For a low-income family, the government has several programs that are meant to help with living expenses including TANF (temporary aid), food stamps, medical assistance and help with paying energy expenses. All of these programs are readily available, and benefits are given to those who qualify.Continue Reading
Each program that is offered by the government is based on the family's income and how many people are in the family. TANF is a form of temporary aid that is given to families for a maximum of five years, but within two years, most families are expected to receive less aid due to finding a job. Food stamps are given to families that show their income is small enough to meet the standards. Food stamps are usually given in a set amount and can be used toward the purchase of food for the family. The amount of food stamps given depends on the number of dependents within the family and its income.
Medical assistance requires that a family goes to a specific set of doctors. Under this program, the family's bills can be greatly decreased or forgiven. This type of service is particularly helpful for low-income families with children.
Grants that help to pay for energy costs are usually awarded to those who rent or own their own home. Those who live in subsidized homes are usually not eligible. Those who receive this grant have their energy expenses paid, or at least lowered, based on how much energy they consume and the type of fuel their provider uses.Learn more about Social Services
People with disabilities are entitled to Social Security disability benefits, family assistance programs, home energy and utility assistance, prescription drugs benefits, and Supplemental Security Income based on financial need. Social Security Disability Insurance provides benefits to the person with the disability and certain family members if the person worked long enough and paid Social Security contributions.Full Answer >
A low-income family can qualify for reduced or free dental care through the government program Medicaid/SCHIP or by qualifying for a low-cost policy through private insurance providers and employers. Also, there are some charity programs that assist with the cost of dental care for families with low income.Full Answer >
As of 2015, applying for an Obama phone and service requires meeting certain federal and state low-income requirements and qualifying for government assistance programs, such as food stamps, Medicaid and SSI. Upon qualification, applicants must apply for a phone with a cellphone carrier that covers their location.Full Answer >
The government offers a variety of programs for food assistance funded by grants, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, and the Women, Infants and Children program, also called WIC. The government also provides a number of different nutrition programs for children and the elderly.Full Answer >