Taking charge of an entire household may not be possible, especially if you only have a single income.
But single mothers in the state of Vermont don’t need to worry because the state has a number of grants and affordable programs to help single mothers in their communities.
Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC)
First off in the list is the VSAC or the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation.
It’s a plan for students who want to finish school, with this, you can find several grants for the next academic school year. This grant includes the Vermont Incentive, Part-Time, or Non-Degree grants.
You can check your eligibility for each category by applying online, you can qualify by filling out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or by calling 1-800-433-3243 for a paper copy.
You may also contact the VSAC grants department at (800) 882-4166 or (802) 654-3750 or email general information at email@example.com.
VERMONT INCENTIVE GRANT
Low-income students can benefit from the VSAC for financial assistance. The Vermont Incentive Grant is given to single mothers who are enrolled full time in colleges and/or universities in the state of Vermont.
Submit your FAFSA application to see if your income level meets the qualifications, however, if you cannot apply for FAFSA, you can still fill out a financial aid form digitally on the VSAC website.
You can also visit your school’s financial aid office for more information about grants, or you may contact at VSAC at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (800) 882-4166 or (802) 654-3750.
Another program single mothers can benefit from is Reach Up. Reach Up is a job training program for single mothers.
This program is spearheaded by the DFC or the Vermont Department for Children and Families.
To get this grant, you will need to complete an interview and follow some work requirements to stay in the program. Child-Only Reach Up offers financial grants to help adults become guardians for children. Regardless of which program you’ll be choosing, you can apply by calling them at 1-800-479-6151, or by showing up at a nearby district office.
3SQUARESVT (VERMONT FOOD STAMPS)
3SquaresVT or also known as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) is the official food assistance program in the state of Vermont.
To apply for the program, simply go online for the application, or call 1-800-479-6151 to receive a mail-in application or stop by your local district office.
Green Mountain Care
Another state-funded version of Medicaid for single mothers and their children, and the disabled is Green Mountain Care. You may also look into the Medicaid program designed for children and adults.
To see if you qualify, sign up on the Vermont Health Connect website or download an application.
You may also contact the Health Access Member Services at 1-800-250-8427. Call (855) 899-9600 if you have questions about Medicaid.
CHILD CARE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
DFC has Child Care Financial Assistance for income eligible families. Apply through the Bright Futures Information System (BFIS) or fill out an application and mail it to your county’s community child care support agency.
Contact the Child Development Division at (802) 241-3110 or 1-800-649-2642.
DR. DYNASAUR (SCHIP)
Green Mountain Care also has Dr. Dynasaur (SCHIP) for the low-income healthcare coverage for children. You can apply through the Vermont Health Connect.
If you have questions, you can call the Health Access Member Services at 1-800-250-8427.
Job stability can be a scary thing during this pandemic but single mothers shouldn’t worry, especially those who are unemployed and looking for work.
To program will look at your past and current work earnings for you to be able to benefit from the program.
You can call your claim online using a PIN, or over the phone 1-800-983-2300 or by mail.
You may also contact the Claims Center at 1-877-214-3330.
Rental Assistance Program
The Vermont State Housing Authority (VSHA) offers a low-income Rental Assistance Program. You must meet the income requirements and be willing to be on the waiting list.
You can download the Application for Rental Assistance and send it to the VSHA. Contact the organization at (802) 828-3295.
Home Heating Assistance
Low-income households who meet the federal poverty guidelines can claim Fuel assistance or Home Heating Assistance.
You can apply on the DCF website, call 1-800-479-151 or visit your district office in person, another option is to download an application and mail it to the Vermont’s Economic Services Division.
If you have questions, you can call the Economic Services Division at 1-800-479-6151.