Times are tough these days. However, the Federal government has put into place a variety of helpful programs for the single parent household. Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Women, Infant & Children Program (WIC), food stamps, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), and Children's Health Insurance Coverage (CHIP) are a few of the things that the government has set up in order to assist struggling single parent families (Single Parent Central, 2005). The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program 'provides federal funds to each state to help eligible households meet their home heating and/or cooling needs' (Single Parent Central, 2005). This program allows many single parents that do not make enough money to pay the energy bills to still receive the heating and cooling services for their family needs.
Another program is WIC (Women, Infant & Children Program) which is 'a federal health and nutrition program for pregnant women, breastfeeding women, and children under age five' (Single Parent Central, 2005). This allows mothers to buy the food needed for healthy growth and development of their children. Children's Health Insurance Coverage, or CHIP, 'helps working families with children access low-cost or free health care' (Single Parent Central, 2005). Single parents should try and provide all necessary medical care for their children and CHIP allows low income families the opportunity to receive health care. By taking advantage of the government help, single parents can focus on getting and maintaining a steady job and one day they will not have to rely on government programs for support.