This article, entitled Learn More About Transporation Assistance Programs comes from SingleMomFinancialHelp.com.
Transportation can be a daunting problem for a single mother. The cost of the vehicle, maintenance, fuel and insurance can make it prohibitive particularly if she is working a low paying job or is on Welfare. There are some ways to find reliable transportation that won’t break the bank.
Yes Medicaid can help with the costs of certain transportation expenses. If you or your children are covered by Medicaid and either of you need to visit the doctor, you can ride there and back by taxi and little to nothing for the trip. Medicaid will pay the cost of the taxi fare, possibly after a nominal fee being paid by the single mother. In some cases, they may pay bus fares or for repairs to your automobile. Check with your case worker to find out what services you may qualify for.
Many Americans choose to donate used cars to charity in exchange for a tax credit. This can work to the advantage of single mothers. Many of the cars end up going to Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF) recipients. Some go directly to the recipients and others are made available through loans that accrue little or no interest. The requirements are set by each state that participates in such a program. Currently the states of Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, New York, North Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia participate statewide in these types of programs. In most cases, you will need a referral from a Welfare case worker.
Another option is to take a job that provides you with a company car. Many sales type jobs will provide a car for use on the job and allow you to take it home and use it personally as well. There are some expenses you will have to pay and each company has its own rules about the use of a company car such as who may drive it.
Church and Charitable Organizations
Some churches and other charitable organizations have funds set aside to help those in need. This could be a way to pay for a car or to pay for public transportation until you can get on your feet. Other organizations will provide transportation for you via a car or bus service they operate for those in need. This may not be dependable for getting to and from work but it can help offset some of the transportation costs you are currently paying until other arrangements can be made.
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