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Single Parent Resources and Assistance Programs in Oregon

Updated on February 1, 2014

How to survive as a single parent?

According to the US Census Bureau News, in 2006 there was 12.9 million single parent families. Out of those 12.9 million single parent families, there was 10.4 million single mothers and 2.5 million single fathers. Looking at the single parent statistics in 2006, now in 2010 there are likely many more single families trying to survive. As a single mother myself, I am aware of many Single Parent Resources and Assistance programs. I am going to list the available single parent assistance programs that are available in the State of Oregon. It is recommended that you check into these programs that may be available in your state of residence. With the single parent assistance programs below, you should be able to survive as a single parent. Use the help supplied to you wisely and appreciate the state assistance that is available for low income and struggling single parents.

Food Assistance Programs for single parents.
There are many state assistant programs that will help single parent families with Food supply. Are you a single parent looking for additional ways to feed your children? You can apply for Food Stamps, WIC or visit local Food Banks. If you use your Food Stamps wisely, you should be able to afford to purchase all of your Meats and Vegetables with your Food Stamps Benefits. You can visit the Food banks once or twice a month and get free beans, rice, and vegetables. Sometimes the food banks also give out additional food items and living necessities such as toilet paper, laundry soaps and shampoos. Between your food stamp benefits and your attendance at food banks you should be able to survive as a single parent.

Food Stamps- Food stamps are issued to low-income families that meet certain income guidelines. To see if you qualify for Food Stamps, visit your local DHS (Department of Human Services) office and meet with a case worker. Many single parent families that make minimum wage and work less than 40 hours a week or less usually qualify for food assistance programs.

WIC- What is WIC? The Supplemental Nutritional program for Women, Infants and Children is known as the WIC program. WIC helps single mothers by providing them with WIC vouchers. These vouchers are good for free baby formula, milk, cereals, cheese, eggs, peanut butter, beans and juices for their children. Check with your local WIC or DHS office to see if you qualify for assistance.

Housing Assistance programs for single parents.
If you are a single parent looking for housing assistance, there are a few Housing assistance programs you may be eligible for. HUD is a housing assistance program for low income families that may be an option to you. With the help of HUD (Housing and Urban Development) you should be able to afford your monthly rent or mortgage. The Development of Housing and Urban Development helps many single parents by paying a percentage of their monthly rent payment. Make sure you meet with your housing assistant certifier and go over all of the eligibility guidelines and regulations.

Emergency Housing Assistance- If you are in need of emergency housing assistance and have no time to wait to see if you qualify for the HUD program, you can get emergency assistance if you are homeless. Some local Churches and local organizations will help you and your child with emergency housing assistance. There is no guaranteed that there will be funds available but there is no way to tell unless you ask them to help you with housing for you and your child or children. Assistance organizations and thrift stores such as the Salvation Army will do a lot to help single parents, low income families and the homeless survive.

Clothing Assistance Programs for single parents.
Thrift Stores also supply clothing, linens and blanket vouchers to those in need.If you are a single mother or single father that needs clothes, blankets and linens for your children, you should meet with a Thrift Store Manager to check to see if they have any clothing vouchers available. You should also ask them for any additional Single Parent Resources available.

What are some additional single parent resources that you know?


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      Tom Foolry 

      7 years ago

      Thanks for the resources, I'm sure this will help many in their single parenting. Also, I've found another resource that may be able to help:

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      Tammy Frost 

      7 years ago from Oregon

      @Mr. Mom, what type of Woman assistance do you need and what state do you live in? Most financial assistance can be found by going to your local DHS or Welfare office.

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      Mr. Mom 

      7 years ago from San Jose California

      I need woman assistance. Where can I get some of that?

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      Jack Walton 

      8 years ago

      Tammy, thanks for the great hub. You ask about additional single parent resources, try:

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      Dame Keyz 

      8 years ago from Villa, GA

      Great resources! There are also food ministries and many churches are also wonderful resources to seek out when in need. Thanks!

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      8 years ago

      Thanks for the info. I am a recent single father that is fighting hard for his kids and it's nice that people like you are willing to offer informative words like these. Thank you

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      8 years ago

      Great resources tammyfrost! I'm a single mother myself, it can definitely be a struggle and with times as hard as they are I'm sure many are in a very bad situation. Thanks for sharing this.

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      8 years ago

      Lots of good information here, Tammy. It is hard being a single parent.


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