Help for Single Mothers in California: The Definitive Guide

The state of California has many financial assistance programs for single mothers living there. Our aim is to overview some of those programs & provide links for indepth information. As a basic starter, be sure to visit the State of California’s official website at This site will give you information on assistance & benefit programs for the residents of California, including single moms who are searching for government grants, housing aid, college scholarships & other financial aid.

i) Food Stamps in California

The food stamps program in California is known as the CalFresh Program and is administered by the Department of Social Services. The program allows needy single moms in California purchase nutritious meals & groceries for their children using electronic benefits. Benefits are given in a credit card that gets money loaded on to it and is accepted for use in many supermarkets & grocery stores across California. Each month, the family’s approved food stamps limit $$ is loaded on the card.

All households applying for CalFresh benefits will be subject to gross & net income determination tests. The maximum gross income allowed is 130% of the Federal Poverty level or 160% of the FPL if the household contains a disabled or aged member. Once the household passes the gross income test, then a net income test is done, and total net income cannot exceed 100% of federal poverty level. Also note that to qualify for California food stamps program, your household cannot have more than $2,000 in resources such as bank cash, cars, or other assets. This limit is increased to $3,000 if your household contains a disabled member or aged person over 60 years. Visit the site below for loads more information on the CalFresh food stamps program for needy single moms.


ii) Medi-Cal Health Insurance

Medi-Cal is California’s health insurance system which provides needed health care services for low-income households including disabled people, single mothers, pregnant women, etc. Funded by the State of California & the federal government, Medi-Cal also serves low income people with specific diseases such as tuberculosis, breast cancer or HIV/AIDS. Every eligible family receives a Benefits Identification Card (BIC) that is used to pay for many kinds of medical & dental expenses.

Application for Medi-Cal can be obtained by visiting your nearest local county social services office and it takes up go 45 days to process an application. If you are applying for Medi-Cal based on a disability, then it can take up to 90 days. You can also download & print online application forms by visiting this URL Highlights of medical programs provided under Medi-Cal are:

  • Vision Care Program – Pays for medical expenses related to vision e.g. eye tests, prescription for eye glasses, etc.
  • Denti-Cal Program – Denti Cal program pays for preventive care & treatment of common dental problems. Services include dental extractions & fillings, teeth x-rays & cleaning, fluoride treatments & more.
  • Medical Case Management – Provides integrated home care for very ill patients. Examples of diseases treated are diabetes, asthma, congestive heart failure, artery diseases, etc.


iii) California Student Aid Commission

The California Student Aid Commission (Cal Grants) is one of the smartest ways to get free cash for your college tuition. In other words, recipients of this grant do not have to repay the money back. The requirements are that you should be a recent high school graduate with good academic results & must meet all eligibility requirements. A recipient can get up to $11,124 a year to pay for college expenses at any qualifying California college, university or career/technical school.

To make an application, you have to fill out Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) forms that can be downloaded & printed from & submit a verified GPA report card from your high school. You can usually make a request at your school and they will directly submit your report card to the Cal Grant office. Lots more information is available on the link below, so be sure to visit!


iv) California Kids Health Care Foundation

California Kids is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing access to preventive health care services to small kids between the ages of 2 to 18. For as little as $75 per month, children will have access to preventive medical, dental and behavioral health care services. California Kids has served over 70,000 kids who normally are not eligible for government sponsored health care programs. Be sure to check their website below for more information or call the toll free number.


Toll free: 1-818-755-9700

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