Programs that can help displaced homemakers start over:

The Hannah Harrison Career School. Tuition-free training in nursing, environmental services and microcomputer skills. Open to high school graduates who need to support themselves or a family but cannot afford job training. A microcomputer course begins in March; applications will be accepted through Jan. 31. For information, call 333-3500.

Irene Stambler Vocational Opportunities Grant Program. One-time grants of $2,000 to complete professional training to start/expand a small business. Available to Jewish women who are widowed, divorced or separated and who demonstrate financial need. Contact the Jewish Social Service Agency, 6123 Montrose Rd., Rockville, Md. (301) 881-3700.

Wider Opportunities for Women. Offers free training in basic math and English along with specialized training in electromechanics. Open to low-income single mothers 18 or over, with a child under 18. Contact the agency at 638-3143.

A Step Towards Employment Programs. Free training in cosmetology and electromechanics, construction, auto mechanics and other nontraditional trades is offered through D.C. public schools. It is aimed at low-income, single heads of households in the District. For information, call 724-4218.

Referrals to other programs in the Washington area. Maryland and Virginia, for example, have a number of programs for displaced homemakers. They may be obtained by writing the Displaced Homemakers Network, 1411 K St. NW, Suite 930, Washington, D.C. 20005.