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)
Click here for state information and contact numbers.
Direct Loan Program
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
Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
Click here to learn about state-specific programs.
Phone: 877.Kids.Now (877.543.7669)
Website: www.medicaid.gov/CHIP or www.insurekidsnow.gov
Weatherization Assistance Program
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
Making Home Affordable Program
For more information, contact the U.S. Department of the Treasury or U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Phone: 888.995.HOPE; TTY 877.304.9709
HUD-approved Housing Counseling Agencies
Search for local agency contact information.
Welfare or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Tribal TANF
Click here to search for local state or tribal help. A list of Tribal TANF contacts can be found here.
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.