Grants for Low Income Parents

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There are a lot of grants available to help low-income families through tough circumstances. Assistance is available for child care, nutrition, education and finding affordable and safe housing. Families looking for this kind of assistance are advised to check with their local and state agencies.

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Child Care

Through the Child Care and Development Block Grant, grant money is available to individual states to help low-income parents find safe and healthy child care. The hope is that this grant will not only give the children a safe place to go but allow their parents to go to work without concern about the care their children are receiving. The program will allow low-income children to get the early childhood education they need to succeed later in their educational career. There are state childcare assistance programs that are given money through the Child Care and Development Fund. Parents can apply for child care assistance at a state or local agency.

Access to Nutritious Food

A program called Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, has been developed by a grant to simplify the application process and allow more families to qualify for this nutritious food program.

Energy Assistance

Low-income families can find assistance to pay most of their utility bills through a block grant called Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. This grant is available to all states and territories. The distribution of funds is calculated based on each state's weather conditions and low-income population.

Higher Education Assistance

Students that come from low-income families can apply for the Federal Pell Grant Program. Both undergraduate and some post-baccalaureate students can qualify for this grant. Grant amounts are based on a family's ability to pay, the cost of the college the student wants to attend, if the student is a full-time or part-time student and whether the student will attend for a full academic year or less.

Housing Assistance

HOME is the largest federal block grant given to state governments as well as local governments. All states are eligible for this grant. This program extends affordable housing for low-income families. These funds help families that rent, buy homes or are existing homeowners. Families must have incomes that are no more than 60 per cent of the HUD-determined amount for average family incomes in that particular area.

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