Help for Single Mothers in Idaho

Last Updated on January 30, 2024 by Lori Pace

The federal government has created standard programs, and each state must provide them. These include Temporary Aid for Families (TAF), Low-Income Home Energy Program, and Food Banks and Pantries. As in other parts of the United States, Idaho has local governments that have created programs that aim to help single mothers and families. You can find out below how to enroll or apply if you are a resident of Idaho

Medicaid Program

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare administers the Medicaid program in this state. Medicaid offers different health insurance programs.

You can apply for Medicaid or other Health Coverage Assistance in Idaho by using any of the following methods:

In order to receive Medicaid, certain eligibility requirements for healthcare must be met in areas such as citizenship/immigration status, income, resources, work requirements, and other areas based on your household’s circumstances.

Food Stamps Program

The Idaho Food Stamp Program provides low-income families with the assistance they need to stay healthy. A family that qualifies receives an Idaho Quest Card which can be scanned at the grocery store. The card is used to purchase food using money from the Food Stamp account that was set up by the family.

In order to receive food assistance, certain eligibility requirements must be met in areas such as citizenship/immigration status, income, resources, work requirements, and other areas based on your household’s circumstances. To find out whether you could be eligible for Food Stamps, check out this pre-screening tool for the food assistance program. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare urges you to visit its offices regardless of the results of this tool. You can find out if you are eligible with a quick chat.

Food Stamps are only available to households with resources below $5,000. Cash, bank accounts and stocks, bonds, or real estate are all examples of resources. The use of household vehicles and other factors may exclude them.

You can apply for food assistance online with just your name, address, and signature on your Application for Assistance. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare will still need you to fill out the rest of your application to determine whether you are eligible for food assistance.

The Idaho Child Care Program (ICCP)

This program provides assistance for child care to working, low-income families. A portion of the childcare costs is paid by the program. The program is designed for parents who are employed, in school, or participating in activities approved by the state to prevent their children from entering foster care. Parents also contribute a part (called co-payment) to the costs of childcare for households that qualify. The amount that parents pay is determined by the number of children in the household and their income.

You may apply for childcare assistance online. Send completed applications to the local Health and Welfare office. Use the Office Finder to find your local office. You can also apply directly at your local office. You can also go directly to the local office and apply there. These documents will help the officer process your assistance application faster.

The amount of childcare support you receive is determined by your income and the number of hours you spend at work, school, or in activities approved. Amounts of childcare assistance vary by state and location, as well as the type of childcare provider that you choose for your child. Idaho Child Care Program can only cover a limited amount of childcare costs. The Idaho Child Care Program will only cover a certain amount of childcare costs.

Idaho Opportunity Scholarship

The Opportunity Scholarship offers eligible applicants a maximum of $3,500 annually. It is renewable up to four times. Scholarship funds are available for each school year. Recipients must apply every year, and they are eligible to receive this scholarship for up to four years. For a student to qualify for the scholarship they must meet the following criteria.

  • Cumulative unweighted GPA of at least 2.7
  • Idaho resident
  • Graduated (or be graduating) from Idaho high school or its equivalent (GED/HSE in Idaho).
  • Apply for a State Board of Education Scholarship by March 1.
  • Fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) before March 1.
  • Attend a college or university in Idaho that is eligible

Idaho Unemployment Insurance 

Unemployment insurance is a temporary financial aid provided to laid-off Idaho workers while they search for a job. Benefits can last up to 21 weeks. For claimants to be eligible for unemployment insurance, they must be able and available to work. They also need to actively seek work every week.

Current unemployment benefits range from $72 to $499 per week. The payment will be made about two and a half weeks after your application. Idaho Claimant Portal allows you to submit your weekly claim online. You can file online if you don’t have Internet access, or if you need assistance.

Bottom Line: Help For Single Mothers In Idaho

There is a big variety to choose from when it comes to asking for assistance. The federal government and nonprofits work hard to support the community they are in, the best that they can. To learn more about other assistance offered to help single mothers in the state of Idaho, visit these articles:

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!