Help for single mothers in Miami

If you are a single mother living in Miami and need help paying bills and meeting basic expenses, there are lots of options for getting the help you need.

Cash Assistance for single mothers

Florida’s version of the federally funded Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is called Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA), which you can learn about by visiting the following link: http://www.myflfamilies.com/service-programs/access-florida-food-medical-assistance-cash/temporary-cash-assistance-tca. You can apply through ACCESS Florida at the following link: https://dcf-access.dcf.state.fl.us/access/scrflstartappl.do?performAction=init&showMensaje=true.

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Food assistance for single mothers

Florida participates in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), information for which can be found at the following link: http://www.myflfamilies.com/service-programs/access-florida-food-medical-assistance-cash/food-assistance-and-suncap. You can apply for the benefit through ACCESS Florida at the link mentioned above. If you’re looking for emergency food or meals, Miami has lots of options. For the most comprehensive list of places to go for meals and food in Miami, visit the 2-1-1 Switchboard of Miami at http://switchboardmiami.org/food/. If you are a single mother in search of grants, get help today .

Help with Shelter & Housing

Catholic Charities Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing (http://www.ccadm.org) provides financial assistance and appropriate referrals to individuals and families in Miami and surrounding areas who cannot afford a decent home by themselves. Another one is Catholic Charities Holy Redeemer (http://www.rentassistance.us/ci/fl-miami), which provides rent and mortgage payment assistance. For the most comprehensive list of places and programs to get help on all housing-related issues, visit the 2-1-1 Switchboard of Miami at http://switchboardmiami.org/housing/.

Energy assistance for single mothers from LIHEAP

Florida’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps low-income Miami households and single mothers in meeting the costs of home heating and cooling. Find out more about LIHEAP at this link: http://www.floridajobs.org/community-planning-and-development/community-services/low-income-home-energy-assistance-program. Miami-Date County also has Florida Power and Light’s ASSIST Program to help with electric bills, which you can find out about at the following link: http://www.miamidade.gov/assistance/uility_assistance.asp. Also, many of the groups and programs in the 2-1-1 Switchboard of Miami’s housing category provide single mothers help with utility bills at http://switchboardmiami.org/housing/.

Help with Telephone Bills

Jewish Community Services (JCS), it is based in Miami Florida, pays utility bills like telephone bills for needy families, which you can find out about at this link: http://jcsfl.org. Florida also participate in the Lifeline telephone discount program, which you can read about at this link: http://www.floridapsc.com/Files/PDF/Utilities/Telecomm/Lifeline/Lifelinebrochure.pdf.

Childcare assistance for single mothers

Miami-Dade County has a great page about Head Start and Early Head Start programs available in the area at http://www.miamidade.gov/socialservices/head-start.asp. Florida’s Office of Early Learning has a School Readiness Program that offers financial assistance to low-income families for early child education and care at http://www.floridaearlylearning.com/parents/early_learning_programs_and_services/school_readiness.aspx.

Medical Care for single moms

Your children may be eligible to receive high-quality low-cost health insurance through Florida KidCare at https://www.healthykids.org/kidcare/what/. Low-income families may also qualify for Florida Medicaid, which you can find out about at this link: http://www.fdhc.state.fl.us/Medicaid/index.shtml. For more immediate healthcare needs, scan the directory at FreeClinics.com: http://www.freeclinics.com/cit/fl-miami. A comprehensive listing of healthcare related groups and programs can be found at the 2-1-1 Switchboard of Miami at http://switchboardmiami.org/healthcare/.

Help with Legal Matters

Low-cost legal services can be found through Dade Legal Aid (http://www.dadelegalaid.org/dade-legal-aid-locations/) and Legal Services of Greater Miami (http://legalservicesmiami.org/).

Financial Counseling for single parents

For different kinds of financial counseling, you should go to the list found at the Tree House Foundation (http://www.thetreehousefoundation.org/#!miamidade-fl/cyvc) and scroll down to the Financial Assistance and Counseling section.

Help for single mothers from Other Groups

There are lots of groups in Miami that provide single parents all kinds of services related to many of the areas mention above, including the following:

St. Vincent de Paul Society Miami: http://www.miamiarch.org/CatholicDiocese.php?op=SVDP.

Salvation Army Miami: http://salvationarmymiami.org/.

Catholic Charities Miami: http://www.ccadm.org/.

2-1-1 Switchboard of Miami: http://switchboardmiami.org/clothinghygiene/.

 

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