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The NATIONWIDE organizations listed below can assist you with your basic needs, including: food, clothing, rent, utilities, transportation, back to school needs, medical, dental, and holiday needs.

IF they cannot assist you, they may be able to refer you to someone who can.

Government benefits
Find out what government benefits you may qualify for

Local benefits by state
Select a State from the map to view a list of the selected State's benefit programs.
To apply for Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income

Department of Labor
Can assist with: unemployment, job search, resumes, job training, wage and hour, layoffs, overtime, workplace safety, retirement and health benefits, and disability questions.

Community Action Organization

St Vincent De Paul

Red Cross

United Way

Catholic Charities

Salvation Army

Specifically for pregnant/postpartum women and children UNDER 5

utility assistance


Social Services

American Public Human Services Association

Internet site that list social service agencies by state

A NATIONWIDE listing of social services offices and applications online

If you need rental assistance this is the place to start. Subsidized housing is based on your income and often times it is much quicker to get into a subsidized apartment than to wait for a Section 8 Subsidy approval
Also check out how subsidized rent is determined

Ways to Work
A LOAN program specifically for low income families in need of a car or car repair, who do NOT qualify for conventional loans.

Support for military personnel and their families
Assistance just for military and their families

Free Application for Federal Student Aid - FAFSA
government grants to finance your education

United Health Care Childrens Foundation
Grants, up to $5,000, can help families pay for the costs associated with therapies such as speech, physical and psychotherapy sessions; for medical equipment such as wheelchairs, braces, hearing aids and eye glasses; and for orthodontia and dental treatments.

non-profit organization reaching out to hard-working individuals and families who suddenly find themselves faced with small, emergency expenses that they have no way to afford on their own

Listing of organizations which grant wishes to disabled, terminally ill, children and adults.

loan program for people - from people

Partnership for Prescription Assistance
assistance with medications for those without insurance

Donated Dental services
In each state at least one program coordinator is responsible for determining that applicants are either disabled, elderly or medically compromised and have no other way for paying for dental care.

Together Rx
discount card for prescriptions

Toys for Tots
Christmas assistance for families with children

looking for something? Getting rid of something? Check out FreeCycle!


Is there a sex offender living near you?
find out here


Credit counseling



money management. org


probono attys

divorce source


If you need financial assistance, for a pet who is ill, check out this page:
National financial assistance organizations for pets



United Health care Childrens Fund might be able to help. "Grants, up to $5,000, can help families pay for the costs associated with therapies such as speech, physical and psychotherapy sessions; for medical equipment such as wheelchairs, braces, hearing aids and eye glasses; and for orthodontia and dental treatments."

united health care


HUD/SECTION 8/Govt subsidized housing
Section 8 housing usually has a long list because the subsidy is attached to the person, not the property. This means that regardless of where the person lives, they still get the subsidy. In NY the waiting list is 8-10 years.

****If at anytime, you are denied accessibility to applying for any program, you should contact your local city, county, or state leaders and have them intervene on your behalf. - THIS APPLIES TO ANYONE WHO IS DENIED ASSISTANCE.

HOWEVER, there is another alternative. Subsidized housing where the subsidy stays with the property rather than with the renter. You would still pay the same amount of rent - it is based on your income - but you would have to move into a government subsidized property.

In most cases, these are handicapped accessible, family oriented, all the maintenance is included - among other things.

I am including the link for HUD below - just click on the proper state and take it from there. You will need a minimal security deposit - which you can possibly get paid by social services or another charitable organization.

Regardless of how long the list is you should still be able to be put on the list.
Contributed links:

hud rental assistance

fair housing act

home page

Americans with disabilities act homepage


evander holyfield foundation

prosperloan program

modest needs


Find a food co-op near you!



nichy org - resources

is it a scam?


looking for grants? here is a great place to start!


How To Locate Small Business Grants,
Government Grants, and Other Grant Money

***7/28/07 More great links from ELAINE***

Does NOT help individuals, BUT does have a lot of information and links for individuals- please browse through the site for more information.

***More from ELAINE 7/22/07***


What do we mean by Free Clinics

(Free Medical Clinic/Free Dental Clinics)

* Where one can get free medical help .

* Some of the listings we have do charge very little fee.

* Some places they ask you for small donation. We still list them Free Medical clinicss/Clinics as they are almost free.

There is one listing which ask for $20.00 per visit. We considered listing them, we made a note in the listing that they charge. As long as we see a motive towards helping people who are in need of medical help we consider them Free Clinics (We agree that we are going away from "Free") but we know their effort is worth lot more to lots of people.

* Some are for low income people, some are for homeless

* Some only serve the local community residents.

* Some Clinics are specific to HIV treatment etc. (We list them as well)

pro bono" financial planning assistance

We provide personal financial guidance to members of the public who cannot afford a financial advisor, or who are facing an immediate or unusual financial need.

****NEW from ELAINE! 7/19/07***

This is one site you have to see for yourself! If you want to start a non-profit, volunteer, get involved, or just do some research, this is the place to start!

From Grassroots:

"The mission of is to serve as a catalyst for positive social change by leveraging modern technologies and business best practices. spreads important social information via our network of socially-focused web sites, while also providing non-profit organizations with free valuable resources to increase their efficiency and productivity.

Our ultimate goal is to adopt 10,000 nonprofit members, and to provide them each with an average of $10,000 of services per year at no charge (for a total savings of $100 million per year!). Additionally we will continually develop over 30 high profile nonprofit Internet portals in cooperation with specialist partners, utilizing high profile domains such as,,,,,,,, and

We strive to deliver clear and objective information that is usable by everyday global citizens, with extra emphasis on issues facing the United States. Our social action websites are designed to encourage individuals to get involved in their communities and to provide them with the information they need to make a difference.

We focus on everyday citizens by offering free action oriented information on our sites, via our forums - and through our social action email addresses, blogs, and other technologies. We provide individuals with ways to express themselves, learn, share, and to volunteer on important projects.

We focus on nonprofits by offering free services including our one of a kind Grassroots Toolbox full of free valuable web based services – plus full-featured web hosting, free domain registration, free website design, mentoring services, consulting and more."

Also from ELAINE...

Emergency food and shelter board program

The EFSP National Board does not provide direct client assistance. Direct assistance is provided through a variety of resources, which may include EFSP funding in your community. If you are in search of assistance for yourself or someone you know, you should look in the community services section of your local telephone directory. You should find these pages in the front of your directory and should look for listings for American Red Cross, Catholic Charities or Catholic Social Services, The Salvation Army, United Way Information and Referral, or other non-profit service providers. You may also click on Funded Organizations, here or on the EFSP homepage, to find organizations funded through EFSP in your community who may be able to assist or refer you to the appropriate assistance.

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in need family of 3
My husband and I are raising money for more details go to we have a 2 year old son please if you know anyone that can help please have them go to this link so we can avoid being homeless thank you
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woman in a shoe   in reply to Irridrix
Well the person u posted to not been on here for a very long time now. But the only place I can tell u is go to a woman shelter. On here is people from all over the world
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My sister and I are in need if a place to stay. We came to Miami for my new job, unfortunately my start date was pushed back a whole month, we used all our money to stay in different hotels to try and make it to my start date of 9/08/14. We are trying to apply for jobs but don't have a physical address. We have been in our cars now for 2 days. Is there anyone out there that can provide shelter for around a month and we can pay back what ever we need to pay after I begin my job.
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almost homeless but not hopele   in reply to Falak
I amstuck in a hard spot I'm usually able to get myself out but now I have my grandmother. I could use all the hero I can now
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almost homeless but not hopele   in reply to Falak
I live in Winchester
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Falak   in reply to almost homeless but not hopele
Where do you live? in which city? please brief me details
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petrels   in reply to sashaham02
look in the phone book for the nearest shelter for abused women and do it NOW.
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I am 29 female with 1son & pregnant with my second child. I lost my job, due to my car breaking and im homeless staying family my brother gets drunk and use me as a punching bag . I have no where else to go but after he blacked my eye & kicked me in my stomach . Im ready to go . Im hopeless & no other family to run to. Im 24 weeks with a 9 year old son. Plz help.
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needs help1977
I am married and have 2 kids 17 & 13 my 13 year old is disabled and the transmission went out in my 4x4 explorer my husband works and my son gets ssi bit there is no money in the budget for a high vehicle payment or a down payment I cant work because of all his appointments I need help :(
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sonshinesas   in reply to almost homeless but not hopele
Start calling the resources here then call 211 for more. There are no funds here just resource info
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almost homeless but not hopele
I am 33 years old I have an 18 month old little boy my mother and father both passed away a year and a half ago and I had to move in with my grandmother to care for her she is about to go into a nursing home which will leave me and my son homeless I have not been able to work for caring for here. Before my dad passed away I had an apartment which I had to leave as soon as possible to come home and care for him so I cannot get into public housing can someone please help me
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smeds213   in reply to Sick and tired of being broke!
Im disabled and I get ssi and ssd Im tired of being broke I totaled my car last year I need a new one I feel for you
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praysforlittle feet
I'm a married white female looking for help with the cost of infertility issues. My husband and I want a child of our own but can't conceive naturally so invitro is our only hope
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I have been trying to find a home buying grant but nothing urethane ideology, I am a single mother of2 children desperate need of assistance i have nohome, no car, or job somebody, anybody please help me find a grant so i know my kids will havea place they can call home. I just want themto be proud of me but i have no where else to turn please help my family
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woman in a shoe   in reply to MSABRAHAM
I will look and see what I can fine for u I will be back in a little bit but what kind of funds do u need before I go
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MSABRAHAM   in reply to woman in a shoe
Thanks! But do you know how to get emergent financial assistance from philanthropists?
woman in a shoe   in reply to MSABRAHAM
I don't know if they can are not check them out and see what they say but read everything first before u do anything. Good luck
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Can the above organisations provide assistance to People living in Benin, West Africa?
rickeygirl   in reply to babygirl02
I know that in Tennessee social services will pay yourpower water and heat,also call 211,god blessings to you

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briebyrd   in reply to shawnajazzy
How could I.get intouch with them, just to talk to someone and get a better comprehension of the program. I'm 20 and my brother is 16 I just don't want them to be split up in anyway.
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