Resources for Single Mothers in Michigan
By Marielle Stroud
COVID-19 has undoubtedly presented many new challenges for families, but for single mothers, getting through the day may be harder than ever. That’s why it’s important to know where to look for help and how to use the resources available to you.
If you’ve recently been laid off or are struggling to make ends meet, the following financial resources may be able to help.
Michigan TANF Program
Michigan’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program features several services that are available to single-parent families, including:
- Assisting families with in-home child care
- Preventative measures for under-supported pregnancies
- Encouragement and education of two-parent families
- Assistance with job preparation
Michigan Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
The state of Michigan’s Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program offers help for pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, as well as infants and children up to five years of age.
The program offers checks and vouchers to be used for the purchase of nutritious foods. It also includes benefits like nutrition education, breastfeeding support, free screenings, and referrals to health care
To learn more about Michigan’s local WIC services, use the following contact information:
- 1-800-26-BIRTH or 1-800-262-4784
Michigan Earned Income Credit (EIC)
The Michigan Earned Income Credit (EIC) is designed to help low-income families via taxes, with average statewide credits of about $143. Families with at least two children may receive a larger credit.
Michigan Family Independence Program (FIP)
The Family Independence Program (FIP) offers cash assistance for needy families with small children, as well as pregnant women.
Current Michigan law states that a family cannot receive FIP assistance for more than two years in total. Those families who are eligible will receive deposits twice per month.
To determine your eligibility, visit the MI Bridges website.
The Healthy Michigan Plan
A part of Michigan’s Medicaid services, Healthy Michigan Plan is available for adults 19–64 and with income up to 133% of the federal poverty level (FPL).
To see if you’re eligible, apply through one of the following options:
- Apply online at MI Bridges
- Call the Michigan Health Care Helpline at 1-855-789-5610
- Visit a local Department of Human Services office
Ultimately, it’s important to know that even if times are hard, there are always resources and assistance available. There are plenty of ways to save money on everything from groceries to baby supplies and any of the above services will be able to help you get back on your feet.
You can see the entire guide here.
About the Author
As a writer and marketing professional, Marielle loves improving brands through content and storytelling. Currently, she’s writing for Coupon Chief on topics related to budgeting, personal finance, and saving money.
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