Non-profit organizations in Chicago run various programs that can help single parents. These programs offer immediate assistance with basic needs, or provide services that can help you achieve long-term self sufficiency.
Mercy Housing is dedicated to providing affordable housing to women and mothers throughout the country. In Chicago, the organization runs the Miriam Apartments, a 66-unit, affordable housing complex for women in need. If you want to apply for help through Miriam Apartments, call them directly at 773-273-6700 to inquire about availability and eligibility requirements.
Chicago Chesed Fund
The Chicago Chesed Fund offers a variety of programs that provide one-time or reoccurring assistance to Jewish households in need. The Single Mothers Assistance Program offers financial assistance to single mothers who are working, but still struggling. Other programs provide help with food, clothing and rental assistance. Since the organization helps families facing a crisis, the response time is only a few hours after making a request for aid. To determine if you're eligible for the Single Mother Assistance Program or any other programs, call 847-679-7799.
Firman Community Services
The Chicago Firman’s Family Case Management Program is for pregnant women and infants up to 1 year of age. Although the program doesn't provide direct financial aid, it helps you find other types of assistance for yourself and your baby. The program assists with:
- Prenatal and postnatal care
- Scheduling appointments and getting healthcare referrals
- Registering for health care for you and your child
- Immunization requirements
- Help applying for public assistance benefits
- Referrals for other programs available from the state or non-profit organizations
The School-Age Program provides childcare services to at-risk children ages 6 to 12. Offerings include various enrichment activities, clubs and events to promote learning and encourage parental involvement.
Call 773-373-3400 for information on either of these programs.
One Million Degrees
One Million Degrees is a non-profit organization that provides community-college scholarships to low-income college students in Chicago, which can help single parents take the courses they need to advance in their careers and better support their families. In addition to receiving tuition assistance, students also get a stipend each semester to help pay for child care, books and any other expenses. Visit OneMillionDegrees.org to apply.
Jeannine Mancini, a Florida native, has been writing business and personal finance articles since 2003. Her articles have been published in the Florida Today and Orlando Sentinel. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Central Florida.