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Updated February 2021

Lately, life is full of uncertainty and 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. Let’s take a look at some of the top federal benefits available.

Government food and nutrition programs

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.

Government utility assistance programs

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.

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Government 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.


Government affordable housing programs

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.


Government childcare programs

The Child Care and Development Fund

The Child Care and Development Fund can ease the burden of childcare costs for low-income families. This fund administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is income-based and usually covers the cost of childcare for children under the age of 13. Contact your state's fund to learn more and determine eligibility.


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

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Catherine Pankey
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It's been 18 weeks and I still haven't received any benefits even though it says active and I have benefits in account of 6000$ I will be evicted after tomorrow and have no place to go . I'm stuck in red tape with out help due to living in GA but working in TN. Everyone passes the buck to the other and i still haven't gotten any help and can't reach anyone at unemployment to tell me something I will be homeless with out address or anything and can't even get senator to respond to my call for help. What can I do ? I have no family to help . who can I call I need to know it's emergency . I was homeless before I got my place in not built to live on streets . I've worked my entire life and never drawn unemployment how can they ignore my claim ? My work shut down do to vivid and still remains closed. Please can anyone help me????

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Rhonda Baldwin
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Need snap programs

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Andy Gabriel Usurelu
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Sunt CETATEAN român locuiesc în România și nici aici viața nu i strălucită in perioada pandemiei un ajutor umanitar bănesc ar fi propice fără căldură cu apa puțină și rece cu achitarea datoriilor nevolnică cu traiul de zi cu zi cit mai precar cu asta ne confruntăm!((( Așa cum Dzeu știe cît vom mai îndura! Poate va avea milă să ne stingă viața să nu ne mai chinuim? Dzeu să mă ierte !

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Wilhelmina Brown
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Sick i have to do sergy and no help its a shame

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Wilhelmina Brown
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I have applied for unemployment from march 11 2o2o and i had never receive a dime i am in a bad shape now with living situation. Wilhelmina brown

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SARAH MARSAW
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Haven't had a unemployment paymeny since December they appoved us but husbands id expired so can't verify his identity DMV booked till march 18th and will have lost home and everything else by then. Have run out of almost everything right now and not even a penny in our account. And no relief in sight. Using coats as blankets because we can't afford to do laundry.

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Hunter Bassett
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My fiancé has been waiting for her unemployment benefits for over a month now. She has received nothing in the past month and we need to pay for bills, food, etc. please help us claim the benefits she is entitled too. We are in desperate need of this money!

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Karen Sanchez
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All these resources are great except we make too much money to qualify for any of them. How can you tell some out hat with out looking at the whole picture. My outgo is more than my income.. I don’t have credit cards, don’t spend money on anything frivolous and we still struggle. Karen

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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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kathy garard
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I would like corona virus unemployment info

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