Our current society is rapidly changing to a new nontraditional family structure. In 2017, the Census reported that there are over 12 million single parent families with children under the age of 18 and 80% of which were headed by single mothers. Single parenthood can be a substantial factor affecting poverty. While this structure is on the rise and benefiting women, who are now more acceptable as head of families. Other factors continue in disagreement with this new structure. Economically, if the counterpart's support is not present, the household is shortchanged. These women must work two or three jobs forcing to leave their children without supervision. The median income for a single mother in 2016 was about $35,400 as compared to $85,300 for a two parent family. Single mothers are much more likely to be poor than married couples. The poverty rate for single mother households in 2016 was 35.6% or nearly five times the rate (6.6%) of married couple families. A significant amount of studies about single-parent households indicate that these types of family structure represent a risk for the development of children and affect the rest of the population. The Journal 1 suggests that weak family environments are highly correlated with adverse outcomes, such as incarceration, unemployment, poverty, drug addiction, alcoholism, domestic violence, and other negative factors. Furthermore, children who live separately from one or both parents when they are growing up are less expected to graduate from high school, probably to work at low-wage jobs, and likely to form unstable families.

Single-parent utility relief program (spur)

The Single Parent Head of Household Utilities Relief Program benefits households that are supported by one single person, either a woman or a man, and have children attending school or children with disabilities. The beneficiaries receive a year relief of gas or electricity expenses.

Who can apply:

  • Single mothers or single fathers who have children younger than 18 years of age, and who attend school in Los Angeles.

  • Single mothers or single fathers who have children of any age, and who have a disability.

  • Single mothers or single fathers who are the only economic support for the household.

  • Single parent households who reside in Los Angeles.

  • Grandparents, aunts, or other relatives who are the head of households, who are the legal guardians, and meet the above criteria.

  • The applicant without a social security number, a permanent resident card, or a citizenship certificate.

Where to apply:

Applications for this program are available via online or via Facebook. Applications are available for a brief period, usually in August.

We divide the process into three phases:

·       The application

·       The interview

·       Proof of income and eligibility