As it is for me, my girls still have their mother, and step mother to take care of them when I don’t have them. So I began thinking, some dads may be all on their own. Depending on your job, availability to be there, or simply needing some help to get through, there are resources outside of this blog that can help.
So I did some research. I must mention as well that, these resources may benefit any single parent; whether the other parent is around or not.
#1: This one is easy to find, and states it is free for eligible single parents. The website is http://bit.ly/2CrHBaT. It is SPAOA.org. I shortened the link for aesthetic reasons. I must also say they have an affiliate program, but I am not an affiliate. If you purchase anything from their website, I do not get a commission.
SPAOA offers various services. You can make friends, join groups, attend events that may be near you, post photos, and get resources that may never be found on this blog.
Resources are as follows as soon as you are a member of SPAOA, you are now eligible to receive exclusive Third Party Programs. These Third Party Programs are meant to help you & your family stay protected and save money. Taking advantage this opportunity to claim your exclusive single parents Third Party Programs may be in your best interest in regards to improving the quality of this time in your family’s lives. The SPAOA Team is dedicated to bringing fresh new Third Party Programs available to you and your family and real protection opportunities every day. On a daily basis the team’s best efforts are applied to finding the most exclusive Third Party Programs that offer the most value to our members. I am not sure if I’m aloud to copy that directly, but it is the best explanation. And if it helps, I’ll deal with doing so. Same thing for the next section.
Eligibility to become a member is as follows. The Single Parents Alliance of America (SPAOA) is an organization that aims to empower Single Parents and their growing families to connect with other Single Parents in a completely refreshing & unique way socially. They may also find opportunities and information on how to increase their household incomes, receive Third Party Programs for their children and themselves, along with many other Third Party Programs exclusive to our members. SPAOA is available for all Single Parents, male or female.
SPAOA campaigns to achieve equality of opportunities for Single Parents across the nation regardless of tribe, race, nationality, gender, or religion. SPAOA is concerned with promoting the welfare and social and economic development of single parents and their households. These eligibility requirements are simple:
- You MUST be a Single Parent (Mom or Dad)
- You MUST be a Resident of the United States
If you meet these requirements, don’t hesitate to get your membership started with The Single Parents Alliance of America so that you can begin to utilize all the wonderful Third Party Programs that come with being a member.
I have not tried this website yet, but I am looking more into doing so. It seems to have many resources and useful information that may help all parents. So I recommend at least looking into the free portions and deciding from their.
A bit of a disclaimer, if I become an affiliate of SPAOA, I will update the link with out notice.
#2: The second link is something I, myself, and having some issues with; housing. Now I do have a place, but many times I fall short on what I need to keep it. I’ve been lucky in this area, however, as the landlord has worked with me and gave me many many chances. The problem with me with this link is, it is not immediate. There is a waiting list. And I would need it quickly. Sure you’ve guess it by now it is https://www.hud.gov.
HUD is an acronym for Housing and urban Development. Do they have an affiliate program? I don’t know and don’t care. Because housing is most important…well it is three things; Shelter, Heat, Saftey. Give those to your babies, and you have done a wonderful job. I’m not going to go much into HUD (their website will give you all you need). I will say though, it is a great program for almost anyone struggling with housing.
#3: The next one is about food. It really sucks to be hungry, then sucks more when your babies are. If you can’t buy it, there is help. It is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP for short. It used to be called food stamps for those that know (yea I was a poor boy growing up, still am)!
The website is http://bit.ly/2IFeJwj. I shortened it as it was a bit long. I cannot possible say all of the requirements, or things like that because it varies by every state. Which reminds me, as it is, I should find similar resources in any country that may read this blog. These resources seem to be only United States based. So I will look into other areas and make a new post..if I am able.
Anyway, here is the thing with SNAP. I had it for awhile, and it helped a lot when I was homeless, as well as jobless. And after I got a job it was reduced so much it didn’t help. Then you have a few interviews that if you miss the first one, are hard to get done. And more so, if you won’t work, are lazy (then you are gonna hate this). If you are a druggie or a scammer of the system, stop! Stop taking everyone else’s tax money and work damn it!
I do not mind it when people really need. But when people take advantage like that, they take from the ones that do need. So if that is you…hate me, judge me, don’t read the blog. I won’t ever care. Real people with real lives need this help, not someone that abuses it.
Might sound a bit harsh, but also understand… there are ways to not be in that situation. And I won’t mind one bit trying to help you through, but you can’t take from everyone else by doing that. It is wrong, but there is help.
In any case, here we are, most that seen this never will come back…but that’s okay too. Because this post is about help, not enabling.
Anyway there is that link. If you need it for your family, then use it. Don’t be ashamed. The children come first, every second of everyday!
#4: TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families)
TANF is defined by their website as:
The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program is designed to help needy families achieve self-sufficiency. States receive block grants to design and operate programs that accomplish one of the purposes of the TANF program.
The four purposes of the TANF program are to:
- Provide assistance to needy families so that children can be cared for in their own homes
- Reduce the dependency of needy parents by promoting job preparation, work and marriage
- Prevent and reduce the incidence of out-of-wedlock pregnancies
- Encourage the formation and maintenance of two-parent families
TANF is also not available to everyone. There are requirements. Find out if you qualify at http://bit.ly/2CO1yZK.
Well that’s it for now. If you need more definitely let me know, and I’ll find what I can! If you are having a hard time, these resources may be beneficial to you, if not, then feel free to share them with those that may be!
Thanks for reading,