What Is Public Assistance?

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Public assistance refers to government programs that provide funding to communities, individuals and families in need. For instance, the SNAP public assistance program provides funds to individuals and families who can’t afford food.

FEMA is an organization that provides public assistance to communities after a disaster. Tornadoes, floods and earthquakes are examples of natural disasters that may require public assistance to rebuild the community. Local and state programs are also available to individuals in need. Medical care, for instance, is available through Medicaid.

TANF is a type of public assistance that provides cash to under- and unemployed individuals and families. To get public assistance from local, state or federal organizations, an application must be approved. The process of approval for public assistance varies.