Grants for Single Mothers in Texas

Last Updated on January 31, 2024 by Lori Pace

There are many things that Texas does well, and luckily providing government and non-government help to single moms is one of them.

For instance, Texas is the only state in the country where everybody has access to affordable housing and quality education. Therefore, single moms are well-cared for by a scheme that aims to assist their families in moving forward.

Texas Government Help for Single Moms

As a single mother in Texas, I understand the importance of accessing government assistance. Whether you’re located in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Austin, or any other city in Texas, it’s crucial to know where to find help. You can find specific assistance programs in your area by following the links provided below. However, if you need grants for single moms in a different state, visit the provided link.


The Texas Public Educational Grant (TPEG) is a stipend for low-income students in Texas. The funds are distributed based on financial need and residence in the state. Fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to assess your eligibility. Complete the Texas Application for State Financial Aid if you can’t.

Contact your school’s financial aid office to learn more about grants. One source of knowledge is the University of Texas‘ One Stop Enrollment Center. You can reach them by phone at (210) 458-8000 or by email at

Head Start

Having personally benefited from the Texas Head Start program, I can vouch for its value to low-income families. The Texas Head Start Association (THSA) provides essential nutrition and educational services. To begin your journey with Head Start, simply search for a Head Start center in your city – the first step I took. For further information and support, you can reach out to the Texas Health and Human Services Association at Their commitment to helping families is worth relying on.

TEXAS (Towards Excellence, Access, and Success) Grant

As someone who has applied for the TEXAS Grant while being a low-income Texan, I understand the significance of financial aid. Towards Excellence, Access, and Success (TEXAS) is a state grant designed to help students like me. To apply, you need to be a low-income Texas resident. The application process usually opens on January 1st, and you can kick-start your application by filling out the FAFSA.

To learn more, contact the financial aid office at your school. More details are available from Tarleton State University at (254) 968-9070 or

Unemployment Insurance

Unemployment Insurance is a type of temporary assistance for people out of work. Apply for unemployment insurance, administer a current claim, or look up details about them.

Call the telecenter for unemployment insurance at (800) 558-8321. Call Tele-Serv at (800) 558-8321 for general information.


The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) offers a Child Care Assistance Program for low-income families. Determine your eligibility and apply at a Workforce Solutions location near you.

To find childcare providers in your city, dial 2-1-1. Use the website’s contact form to get in touch with Texas Child Care Solutions.

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As a single mom who has personally benefited from the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program in Texas, I can attest to its importance. Eligibility criteria can be found online, and if you qualify, I recommend reaching out by calling (800) 942-3678 or visiting a local WIC clinic. I’ve been through this process, and it’s a valuable resource for mothers in need.


As a single mom who has navigated the healthcare system for my children in Texas, I can vouch for the value of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). This program offers free or low-cost healthcare to children in need. You can apply online, just as I did, or by calling 1-877-543-7669. For inquiries or assistance, don’t hesitate to reach out to the CHIP call center at 1-800-647-6558.


Having been a beneficiary of Medicaid as a low-income single mother, I can vouch for the support it offers. Medicaid benefits are available to both families with and without children through the Texas Department of Health and Human Services. You can apply for these crucial benefits online through the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC). Trust me; they are there to help.

To get a referral to a provider in your state, call the Medicaid hotline at 1-800-252-8263 or dial 2-1-1.

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I’ve personally experienced the assistance that the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) provides to Texans. SNAP is a federal program that addresses the nutritional needs of individuals like me. The state administers this program, and it’s a lifeline for single mothers who meet specific low-income criteria. My journey with SNAP has shown me its positive impact. On the Your Texas Benefits website, you can apply for food stamps. To learn about local food aid services, dial 2-1-1.


I’ve personally benefited from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program in various counties in Texas. TANF is a lifeline for those in need, offering emergency cash assistance to cover essentials like food, shelter, and clothing. Applying is simple, whether through the Your Texas Benefits website or by downloading and mailing an application to the HHSC office. You can even seek assistance over the phone by dialing 2-1-1.


In conclusion, as a single mother who has successfully navigated these programs, I can attest to the opportunities Texas provides for single mothers to improve their lives and support their families. It’s important to explore these initiatives that offer various resources to low-income individuals. My own journey with these programs has shown me the difference they can make, and I’m here to share my firsthand experience.

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!