Being a single father is a hard yet noble thing to do. It takes a special kind of character in order to be a single parent due to its demands both physically and financially. Physically, balancing your career and being with your child is a tasking thing to do while financially, the pressure of sustaining your child alone is something that not all people can handle. With that said, being a single father really is not for everyone.
Although statistics are pointing out that there are still more single mothers than fathers, the number of single fathers are raising really fast proving that times are changing and the perception of parenthood is closing in to equilibrium. A few years back, most of single parent aids target single mothers, however, many organizations are now recognizing the rising number of single fathers thus opening these aids for them also.
Single father assistance can come in different forms such as medical insurance, housing, food, daycare, and more.
If you are interested in a housing aid, you may visit the website of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development where you could find rental assistance offers. As stated, there are different ways to apply depending on the property you want to rent. For a privately owned subsidized housing, you may apply at the apartment office while for a public housing you may apply by contacting a public house agency.
For food assistance, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP offer a debit card that is loaded weekly that can be used for restaurants and participating groceries. For eligibility requirements, you may visit the website of the program where you can also apply. Eligibility requirements will include information about your earnings, bills, and more documents to determine your financial status.
Daycare is one of the additional expenses that you would need to worry about if you are a single father. Balancing your time is an important aspect of being a single parent which is why numerous daycare programs are there for you. The Department of Health and Human Services has numerous public assistance programs per state that you can apply for.
Other Financial Assistance
Aside from these need-specific aids, you may also apply for aids such as the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families or TANF. This program is meant to support children, with a single parent, through financial assistance. TANF has numerous eligibility requirements that you can see in their website before you can apply. After completing all the eligibility requirements, you may head on to your local DFCS office (Division of Family and Children Services) where you can file your application.