- No Kid Hungry Summer Program
No Kid Hungry developed a texting number to help families and community leaders find sites. When people text ‘FOOD’ or ‘COMIDA’ to 877-877, the service is activated and prompts them to provide their address. Upon doing so, they are given information for the nearest summer meals sites in their area. Visit their website for more information.
- Financial Aid for Child Care
Child care-related matters can and often do affect the daily routine of parents in the workplace. Finding a way to pay for child care so that parents can keep their jobs or train for better jobs is a constant challenge for many working families. That’s why Workforce Solutions helps eligible working families pay for child care. Click on website below to check eligibility.
- Down payment Assistance Program (DAP) Building Better Communities Throughout Harris County
The Community Services Department Down payment Assistance Program (DAP) can financially help you purchase your dream house in Harris County, if you are income eligible and a first-time homebuyer.
This is a government-sponsored phone line that provides access to a host of important local community services. Call 211 to access resources like food and clothing shelters, emergency financial assistance and childcare.
- Childcare Resource and Referral Agency
These organizations help parents locate affordable childcare in their area. One of the most useful services that Childcare Resource and Referral Centers provide “is access to information about the wide variety of programs and assistance available to parents from all economic levels,” says Dr. Levin. She goes on to explain that “CRRCs act as something of an aggregator of local parenting resources in that they collect information on what child care, financial assistance and parenting programs are available in each city.”
- Parents Without Partners
This is a nonprofit membership organization that provides support and help for single mothers in the form of recreational activities, educational activities and parenting advice from peers within the membership ranks. There are many chapters of Parents Without Partners throughout the United States and Canada that single parents from all walks of life and circumstances can join.
- Helping Hands for Single Moms
This is a community-based nonprofit organization whose goal is to provide financial help for single moms and help them further their education by sending them to college. Helping Hands for Single Moms also assists single moms with auto repairs, tech support and budget management.
- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
This organization provides financial assistance and access to various social services for low-income families. To apply for programs like TANF, “parents can fill out an application online or print it out and mail it in,” says Pam Post, the director of the Chelten Child Development Center in Dresher, Pennsylvania. “Qualifying for assistance and the wait times to receive it differ from county to county, depending on how much money is allocated [to the program in that city] and how great the need is,” she continues. “For example, in our county, once a family qualifies for aid, there is a four-month wait for a funded spot to open up [in government-sponsored programs].”
- Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
Offering assistance with heating and cooling bills to eligible low-income households, LIHEAP may also help weatherize your home, depending on the state you live in.
Government Programs List
Various benefits available. Click the link below to determine what government benefit may temporarily address your family’s needs.