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I've been doing the single parenting thing for about 10 years now. There have been times when I had to ask for help and there have been times when I forgot that help was even out there. The resources I'm listing here aren't just for parents, but since this is a parenting blog, the blog itself is aimed in that direction. If you're struggling, check out this list of parenting resources. There might be something in there that can help you.

Township Trustee: Whether you're a parent or not, start with the township trustee if you find that you're unable to make ends meet. They may help and they're likely going to guide you to other resources, including some of the ones I mention here. The Trustee has a "poor relief fund" that is there to help people in the event that they qualify for assistance. Yes, you may have to jump through some hoops. But if you want their help, you have to play by their rules.

Family and Social Services: The Family and Social Services Administration is the place to go to apply for assistance in the form of TANF (cash assistance), food stamps, daycare assistance, medicaid, and medicare. Keep in mind that they are there to serve the state, not you, and they actually go through training to learn how to not tell you about other programs. It's not their fault. They're just working within their guidelines. Also keep in mind that the qualifications for medicaid haven't changed in over 20 years, so it can be difficult to obtain.

Healthy Indiana Plan: HIP is a form of health insurance through the state that is based on your income. While you can apply at the FSSA office, you can also do it directly through HIP. Keep in mind that you must be without health insurance for 6 months, not including medicaid or medicare.

Lifeline Phone Program: This program offers a discount for basic home phone service. The phone must be in your name and you must either be receiving assistance from the state in some form, or be at or below 135% of the federal poverty line. This cannot be applied to Internet service or used by the same person as the Assurance service is. Assurance wireless service is a service that provides you with a free cell phone and 250 free minutes of talk a month. You can buy minutes for text if you like.

FAFSA: The FAFSA is the main application for financial aid for college. Applications can be filled out any time of the year, but state funding is only available if you fill it out before the deadline, which is usually around March 10. If you're struggling and you can't find a job, isn't it about time you went back to school?

Unemployment Office: Hoosiers will be phased out of the extended benefits offered by the Federal government based on the fact that unemployment has gone down. Plan ahead. Enroll in school or a training program now, before your benefits run out. But keep in mind that the Unemployment Office isn't just for handling unemployment benefits. The office also offers paid training and gas cards to help you complete your training. Call or visit the Unemployment Office in your area to learn about programs you may qualify for that will help you get back on your feet.

9 comments:

  1. Really useful information that will make a difference in people's lives. Nice job! Sarah

  1. Great resources. Do you have Twitter buttons on your blog or am just not seeing them? I shared this myself, but you might want to add them.

  1. Thanks Sarah and Lana! Lana, the twitter button is on the side. I'll move it up though. Thanks for pointing it out and sharing :)

  1. Some great services you have listed here!

  1. Good Stuff

  1. It's always a good idea to keep such services in mind. It's okay to ask for help when it's needed!

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  1. SO much information to digest! I wish that more of it applied to me in NYC...besides the dreaded FAFSA.
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  1. These are great resources!

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