From the last recorded economic recession, many families went below the poverty line. In all of this, the single mothers are the people that get the most hit because of the fact that they play double roles in the lives of their children including footing their bills as well. Having acknowledged that as a fact, the government of Tennessee has stepped in with some special programs designed specifically to assist those struggling single mothers with low-income earnings.
The most important reason for these programs is to make sure that those children from single homes are not badly affected by economic instability. Below are those programs sponsored by the State:
- Tennessee Family First
The Family First program overseen by Tennessee’s welfare program provides a temporary monetary benefit to those who are eligible for the program. The eligible individuals include low-income families who also have children to take care of. Before you can be allowed to participate in the program, you must first read through and agree to a Personal Responsibility Plan (PRP) which stated that each participant must be made to engage in a work-related activity for at list 30 hours each week otherwise they will be exempted from the program. Interested individual should get registered through the nearest local Department of Human Service country office or they can call the office of the Family Assistance Center at 1-866-311-4287 or apply here.
- Tennessean Food Stamp Program
This program is also present in other states of the United State. It is a food and nutrition assistance program that focused mainly on assisting the elderly, people with disability, children and unemployed families. In Tennessee, it has been estimated that 17.6% of families depend on food stamps for their daily meal, which is considered a higher percentage compared to other states in the United States. Eligible persons for this program will be given an EBT card which allows them to assess the benefits that are associated with the food stamp program. There has been a little adjustment In the program which started February 1, 2008, it was redesigned in such a way that every able-bodied adult is expected to 20 work at least 20 hours every day to be eligible for those benefits associated with SNAP program. To sign up for this program, visit the Tennessee Food Stamps online portal for further details and application.
- Tennessee Child Care Certificate Program
This is meant for families who find it hard to fulfill their family’s financial obligations, most especially paying for their children’s healthcare. To qualify for the program, the interested families must have to fit into the FamilyFirstprogram income guideline, also families who earn less than 160% FLP income may stand a chance to qualify. The program also has a subsection called the TeenChildcareAssistance specially designed eligible high school or high school mothers, but unlike the ChildcareCertificate program, the families of those young mothers will have to pay a co-pay fee which is measured with a sliding income scale. For more information and application, call 1-866-827-3372 or you can as well visit the online portal for further instruction.
- Tennessee Law Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
The program is designed to assist these households in Tennessee who are low-income earners; it is meant to assist these families to meet up with the cost of their home cooling and heating needs. But the major beneficiaries are not just families with low income but those with the lowest income. Eligible applicants are meant to receive $325 per year as benefits for summer cooling program or a $250 meant for emergency heating assistance. Interested applicants who fit into the requirements should visit the closest LIHEAP agency for more information and application.
- Tennessee Unemployment Insurance
This program is designed to assist Tennessee residents who are unemployed, maybe through job loss or have not gotten a job yet. The program is meant to partially assist them with some monetary assistance while they go in search of a (new) job. Those eligible Tennessee individuals will be receiving their benefit through the Tennessee Automated Payment (TAP) debit card or they can request for a direct bank deposit. An eligible participant is meant to receive a maximum of $275 every week. Interested applicant can apply through the online portal or call (800)689-9799, (615)532-1800 (Naglivlle), (800) 262-8094.
- Tennessee Student Assistance Award (TSAA)
This is a state-funded student program designed to assist those undergraduate students who are in need of financial assistance. This non-refundable monetary aid is limited to those Tennessee residents who are either in a non-public or public post-secondary institution in the state. The requirements needed to be qualified for this program is based on the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) requirement. The current amount meant for an eligible applicant differs, it varies from $1000-$4000 and it is awarded to the neediest applicants based on a first-come, first-serve basis. To enroll in this program, interested applicants are meant to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) after October of every year, or visit the online portal for on information and application.