can be difficult; paying for it can be a whole lot harder still. All too many moms find that they end up paying out most of their earnings just so someone can look after the kids while they go to work!
Now, that makes no sense, so you need some help. If you live in Nebraska, that help could be found here through the child care subsidy offered by Nebraska’s Department of health and Human Services :
If you don’t qualify for help through that program though, don’t give up hope of getting affordable child care. There are plenty of things you can do to help yourself. Sometimes churches or other religious groups have child care on offer to their members, while there may also be other community groups in your neighborhood that can help. You might even have a kind employer who will run a crèche for the children of his/her employees or help with a little subsidy towards the care of your kids while you work. If none of these seem to be possible for you, why not get together with other single moms and set up your own group? You can share the childcare if you work different shifts, or pay a little each to one mom to stay home and care for the kids.
Assistance with healthcare
If you are a single mom without much money coming in, it is very likely that you will also be worried about paying for health care for yourself and your family. Health policies can cost too much money, but you need to access medical care for your kids.
If you have a low income, take a look at Medicaid. The Medicaid program is well known across America, and it offers routine care and well as emergency care for low income families. See if you are eligible for Medicaid here:
Unfortunately, some of you may find your income, although not high, is just over the limit to qualify for Medicaid. So, turn to the Nebraska Kids Connection program instead.
Assistance with housing
Housing is also likely to an area of difficulty for single moms. Rents can be high for accommodation suitable for a family, and mortgages can be even harder to get and to pay for. If you are a single mother in Nebraska and you are finding it hard to get decent housing, contact HUD who can offer assistance with finding homes, rent subsidies, finding affordable mortgages and Section 8 housing.
Another of your concerns may be how to pay the utility bills. Cold winters can require heated houses, and if the summer is hot you might also need cooling systems in place to keep young kids comfortable. LIHEAP might be able to help out with these bills.
Assistance with education
A good education is important for your kids to make a bright future for themselves, and you too may find you want to go back to college to improve your prospects of employment and earn more money. So, it’s good to know that there are a lot of options for you to find scholarships and grants for education expenses. The first thing to do is to go to the FAFSA Nebraska website.
FAFSA stands for ‘Free Application for Federal Student Aid’, and this is what you need to apply for to get going. The link below gives you information, lets you download the forms you need to apply and gives you the school codes for Nebraska. Help is also available if you wish, to fill in the forms correctly, so don’t be afraid to ask.
You might be considering a professional course like nursing. In this case, it could be that you will be able to get a grant to do this as nurses are always needed. Then there are other ways of getting help with the expense of education. These can range from individual or specific to college scholarships to sponsorship from an employer.
If you or the children have disabilities of long term illnesses, there may be grants connected to that. Cancer sufferers can get extra help in many cases. Check it out on the internet, as many special needs awards in cases like these are made across the US every year. It could also be that your church or other religious group might offer help in the form of a grant or a loan. If your kids are especially talented in sports, academic subjects or even in helping out in the community in some way there may be scholarships on offer for them too. You won’t know unless you get looking!
Assistance with transportation
If the thought of the costs of running a car is worrying you, why not join forces with a group of local single moms and share the school run and other necessary journeys? An advert in the local shop, school or church could do the trick and pout you in touch.
Finally, public transportation in Nebraska’s cities is usually affordable and a reliable way of getting about.