The poverty rate in Missouri stands at about 15.5%, resulting in about a million people, including single mothers living in poverty.
Several programs have been created by governmental and non-governmental agencies to address the poverty level in Missouri. These programs also provide help and support for single moms in Missouri to enable them to live above the poverty line. Some of these programs include:
MO HealthNet (Medical Insurance)
MO HealthNet program is created to provide medical assistance to low-income earners, Single moms, and other eligible citizens. Eligibility is determined by the Family Support Division (FSO). For more information, visit https://mydss.mo.gov/msmed.
The program covers the following areas:
- Hospital care
- Diagnostic services
- Prescribed laboratory tests and X-ray services
- Nursing home services
- Mental and dental services
- Rehabilitative services, etc.
Missouri Department of Social Services
The Missouri Department of Social Services coordinates programs like:
- Public assistance to help single Moms and other categories of people by providing food stamps, health care, childcare and support, and different basic needs.
- Health care coverage for low-income earners and other categories of people
- Child welfare services to look after the wellbeing of Missouri children.
- Financial service assistance for single moms in Missouri
To check for eligibility requirements, visit https://dss.mo.gov/ddo/.
Grants from the Amber Foundation
Single mothers in Missouri who are business owners can apply for the Amber Foundation grant. Single moms applying for the Amber grant are entitled to receive $2000 monthly grant to winners Or $25,000 yearly grants.
To participate, visit https://ambergrantsforwomen.com/get-an-amber-grant/apply-now/.
Head Start Program
The Missouri Head Start Program is a program designed for children from birth to age 5. The program is intended to render academic, social, mental, and emotional development in children, and also provide social, health, and nutritional support services to single moms and other low-income earners in Missouri. The program aims to:
- enhance physical, social, emotional and cognitive development in children
- enable parents to become better caregivers to their children
- help parents become economically independent.
Single moms can find more by visiting http://www.moheadstart.org/About%20Head%20Start.aspx.
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
Missouri LIHEAP aims at helping families and individuals who cannot afford their energy and utility bills. Qualified candidates are expected to be within a certain income level and also be residents in Missouri. Single mothers are eligible to apply by visiting https://liheapassistance.org/liheap-info-by-state/missouri-liheap-program/. However, some of Missouri’s LIHEAP is intended to help people with the highest risk, such as elderly persons, children, and people living with disabilities.
Emergency Solutions Grants Program (ESG)
ESG is designed to provide an emergency home to get homeless families and individuals off the streets. Single mothers can apply by finding the nearest HUD resource locator near them or visit http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD.
The Camillus House Grants
Camillus House Grants are available for single mothers without food, clothing, and shelter. Single mothers can also benefit from the job search and training assistant, healthcare, and drug abuse treatments. For more information, call (305) 374-1065 or visit https://www.camillus.org/.
Access Missouri Financial Assistance Program
Single moms in Missouri can also benefit from the Access Missouri Financial Assistance Program to sponsor their kids through college. The monetary award is based on a student’s expected family contribution (EFC) and is limited to tuition fees only. For more information, call the Missouri Department of Higher Education at 800-473-6757.
Women Infant, and Children (WIC)
The WIC program is designed to improve the nutritional status of women living in poverty, infants and children in Missouri by providing nutrition education, supporting and promoting breastfeeding, supplemental foods, and healthcare referrals. For more information, visit https://health.mo.gov/living/families/wic/index.php.
Child Care Assistance Program
The childcare assistance program provides childcare services for single mothers at a subsidized rate. The program is also responsible for locating parents, establishing paternity, child and medical support orders, monitoring and enforcing child and medical support compliance, distributing support collections, etc. for more information, visit https://dss.mo.gov/child-support/.
The Sunshine Lady Foundation Scholarship Program
Sunshine Lady Foundation Scholarship program is available to support single moms and victims of domestic violence to obtain college degrees. To participate, single moms can contact a participating domestic violence agency in their area or visit http://www.sunshinelady.org/.
The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program
Single moms studying abroad can receive as much as $8000 by qualifying for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. For more information on how to participate, visit https://exchanges.state.gov/.
Low Income Public Housing Program
The Missouri LIPHP offers low-cost housing low-income earners at a subsidized cost. The program is funded by the state in partnership with other bodies to provide a safe and hygienically conducive home for low-income earners. Single moms can start the application process by visiting their local Housing Agency or https://www.lowincomehousing.us/mo.html.
Single moms can also participate in the Missouri Housing Choice Voucher Program. The voucher covers about 60% of the yearly payment and also entitles a participant to live in their choice house. Single mothers who are low-income earners are eligible to participate in the voucher program. For more information, visit portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/public_indian_housing/pha/contacts/mo.