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Financial Assistance for Single Mothers - See How You Can Find Help

February 21, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 125

Single moms often have unique and personal reasons for not seeking out financial assistance programs that they may be eligible for. Sometimes it's because even though it's a struggle, they feel that they can manage their finances on their own and get a reward by the feeling of empowerment that it gives them. Others are worried about what others may think of them if they asked for help and continue to do without because of the embarrassment of being caught by a neighbor or coworker if they applied for financial aid. Still others are just not aware that there are many places to go for help and may be so overwhelmed with the immediate crisis that they don't have the time to start looking.

The struggle to provide for the family is just getting harder every day. In some families with only one income, single moms have completely abandoned the monthly budget and are struggling just to put food on the table, the rent paid and the utilities kept on. The long term goals of financial stability have been put off to be dealt with at a later date and mom is in crisis mode. Financial assistance won't work magic, but at this point every little bit helps and it's time to search out the places that can relieve the stress.

The first responsibility of the single mom is to take care of her family. If that means that she has to rely on financial assistance that should be the route she takes. Not only will the help give her the ability to put nutritious food on the table for the kids; it will relieve some of the stress that can't be hidden, no matter how much she tries. When mom carries a burden, the kids know, even though it may not be discussed in the family. They know something is wrong, and unless they understand what the problem is, their imaginations may make the problem worse than it really is.

Any type of financial assistance for single mothers can ease some of the stress that is affecting the whole family. This will make her kids feel more secure and the benefits will be seen in the bonding of the family and could even carry over into how well the youngsters are doing in school.

When money matters are making life difficult, don't be afraid to let others know. Make an appointment with the local office of the Department of Health and Human Services to see what programs you qualify for. Some programs can offer help in the way of cash and others offer vouchers for help with the rent, heating expenses, food costs and day care.

If funding for the programs that you are eligible for have run out, ask about waiting lists or if you will have to reapply at a later date. Sometimes it takes a bit of time before the financial assistance benefits can be issued, but knowing that help will soon arrive and that you have taken the steps that you need to take to best take care of your family may make it easier to cope with the financial struggle you are facing.

Stacy Montes is a single mom of 3 who writes for the website, Single Mom Financial Help. On the website there are many articles and resources for single mothers, such as how to get grants for single mothers.

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