Lately, life is full of uncertainty; millions of people are looking for government assistance for the first time. There are various federal programs available that are designed to support those who are struggling to make ends meet. Some of these benefits are federally-funded and issued through a state, where others are issued directly to individuals and families.
To locate benefits available specific to your situation and state, make sure to check out this handy Benefits Finder.
Now, let’s take a look at some of the top federal benefits available.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the most extensive federal nutrition assistance program. SNAP provides benefits to eligible individuals and families through an EBT card that is used to purchase eligible food in authorized food stores.
WIC programs provide healthy food to pregnant/nursing women and those who have children up to 5 years of age. To learn more and check your eligibility, click here.
Food pantries are non-profit organizations that function to provide food to local communities.
LIHEAP helps eligible households with energy bill payment assistance, energy crisis assistance and weatherization related home repairs. To check your eligibility, click here.
This program provides a discounted phone service for qualifying consumers. It’s administered through the Universal Service Administrative Company - learn more about the program requirements.
This program provides grant funds to states to provide families with financial assistance and other support services such as childcare, job preparation, and work assistance.
Medicaid is a joint federal and state program that provides health coverage for children, pregnant women, parents, seniors, and individuals with disabilities. It is the largest source of health coverage in the United States. Click here to learn more.
CHIP provides health coverage to eligible children; it is administered by states, according to federal requirements. The program is funded jointly by states and the federal government. Learn more about eligibility here.
This program is funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and helps pay rent for low-income families, the elderly or those with a disability. Find your Local Public Housing Agency (PHA) to determine eligibility.
Public housing is state-owned rental houses or apartments for eligible individuals and families. Public housing is nationwide and comes in all sizes and types from single-family houses to high rise apartments. Find your Local Public Housing Agency (PHA) to determine eligibility.
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