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The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

Family Assistance

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is a program for low-income families with children. It provides cash benefits each month, and may also help you pay high housing costs.

Family Assistance

National Diaper Bank Network

Family Assistance

The National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN) is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring that every child in the United States has an adequate supply of diapers to remain clean, dry and healthy.

National Diaper Bank Network

Community Action Agencies

Family Assistance

Community Action Agencies reach out to low-income people in their communities, address their multiple needs through a comprehensive approach, develop partnerships with other community organizations, involve low-income clients in the agency’s operations, and administer a full range of coordinated programs designed to have a measurable impact on poverty.

Community Action Agencies

New Eyes

Health Assistance

New Eyes for the Needy purchases new prescription eyeglasses through a voucher program for children and adults in the United States who cannot afford glasses on their own. New Eyes accepts, recycles, and distributes donated glasses for poor people overseas.

New Eyes

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

Utility Assistance

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) assists eligible low-income households with their heating and cooling energy costs, bill payment assistance, energy crisis assistance, weatherization and energy-related home repairs.

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

Rural Housing Loans

Housing Assistance

This program provides loans to buy, build, or improve a permanent residence in eligible rural areas. Assistance is available in the States, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana's, and the Trust Territories of the Pacific Islands.

Rural Housing Loans

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Food and Nutrition Assistance

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly and commonly known as the Food Stamp Program, provides food-purchasing assistance for low- and no-income people living in the United States. SNAP benefits can be used to purchase food at grocery stores, convenience stores, and some farmers' markets and co-op food programs.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

Section 8

Housing Assistance

Section 8 is one of the largest—and oldest—government programs aimed at helping people find affordable housing. The housing choice voucher program provides assistance to very low-income families to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing. Housing can include single-family homes, townhouses, and apartments.

Section 8

Federal Student Aid

Financial Assistance

FAFSA is a grant that eligible college students can receive and it can cover any school or personal expenses.

Federal Student Aid

Dental Lifeline

Health Assistance

Dental Lifeline is a nonprofit organization, founded in 1974, that nationally provides access to dental care and education for people who cannot afford it and: have a permanent disability or who are elderly: age 65 or older or who are medically fragile.

Dental Lifeline

Miracle-Ear

Health Assistance

The Miracle-Ear Foundation® is designed to support underserved Americans with a limited income and no other resources for hearing aids, such as insurance, Medicaid, VA, or other state or federal programs.

Miracle-Ear

Senior Community Service Employment Program

Financial Assistance

SCSEP is the nation’s oldest program to help low-income, unemployed individuals aged 55+ find work. SCSEP matches eligible older adults with part-time jobs for community service organizations. Participants build skills and self-confidence while earning a modest income.

Senior Community Service Employment Program

HealthWell Foundation

Health Assistance

The HealthWell Foundation is a leading non-profit dedicated to improving access to care for America’s underinsured. When health insurance is not enough, they help fill the gap by assisting with copays, premiums, deductibles and out-of-pocket expenses. The HealthWell Foundation provides financial assistance to help with prescription copays, health insurance premiums, deductibles and coinsurance, pediatric treatment costs, and travel costs.

HealthWell Foundation

Family Violence Prevention Services

Family Assistance

The Family Violence Prevention and Services Program (FVPSA) is available to help victims of domestic abuse and their dependents secure immediate shelter and related assistance. The program is committed to providing shelter for victims and children.

Family Violence Prevention Services

Cribs For Kids

Family Assistance

The mission of Cribs for Kids® is to prevent infant sleep-related deaths by educating parents and caregivers on the importance of practicing safe sleep for their babies and by providing portable cribs to families who, otherwise, cannot afford a safe place for their babies to sleep.

Cribs For Kids

Career One Stop

Employment Assistance

CareerOneStop is the flagship career, training, and job search website for the U.S. Department of Labor. The website serves job seekers, businesses, students, and career advisors with a variety of free online tools, information and resources.

Career One Stop

Employment Development Department (EDD)

Financial Assistance

Learn how to apply for unemployment benefits, workers’ compensation, welfare or temporary assistance, and other programs and services that can help if you lose your job. There are a variety of benefit and aid programs to help you if you lose your job. Unemployment insurance payments (benefits) are intended to provide temporary financial assistance to unemployed workers.

Employment Development Department

Section 811 Program

Housing Assistance

The Section 811 program allows persons with disabilities to live as independently as possible in the community by subsidizing rental housing opportunities which provide access to appropriate supportive services.

Section 811 Program

Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA)

Housing Assistance

The Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) program provides housing assistance for people living with HIV/AIDS.

Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS

Energy Efficient Mortgage Insurance

Financial Assistance

This program helps save money on utility bills by giving loans to cover the cost of adding energy saving features to homes.

Energy Efficient Mortgage Insurance

The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)

Utility Assistance

The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) helps low-income families to reduce their energy bills by making their homes more energy efficient.

The Weatherization Assistance Program

Mission of Mercy

Financial Assistance

Mission of Mercy provides free healthcare, free dental care and free prescription medications to the uninsured, underinsured and those who “fall through the cracks” of our healthcare system.

Mission of Mercy

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)

Food Assistance

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) is a Federal program that helps supplement the diets of low-income Americans, including elderly people, by providing them with emergency food and nutrition assistance at no cost. It provides food and administrative funds to States to supplement the diets of these groups.

The Emergency Food Assistance Program

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

Financial Assistance

Supplemental Security Income is a United States government welfare program that provides cash assistance and health care coverage to people with low-income and limited assets who are either aged 65 or older, blind, or disabled.

Supplemental Security Income

Feeding America

Food Assistance

Feeding America is a United States-based nonprofit organization that is a nationwide network of more than 200 food banks that feed more than 46 million people through food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and other community-based agencies.

Feeding America

United Way

Financial Assistance

United Way of America (now United Way Worldwide), is a nonprofit organization that works with almost 1,200 local United Way offices throughout the country in a coalition of charitable organizations to pool efforts in fundraising and support. United Way's focus is to identify and resolve pressing community issues and to make measurable changes in communities through partnerships with schools, government agencies, businesses, organized labor, financial institutions, community development corporations, voluntary and neighborhood associations, the faith community, and others. The main areas include education, income, and health.

United Way

Child Care and Development Fund

Child Care Assistance

This program provides assistance to low-income families who need child care due to work, work-related training and/or attending school.

Child Care and Development Fund

Furniture Banks

Housing Assistance

Furniture Banks are registered charities, not-for-profit organizations or social enterprises designed to provide gently used household furnishings to individuals and families in need, at little or no cost.

Furniture Banks

Making Home Affordable

Mortgage Assistance

Making Home Affordable Program helps struggling homeowners avoid foreclosure. Provides eligible homeowners the opportunity to reduce their monthly mortgage payments to more affordable levels.

Making Home Affordable

Summer Food Service Program

Food Assistance

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) provides nutritious meals at no cost to children in low-income communities when school is not in session.

Summer Food Service Program

Local Child Care Resource and Referral

Child Care Assistance

Local Child Care Resource and Referral Organizations help parents locate and choose quality child care by providing referrals to local child care providers, information on state licensing requirements, availability of child care subsidies, and other information.

Local Child Care Resource

Employment Development Program

Employment Assistance

Learn how to apply for unemployment benefits, workers’ compensation, welfare or temporary assistance, and other programs and services that can help if you lose your job. There are a variety of benefit and aid programs to help you if you lose your job. CareerOneStop.org is a good place to start. It can help with unemployment insurance benefits, job training, and finding a job.

Employment Development Program

W.I.C.

Food Assistance

WIC helps low income pregnant women, breastfeeding women, and children under the age of five with food costs such as formula, diapers, baby items, etc.

Food Assistance

Emergency Solutions Grants

Housing Assistance

The purpose of the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) program is to assist individuals and families quickly regain stability in permanent housing after experiencing a housing crisis or homelessness. ESG provides grants by formula to states, metropolitan cities, urban counties and U.S. territories to support homelessness prevention, emergency shelter and related services.

Emergency Solutions Grants

Mercy Housing

Housing Assistance

Mercy Housing is one of the nation’s largest affordable housing organizations. They participate in the development, preservation, management and/or financing of affordable, program-enriched housing across the country.

Housing Assistance

SafeLink Wireless

Utility Assistance

SafeLink Wireless® is happy to provide eligible customers the opportunity to stay connected with their loved ones and their daily life through their LifeLine plans. SafeLink offers you a Smartphone or SIM Card along with free minutes, texts and data each month for qualified customers. Customers receive only the finest service and highest quality.

Utility Assistance

Head Start and Early Head Start

Family Assistance

Head Start is a Federal program that promotes the school readiness of children from birth to age five from low-income families by enhancing their cognitive, social, and emotional development. Head Start programs provide a learning environment that supports children's growth in many areas such as language, literacy, and social and emotional development.

Family Assistance

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