Help for Single Mothers in Minnesota: The Ultimate Guide
The state of Minnesota is battling with a relatively high unemployment rate of 7.2%. Single mothers surviving on single incomes face even more difficult times if they are out of work, as there is fierce competition in the labour force. For this reason, there are many financial aid programs available for single mothers including Minnesota food stamps, MinnesotaCare, foreclosure & mortgage assistance for single mothers, Minnesota’s Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP), Minnesota utility bill and energy assistance, etc. For a basic start, be sure to visit the State of Minnesota’s Government website at http://mn.gov/portal/ On the top hand bar, click on Social services and you can read about Minnesota’s affordable housing programs, health and medical care facilities & options, public assistance programs, child support councils, etc.
i) Minnesota Food Support Program
The Minnesota food support program is run by the State of Minnesota’s individual counties and helps low income families and single mothers receive good nutrition and well-balanced meals. Food support funds can be used at most supermarkets and stores to purchase food items or plants and seeds to grow food. They however cannot be used to purchase non-food items such as tobacco products, vitamins, pet food or personal hygiene products. The amount of food support benefits you will receive depends on the number of people in your household and their incomes. How do you apply for food support benefits? Ask a Country representative at any office in Minnesota for a Combined application form, fill it out neatly with all accurate information and hand it back to the officer. To view the phone number, address & website of a county in Minnesota nearest to you, visit this website Mn.gov
If your application for food support is urgent, you may qualify for Expedited Food Support program sponsored by the Minnesota state. To qualify, you must meet income requirements which are as follows:
- Households with less than $150 in gross monthly income or $100 or less in liquid assets.
- Households where combined monthly gross income and liquid assets are less than housing & utility costs.
- Desperate migrant or seasonal farmworker with $100 or less in liquid assets.
ii) Minnesota Child Care Assistance Program
Minnesota Child Care Assistance program allows single mothers to provide quality care for their dependents while they attend school or go to work. This program pays for a child’s care expenses up to the age of 12 and 14 for disabled children. To qualify, care for the children must be provided by a legal child care provider over 18 years and income requirements must be met. Be aware that the State of Minnesota requires you to make a copayment on behalf of your child’s care rates and they will match by the maximum child care rate weekly. To apply for Minnesota Child Care Assistance program, contact a human services agent at any County office in the state. To view phone number, address & website of county nearest to you, visit this website www.mncounties.org/About_Counties/county_websites.html
iii) Minnesota Medical Assistance (MA) Program
The Medical Assistance (MA) program offered by the state of Minnesota pays for essential medical services such as doctor/dental visits, prescriptions & immunizations, hospital care, eye examinations, mental health services, medical equipment, etc. Medical Assistance program will also pay for your current and future medical bills and will go back 3 months from the time you submit your application. To qualify, you must live in Minnesota and meet income/asset limits. For a family of 2 or more, their total assets cannot exceed $20,000 to qualify for medical assistance program. For a family of 3 with children under 21 years of age, the maximum monthly income allowed is $4,248 to qualify for medical assistance program. To apply for Minnesota Medical Assistance program, contact a human services agent at any County office in the state. To view phone number, address & website of county nearest to you, visit this website www.mncounties.org/About_Counties/county_websites.html