Arizona Assistance Programs



Single parent homes are widespread across the United States, including Arizona. From 2009 to 2013, 35% of children in Arizona lived in single-parent homes.

This figure has remain fairly consistent over the years with a slight increase. From 2002 to 2009, 33% of children in Arizona lived in single-parent homes.

Since homes with only one parent usually only have one income, it’s extremely hard for them to make ends meet. The government understands this and has implemented programs to help.

Arizona Medicaid

Medicaid is a federal program providing medical care to children and disabled adults. Since healthcare costs are at an all-time high, this program provides single-parents the opportunity to seek immunizations and checkups to keep their children healthy.

Eligibility Requirements

To receive Medicaid, children need to be under the age of 18 years. Pregnant women are eligible because of their unborn child. Adults must prove they suffer a disability. If you meet one of these conditions, your income must fall under the Federal Poverty Level (FPL).

Household Size** Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $11,170
2 $15,130
3 $19,090
4 $23,050
5 $27,010
6 $30,970
7 $34,930
8 $38,890

Funding Amount

Medicaid recipients are able to seek medical care for free.

Website and Contact Details

Go to the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) website for more information and to apply for Medicaid.

Arizona Food Stamps

The food stamp program is now called the Arizona Nutrition Assistance Program (NA). While the name has changed, the program is similar to the food stamps program many individuals are accustomed to.


Arizona Nutrition Assistance Program (NA)


NA provides financial assistance to purchase nutrition foods for individuals with a low income. There is a list of items that individuals are allowed to purchase with the benefits.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility requirements are based on income and resources. The United States Department of Agriculture determines eligibility requirements and they change each year.

Funding Amount

The following are the funding amounts for the number of eligible households.

Nutrition Assistance (NA) Program Thrifty Food Plan Amounts
NA Number of Eligible Household
Members (Budgetary Unit)
   NA Thrifty Food Plan Amount   

1

 $194

2

 $357

3

 $511

4

 $649

5

 $771

6

 $925

7

 $1,022

8

 $1,169

 Each additional participant, add $146

Website and Contact Details

For more information about NA, visit the Arizona Department of Economic Security.




Arizona Special Program for Women, Infants, & Children (WIC)


Arizona’s WIC program is a nutrition programs that educates resident on how to stay healthy by eating well.

Eligibility Requirements

WIC is for infants, children who are under the age of five, pregnant women, breastfeeding women with an infant under the age of 1, and women who were pregnant less than six months ago.

Funding Amount

WIC is a program that provides education and referrals to receive information on how to better take care of oneself and children. There is no specific funding amount that individuals receive.

Website and Contact Details

Visit your local WIC office or you can call 1-800-252-5942. The WIC website for Arizona also has a wealth of information.

Unemployment Arizona

No one knows when job loss will strike. Since many people, especially single parents, live paycheck to paycheck, unemployment insurance is a good idea.


Arizona Unemployment Insurance


The Arizona Unemployment Insurance (UI) program offers money to individuals who have lost their job. This is temporary financial assistance to provide a bridge in finding new employment.

Eligibility Requirements

You must have received at least 390 times the Arizona minimum wage in your highest earning quarter. You must also have at least $7,000 in total wages in at least two quarters. One quarter must be equal to or more than $5987.50.

Funding Amount

The amount received will be based on how much you earned. Careful analysis of your wages will determine how much you will receive during your unemployment.

Website and Contact Details

For more information about Arizona’s UI, visit the Arizona Department of Economic Security website.

Child Support Arizona

Since children are the most important part of a single parent family, they need to be cared for in every way possible. Care can be costly and sometimes, child support payments to do not meet the obligations. Arizona local government provides assistance programs to help.


Arizona Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP)


The Arizona Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) provides parents with a low cost or free child care option. This gives parents the opportunity to hold employment for a longer period without the stress of who will care for their children.

Eligibility Requirements

Parents must be employed or part of the JOBS (Job Opportunities and Basic Skills) program. Those who are employed must work at least 20 hours per week. Family income must be below 165% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). Income is considered before deductions and both earned and unearned income is counted for eligibility.

Funding Amount

Children can receive child care part of a 24 hour day when the parent or caretaker is unable to care for them.

Website and Contact Details

For more information about the CCAP, visit the DES Child Care section of the Arizona Department of Economic Security website.


Arizona Kidscare


KidsCare was a program offered to Arizona residents with a low income and children. This program has been frozen since January 1, 2010 because of lack of funding. Those who already have KidsCare continue to receive benefits.

Website and Contact Details

For more information about KidsCare, visit the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) website. This website will be able to tell you if the program reopens.


Arizona Head Start and Early Head Start


Head Start is a Federal program designed to help children in low income households get the pre-education they need to start school with an edge. It helps with cognitive, social and emotional development. The program focuses on language, literacy, social and emotional development.

Eligibility Requirements

You must be a resident of Arizona. Children must be under the age of five years old and come from a low-income household. Low income is determined by the Poverty Guidelines from the Federal government.

2014 POVERTY GUIDELINES FOR THE
48 CONTIGUOUS STATES
AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Persons in
family/household
Poverty
guideline
1 $11,670
2 15,730
3 19,790
4 23,850
5 27,910
6 31,970
7 36,030
8 40,090
For families/households with more than 8 persons,
add $4,060 for each additional person.

Funding Amount

Money is not provided. The program takes place at a public educational institution.

Website and Contact Details

For more information, visit the Arizona Head Start Association Early Head Start website or call 602-338-0449.

Scholarships in Arizona

Since single family homes do not have a lot of extra income, many children growing up in them do not have the funds to afford to pay for their children’s college education. Scholarships and grants are viable ways to receive the assistance these children need to begin life one step ahead of the poverty level.


Arizona College Scholarship Foundation


The Arizona College Scholarship Foundation allows high school seniors and college students to apply for scholarships online with one application. The application is used to apply to more than 80 scholarships, which increases the chances they will receive one or more of them.

Eligibility Requirements

Anyone in the United States can apply for the scholarships. Applicants must be high school seniors, college students or graduate level students. Applications should be submitted starting in January and must be resubmitted each year.

Funding Amount

Funding amounts vary depending on the scholarships the applicants are eligible for, and with so many it is difficult to identify how much money can be received from this foundation’s program.

Website and Contact Details

For more information, visit the Arizona Community Foundation website. Applications can be submitted online to make it easy to apply for all of the awards part of the program.


Helios Scholarship


The Helios Foundation provides assistance to Arizona and Florida residents for them to be able to succeed in postsecondary education. It provides assistance for Early Grade Success, College and Career Readiness and Postsecondary Completion.

Eligibility requirements

There are no eligibility requirements because the mission of the foundation is to simply place opportunities that will increase the chances of residents to succeed in education.

Funding Amount

Funding is not provided to individuals. Opportunities to learn and grow are part of this program’s mission.

Website and Contact Details

For more information about the Helios Foundation, visit the program’s website.

Arizona Grants

Grants provide money to awardees that do not need to be paid back. This is a great prize to children of single parent families because it can significantly reduce the amount of loans they must acquire to seek a college education.


Arizona Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (AZLEAP)


AzLeap creates partnerships between the state government and institutions to provide students with financial assistance.

Eligibility Requirements

Students must be from a low income household, be an undergraduate student, and an Arizona resident.

Funding Amount

The average amount students receive is $1,000 for each academic year. The maximum amount awarded has been $2,500.

Website and Contact Details

For more information about AzLeap, visit the Arizona Student Financial Aid Programs website. You can also call 602-258-2435.


The Postsecondary Education Grant (PEG)


This is a student-centered program that provides a loan to students to make it possible for them to continue their higher education.

Eligibility Requirements

Students must be a resident of Arizona and attend a private postsecondary baccalaureate degree program in Arizona.

Funding Amount

The maximum amount of the award is $2,000 per year for four years. The money can be used for tuition, books and college associated fees. The award only has to be repaid if the student fails to complete the bachelor’s degree program in five years.

Website and Contact Details

PEG has been suspended since 2012-2013 academic year due to lack of funding. To stay up to date on this opportunity, visit the PEG webpage each year.

Homeschooling in Arizona

Homeschooling provides single-parent households to educate their children from a place that they feel most comfortable. Children are able to be taught according to their own learning styles and speed. Each state has different homeschooling laws, so it is essential to research them before deciding to homeschool.


Homeschooling Laws


Children must be between the ages of 6 and 16 by September 1. For children who are 6 by September but under the age of 8, a letter must be sent to the County School Superintendent (CSS) indicating that the parent doesn’t want his/her child attending public school. Visit the Arizona Families for Home Education website for a list of CSS to send the letter to for approval.

Eligibility Requirements

Each county in Arizona has their own eligibility requirements for homeschooling. The A2Z Homes Cool website has a list of all the counties in Arizona with information on what each one requires.

Different Programs that Are Available

Many programs exist for homeschooling children in Arizona. Arizona Connections Academy offers a program that many residents utilize. There are also online programs and classes that satisfy the requirements for the state.

Website and Contact Details

Visit the Arizona Department of Education website for more information about homeschooling laws and programs.

Other Arizona Funding Programs

With all of the programs available in Arizona, there are still additional ones that do not fit into the main categories of assistance. The Arizona Cash Assistance Program and Arizona Utility Insurance Program are two of them.


Arizona Cash Assistance Program


Arizona’s cash assistance program is called Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Cash Assistance (CA). This program helps families who are unable to afford the basic needs for their children to remain safe and health.

Eligibility Requirements

Dependent children must be under the age of 19. If the child is 18, he/she must be a full time student in high school or a vocational school. The child must be in the care of his/her parent or close relative (grandparent, aunt, uncle, etc.). The parent of the child may receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or the child may be part of the Kinship Foster Care Program.

Recipients must be a resident of Arizona, a U.S. citizen, sign a Personal Responsibility Agreement and meet income eligibility.

Funding Amount

Funding amount depends on your needs and income. Recipients receive an EBT card that works like an ATM/Debit card, which can be used at most stores.

Website and Contact Details

Visit the Arizona Department of Economic Security website for more information on the CA program for Arizona.


Arizona Utility Insurance Program (LIHEAP)


Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps low-income households pay for their energy bills. This can help with bills in the summer and winter since too hot and too cold conditions can lead to illness and other health problems.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility requirements depend on annual household income.  

Funding Amount

Recipients receive assistance with paying their bill, repairing HVAC units, and/or weatherizing their homes.

Website and Contact Details

For more information about the Arizona Utility Assistance Program (LIHEAP), visit the Arizona Department of Economic Security website.



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