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Lending A Helping Hand: Resources For Single Parents In Minnesota

Updated: Jul 19, 2019

It’s no secret that divorce carries with it many challenges, especially when children are involved. Newly-single parents often experience significant distress from the loss of emotional, social, and financial supports. Although these difficulties can affect either parent, they tend to be more severe for women. Fortunately, there are a number of programs designed to help single moms (and dads) who are experiencing these issues. Below are just a few examples:

1. Transportation Assistance Program (TAP). The Transit Assistance Program is designed to make public transit through Metro Transit more affordable for low-income residents. Once enrolled, you (and approved family members) will have access to $1.00 fares for a year.

2. Energy Assistance Program (EAP). The Energy Assistance Program helps people with lower incomes to pay their heating/energy bills during the fall, winter and spring months. EAP agencies around the state take applications for the program and determine how much help each household can get to pay their heating bills.

3. Jeremiah Program. The Jeremiah Program offers young mothers and their children assistance with affordable housing, early childhood education, and life skills training, as well as a supportive community that helps foster cooperative relationships to help deal with daily challenges and opportunities.

4. Minnesota Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP). The Child Care Assistance Program provides financial assistance to help families with low incomes pay for child care so that parents may pursue employment or education leading to employment, while ensuring that children are well cared for and prepared to enter school.

5. Making Our Moms Successful (MOMS). Located in Burnsville, MOMS offers assistance to single mothers in Dakota County who are struggling with isolation and the stress of parenting alone through mentoring, family activities, and educational programs.

6. County Resources. Many counties in Minnesota have a variety of resources available. Among them are Anoka, Hennepin, Ramsey, Washington, , and Benton/Sherburne/Stearns/Wright.

For help with family-law related issues, call Kruse Family Law at 612.231.9865 or email

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Minnesota has many programs available to help single parents.

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