Single Mothers Assistance in North Dakota

Last Updated on February 1, 2024 by Lori Pace

These are the programs of public and private companies that can help you in times of need. All of these programs are to provide assistance to single moms in need in North Dakota.

Assistance for Single Moms in North Dakota

As a single mother who has navigated the challenges of parenting alone in North Dakota, I understand the crucial need for support. Here are some programs, both public and private, that I have personally encountered and found to be invaluable in times of need.

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) for Single Mothers

LIHEAP is a program I’ve personally utilized to help single mothers like myself who face financial struggles. It offers a range of services, including weatherization, furnace maintenance, and emergency assistance. These services are a lifeline during harsh North Dakota winters when heating costs can be burdensome.

  • Weatherization services (insulation, weather stripping around doors and windows, etc.)
  • Furnace cleaning, repair, and replacement
  • Chimney cleaning and inspection
  • Emergency assistance for single mothers

Individual Tribal LIHEAP programs serve Tribal members living on Reservations in the state.

Start your application online or locate an office in your county through this page. Get more information about the program by calling 701-328-2332, 800-755-2716, or ND Relay TTY 800-366-6888.

Low-Income Telephone Assistance Program (LITAP) for Single Mothers

The Lifeline is a program that provides a monthly discount on qualified, low-income households’ phone bills. Qualified applicants need to recertify for the program periodically.

The Link-Up is a program that gives a discount on applicants installing new telephone service.

Lifeline is available for those in Tribal Lands and provides monthly discounts for telephone subscribers living on Tribal Lands. They may qualify for the Tribal Link-Up Program too.

Start your application online or call 800-366-8201.

Homeless Shelters

I’ve been in situations where I needed a safe place for my children and me. North Dakota offers several shelters for women and children, such as the Abused Adult Resource Center, Pam’s House, and Ruth Meiers Hospitality House. These shelters are dedicated to providing a haven for domestic violence survivors and those experiencing homelessness.

These are the shelters available:

  • Abused Adult Resource Center   Pam’s House    
    Women’s and children’s shelters that are victims of domestic violence.
  • Ruth Meiers Hospitality House   
    1800 E. Broadway Avenue Bismarck, ND 58503
    Emergency shelter for women with children for up to 60 days.
  • New Life Center     
    1902 3rd Avenue Fargo, ND 58107
  • South East Human Service Center 
    2624 9th Ave. SW Fargo, ND 58103                          

Food Assistance for Single Mothers

When it comes to putting food on the table for your family, I’ve been there. North Dakota provides essential food assistance through various programs and food pantries across cities. These services can make a significant difference in the lives of single mothers like me who may struggle to afford groceries at times.

Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)

When you’re living on a tight budget, every saved dollar counts. The Weatherization Assistance Program, run by the North Dakota Department of Commerce, is a resource I’ve utilized to reduce my home energy costs. It’s not just about staying warm; it’s about easing the financial burden. I encourage you to consider this program for a cozier, cost-effective home. Start your application online or call 701-232-2452 or 800-726-7960 for more information.

Nodak Electric Cooperative

I understand how unexpected bills can pile up, affecting not only your utilities but also your basic needs. Nodak Electric Cooperative’s Operation Round Up program, which I’ve personally benefited from, provides assistance not only with utility bills but also extends to other vital needs. It has been a true community support system that helped me when times were tough. Visit their website or call 701-746-4461 or 800-732-4373 to apply and for more information.

Prescription Assistance

I know from personal experience that healthcare costs can be overwhelming. If you’re struggling to afford medications in North Dakota, there’s hope. The Prescription Connection is a program I’ve used that provides free and discounted medications to low-income residents. It’s been a relief for me and others facing similar challenges.

Prescription Companies have different criteria for assistance. Visit their website to apply and call 888-575-6611 for an appointment and more information.


As a single mother who has faced the highs and lows of parenting alone in North Dakota, I want to leave you with this: these programs are not just words on a screen; they are lifelines for those of us who need them. From heating assistance to shelter during times of crisis, the support is real. It’s not just about financial assistance; it’s about providing hope, dignity, and a path forward for single mothers and their families.

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!