Texas State Assistance For Single Mothers

Texas State Assistance

Everything may be bigger in Texas, but as most single moms know, one income is not big enough to meet most families’ needs. When the things your kids need cannot be purchased on your income, the state has a few resources you can consider to help make ends meet. There is also aid particular to single moms: https://www.oag.state.tx.us/cs/resources.shtml

Financial Assistance for Single Mothers in Texas

Childcare – Many single moms find it impossible to get a job simply because they do not have anyone to watch their kids. Texas offers childcare subsidy (http://www.twc.state.tx.us/svcs/childcare/) through local Workforce Development Boards for anyone who needs childcare so they can work, attend school, or get training for their job. The assistance is available based on income for children under the age of 13.

Healthcare – Texas offers its low-income families help with paying for healthcare through the state’s Medicaid program. Single moms who do not qualify for Medicaid may want to seek coverage for their children through the Children’s Health Insurance Program (http://www.chipmedicaid.com/). This program covers not only medical care but also dental and eye care.

Government Assistance for Single Mothers in Texas

Food and Supplies – Texas has a goal of helping its families care for themselves, but the government realizes that sometimes a little help is needed. Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is an example of a temporary program to help single moms reach self-sufficiency. This program offers cash assistance for a temporary period of time. A one-time TANF of $1,000 is also available for families in crisis. Single moms can also get help through the state’s SNAP food benefit program, which helps them buy healthy food. Moms who are expecting or have children under the age of 5 may be eligible for WIC.

Transportation – For single moms living in one of Texas’s large cities, public transportation is a viable option if they do not have a reliable vehicle. Those living in more rural settings may wish to find someone who is willing to enter into a carpooling agreement in return for gas money.

Housing Assistance for Single Mothers in Texas

Rent Assistance – Single moms who worry about keeping a roof over their heads can get help through the state of Texas and HUD. Subsidized apartments, the housing choice voucher program, and public housing options are all available through the government.

Programs for Single Mothers in Texas

College Grants – The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board wants all Texans, including single moms, to be able to get a college education if they want one. They offer resources (http://www.collegefortexans.com/) to help needy potential students find the financial aid they desire. Texas A&M University also has financial aid options and other governance grant types for people interested in such financial aid. Texas Unemployment Insurance is also an option that Texas offers. This program provides temporary assistance to people who are unemployed and meet the requirements.


Texas Workforce Commission – There are so many grant types available in the state of texas. There are also many particular ones just for single parents. If this is something that you are eligible for, you can send application to the Texas workforce commission. Also be sure to check out other federal grants that are offered.

Texas Workforce Commission
101 East 15th Street
Austin, Texas 78778

19 thoughts on “Texas State Assistance For Single Mothers

  1. I am a single mom of 2 boys and have been struggling with COPD and do not get my child support on a regular basis and we live 15 miles from the closest store and I am having a hard time finding an affordable vehicle to get anywhere. I havent been able to attend school functions since there is no one near here who I can ride with I hsave a small amount of money to purchase a vehicle with and cant even get there if I did find one. PLease help me n my boys with this situation. Sincerely stuck in the woods.

  2. I am a mother of 5 kids and I’m going through a separation of my husband who I’ve been with for 11 years! I have no job, I live in Azle and I need to be able to get a place to live where I can keep all my kids safe!! I have no clue what to do I’m very scared!

  3. im a single mom of two, from houston tx, my children and i walked everywhere (groc store, pharmacy, Dr appts each of my kids have to go to the Dr @ least once a mnth) my 4yr old son is on S.S.I., I got a used car a mnth ago but the transmission went out a wk ago, can someone PLEASE help me out? THANK YOU

  4. I’m a single mom of 3 boy’s and I’m in need of dental help I my kids are good there on medicaid but I need help getting dental care My teeth are in bad shape can you please help me. Thank You & God Bless You.

  5. Honestly, I know several people who adopt children and the state pays for all of their medical and I also know for a fact that they are not going to let a low income individual adopt a child. There are requirements and if you don’t meet those requirements then they don’t let you adopt. Now if the child has been placed with you temporarily, then you should contact the CPS case worker about your needs for the child, as they are there to help you.

  6. find local babysitters like myself, who are cheap and willing to watch kids from their homes. i watch kids on a schedule for 75 – 110 a week,daycare usually cost 175-250 a week, you could also try the head start program

  7. Katy: Let’s get honest here. How many CPS caseworkers have you dealt with? My Mother-in-law had to take in her grandchildren (not my kids) and when she did, the CPS caseworkers (yes they went through several) did not help her with financial aid. It’s been a while, but I can remember her constantly requesting help and none was given. As far as adopting to low income people, what is low income to you because this person may not meet the state standards of low income but in order to live in a decent home, send her kids to a good school and know that her children are in a safe area of town she becomes low income. Unfortunately the state only considers your GROSS income. They do not consider your net or how much you have to pay in order to provide a good environment for your children. The state does not help individuals like this. They help people who are unwilling to work, do not worry about where they live or what schools their kids go to. I make a good living and worn hard, but because I refuse to live in a high crime area within HISD school system my income is severely diminished. I have one child in full time daycare-prek and one in before/after school care. I pay almost as much monthly as I pay for my house (that’s with a daycare that accepts NCI- cheapest rates, and living in one of the oldest neighborhoods in my area). How is a single mom supposed to afford two house payments and put food on the table? I used to make $37k a year and can’t. I struggled daily because I REFUSE to raise my children in a low income area of town with poor education. $37k and only 3 people to claim =0 help. So it’s easy to say they don’t let low income people adopt, but you’re not thinking about people who are refusing to accept substandard conditions just do they can have extra money to play with. They become low income. I’m not saying to live above your means. I’m saying refusing to live in horrible conditions because you don’t qualify for assistance and want extra money. I live right at my means, but that doesn’t mean I don’t struggle. Where’s the help for people like this? No where because we actually work hard to try and provide everything for our kids on our own.

  8. I agree, I worked really hard to become a teacher and now owe so much in loans I cant afford to pay back..my monthly college loan payments are more than my car payment or my rent payment. I dont qualify for any government asistance because I make too much??? but I dont make enough to be able to afford my kids dental bills much less my own..but my students all have free dental care, chips, cell phones, and food stamps. If I hadnt gone to college and got a degree my daughter and I might have been better off….

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