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Guide to Government Assistance

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.
Email: SNAPHQ-Web@fns.usda.govz
Website: www.fns.usda.gov/snap

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) supplemental nutrition program
Click here for state contact information.
Email: wichq-sfpd@fns.usda.gov
Website: www.fns.usda.gov/wic

WIC Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (FMNP)
Click here for state contact information.

Food Distribution Programs
Click here for state contact information.
Email: fdd-psb@fns.usda.gov
Website: www.fns.usda.gov/food-distribution

Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)
Click here for tribal/state contact information.
Website: www.fns.usda.gov/fdpir

Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)
Click here for state contact information.
Email: fdd-psb@fns.usda.gov
Website: www.fns.usda.gov/csfp

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.

Employment
Earned Income Tax Credit
For more information, contact your local IRS office. Click here to search for a Taxpayer Assistance Center.
Website: www.irs.gov/Individuals/EITC

American Job Center
Phone: 877.US.2JOBS
Email via submission form: http://jobcenter.usa.gov/feedback
Website: http://jobcenter.usa.gov

Education
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
Website: http://studentaid.ed.gov/types/loans

Healthcare
Obamacare and the Health Insurance Marketplace
For local help, search by city, state or zip.
Phone: 800.318.2596; TTY: 855.889.4325
Website: www.healthcare.gov

Medicaid Program
Click here to learn about state-specific programs, and search for state contact information.
Website: www.medicaid.gov or www.cms.gov

Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
Click here to learn about state-specific programs.
Phone: 877.Kids.Now (877.543.7669)
Email: CMSOCHIPRAQuestions@cms.hhs.gov
Website: www.medicaid.gov/CHIP or www.insurekidsnow.gov

Housing
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
Phone: 202.401.9351
Email: LIHEAPconsumers@acf.hhs.gov
Website: www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ocs/programs/liheap

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.
Website: www1.eere.energy.gov/wip/wap

Rental Assistance
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
Website: http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/topics/rental_assistance

Homeownership Vouchers
Contact your local Public Housing Agency to see if they participate.

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
Website: www.makinghomeaffordable.gov

HUD-approved Housing Counseling Agencies
Search for local agency contact information.

 

General
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.
Website: www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofa/programs/tanf

For more federal benefits and assistance programs, visit Benefits.gov or the Catalog of Federal Domestic AssistanceBenefits.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.

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