(HealthyExaminer.com) – There are times when individuals and families just need help. Thankfully, there are government programs that provide assistance to people in need. Government assistance can come in the form of state, local, or federal programs. You can find the help you need by going to Benefits.gov.
Benefits.gov allowers users to search for specific categories of assistance and even filter by state to find out what programs are available and any eligibility requirements.
Benefits.gov includes programs that address individual needs, family needs, career issues, military veteran support, and more. Reasons people need assistance may include:
Natural disasters can be so powerful that they impact entire cities. If you are affected by tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, or other natural disasters, you can find help on Benefits.gov. There’s an entire category dedicated to disaster relief, and you can search by your state to see what programs are available to you in a crisis. These may include D-SNAP, a special Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for disaster victims, and housing support.
Financial Aid Programs
If you find yourself unemployed or under-employed, Benefits.gov can help. Use the search option to find grants and loans to help you get by. There are programs available to help with emergency expenses, pay for home repairs, and help with childcare expenses. Unlike loans and some scholarships, you don’t have to pay back grants.
Many states offer employment assistance for individuals and families in need. Financial assistance programs will have different rules and requirements. Use Benefits.gov to find out specific qualifications for available programs in your area.
Health challenges can be a barrier to employment. When someone is suffering from a health issue, it can prevent them from working, which can trigger a spiral that leads to both health and financial issues down the road. Health problems can create financial struggles that prevent parents from being able to afford nutritious meals for their families, can lead to a housing crisis, and can even create financial problems due to medical debt. States offer assistance to help feed families, provide housing, and even give aid for medical costs.
One of the most well-known programs is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). This program puts funds for families on a debit card that can be used to purchase groceries. Some states offer child-specific healthcare programs or access to Medicare or Medicaid. There are also state-wide programs for disability assistance.
There are benefit programs available to help you get back on track. Go to Benefits.gov, select the category that’s appropriate to you, and filter your options to find the program that is best for your situation.
You’ve paid into these programs with your taxes, and they exist to support you in times of need. Don’t be afraid or ashamed to access them. They can be an enormous help during hard times.
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