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.
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
Specifically for pregnant/postpartum women and children UNDER 5
FOOD STAMPS - OFFICES BY STATES
Internet site that list social service agencies by state
A NATIONWIDE listing of social services offices and applications online
HUD - RENTAL ASSISTANCE
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
OPEN DIRECTORY PROJECT
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.
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
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.
Find a food co-op near you!
NEW FROM ELAINE !!!
8/6/07 ~ A GREAT LINK FROM SANDY 6
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***
HAC - HOUSING ASSISTANCE COUNCIL
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)
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!
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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 PlanetEarth.org, Relief.org, ImmigrationReform.com, Philanthropists.org, Diseases.org, Homeless.org, Crime.org, Liberties.com, and Childrens.net
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...
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.