Soooo dh lost his job right before xmas, the day after we moved into a new home to accomdate our family of 6, soon to be 7. Suckage. And he sold his tools (he was a mechanic, but mechanics arent making a lot) so we could eat and all that. He went and applied for emergency state assistance and unemployment, just hoping to keep us afloat while he job searched.
As part of our benefits, we have to both be working or going to school. Thats fine by me, as I wanted to go to school, but it doesnt make sense to make both of us work for $1000 a month, only to pay out $670 per WEEK for our children to go to childcare. We just need a little help through 1-2 months, you know? Doesnt make sense, but whatever. BUT, this is the part that gets annoying.... the program director tells me its up to her if I get to work or go to school. It doesnt matter to her that Im pregnant. That i have no work history. that I have a complicated pregnancy. none of it matters to her. The state offers assistance with enrollment fees and all that, but only at HER decision. She told me it was up to me if I was going to go ahead and sign up for school before talking to her and getting her decision, but that if I did that, the fees would need to come from me. Grrr cant afford the $200 start up, which is why we were asking for assistance in the first place.
ANYWAY, so they told me husband in the first interview that only one of us would need to participate because of how many kids we have. Then asked him if he wanted to apply for child care. He said no, since I would be home. Then, we find out a week later that we both have to participate and we arent enrolled in childcare so I ask to be enrolled.
We find childcare. We get ready to enroll them. The state hasnt approved us yet because they say we declined it. :(
So now we have to wait 15-20 days to get the childcare, way past the time school starts. AND, we cant not be working or we get our benefits taken. HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE?!?!?
SOOOO ANYWAY, we get the school to do the math on our "copay" and all that and we are going to have to do a copay for almost $500 a month. :( Thats going to be me working for 2 weeks to make enough for childcare. and they take cash benefits when you get a job, so its not like we would still have that. we would only have child care.
Does this make sense to anyone? Is it this stupid in every state? We arent trying to "live off the government"... we just wanted a little help so we didnt end up on the streets. :(