Find yourself needing a hand? 10 government benefits to help you

Find yourself needing a hand? 10 government benefits to help you

Elyssa Duncan
Community Specialist
April 23, 2020
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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.

FOOD + NUTRITION BENEFITS

Food Stamps (SNAP)

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.

Check to ensure you are eligible here and click here to discover more information about SNAP.

Women and Infant Children (WIC)

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

Food pantries are non-profit organizations that function to provide food to local communities.

  • FoodPantries.org is a website that lists thousands of food pantries across the country - click the link to find a local pantry near you.
  • Feeding America also assists those who need access to food.

UTILITIES + OTHER BILLS ASSISTANCE

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

LIHEAP helps eligible households with energy bill payment assistance, energy crisis assistance and weatherization related home repairs. To check your eligibility, click here.

Lifeline Program

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.

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

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.


HEALTHCARE PROGRAMS

Medicaid

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.

Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

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.


AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Housing Choice Voucher Program (Formerly Section 8)

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

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.


To help support our community, Jobcase has recently launched an Unemployment Benefit Center and a Coronavirus Topic Page where you can find credible information, connect with others and provide support to those who need it most.

Stay strong; we are here for you!
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Stephanie Robbins
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I need of these services

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Jasmine Moore
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Excellent information - all very helpful. Thank you!

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John Thackeray Jr 68 Thackeray
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Life line program

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Joaquin Sotomayor
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Thanks for info

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anthony westgate
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I need a replacement card to access my unemployment

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kathy garard
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I would like corona virus unemployment info

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Paul Roach
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My name is Paul Roach - I live in Colorado - So I filed for Unemployment in Colorado on April 6 th 2020 . . .- - - I never received a “ Pin Code “. - so I never received any monies from the State Of Colorado - A very tough deal !!!

Paul Roach Email address - paroach@comcast.net Phone # 970 948 4980

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