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What can be done to aid families in need?

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Individuals can provide help for families in need by providing financial donations or assistance with food, utilities, housing, electricity and medical care, according to the U.S. federal government's disability website. Many government programs offer financial payments, allowances for food and free health care for low-income families who quality.

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Families in need can also find aid through private organizations, such as the American Red Cross. For example, the American Red Cross provides disaster relief for families affected by natural disasters such as hurricanes, fires or earthquakes and provides mental health services, health care and food to families in need, according to the American Red Cross website. The American Red Cross and local and national organizations such as the United Way also help veterans, military members and their families cope with military service challenges, financial assistance, job training, and support for wounded warriors and their families.

Individuals, organizations and private donors can help families in need by providing assistance with shelter and housing, according to the National Housing Law Project. Families in need may need help with legal services when facing a foreclosure, assistance in finding affordable shelter or homes, and financial help in furnishing an apartment or home. Many federal and state government programs also support families with rent and utility payments.

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