Get information on government programs that may help you pay for food, housing, health care, and other basic living expenses. Find out about eligibility requirements for programs like food stamps, welfare, and Medicaid, and how to apply for them.
Đang chơi bàiIf you have a low income and need help with basic living expenses, you may qualify for government benefits to help cover food, housing, medical, and other costs.
Major Government Benefits Programs
Đang chơi bàiThe federal government creates and gives money to states to run major assistance programs. Your state helps pay for some of these and may offer others too.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, or food stamps) provides eligible people with benefits cards, used like debit cards, to buy food at authorized grocery stores and farmers markets.
Other food aid programs offer:
Healthy foods to pregnant women, new moms, and kids under age 5
Free or low-cost meals or milk to kids at schools and daycare centers
Đang chơi bàiMonthly food packages and farmers market coupons to seniors
Medicaid provides free or low-cost health benefits to adults, kids, pregnant women, seniors, and people with disabilities.
Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) offers free or low-cost medical and dental care to uninsured kids up to age 19 whose family income is above Medicaid’s limit but below their state’s CHIP limit.
Subsidized Housing, Housing Vouchers, and Public Housing programs help low-income families, seniors, and people with disabilities get into affordable private or government-owned rental housing.
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)Đang chơi bài helps low-income households pay heating and cooling bills and offers low-cost home improvements to reduce those costs.
Welfare or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) provides cash for a limited time to low-income families working toward self-sufficiency. TANF may also offer non-cash benefits such as child care and job training.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) provides cash to low-income seniors and low-income adults and kids with disabilities.
Eligibility and Application Requirements
All programs have income limits.
Most programs require you to be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
Many programs have other state requirements like a family’s size and financial resources.
Learn more about who’s eligible and how to apply for these programs at Benefits.gov or your state’s social, human, or health services office.
Grants and Loans Are Not Benefits
Don’t believe ads for “free government grants” to start a business or pay personal expenses. The federal government does not give grants to individuals. It awards grants to states, universities, and other organizations.
You may be able to get a government loan to help with school, housing, and business costs, but you must repay it,Đang chơi bài typically with interest.
Đang chơi bàiLearn more at USA.gov/benefits-grants-loans.
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Benefits and Financial Assistance from the Government
is a good place to start. It can help with unemployment insurance benefits, job training, and finding a job.
Am I eligible?
Đang chơi bàiUnemployment insurance programs pay you money if you lose your job through no fault of your own. You must meet your state's eligibility requirements.
How do I apply?
Each state runs its own program. to find out how to apply. You may be able to file online, by phone, or in person.
Is there anything else I need to know?
Some states provide extended benefits when there's high unemployment. Extended unemployment insurance benefits last for 13 weeks. You can apply for extended benefits only once you've run out of regular benefits. Check with your state; not everyone qualifies.
You must on your tax return.
Other Types of Benefits and Programs for the Unemployed
Federal agencies offer many . They are generally free or low cost to the unemployed.
help unemployed workers start their own small businesses. Delaware, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New York, and Oregon offer this program.
is a federal nutrition program. Known previously as "food stamps," SNAP benefits can help you stretch your food budget if you have a low income.
Learn About the Types of Food You Can Buy With SNAP Benefits
If you’re eligible, you can purchase food using benefits that are issued to you monthly. You can use your SNAP benefits to buy a variety of foods for your household, including:
Fruits and vegetables
Đang chơi bàiMeat, poultry, and fish
Breads and cereals
See the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) .
Find Out If You Are Eligible for SNAP
To , you must meet certain requirements. States have income limits for SNAP recipients. They can also factor in your resources, such as money in the bank, to decide if you qualify for SNAP.
Apply for SNAP Benefits
Use the . You may also apply in person at your state or local office.
How Your SNAP Benefits Work
Your state will issue benefits each month on a plastic electronic benefits transfer (EBT) card. Much like a credit or debit card, you can use your EBT card to buy eligible food items. You must buy them from:
Some states have . If your state doesn't have an EBT management website, you can contact your to check your benefits.
File a Complaint About SNAP
Đang chơi bàiWhether you currently receive SNAP benefits or you're in the process of applying, you can file a complaint using these resources:
to request a hearing if you have .
File a . You will need to give the name and the location of the store. You may remain anonymous if you choose.
Contact your if you suspect fraud or abuse of the SNAP program.
if you believe you have experienced discrimination in the SNAP program because of:
SNAP Information For Retailers
Learn how to work with SNAP if you or if you .
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is a federally funded, state-run benefits program. Also known as welfare, TANF helps families achieve independence after experiencing temporary difficulties.
What help is available through TANF?
Recipients may qualify for help with:
Each state runs its TANF program differently and .
Some operate their own TANF programs.
Am I eligible for TANF?
Đang chơi bàiEach state or tribal territory decides who is eligible for financial help, services, or other benefits.
Đang chơi bàiYou must be a resident of the state where you are applying.
How do I apply for TANF?
Đang chơi bàiTo sign-up for temporary benefits, you can:
Đang chơi bàiApply at your local or county social services agency, or
for your local contact information.
How do I report TANF benefit fraud?
Đang chơi bàiIf you suspect possible welfare fraud, contact: