Last Updated on December 21, 2022 by Meghan
California is well known as a “fashion state”. Maybe because Hollywood is there and because everything seems perfect: Their people, their beaches, its vibe. But beyond that, there are many people especially single mothers with the same financial problems as in the rest of United States.
The State of California has several programs to help their population in need. If you live in California, and you are a single mother, there are numerous agencies and organizations that can help by offering food, rental and foreclosure assistance, free or low-cost health care and prescriptions, and additional programs. Many of the benefits require the recipient to be low income or experiencing a financial crisis.
Following you will find a list of programs available to single mothers in California to help with their needs and their kids’ needs:
Rx Foundation is a Prescription Advocacy organization that receives free or discounted prescriptions for its members through the Prescription Assistance Programs or (PAPs). Rx Foundation is a part of hundreds of free prescription programs for only a fraction of the retail costs for name brand prescription medications. RxF works with pharmaceutical companies and your doctor to supply you with the prescription medicine you need but for a fraction of the cost.
Prescription Assistance Program
As a resident of California, you and your family have access to a statewide Prescription Assistance Program (PAP). This pharmacy coupon card will provide you with Rx medication savings of up to 75% at most pharmacies across the state of California including CVS/pharmacy, Walgreens, Walmart, Kmart, Albertsons, Kroger and many more. You can just download the app and bring it to the pharmacy with your prescription and save.
- Free for everyone
- No restrictions on eligibility
- No applications
- No personal information required
- Brand and generic medications are eligible for a discount
- HIPAA compliant
- No Expiration
California Rx Card is a proud supporter of Children’s Miracle Network. A donation will be made to your local CMN hospital every time a prescription is processed using this coupon program.
Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
The California Tribal TANF Program core purpose is to assist the Indian Tribes of California by providing the funding, tools, and resources necessary for each Tribe or Consortium to administer its own Tribal TANF Program. Tribal TANF Programs were designed to:
- Aid for needy families so that children may be cared for in their own homes or in the homes of relatives;
- End the dependence of needy parents on government benefits by promoting job preparation, work, and marriage;
- Prevent and reduce the incidence of out-of-wedlock pregnancies and establish annual numerical goals for preventing and reducing the incidence of these pregnancies.
Tribes can define the service area, the service population, time limits (but not to exceed 60 months using TANF funds), benefits and services, eligibility criteria, and work activities. Tribal TANF Programs structure their program activities according to the needs of their people and their heritage to preserve and protect Native American communities and cultures.
Community Services Block Grant (CSBG)
The CSBG program was created with the aim of assisting low-income single moms and individuals in attaining the knowledge, skills and motivation that is necessary to achieve self-sufficiency. Shelter, food and healthcare needs is what the program also provides to low-income people with immediate life necessities.
Homeowner Assistance Program
Homeowner Assistance program allows a once-a-year payment from the State of California to eligible single moms. The maximum amount of assistance that a homeowner in California may receive is $472.60. Individuals must meet income thresholds, be 62 years of age or older, disabled, or blind in order to receive aid. For further information, please call to 800-338-0505.
Renter Assistance Program
Qualified families and single mothers can receive a one payment or grant per year from the State of California with the help of this renters´ program. $347.50 is the maximum amount of help a claimant may receive. For more advice on rental assistance call 800-569-4287.
Mortgage and Foreclosure Help
In order to prevent foreclosure, the state of California offers single moms a suitable assistance program. The resources offered can allow people to get help with their mortgage. To contact the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), you can call at 800-569-4287.
Child Care Assistance Programs
Many single moms need some help with care for the kids, more so if they are alone and have no other support. Child Care Assistance program allows the eligible single moms in California to be provided with subsidized childcare services by one of the three versions of this program, specifically, CalWORKs, Alternate Payment, and Child Protective Services. CalWORKs offers help for families that are in transition off cash aid or welfare assistance and grants. While the parents work, attend school or college, seek work, or while they seek permanent housing in California, the Alternate Payment program will help pay for child support. For children who are in a neglectful household or living situation, Child Protective services will pay for childcare. For further information, please call to 213-240-5900.