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Description: Learn about federal government programs, including unemployment benefits, and how to find which ones are available to you.
Learn about federal government programs, including unemployment benefits, and how to find which ones are available to you.
Benefits.gov can help you determine which types of government assistance you might qualify for by category. or by your state, and will include information for how and where to apply. This website also features a tool called "Benefits Finder " which will take you to a series of questions to determine your eligibility for various benefits. According to the answers you provide to those questions, you will be matched to benefits you may qualify for.
If you're looking for immediate help, your state's human service or social service agency might also be able to provide financial assistance or refer you to local community organizations.
- Become unemployed through no fault of their own.
- Meet certain eligibility requirements as determined under state law.
You must apply for unemployment benefits through your state unemployment insurance office. Each state has different requirements.
Unemployment Insurance Extended Benefits are available to workers who have already collected all regular unemployment insurance benefits during periods of high unemployment.
If you are unemployed and receiving unemployment benefits, visit Opportunity.gov to find education and training opportunities, including help with education costs.
Self-employment assistance offers unemployed workers the opportunity to create their own jobs by starting their own small businesses. This is a voluntary program offered by these states: Delaware, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont.
Unemployment insurance benefits are taxable. You must report any unemployment benefits you receive as part of your gross income. Visit the Unemployment Compensation website from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
For additional information about unemployment benefits, contact the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Employment and Training Administration .
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). is a federally-funded program to help low-income individuals and families buy food. States and counties manage their own SNAP offices.
Formerly known as "food stamps," the benefits you'll get from SNAP are loaded onto an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card, similar to a credit or debit card. The card is easier, faster, and more discreet than the former food stamp system. You can use the card to purchase eligible food items at local retailers like grocery stores and at some farmer's markets.
- Gather your income and asset information and use the pre-screening eligibility tool. It will tell you if you're likely to qualify for food benefits and how much you may receive. This is not an application; you will still need to apply through your state's program.
- Find the online application for your state. You'll find local office addresses and phone numbers in the same place. You can also apply in person at a state or local office.
- Wait to learn if you are eligible for benefits. If your state determines that you qualify for food benefits, they will send you an EBT card.
- Use your EBT card to access food benefits at your local authorized SNAP retailers. You can use the card at a cash register like a credit or debit card to pay for food.
Many states have EBT websites set up for managing your benefits. If your state doesn't have an EBT management website, you can contact your state SNAP office to check your benefits.
If you're a retailer or work with a farmers market, you can apply online or call the SNAP Retailer Service Center at 1-877-823-4369 to become authorized to accept SNAP.
If you suspect an individual or a retailer is committing SNAP fraud, you can report it to your state online or by phone.
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). also known as welfare, is a federal program that grants money to states to provide short-term financial and supportive assistance to low-income families with children under 18 years old. Recipients may qualify for help with food, housing, home energy, child care, job training, and more.
Each state and tribal government's TANF program is operated differently, and has a different name.
To report possible TANF fraud, contact your local TANF office or contact the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Inspector General's Hotline at 1-800-HHS-TIPS (1-800-447-8477). TTY: 1-800-377-4950.
The Medicaid Program provides free or low-cost medical benefits to low-income people who have no medical insurance or have inadequate medical insurance. The Federal government establishes general guidelines for the administration of Medicaid benefits. However, specific eligibility requirements to receive Medicaid benefits, as well as the type and scope of services provided, are determined by each state.
Check with your state's Medicaid office to see if you are eligible to receive benefits and to apply. If you're looking for low-cost of free health insurance for children, visit insurekidsnow.gov.
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