Low Income Assistance Programs in North Dakota for Single Mothers

The state of North Dakota has a population of 756 000 with a poverty rate of 11.6% which is one of their lower rates in the country. The poverty rate in children is higher at 14.3%. There are over 82 000 single parents, families and individuals struggling with basic expenses and necessities. Fortunately North Dakota does have many assistance programs available. This guide will list and explain the assistance programs available in North Dakota.

Financial Assistance in North Dakota

There are many families who struggle to provide their family and children with everything they need to be happy and healthy. Many families also struggle with basic expenses, but if you are in need there is some financial assistance available.

North Dakota Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

The North Dakota TANF program provides financial assistance to help families with basic bills and expenses, and to ensure their children remain healthy. This program also helps parents with job preparation and training so they can find better employment, and no longer need TANF benefits.

To be eligible for this program you must be of low income, and have a child under the age of 19 living in your household. To learn more about this program and to apply, visit the North Dakota TANF webpage.

North Dakota Unemployment Insurance (UI)

The North Dakota UI program provides temporary financial relief payments to those who have lost their job through no fault of their own. The amount of money you receive each week depends on amounts made with your previous employer. You must be actively looking for work each week you receive benefits.

To learn more and to apply, visit the North Dakota UI webpage.

Food Assistance in North Dakota

Some families struggle providing their families with the necessary food needed to stay healthy. If you struggle with food costs there are some useful programs available.

North Dakota Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

The North Dakota SNAP program provides food benefits to low income families. The food benefits are received in the form of a plastic card that works like a debit card, called the Dakota EBT Card. This card has funds loaded onto it, so you simply swipe the car when paying for groceries and you are set to go.

To be eligible for this program you must be of low income, meeting the income requirements. To learn more about SNAP  and to apply visit the North Dakota SNAP webpage.

North Dakota Special Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for Women Infants and Children (WIC)

The North Dakota WIC program ensures the health and well being of women, infants and their children up to age 5. This program will provide nutritious food, and will even offer health care referrals. To receive the free nutritious food, you must be deemed a nutritional risk or require a special diet.

To be eligible for WIC you must be of low income, meeting the income requirements.To apply, you must contact the WIC office nearest your area of North Dakota. You can use this WIC Locator to find the nearest office closest to you. To learn more and to apply, visit the North Dakota WIC website

North Dakota School Breakfast and Lunch Program

The North Dakota School Breakfast and Lunch Program offers free or low costs breakfasts’ and lunches to under privileged school children in North Dakota. Your income and household size determine whether or not the meals are free or low cost.

To be eligible for this program you must meet the low income requirements. To apply for this program you must contact the school that your child attends. To learn more about this program visit the North Dakota School Nutrition webpage.

North Dakota Food Banks

If hunger is an issue for you and your family there are many food banks located throughout North Dakota. The food offered in free of charge and nutritious. You can use this list of North Dakota Food Banks to find one near you.

Medical Assistance in North Dakota

Medical costs are very high, making it necessary for the low income to have health coverage. If you are of low income you can receive Medicaid Health Benefits.

North Dakota Medicaid Program

The North Dakota Medicaid Program provides health insurance benefits for the low income who do not have any other medical coverage. The Medicaid program covers the cost of a variety of health related services including:

  • doctor’s visits
  • prescription drugs
  • lab tests and X-rays ordered by doctors
  • hospital care
  • eye care
  • dental care
  • treatments
  • vaccination
  • MRI’s

Medicaid eligibility in North Dakota is based on your income in relation to the number of people living in your household. Depending on you and your family’s specific income, not all services will always be covered, or some services might require you to pay a portion of the costs using copay.  To learn more about the Wyoming Medicaid Program and to apply, visit the state of North Dakota Medicaid webpage.

North Dakota Healthy Steps Program

The North Dakota Healthy Steps Program provides health insurance coverage to children aged 19 and under who do not qualify under medicaid or any other medical insurance program. This program offers all of the same services that is covered under Medicaid as well as dental and vision.

To be eligible you must meet the low income requirements. The income guidelines are a lot lower making the Healthy Steps Program easier then Medicaid to qualify for. To learn more and to apply, visit the North Dakota Healthy Steps website.

North Dakota Child Care Assistance

Child care costs are expensive making it difficult for low income single parents to afford proper child care.There are a few really beneficial child care assistance programs in North Dakota.

North Dakota Child Care Assistance Program

The North Dakota Child Care Assistance program helps low income families with their child care costs while they are working or partaking in job training/education. The amount that you will pay is based on a sliding fee scale in correlation with your income.

To see the income limits and to learn more visit the North Daktoa Child Care Program website.

North Dakota Head Start Program

The North Dakota Head Start Program provides child care assistance and helps the readiness of young children from the ages of 0-5 by enhancing their cognitive, social and emotional development in preparation for school. In order to be eligible for this program you must be of low income, meeting the income requirements.To learn more and to apply check out the North Dakota Head Start website.

Housing and Rental Assistance in North Dakota

Housing and rental costs are soaring making it difficult for the low income to handle their living expenses. Fortunately, there are many useful programs that offer assistance with housing and rental costs.

North Dakota Low income Public Housing Program

The North Dakota Low Income Public Housing Program offers low income residents the opportunity to live in housing owned by Local Housing Agencies with reduced rent costs. The living arrangements are owned by the local Public Housing Agencies in your area of the state. Usually you will be placed in an apartment, however it can also be single houses or condos. The housing authorities receive funding from the state, who then use the funds to provide the low income with very low rent payments in safe and sanitary living conditions. To be eligible you must be of low income, usually ranging between 50%-80% of the average income in the area you live, however this is just a guideline which will be discussed further with your Housing Agency.

To begin the application process, you must go through your local Housing Agency. This list of North Dakota Housing Agencies provides an in depth list of all the Housing Agencies located across the state. Once you find the Housing Agency in your area, you can contact them to find out the specific income guidelines required, as well as any details or questions you might have about the program.

North Dakota Housing Choice Voucher Program

The North Dakota Housing Choice Voucher Program also provides reduced rent costs, however with this program you are able to choose your own living arrangements. It can be difficult locating a well priced apparent that is large enough and of high quality, so this program enables you to afford high quality apartments or the living arrangements. Once you have chosen your home, the Housing Agency provides a voucher to your landlord which covers a good portion of your rent payments. You will only pay a portion of your total rent payment, usually 30-40% of the total rent cost.

This program requires you to be of low income. To apply for this program you must contact your local North Dakota Housing Agency and set up an appointment where you finances will be discussed.

North Dakota Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

The North Dakota LIHEAP program financial assistance by covering a portion of your heating and cooling costs. Last year over 13,800 households in North Dakota participate din this program. The amount of your heating and cooling costs that are covered depends on your income.

To be eligible for this program you must be of low income. To learn more and to apply visit the North Dakota LIHEAP webpage.

North Dakota Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)

The North Dakota WAP program helps low income individuals and families reduce their heating and cooling costs by making their homes more energy efficient. This program will add insulation, check for air leaks and even repair furnaces and A/C units.

To be eligible for this program you must also be of low income, meeting the income requirements. To learn more and to apply, visit the North Dakota WAP webpage.

North Dakota First Time Home Buyers Programs

The North Dakota Housing Finance Agency offers programs designed for those who need assistance purchasing their first home. These programs will offer down payment assistance and closing cost assistance. Also, these programs help you lock in a low interest rate on your mortgage. To take a look at all the First Time Home Buyers Programs check out the North Dakota First Time Home Buyers Programs webpage.

North Dakota Affordable Apartment Search

This useful tool will help you located high quality, affordable apartments in your area of North Dakota. Check out the North Dakota Affordable Apartment Search Tool to get started.

Transportation Assistance in North Dakota

Transportation costs can add up if you do not own a vehicle and take a taxi frequently. There are cheaper alternatives to taxis available. Also you can receive free transportation for medical reasons if you have Medicaid.

North Dakota Non Emergency Medical Transportation

You can receive free rides to and from any doctors appointments, tests, and medical treatments you might have. In order to receive these complimentary rides you must be enrolled in Medicaid. To learn more and to see all the medical transportation options in your area, check out the North Dakota Medical Transportation webpage.

Uber/Lyft

Many people are now using driving services called Uber and Lyft that work like a taxi service, however ordinary people drive you where you need to go in their own vehicles. The prices are cheaper than taking a cab, saving you good money over time. Check out uber.com and lyft.com to learn more.

Legal Assistance in North Dakota

Legal costs are very high making it very difficult for the low income to get the legal assistance they need. Fortunately you can find some free/discounted legal services in North Dakota.

Legal Services of North Dakota

The Legal Services of North Dakota is a non profit organization that provides legal assistance for low income residents of North Dakota. The website display features a variety of information on how and where to find legal advice based on your needs. Many of the legal services provided helps with issues such as domestic violence, immigration issues, employment issues, evictions and more. To learn more visit the North Dakota Legal Services website.

North Dakota has many beneficial programs that help the low income people of the state. These programs help keep the poverty rate low, and help many single parents families and individuals to live normal lives. If you are of low income to do not hesitate to apply for the program that will benefit you the most.

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