Guide to Government Assistance
Federal resources for low-income and single-parent families
Do you need help but don’t know where to turn? Many government organizations provide assistance to qualified people to fulfill basic needs and address life situations. Some of these programs are administered at the state level, and others are collaborations between several offices. This resource guide will help you wade through the depths of information to know where to go and who to contact when you need help.
Food & Nutrition
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program (SNAP)
Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) supplemental nutrition program
Click here for state contact information.
Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)
To find local sites that provide free, nutritious summer meals, call 866.3.HUNGRY (English)/877.8.HAMBRE (Spanish) or visit www.whyhunger.org/findfood.
For more information, contact Federal Student Aid, an office of the U.S. Department of Education.
Phone: 800.4.FED.AID (800.433.3243); TTY: 800.730.8913
Email via submission form: http://studentaid.ed.gov/contact#email
Obamacare and the Health Insurance Marketplace
The U.S. Department of Energy does not provide services directly to individuals. Contact your state weatherization agency for more information, such as eligibility and application requirements.
Assistance can be obtained for privately owned subsidized housing; public housing; and Housing Choice Voucher Program, formerly called Section 8
For more information, contact your local Department of Housing and Urban Development
Contact your local Public Housing Agency to see if they participate.
HUD-approved Housing Counseling Agencies
Search for local agency contact information.
Welfare or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Tribal TANF
For more federal benefits and assistance programs, visit Benefits.gov or the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance. Benefits.gov is the official benefits website of the U.S. government; its searchable database returns program descriptions and requirements, as well as application procedures and additional contact information. The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) provides a full listing of all Federal assistance programs available and their administering agencies. Search the catalog by program, number or agency, and find profile, office and contact information.