Last Updated on September 19, 2023 by Lori Pace
As a single mother who has personally navigated the challenges of accessing crucial support, I’m here to share valuable assistance programs available to you in Delaware. These programs cover essential needs, including food, medical care, legal assistance, and more.
Delaware Assistance Programs For Single Mothers
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for Single Mothers
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a lifeline for single mothers like us. It’s worth noting that SNAP benefits now work hand in hand with the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program, offering a comprehensive range of services. To apply for these crucial benefits, visit the official website, where you can find detailed information and submit your application online. Contact 800-372-2022 or call the National Hunger Hotline at 866-348-6749 for assistance.
Delaware Prescription Assistance Program (DPAP)
The DPAP helps pay for prescription medications for seniors and people with disabilities unable to afford the costs of medications. Start your application online or call 800-996-9969, choose option 2 then option 1 to be directed to a representative that will help you apply.
Child Nutrition Program
Programs administered by state agencies aim to fight hunger and obesity by giving schools, childcare centers, and after-school programs healthy meals for children.
These are the programs of Food and Nutrition Service that provide children with healthy food to eat:
- National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
- The School Breakfast Program (SBP)
- The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CFCFP)
- The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)
- The Special Milk Program (SMP)
- The Fresh Fruits Vegetables Programs (FFVP).
Delaware Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) for Single Parents
The Weatherization Assistance Program installs energy-efficient improvements to reduce energy costs and a safer household environment for low-income single mothers and families. The agencies subcontract with private construction and heating contractors for the installation of air sealing, insulation, window, and door replacement, and furnace repair and replacement.
They work all year round, however, there is a waiting list. If you’re a resident of Delaware and meet the income guidelines, you may qualify for the program. Visit their website or call 800-464-4357 for more information.
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) for Single Parents
The LIHEAP, along with the federally funded Delaware Energy Assistance Program (DEAP), and the program in partnership with Catholic Charities, and Division of State Service Centers (DSSC) are all on the path of helping low-income single mothers in need of assistance in paying for their utility bill.
As someone who’s personally benefited from assistance during challenging winters, I want to highlight the additional support available from October 1 to March 31. Qualified households can access crucial grants to cover heating expenses, whether it’s for electricity, natural gas, kerosene, propane, wood, or coal. To determine eligibility, you should meet income requirements and provide documentation indicating a crisis, such as a utility shut-off notice or fuel shortage. Visit their official website to explore your eligibility and access this vital assistance.
Contact the numbers corresponding to your county for assistance:
- Kent County – 302-674-1782
- New Castle County – 302-654-9295
- Sussex County – 302-856-6310
I understand the importance of trustworthy information when it comes to seeking assistance. Sojourners’ Place is a beacon of hope for individuals seeking shelter, support, and transformation. Their services extend to providing shelter, nutritious meals, health and mental health resources, substance abuse education, job training, and GED programs. Notably, Sojourners’ Place can accommodate up to 42 men and 8 women simultaneously, ensuring a safe and supportive environment for all. Additionally, they collaborate with the Veteran’s Administration, catering to the needs of our deserving veterans. Visit their Sojourners’ Place website or call 302-764-4713 to learn more.
Make Your Home Energy Efficient
As someone who has faced the challenges of managing utility bills as a single parent, I can attest to the importance of energy efficiency. The ‘Make Your Home Energy Efficient’ program provides invaluable guidance on keeping your home warm during the winter and cool in the summer while keeping those utility bills manageable. To explore how this program can make a difference in your life, visit their website, where you’ll find expert advice tailored to your needs.
Credit Counseling for Single Mothers
I know how crucial it is to make informed decisions as someone who understands the financial challenges faced by single mothers. Credit Counseling or Debt Consolidation can be a lifeline, helping you avoid the hardships of bankruptcy and providing strategies to save money while navigating complex financial situations. For personalized guidance and solutions, I recommend visiting the Delaware Bankruptcy Law website, where experts can help you with financial challenges specific to single mothers.