So tell me a good place to move for a single mama of five. I need good social service benifits, a community college with a nursing program, it would be nice if my housing voucher would transfer and I was told it would if the city I move to had a welfare to work program. I figure I will be done with school in about 3-4 years, so I need to be somewhere affordable while I go to school. I am scared, but so ready to get my kids away from this drama, and daily disappointment. Their dad is amazingly scarce compared to what they were used to, and only answers his phone/calls them when he is not with his homewrecker. You would think that would turn her off. She does have a kid herself after all. The funny thing is he is super nice to me when she is not around, but when she is he is a major jerk. The whole situation is screwed up, and I need to get these kids somewhere where there is not drama everyday of the week. At least is he doesn't call them I can say it's long distance or something. He even sounded relieved, or at least uncaring when I told him.
Excellent allotment of foodstamps if you qualify. The maximum for a family of of 4 is $542; you would certainly get more. They look at income only, so you are allowed to have any type of asset -- car, home, IRA, savings, etc. Only the income earned on the investments counts toward eligibility. Medicaid eligibility is also generous, and of course there is WIC.
I'm not familiar with housing, which will be your biggest issue in a high cost state. Western MA is much, much cheaper, but again, I am not familiar.
Looking beyond social services, MA is an excellent state for anyone in the health field, b/c there are so many hospitals, many, many top notch. There are so many nursing programs, and when you graduate, you can look forward to making more than $35/hr as an RN.
Good luck in your decision.