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Displaced Homemaker Programs provide job counseling and other supportive services for women who have been dependent on the income of another household member; but due to the death, disablement, or divorce of their spouses, must now support themselves. 

Programs emphasize activities which provide training and other employment related services for displaced homemakers which are designed to enhance their employability and earnings.  The Program aims to develop and offer technical assistance to expand existing programs to include:

  • Job counseling services specifically designed for displaced homemakers
  • Job training and placement resources
  • Job development services with identification of community needs
  • Educational information and services
  • Computer literacy training
  • Financial management services
  • Referrals and outreach within the community
  • Legal information and services
  •  Information and referrals for additional services


Click here to locate your nearest Displaced Homemaker Program.

NOTE:  Individuals cannot apply for personal grants from the Division on Women (DOW). The Division on Women does not provide direct services or grants to individuals, however, DOW funds organizations, agencies and programs that provide a variety of services to women throughout the State.

For referral information on available programs specific to a particular issue and/or concern, please contact the Women's Referral Central toll-free hotline at 1-800-322-8092 24 hours a day/7 days a week. Translators are available to provide information in any language.