South Dakota has been named among the least expensive states for families, maybe it’s due to the cheap childcare cost. From statistics, the state is the fifth state with the lowest childcare cost in the United States. It has also been said that 38.2% of single mothers who reside in the state live in partial poverty, meaning that they live lower than the national average income rate. With this trend, South Dakota has initiated and executed many assistant projects in a bid to help alleviate the sufferings of those single mothers affected by untold hardship. The primary purpose of these programs is actually to develop these women and make them productive through making them financially sufficient, these assistance programs include:
- South Dakota Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
This program is a temporary financial assistance program created to assist families who have children under the age of 18. This program is meant to last for 60 months (5years) throughout the qualified individual’s lifetime. Under this program, single mothers who are with at least two children may stand to get up to $615 but may also vary based on the amount of the family income, and the size of the household. Qualified individuals are meant to engage in at least 30 hours work activities per week, but if the participant has a child under the age of 6, their work time will be limited to 20 hours a week. Visit http://dss.sd.gov/economicassistance/tanf/ to apply.
- South Dakota Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
The South Dakota SNAP program targets the low-income residents in the state, and the mainstream purpose of this program is to provide food assistance to individuals and families that cannot afford a healthy meal. This assistance is meant to sustain those individuals until they achieve financial stability. The amount of money the participants get depends on the size of the household, their income, and their expenses per month. The average benefit a participant gets from the program is $126 monthly per person and $413 for families with children. To apply for the program, interested individuals should visit the online portal of the local The Department of Social Services (DSS) Office at https://dss.sd.gov/economicassistance/snap/.
- South Dakota special program for women, infants, and children up (WIC)
This program is designed to assist women, children up to 5 years, and infants with a special food supplement diet. This program provides beneficiaries with services like nutritional education, breastfeeding information and support. Also on the program, beneficiaries get information on where to get a free or low-cost healthcare service nearest to them. To qualify for the program, you must have to be certified by a health professional to be at nutritional risk. Also, households with less than 185% of EFP guideline are meant to be given special consideration. Visit https://www.benefits.gov/benefit/2044 to apply.
- South Dakota Medicaid Program
This is a program designed to help South Dakota residents who cannot afford medical insurance. Low-income residents in South Dakota who are eligible are expected to meet up with some criteria, most importantly; the interested participant must be unemployed or earning a very low income. Eligible families are qualified to get a low cost or free medical assistance which includes (but not limited) regular checkups, child healthcare examination, vision care, and dental care. Visit https://dss.sd.gov/medicaid/ for more inforation.
- South Dakota Children Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
This program just like the name stipulates is targeted at making sure that children who their parents cannot afford health insurance plan are assisted through a free health insurance policy. Services covered by this program and are available for beneficiaries include dental services, immunization, vision service, hospital stay, doctor’s visit, etc. Eligible individuals include children from those families that earn income that is within the 204% FPL guideline, and as for the single mothers, they are expected to be earning less than $41,700 annually. Visit https://dss.sd.gov/medicaid/generalinfo/medicalprograms.aspx to apply.
- South Dakota Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP)
This program is another childcare assistance program meant to support families who could not afford to pay for their children’s health care bills while they work or attend school. The childcare assistance program is meant to pay for the healthcare services of children who are under the age of 13 or 18 years, and also for children with special needs (disabled). To apply for this program interesting applicants may need to visit https://dss.sd.gov/childcare/childcareassistance/ to access the online portal or visit the South Dakota Department of social service at Division of childcare serves 910 East Sioux Ave. Pierre, SD57501 to apply.