Alabama Assistance Programs



The rate of Alabama children living in single parent households is increasing. In 2011, there were 417,000 children living with a single parent, and in 2012, there were 418,000. Out of all single parent families, 45% of them live below the poverty line. The Kids Count Data Center tracks this information to provide information to organizations that assist children and their parents who are struggling financially.

In Alabama, single parents can get the financial assistance they need to care for their children well. The following are some of the ways you can care for your children if you are a single parent.

Alabama Medicaid

Medicaid is a program governed by the state and federal government. It provides medical and long-term care services to pregnant women, people with a disability, the elderly, and children who have a low income.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility depends on income. Pregnant women and children between the ages of 0 and 18 are eligible if they are living in a household with the following income:

Household Size

Annual Income Limit

1

$1,420

2

$1,914

3

$2,408

4

$2,902

Funding Amount

Pregnant women and children can receive free medical care from Medicaid approved physicians, medical facilities and pharmacies.

The services people with Medicaid can receive are:

  • Doctor appointments
  • Emergency room care
  • Maternity
  • Mental health care
  • Alcohol or chemical dependence treatment
  • Dental and vision care
  • Prescription medications
  • Transportation to medical appointments
  • Interpreter for medical appointments

Website and Contact Details

There are many offices available throughout Alabama to apply for Medicaid. The one you need to visit depends on the county you live in. You can find a full list of offices for the state on the Alabama Medicaid website.


Alabama Food Stamps


Alabama Food Assistance Program


Food can be expensive, so the state of Alabama offers a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). This is from the Food Assistance Division in an attempt to end hunger and improve the nutrition of children in Alabama. This is only for individuals who have a low income.

Eligibility Requirements

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service determines eligibility requirements. In 2014, the following income limits were established:

Household Size

Annual Income Limit

1

$15,171

2

$20,449

3

$25,727

4

$31,005

5

$36,283

6

$41,561

7

$46,839

8

$52,170

Funding Amount

The amount of money you receive from the food assistance program depends on how many people are in your household and the income brought into it. There is an easy to use Food Stamp Benefit Calculator to give you an estimate of how much you might receive.

Website and Contact Details

To learn more about the program and find out which office you should visit to apply for it, go to the Alabama Department of Human Resources website.


Alabama Special Program for Women, Infants, & Children


The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program enables women and children to purchase healthy foods for themselves and children. Women receive coupons that allow them to purchase food items such as milk and formula free.

Eligibility Requirement

The following individuals are able to apply for WIC:

  • Pregnant women
  • Breastfeeding women
  • Women with a baby less than six months old
  • Children less than five years old

These individuals must have a low income or being living in a household with a low income. The following are the income limits for 2014.

Household Size

Annual Income Limit

1

$21,257

2

$28,694

3

$36,131

4

$43,568

5

$51,005

Other requirements include:

  • You must be an Alabama resident.
  • You have to seek health care services from a health professional at the WIC clinic to determine nutritional risk.

Funding Amount

The nutritionist at the WIC clinic determines what women and children will receive as part of the program. Women and children are given a prescription with a list of foods they are able to purchase with WIC vouchers. Usually, infants who are not breastfed can receive formula. When infants reach the appropriate age, they can receive cereal and juice free. Breastfeeding women often receive tuna and carrots. Qualified women and children may be able to receive milk, cheese, eggs, and cereal that’s high in iron but low in sugar. They may also be able to get juice high in Vitamin C, peanut butter, and beans or dried peas.

Website and Contact Details

For more information about WIC for you or your children, call 888-942-4673. You can also visit the Alabama Department of Public Health website.

Unemployment Alabama


Alabama Unemployment Insurance


To help people who have been laid off, fired, or forced to work reduced hours, the state of Alabama offers Unemployment Compensation. This is from the Unemployment Compensation Division, and serves to provide financial assistance for a period until the worker is able to find employment or receive more hours at work.

Eligibility Requirements

There are two determinations that must be made when considering qualification for unemployment compensation. The first one is determining if you worked enough quarters to qualify. The other determinant is how much you will receive based on how much you were being paid. Since each individual’s income differs, determination is made on a case-by-case basis.

Funding Amount

Qualified individuals can receive $45 to $265 per week.

Website and Contact Details

For more information about Unemployment Compensation, visit the Alabama Department of Labor website.

Child Support Alabama


Alabama Family Assistance Program


The Alabama Family Assistance Program ensures people receive the assistance they need to care for their children in their homes or those of their relatives. Assistance offered includes:

  • Cash payments – these are given on an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card.
  • Work and job training
  • Child care assistance

Eligibility Requirements

You must meet the following requirements to be eligible for the Alabama Family Assistance Program.

  • You must have your child living in your home or that of a close relative.
  • Only adults can receive the assistance and there is a 5 year limit.
  • The child living in the home must be under the age of 18 unless still in grade school.
  • The child must be a United States citizen, legal alien, or eligible.
  • Child cannot be part of the foster care program with the Department of Human Resources.
  • The child must be living in Alabama.
  • Parent cannot be on strike from his or her employment.
  • If a relative is caring for the child, it must be working with Child Support.
  • If financial assistance is given, child support must be assigned to the State Department of Human Resources. In other words, all child support payments must be given to the State of Alabama.
  • Social Security numbers must be furnished at the time of application for every person involved in the care of the child.
  • Relatives must agree to participate in a JOBS program and parents under 18 years old must participate.
  • The relative caring for the child must apply for other benefits if needed such as Veteran’s Benefits, Social Security, and Unemployment Compensation.
  • If a parent is under the age of 18, he or she must be living with an adult. If an adult is not available, the parent must live in an adult-supervised supportive living arrangement.
  • Relative caring for child must reveal to social worker about the care giving arrangement. This must be proven with documents.
  • A parent who is under the age of 18 with a child less than 12 weeks old must have a high school diploma or be in a training program.
  • The child or relative cannot break parole or probation. The child or relative cannot be a convicted felon who is on the run. He or she must not have a felon for holding, using, or selling a controlled substance.
  • Parents must sign and meet the Family Responsibility Plan terms.
  • All applicants must meet the income limits and not have parents and stepparents that can support them.

Applicants have to do an in-office interview with the social worker.

Website and Contact Details

You need to report to the Department of Human Resources for your county to apply for financial assistance.

Scholarships in Alabama


Alabama Student Assistance Program


This program helps students who have a low-income pay for school. For students still dependents of their parents, the parents’ income is considered.

Eligibility Requirements

Only eligible Alabama higher education institutions can be considered for this assistance program. It’s only for undergraduate students as well. This is a needs based program considered income to come up with an award amount.

Funding Amount

Students can receive $300 to $2,500 for tuition and other college-related fees.

Website and Contact Details

To apply to the Alabama Student Assistance Program, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. This can be retrieved from your high school guidance office of the financial aid office of the college you attend. You can also find it online at the FAFSA website. For more information about the program, consult this website for the Alabama Commission on Higher Education.


Alabama Student Grant Program


This grant program provides financial assistance to students enrolled in eligible Alabama colleges and universities.

Eligibility Requirements

Students must be enrolled at least half time and be Alabama residents. Eligible schools are:

  • Birmingham-Southern College
  • Concordia College
  • Faulkner University
  • Huntingdon College
  • Judson College
  • Miles College
  • Oakwood College
  • Samford University
  • Selma University
  • Southeastern Bible College
  • Southern Vocational College
  • Spring Hill College
  • Stillman College
  • University of Mobile

Funding Amount

Students can receive up to $1200 a year with this grant program.

Website and Contact Details

Visit one of the colleges or universities’ financial aid offices listed above for the application. The details are printed on the application. For more information online, visit Scholarships.com.


Earl P. Andrews Jr. Memorial Scholarship


Minority students can receive a scholarship for college from the Earl P. Andrews Jr. Memorial scholarship program.

Eligibility Requirements

Students must be a senior in high school in Montgomery County, Alabama. All applicants must have a ACT score of at least 23 or at least a 1590 on the SAT. They must also have a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.5. Those chosen as finalists must participate in an interview with the selection committee. Minorities eligible for this scholarship include:

  • African American
  • American Indian
  • Native Alaskan
  • Asian
  • Pacific Islander
  • Hispanic/Latino
  • Other

Funding Amount

Scholarships range from $1,500 to $2,000. Money must be used for tuition or college-related fees.

Website and Contact Details

For more information, visit your high school’s guidance office. You can also read more about it on the Central Alabama Community Foundation website.

Alabama Health Insurance


Alabama ALL Kids


Alabama ALL Kids program helps children under the age of 19 get the medical care they need at a reduced cost. The program covers the following services:

  • Check-ups
  • Immunization
  • Doctor visits
  • Vision care
  • Dental care
  • Hospitalization
  • Mental health services
  • Substance abuse services

There are other services included, but these are the common ones used.

Eligibility Requirements

Children must be United States citizens or eligible immigrants under 19 years of age. They cannot have any other health insurance including Medicaid. They cannot be residing in an institution.

Website and Contact Details

For more information about Alabama ALL Kids, visit the Alabama Department of Health website.

Homeschooling in Alabama


Homeschooling Laws


Alabama law doesn’t recognize homeschooling as a different option. Homeschoolers must educate according to the educational provisions set by the state. They must also find a school that covers or umbrellas the education provides. This school will oversee the program the parent is following.

Eligibility Requirements

There are two laws in Alabama concerning homeschooling.

  1. Tutorial Law

A certified teacher can educate a child privately. The teacher is considered a tutor and must be mentored by local school district officials. The teacher must teach the child for at least 140 days.

  1. Church School Law

Students must be between the ages of 6 and 17 and be enrolled in a church or association of churches school.

Other Funding Programs


Alabama Low-income Home Energy Assistance Program


The Low-Income High Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps Alabama residents with a low income who cannot afford to heat or cool their home. Qualified individuals will receive money to pay for their bill. The money comes from a Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program block grant, which is providing from the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility is based on income. The following are the income limits for this program.

Household Size

Annual Income Limit

1

$21,257

2

$28,694

3

$36,131

4

$43,568

5

$51,005

6

$58,442

7

$65,879

8

$73,316

Funding Amount

Funding amount depends on income and amount of energy bill.

Website and Contact Details

For more information, visit the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs website or call 334-242-4909.


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