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By Drema Marshall
Do you have an interest in working with individuals who are in need of medical care?  If you are considering a career as a certified nursing assistant, but don’t have the funds to make it possible, you may be eligible to receive free CNA training (Certified Nursing Assistant) through the displaced homemakers program.  With a shortage in a wide variety of jobs involved, but especially with CNAs, the demand for them is increasing at a rapid rate. The good news is there is plenty of demand for this job if it interests you.

What is the Displaced Homemaker Program?

Many States offer what are called the Displaced Homemaker Programs.  The Displaced Homemaker program was started to help displaced stay-at-home parents and homemakers receive education and training so they may become financially self sufficient.

A displaced homemaker is an individual whose primary work has been taking care of the home and family without pay.  They were previously dependent upon their spouse for support, but is no longer supported by this income.  This could be from abandonment (widowed) or left alone to raise their children, divorce, death, or similar situations.  Often they find themselves in a difficult situation with a lack of employable skills to gain employment.

Not all states offer the Displaced Homemaker programs.  But, here are a few that does.

  • Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, and Washington.

Displaced Homemakers Program Requirements

To qualify for Displaced Homemakers programs, you must meet certain eligibility requirements.  Each state will have its own requirements.  Here are a few that are similar across the states

  • A stay-at-home parent or spouse providing unpaid household services
  • Have been dependent on income of another family member, but is no longer supported by this income
  • 35 years of age or older
  • You must be unemployed or under-employed
  • You must meet the guidelines for income and number of dependents

The training that the Displaced Homemaker program often fund are ones that involves certification that can be obtained quickly, such as CNA Training.  Grants and scholarships are available to those who qualify to receive assistance to take the free CNA training through the Displaced Homemakers program. 

Many of the displaced homemaker grants not only help pay for job training, they also help with childcare, transportation work clothing and other job-related cost involved.

By doing a simple search online for displaced homemakers programs in your state, you might find that you qualify to receive assistance to pay your certified nursing assistant training.

Free CNA Training Through The Displaced Homemakers Program