Single Mothers Assistance in Iowa

Last Updated on January 16, 2024 by Lori Pace

Single moms living in Iowa have many resources available to them that can give assistance with many aspects of basic living.

Iowa assistance for single moms

Lifeline Telephone Discount for Single Mothers

The Lifeline, a federally funded program, helps ensure that low-income single mothers and families can afford telephone service. They offer discounts to both landline services and qualified wireless provides. Landline Lifeline program cuts service connection fee, no deposits for service, and discounts for $9.25 on the monthly basic service charge. Lifeline offers additional services in making payment arrangements, re-connect fees, and more. Visit their website or call 877-565-4450 for more information.

Eviction/Foreclosure Assistance for single mothers

The Iowa Finance Authority (IFA) has programs that can help low-income families with their housing needs. One of these programs, is the Home and Community Based Service (HCBS), a rent subsidy program for those under Medicaid or at risk of getting moved from a nursing home. The rent subsidy program provides monthly rent payments, and are usually useful for seniors and people with disabilities. Visit their website or call 800-432-7230 to learn more.

The Iowa Mortgage Help Initiative helps Iowa residents struggling to pay mortgage. Counselors will help you find the best solution for your case. Start your application online and call 877-622-4866 for more information.

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) for Single Mothers

The Temporary Assistance for Need (TANF) is the Family Investment Programs (FIP) in Iowa. The FIP gives financial assistance to low-income families and single mothers in their path to self-sufficiency.  The FIP requires that your children are minors before qualifying for the program. Visit their website or call 515-281-6899 or 800-972-2017 to learn more.

Free or Low Cost Medical Care

Free Clinics of Iowa, a nonprofit organization is the largest network of free medical clinics in the state. They provide the essential healthcare services: physicians, nurses, and other medical professionals at no charge to the patients. Visit this site to locate a clinic in your county.

Food Assistance for Single Mothers

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

The SNAP is the largest food safety net in the Nation. This program aims to supplement your food budget. SNAP is allowed to be used in purchasing fresh, nutritious foods, fruits, and vegetables. Making use of food pantries or community gardens can also help you stretch out your food purchases. Start your application online or call 877-347-5678.

Utility Assistance for single mothers

These are the programs that can help individuals and families in paying for their utility bills and provide ways to lessen their consumed energy:

  • A variety of ways ways to save
  • Learn how to save money with Energy Star
  • Save money in your manufactured (mobile) home
  • Iowa Weatherization Assistance Program
  • Iowa Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP)
  • Black Hills Energy
  • MidAmerican Energy Company
  • Alliant Energy
  • Energy efficiency improvements earns tax credits
  • A variety of services and programs and where to apply
Lori Pace
Lori Pace

Lori Pace is a single mother of three daughters ages 7 and under. As a working mom from home, she balances kids, work and two crazy dogs with humor and love. Follow Lori as she honestly gives tips and advice based on her own experiences as a single mom!