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  • AARP Tax Aide Programs (1)
    DT-8800.0100

    AARP Tax Aide Programs

    DT-8800.0100

    Programs sponsored by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that provide tax preparation assistance for persons age 60 and older, particularly those who are confined to their residences or retirement communities. The service, which is also known as Tax Counseling for the Elderly or TCE, is provided by volunteers trained by the IRS.
  • Adult State/Local Health Insurance Programs (3)
    NL-5000.8000-050

    Adult State/Local Health Insurance Programs

    NL-5000.8000-050

    Programs that provide health insurance for adults who do not qualify for Medicaid, do not have access to insurance provided by an employer or cannot afford privately purchased health insurance. Services covered by these programs vary by state but generally include hospitalization, physician services, emergency room visits, family planning, immunizations, laboratory and x-ray services, outpatient surgery, chiropractic care, prescriptions, eye exams, eye glasses and dental care. Other services may include alcohol and drug treatment, mental health services, medical equipment and supplies and rehabilitative therapy. Eligibility requirements also vary. Included are state and/or local government health insurance programs which may be administered by the state or at the local level and public/private partnerships between state and/or local government entities and health insurance companies or other private organizations. Health care is generally provided through participating managed care plans in the area. Also included are other programs that help people prepare and file Adult State/Local Health Insurance applications and/or are authorized to do eligibility determinations for the program.
  • Assistive Technology Equipment Loan (12)
    LH-0650.0250

    Assistive Technology Equipment Loan

    LH-0650.0250

    Programs that enable individuals who have physical or sensory limitations to borrow the assistive technology products they require at no charge. Loans may be long or short-term in nature and the devices are returned once the agreed-upon period of time has elapsed.
  • Automotive Repair and Maintenance (8)
    BM-7000.0500

    Automotive Repair and Maintenance

    BM-7000.0500

    Programs that pay for or provide maintenance and repair services for people whose automobiles, trucks, trailers or other motorized vehicles are due for regular maintenance or have mechanical or structural problems. Also included are work experience programs that provide automobile repairs for the general public.
  • Bankruptcy Assistance (7)
    DM-1800.1000

    Bankruptcy Assistance

    DM-1800.1000

    Programs that provide assistance for people who are unable to pay their creditors and need to declare bankruptcy. Included may be help in evaluating a personal or business bankruptcy as an option, assistance in completing and filing bankruptcy forms and/or representation in bankruptcy hearings.
  • Bathing Facilities (9)
    BM-6500.6500-150

    Bathing Facilities

    BM-6500.6500-150

    Public or private organizations that provide showers, baths or other facilities where homeless people, travelers and others who do not have access to private bathing facilities can wash. Also included are organizations that provide vouchers that people can use to access bathing facilities.
  • Bedding/Linen (4)
    BM-3000.1000

    Bedding/Linen

    BM-3000.1000

    Programs that pay for or provide new or secondhand sheets, blankets, pillowcases, bedspreads, curtains, curtains, towels and other similar household essentials.
  • Benefits Assistance (14)
    FT-1000

    Benefits Assistance

    FT-1000

    Programs that provide assistance for people who are having difficulty understanding and/or obtaining grants, payments, services or other benefits to which they are entitled by law. The programs may help people understand the eligibility criteria for benefits, the benefits provided by the program, the payment process and the rights of beneficiaries; provide consultation and advice; help them complete benefits application forms; negotiate on their behalf with benefits administration staff; and/or represent them in administrative processes or judicial litigation. Included are benefits counseling organizations that offer a range of advocacy services and legal aid programs that offer more formalized legal assistance.
  • Book Loan (3)
    TJ-4500.1000

    Book Loan

    TJ-4500.1000

    Libraries that maintain collections of fiction and nonfiction reading materials that can be checked out by community residents who have library privileges.
  • Burial/Cremation Expense Assistance (10)
    PB-0900

    Burial/Cremation Expense Assistance

    PB-0900

    Programs that provide financial assistance to help families who have lost a loved one pay for the funeral and/or the cremation or interment of the individual's remains.
  • Bus Fare (6)
    BT-8300.1000

    Bus Fare

    BT-8300.1000

    Programs that provide cash or tokens for individuals who have no personal means of transportation and are unable to use public transportation (or a taxi service) for necessary local travel without assistance with the fare. Also included are programs that provide bus fare for people who need to travel out of town (e.g., for a funeral) but do not have the means to do so.
  • Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (13)
    NL-1000.2400-150

    Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants

    NL-1000.2400-150

    State and local programs that provide ongoing cash assistance for immigrants who meet the basic requirements for SSI but cannot receive SSI due to their immigrant status. Applicants must meet age or disability requirements and must have lawfully entered the U.S. on or before a specified date or have a sponsor who is deceased, has a disability or is abusive.
  • Chambers of Commerce (10)
    TN-1000.1500

    Chambers of Commerce

    TN-1000.1500

    Local associations of business people, either operating their own companies or employed in organizations, who have organized to promote the welfare of their community (city, county, town, township or other locale), especially its commercial interests. Chambers of commerce direct their efforts to promoting the common economic interests of all the commercial enterprises within a locality rather than focusing on a particular industry, usually have an elected board of directors, and do their work through committees. They encourage the growth of new businesses, provide assistance to new firms seeking to locate in the community, advocate for actions that promote tourism and benefit the regional economy and serve as a voice for the business community at local and state levels. Member benefits may include publicity and advertising opportunities in vehicles such as member directories, visitor's guides and a community calendar; ribbon cutting ceremonies and grand openings for new establishments; business expos; job fairs; small business counseling; business seminars; member referrals; member-to-member discounts; health and other insurance; and a variety of social activities.
  • Child and Adult Care Food Programs (1)
    BD-5000.1450

    Child and Adult Care Food Programs

    BD-5000.1450

    A program that provides supplementary nutrition in the form of healthy meals and snacks for preschool and school-age children and adults receiving day care. Licensed child care centers, Head Start programs, family day care homes, adult day care centers and homeless shelters serving families are eligible to participate and are reimbursed for a portion of the meals served. In the United States, the program is administered at the federal level by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
  • Child Care Expense Assistance (31)
    NL-3000.1500

    Child Care Expense Assistance

    NL-3000.1500

    Programs that cover all or part of the cost of child care in public and licensed private child care centers or private family child care homes, usually for low-income families or families which include children with disabilities in situations where parents are working, in school or in a training program. Also included are programs that pay the costs of in-home or out-of-home child care when the parent is receiving diagnostic tests, undergoing medical treatment, is hospitalized or needs to be out of the house for other reasons; and those that provide financial assistance to families with young children to help cover some of the costs of a parent staying home to care for their child.
  • Child Support Assistance/Enforcement (16)
    FT-3000.1600

    Child Support Assistance/Enforcement

    FT-3000.1600

    Programs that provide assistance which helps to ensure that parents fulfill their mutual obligation to financially support and provide health care for their children. Included are services for people who want to locate an absent parent; establish paternity; establish a child support order; request that the non-custodial parent provide health insurance for a child in conjunction with a child support order; change the amount of a child support award; dispute a child support award; or enforce payment of child support monies in cases where the supporting parent is delinquent in paying or refuses to pay or make health insurance arrangements altogether. Child support is money paid by one parent to another for the maintenance, including the education, of their children following the dissolution of their marriage or other relationship. Non-custodial parents enrolled in an insurance plan at work may be required to include the child under this coverage while those not covered by any insurance plan may be required to obtain medical coverage, if available at a reasonable cost. Child support assistance/enforcement may be provided by private attorneys, legal clinics, family law facilitators' offices or child support enforcement programs which are available in all states, often as a component of the district attorney's office.
  • Clothing (6)
    BM-6500.1500

    Clothing

    BM-6500.1500

    Programs that pay for or provide new or secondhand clothing. Included are clothing exchange programs.
  • Clothing Donation Programs (4)
    TI-1800.1500

    Clothing Donation Programs

    TI-1800.1500

    Programs that accept new or secondhand clothing, repair the items if necessary, and keep the clothing for use in their own programs, donate it to shelters and other community-based organizations for distribution to the people they serve, or sell it to raise money for agency programs.
  • Clothing Vouchers (7)
    BM-6500.1500-130

    Clothing Vouchers

    BM-6500.1500-130

    Programs that supply coupons that can be exchanged in designated thrift shops or nonprofit organizations for clothing.
  • Comprehensive Job Assistance Centers (52)
    ND-1500

    Comprehensive Job Assistance Centers

    ND-1500

    One-stop centers that provide an array of employment and training services in a convenient, easily accessible location. Services may include job counseling, testing and assessment; resume preparation assistance, interview training and other prejob guidance services; job matching and referral; unemployment insurance and job registration; labor market and career information; information on financial aid for education and training; and referral for job training, transportation, child care, personal and financial counseling, health care and other human services resources in the community.
  • Computer Donation Programs (20)
    TI-1800.6500-150

    Computer Donation Programs

    TI-1800.6500-150

    Programs that accept used computers and associated hardware, refurbish them if necessary, and keep them for use in their own program or donate them to other nonprofit organizations.
  • Congregate Meals/Nutrition Sites (63)
    BD-5000.1500

    Congregate Meals/Nutrition Sites

    BD-5000.1500

    Programs that provide hot meals on a regular basis for people who are elderly, adults with disabilities or other targeted populations who may be at risk for nutritional deficits without assistance and who can profit from an opportunity to socialize with others. Congregate meals are often combined with recreational, educational and social activities.
  • Consumer Action Groups (4)
    TD-1600.1500

    Consumer Action Groups

    TD-1600.1500

    Organizations that work for the introduction of new legislation or changes in current laws or practices that will provide more effective protection for consumers, or to encourage the investigation of specific cases in which the interests and/or safety of consumers have been endangered.
  • Consumer Action Information/Support (3)
    DD-1200

    Consumer Action Information/Support

    DD-1200

    Programs that provide information, advice and/or access to necessary forms for individuals who want to exercise their rights as consumers.
  • Consumer Complaints (4)
    DD-1500

    Consumer Complaints

    DD-1500

    Programs that provide mechanisms through which consumers can register complaints regarding specific problems they are having with consumer goods and services, and obtain assistance in achieving a satisfactory resolution.
  • Consumer Education (7)
    DD-1800

    Consumer Education

    DD-1800

    Programs that utilize a wide variety of informational materials and techniques to increase the public's awareness of their rights and responsibilities as consumers of goods and services. The services may include information concerning federal and state consumer protection laws and regulatory agencies; advice regarding comparison shopping, use of consumer reports and buying guides, and other practices that help consumers make informed decisions and avoid problems before they occur; and education regarding the steps that need to be taken to resolve problems with unfair credit practices, defective products, shoddy repairs or workmanship or incompetent services.
  • Consumer Fraud Reporting (4)
    FN-1700.1470

    Consumer Fraud Reporting

    FN-1700.1470

    Programs that provide a hotline or other mechanisms that consumers can use to report the activities of telephone and Internet scammers and other con artists who attempt to persuade older adults, individuals who live alone, disaster victims and other vulnerable people to part with their savings. Common scams include fraudulent prize offers, "free" travel packages that have hidden costs or which never materialize, "get rich quick" investments that turn out to be worthless, tax debt/refund scams, phony charities with names that are similar to well-known organizations and schemes involving promises to recover an individual's money following their victimization by another scam. Reports may be filed by consumer fraud victims or by people who have information about individuals they know to be perpetrating these types of scams.
  • Consumer Issues (8)
    YZ-1550

    Consumer Issues

    YZ-1550

    Programs that provide information and/or services that deal with the topic of consumers/consumerism.
  • Consumer Protection Agencies (1)
    DD-2100

    Consumer Protection Agencies

    DD-2100

    Agencies established by federal, state, county or city officials, business or industry associations, the media or the private sector to provide consumer education and information and/or to handle consumer complaints regarding unfair or fraudulent business or credit practices, unsafe or poor quality goods, incompetent services or other similar problems; and to provide solutions through mediation, arbitration or public pressure.
  • Credit Counseling (13)
    DM-1500.1500

    Credit Counseling

    DM-1500.1500

    Programs that provide assistance for people who want to improve their understanding of the consumer credit lending and collections systems, and maximize their skill in using credit. Services may include help in completing credit application forms, understanding how credit information is analyzed, choosing the best credit cards and/or interest rates available, determining how many credit cards can be managed, protecting one's credit information, communicating with creditors, improving poor credit reports and associated credit scores, eliminating credit card debt and dealing with other credit card issues.
  • Debt Management (4)
    DM-1800

    Debt Management

    DM-1800

    Programs that provide assistance for individuals who are having difficulty meeting their financial obligations and, as a result, may be faced with bankruptcy or loss of their home or property.
  • Diapers (31)
    BM-6500.1500-150

    Diapers

    BM-6500.1500-150

    Programs that pay for or provide cloth or disposable diapers.
  • Discount Programs (4)
    BM-1700

    Discount Programs

    BM-1700

    Programs that offer a special pricing structure for their own or a broader array of goods and services which may be open to the general public, be available to members only or be restricted to children, older adults or other age groups, people with disabilities (and their accompanying attendants, where applicable) or others designated by the program.
  • EBT Card Services (2)
    NL-1900

    EBT Card Services

    NL-1900

    Programs that provide information for EBT Card clients that enables them to report lost or stolen electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards, obtain replacement cards, identify locations in their area where they can withdraw cash benefits, check their account balance, view their transaction history and/or determine the status of a claim. EBT cards are used in all states for Food Stamps (SNAP) issuance, and in some cases for other programs such as the USDA's Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) and the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program, the Federal block-grant program operated by the Department of Health and Human Services to provide cash assistance to needy families. The cards allow public assistance recipients to collect cash and Food Stamp benefits at automated teller machines (ATMs) or point of sale (POS) equipment that is located in grocery stores, banks and other commercial locations.
  • Economic Self Sufficiency Programs (3)
    PH-2360.2000

    Economic Self Sufficiency Programs

    PH-2360.2000

    Programs that assist low-income single parents, teen parents, displaced homemakers, public assistance recipients or other targeted individuals and families to achieve economic independence and long-term stability through an integrated group of services which may include education and job training, microenterprise development, mentoring services, life skills training, personal enrichment classes, counseling services, parenting skills development, legal assistance, housing assistance, child care and transportation assistance, information and referral and advocacy. The services may be delivered using an intensive case management model which involves assignment of a case manager, development of an individualized case plan and assessment of progress in meeting agreed upon goals and objectives.
  • Educational Benefits (2)
    HL-8000.1800

    Educational Benefits

    HL-8000.1800

    Social insurance programs whose benefits include financial assistance for the education of the covered individual and his or her eligible dependents.
  • Electric Service Payment Assistance (9)
    BV-8900.9300-180

    Electric Service Payment Assistance

    BV-8900.9300-180

    Programs that pay all or a portion of the electric service expenses of people whose electricity has been or is at risk of being shut off. Also included are non-emergency programs like those funded through the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), also referred to as LIEAP or HEAP in some states, that provide home energy assistance, generally in the form of a credit, for low-income households that apply. The assistance is usually available once per calendar year (or heating season). Electric service payment assistance programs may have age, income, disability, need or other eligibility requirements.
  • Emergency Food Clearinghouses (1)
    BD-1850

    Emergency Food Clearinghouses

    BD-1850

    Programs that coordinate requests for emergency food assistance by screening individuals who apply using criteria established by the food pantries or other providers, maintaining lists of individuals who have been aided, and checking new applicants against the lists before referring them to a resource that can meet their needs. Emergency food clearinghouses help to avoid duplication of service and maximize the availability of food resources while relieving the agencies of the task of handling requests directly. Also included are programs that refer people needing food to an appropriate resource, but which are not the sole source for this information.
  • Emergency Funds (2)
    TB-0700.2200-170

    Emergency Funds

    TB-0700.2200-170

    Foundations and other funding organizations that provide monetary support which recipient agencies may use to fund short-term needs in emergency situations (e.g., the temporary loss of an ongoing source of income).
  • Eviction Prevention Legal Assistance (12)
    FT-4500.1800

    Eviction Prevention Legal Assistance

    FT-4500.1800

    Programs that provide assistance for people are being evicted, either wrongfully or with reason, from their apartments or other rental property. Also included are programs that attempt to prevent eviction and possible homelessness by providing mediation services to negotiate a compromise between an individual and the landlord.
  • Financial Management Support (3)
    TP-2100

    Financial Management Support

    TP-2100

    Programs that provide consultation, training or contractual services for human service organizations, small businesses and other groups that need assistance in effectively planning and managing their financial affairs. Included are assistance in budget formulation, budget review and fiscal accountability as well as help in selecting, installing and managing a cost-effective and efficient accounting system.
  • Food Banks/Food Distribution Warehouses (2)
    BD-1875.2000

    Food Banks/Food Distribution Warehouses

    BD-1875.2000

    Programs that gather, sort, store and distribute to participating charitable agencies, surplus food products and edible but unmarketable food that has been acquired from growers, grocers and other sources. Also included are the supermarket chains, food manufacturers, wholesalers, restaurant suppliers, agencies that organize food drives, government departments (e.g., the USDA) and other organizations that donate food on a regular basis to food banks and/or directly to food pantries, meal programs, homeless shelters and other human service agencies with food programs.
  • Food Donation Programs (1)
    TI-1800.2000

    Food Donation Programs

    TI-1800.2000

    Programs that accept canned food and other food resources and keep the food for use in their own programs or donate it to food banks, food pantries, meal programs and other community-based food programs for distribution to the people they serve.
  • Food Gleaning Programs (3)
    BD-1875.2200

    Food Gleaning Programs

    BD-1875.2200

    Programs that obtain unharvested fruits and vegetables for use by food banks, brown bag programs and other charitable food distribution programs from farmers who have crops left over following professional harvesting (or whose fields are not profitable to reap), local gardeners, and others who have fresh crops they are unable to use. Depending on local arrangements, eligible individuals and families may be invited along with volunteers to participate in organized picking trips and obtain food for their own table at no cost.
  • Food Pantries (2)
    BD-1800.2000

    Food Pantries

    BD-1800.2000

    Programs that acquire food products through donations, canned food drives, food bank programs or direct purchase and distribute the food to people who are in emergency situations. Some pantries deliver food to people whose disabilities or illnesses make it difficult for them to leave home.
  • Food Safety Education (2)
    JR-8200.2350

    Food Safety Education

    JR-8200.2350

    Programs that are designed to increase public awareness of the measures people can take when they shop for, store, prepare, cook, defrost or reheat food to reduce the risk of foodborne illness. Topics may include proper storage and cooking temperatures, avoidance of cross-contamination, the importance of hand washing and disinfecting kitchen surfaces, safe thawing practices, prompt refrigeration of leftovers, condiment safety, animal drugs and feeds, food irradiation, bioengineered fruit and produce, dietary supplements, food allergies, food colors and additives, fat and sugar substitutes, pesticides and other contaminants, food concerns during pregnancy and tips regarding specific foods with known risk factors. Food safety education programs may target school children; consumers; or food service workers, managers, cooks, bartenders, servers and dishwashers in restaurants, hotels, schools, child care centers, long-term care facilities and other establishments that prepare and serve food.
  • Food Stamps/SNAP (1)
    NL-6000.2000

    Food Stamps/SNAP

    NL-6000.2000

    A federally-funded program administered locally by the county or the state that enables low-income and indigent households to obtain an electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card similar to a bank debit card which can be used in most grocery stores to purchase food. Approved households are entitled to purchase a designated amount of food utilizing their cards based on net income and household size. Benefits are generally available in an EBT account within 30 days from the date an application was filed. Expedited food stamps are available within seven days for people who are in an emergency situation and whose income and spendable resources for that month are within specified limits.
  • Food Stamps/SNAP Applications (58)
    NL-6000.2000-220

    Food Stamps/SNAP Applications

    NL-6000.2000-220

    County or state offices that accept Food Stamp applications, determine eligibility for the Food Stamp program and allotments, and issue Food Stamp EBT cards which are presented at the grocery checkout counter when purchasing food. Certified households receive their EBT card and instructions for setting up a PIN number within 30 days of the date their application was filed. Expedited food stamps are available within seven days for people who are in an emergency situation and whose income and spendable resources for that month are within specified limits. Also included are other programs that help people prepare and file Food Stamp/SNAP applications and/or are authorized to do eligibility determinations for the program.
  • Food Vouchers (3)
    BD-1800.2250

    Food Vouchers

    BD-1800.2250

    Programs that supply food coupons which can be exchanged in designated grocery stores, supermarkets and/or farmers markets for food products. The vouchers are generally provided to low income individuals and families on an occasional or ongoing basis, but may also be available to other specified populations; and may be issued in paper or electronic formats.
  • Formula/Baby Food (55)
    BD-1800.8200-250

    Formula/Baby Food

    BD-1800.8200-250

    Programs that supply infant formula and/or baby food, usually in addition to other groceries.
  • Free School Supplies (1)
    HL-8120.7800-200

    Free School Supplies

    HL-8120.7800-200

    Programs that provide textbooks and other essential educational supplies at no cost for students who cannot afford to purchase them.
  • Furniture (2)
    BM-3000.2000

    Furniture

    BM-3000.2000

    Programs that pay for or provide new or secondhand sofas, chairs, tables, beds, dressers and other necessary home furnishings.
  • Gas Money (7)
    BT-8300.2500

    Gas Money

    BT-8300.2500

    Programs that provide money or vouchers to purchase gasoline, most frequently for individuals who need their automobile for necessary local or out-of-town travel but cannot afford to run their vehicle without assistance, but occasionally for people driving through the local area who have become stranded.
  • Gas Service Payment Assistance (8)
    BV-8900.9300-250

    Gas Service Payment Assistance

    BV-8900.9300-250

    Programs that pay all or a portion of the gas service expenses of people whose gas has been or is at risk of being shut off. Also included are non-emergency programs like those funded through the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), also referred to as LIEAP or HEAP in some states, that provide home energy assistance, generally in the form of a credit, for low-income households that apply. The assistance is usually available once per calendar year (or heating season). Gas service payment assistance programs may have age, income, disability, need or other eligibility requirements.
  • General Clothing Provision (26)
    BM-6500.1500-250

    General Clothing Provision

    BM-6500.1500-250

    Programs that provide clothing for people who need it. Available items depend on what has been donated and is on hand at any given time. The collection may include but does not specialize in children's clothes, work clothes, maternity clothes and shoes.
  • Government Consumer Protection Agencies (18)
    DD-2100.2500

    Government Consumer Protection Agencies

    DD-2100.2500

    Consumer protection offices that are part of federal, state, county or city governments which receive, investigate and resolve through direct action or referral to law enforcement or regulatory agencies, consumer complaints that are a result of transactions in the marketplace. Most government consumer affairs offices also publish and disseminate a large selection of consumer education materials, initiate studies to improve standards of conduct for businesses and consumers, and analyze and recommend changes in consumer protection legislation.
  • Health Insurance Claims Assistance for Beneficiaries (11)
    FT-3900.3300-300

    Health Insurance Claims Assistance for Beneficiaries

    FT-3900.3300-300

    Programs that provide a variety of supportive services for individuals who need assistance in completing, filing and/or appealing decisions with regard to their medical insurance claims.
  • Health Insurance Information/Counseling (11)
    LH-3500

    Health Insurance Information/Counseling

    LH-3500

    Programs that offer information and guidance for people who need assistance in selecting appropriate health insurance coverage and which may also answer questions about health insurance benefits and help people complete insurance forms.
  • Health Insurance/Dental Coverage (1)
    LH-3000

    Health Insurance/Dental Coverage

    LH-3000

    Organizations that issue insurance policies which reimburse policy holders for all or a portion of the cost of hospital, medical or dental care or lost income arising from an illness or injury.
  • Hearing Aid Evaluations (3)
    LF-4900.2145

    Hearing Aid Evaluations

    LF-4900.2145

    Programs that determine the proper amplification equipment for individuals who have hearing impairments and/or which evaluate the adequacy of present equipment.
  • Heating Fuel Payment Assistance (2)
    BV-8900.9300-300

    Heating Fuel Payment Assistance

    BV-8900.9300-300

    Programs that pay all or a portion of the home heating fuel expenses of people who are unable to purchase the resources to heat their homes without assistance. Also included are non-emergency programs like those funded through the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), also referred to as LIEAP or HEAP in some states, that provide home energy assistance for low-income households that apply, usually once per calendar year; and programs that pay for firewood, propane, butane, kerosene, coal or other bulk fuels that are used for heating or cooking purposes in situations where people have no other means of acquiring them. Heating fuel payment assistance programs may have age, income, disability, need or other eligibility requirements.
  • Holiday Gifts/Toys (17)
    PH-2950.3200

    Holiday Gifts/Toys

    PH-2950.3200

    Programs, generally supported by donations from the community, that provide gifts such as clothing, toys and other items to help low income individuals and families, older adults, hospital patients and others celebrate any of the annual holidays.
  • Home Maintenance and Minor Repair Services (4)
    PH-3300.2750

    Home Maintenance and Minor Repair Services

    PH-3300.2750

    Programs that provide assistance for people who need to do routine maintenance on their homes or make minor repairs.
  • Home Rehabilitation Grants (3)
    BH-3000.3550-350

    Home Rehabilitation Grants

    BH-3000.3550-350

    Programs that provide cash assistance for people who need to make essential repairs to their homes in order to eliminate health or safety hazards or improve their security. Most grant programs cover major repairs, system upgrades and replacements (e.g., plumbing, heating or electrical systems) but not minor repairs. Age, income, disability or other eligibility requirements may apply.
  • Home Rehabilitation Services (5)
    BH-3000.3550-390

    Home Rehabilitation Services

    BH-3000.3550-390

    Programs that provide assistance in the form of labor and supplies for people who need to make major repairs to their homes or upgrade/replace entire systems to eliminate health and safety hazards (such as gas leaks, outdated or hazardous electrical wiring and plumbing) or to improve their security e.g., by installing fences or fixing/replacing broken doors or windows. Typical services include major roofing repair and/or replacement; electrical and plumbing upgrades or repairs; septic system improvements; heating and air conditioning system repairs; flooring, tile or wall repairs; and interior and exterior painting that is part of the home rehabilitation process. Most programs do not handle minor repairs. Age, income, disability, need or other eligibility requirements may apply.
  • Homebuyer/Home Purchase Counseling (9)
    BH-3700.3000

    Homebuyer/Home Purchase Counseling

    BH-3700.3000

    Programs that help people who want to purchase a home evaluate their readiness for homeownership, shop for housing that meets their needs, resolve potential credit problems, analyze specific home purchase offers, obtain a mortgage loan with advantageous interest rates and an affordable monthly payment, and complete the paperwork to close the loan and complete the sale. Also included are programs that provide assistance for people who want to refinance a home.
  • Homeless Motel Vouchers (1)
    BH-1800.8500-300

    Homeless Motel Vouchers

    BH-1800.8500-300

    Programs that provide homeless people with a temporary place to stay (usually one to three nights), generally utilizing a hotel or motel with which the referring agency has a prior agreement, but in some cases, temporary lodging selected by the individual. Also included are programs that provide vouchers for use in one or more of the community's homeless shelters.
  • Household Goods Donation Programs (2)
    TI-1800.3000

    Household Goods Donation Programs

    TI-1800.3000

    Programs that accept new or secondhand furniture, appliances, kitchenware, linens, cleaning supplies and other consumer products for use in the household, refurbish them if necessary, and keep them for use in their own programs, donate them to other community-based organizations for distribution to the people they serve, or sell them to raise money for agency programs.
  • Housing Discrimination Assistance (11)
    FT-1800.3000

    Housing Discrimination Assistance

    FT-1800.3000

    Programs that provide assistance for people who believe that they have been denied an opportunity to purchase, lease or rent the home or apartment of their choice due to their age, gender, family composition, race or ethnic origin, nationality, religion, disability, sexual orientation or marital status.
  • Housing Down Payment Loans/Grants (4)
    BH-3500.3500

    Housing Down Payment Loans/Grants

    BH-3500.3500

    Programs that provide cash grants or loans for people who want to purchase or build a home and need all or a portion of the amount that is required to make a down payment on the home or property. Included are conventional loans, deferred loans (in which payments are deferred until the home is sold) and forgivable loans (in which all or a part of the loan is forgiven if the borrower resides in the home for a specified period of time).
  • Housing Expense Assistance (1)
    BH-3800

    Housing Expense Assistance

    BH-3800

    Programs that pay current housing bills or finance new living accommodations for people who are otherwise unable to provide for their housing needs. Housing expense assistance programs may have age, income, disability, need or other eligibility requirements.
  • Housing Search Assistance (9)
    BH-3900.3100

    Housing Search Assistance

    BH-3900.3100

    Programs that assign a staff member to assist people who are looking for housing to survey the available residences and to choose and obtain the most suitable option.
  • HUD Approved Counseling Agencies (3)
    BH-3700.3200

    HUD Approved Counseling Agencies

    BH-3700.3200

    Agencies funded by the federal Office of Housing and Urban Development to provide prepurchase and mortgage default counseling, home equity conversion (reverse mortgage) counseling and information about the HUD rent assistance program for current and prospective purchasers and tenants.
  • Immigrant Benefits Assistance (5)
    FT-1000.3300

    Immigrant Benefits Assistance

    FT-1000.3300

    Programs that provide assistance for non-citizens who are having difficulty understanding and/or obtaining access to the government-sponsored entitlement programs and social services for which they are eligible including housing programs, employment assistance and job training, medical assistance, and other government entitlements. The program may help these individuals understand the eligibility criteria for benefits and services, the benefits/services available, the payment process and the rights of beneficiaries; provide consultation and advice; help them complete benefits application forms; negotiate on their behalf with benefits administration and social service staff; and/or represent them in administrative processes or judicial litigation. Included are benefits counseling organizations that offer a range of advocacy services and legal aid programs that offer more formalized legal assistance.
  • Immigrant Mutual Assistance Associations (2)
    PH-1450.3300

    Immigrant Mutual Assistance Associations

    PH-1450.3300

    Programs developed and staffed by former refugees and immigrants that help newly arrived people from their previous country or region of residence begin a new life in the U.S. Mutual assistance associations address the unique cultural needs of the specific immigrant/refugee population they serve and provide a variety of services including cultural adjustment support, English language instruction, interpretation/translation services, housing and employment assistance, transportation, clothing and furniture, as needed, small business development assistance and help in accessing other social services.
  • Landlord/Tenant Assistance (11)
    FT-4500

    Landlord/Tenant Assistance

    FT-4500

    Programs that provide assistance, information and support for tenants and/or landlords who are involved in rental housing disputes; or which administer state laws or local ordinances which govern rent control and other aspects of tenant/landlord relations.
  • Landlord/Tenant Dispute Resolution (12)
    FT-4500.4600

    Landlord/Tenant Dispute Resolution

    FT-4500.4600

    Programs that help tenants and landlords resolve disputes regarding security and other rental deposits, unsanitary conditions, failure to make repairs, privacy, notice requirements, excessive rent increases, nonpayment of rent, neglect or damage to property, overcrowding or other grievances.
  • Laundry Facilities (7)
    BM-6500.6500-450

    Laundry Facilities

    BM-6500.6500-450

    Public or private facilities for washing, drying and ironing clothes that are available to homeless people, travelers and other individuals who do not have access to private laundry facilities.
  • Low Cost Building Materials/Supplies (4)
    BH-3000.4600

    Low Cost Building Materials/Supplies

    BH-3000.4600

    Programs that provide access to building materials at below market costs. In many cases, the materials have been recovered from obsolete buildings by building deconstruction programs and made available for reuse by communities as an alternative to purchasing new materials.
  • Low Income/Subsidized Private Rental Housing (22)
    BH-7000.4600-450

    Low Income/Subsidized Private Rental Housing

    BH-7000.4600-450

    Privately owned rental housing that is made available to low-income individuals and families at reduced rates based on a contract between HUD or the state housing authority and the property owner. Subsidies are paid directly to the owner of the property who then rents units to income-eligible individuals and families. Also included are low-cost or below market rate housing that is operated or sponsored by religious or charitable organizations for the benefit of low-income individuals and families; and rental housing targeted to lower income households that has been purchased, rehabilitated or constructed by developers who are receiving a federal income tax credit under the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program or are participants in other similar affordable housing incentive programs. Some privately owned rental units that were developed or improved with public funds are also required to rent a designated number of units at reduced prices to people who meet low-income eligibility requirements until the federal or state loans are paid. Some complexes or housing units may be reserved for low-income older adults, people with disabilities and/or other special populations. Included are income-based rental housing where tenants pay rent that is geared to their income; as well as fixed below market rate rental housing where rent is lower than what people would normally pay renting the unit but is based on a specified percentage of the median income for the area rather than on a percentage of an individual's actual income, and tenants may have to be within a specified income range to live there. Rental amounts and the level of "affordability" may vary considerably among programs.
  • Managed Care/Freedom of Choice Waiver Programs (1)
    NL-5000.5000-800.50

    Managed Care/Freedom of Choice Waiver Programs

    NL-5000.5000-800.50

    State Medicaid programs operating under a Section 1915(b) waiver that permits them to mandate Medicaid enrollment into managed care or otherwise limit individuals' choice of provider under Medicaid; or create a "carve out" delivery system for specialty care, such as behavioral health care. Programs operating under this waiver cannot negatively impact beneficiary access or quality of care of services; and must be cost effective.
  • Medicaid (3)
    NL-5000.5000

    Medicaid

    NL-5000.5000

    A combined federal and state program administered by the state that provides medical benefits for individuals and families with limited incomes who fit into an eligibility group that is recognized by federal and state law. Each state sets its own guidelines regarding eligibility and services within parameters established at the federal level. Many people are covered by Medicaid, though within these groups, certain additional requirements must be met. Eligibility factors include people's age, whether they are pregnant, have a disability, are blind, or aged; their income and resources (like bank accounts, real property or other items that can be sold for cash); and whether they are U.S. citizens or lawfully admitted immigrants. Families who are receiving benefits through TANF and individuals who receive SSI as aged, blind and disabled are categorically eligible groups. The rules for counting a person's income and resources vary from state to state and from group to group. There are special rules for those who live in nursing homes, for people served under the Medicaid Waiver program, for people served by Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) programs and for children with disabilities living at home. Medicaid makes payments directly to a person's health care provider; and some recipients may be asked to pay a small part of the cost (co-payment) for some medical services. Most states have additional "state-only" programs to provide medical assistance for specified low-income persons who do not qualify for the Medicaid program.
  • Medicaid Fraud Reporting (3)
    FN-1700.9500-500

    Medicaid Fraud Reporting

    FN-1700.9500-500

    Programs that provide a hotline or other mechanisms that Medicaid recipients and the public at large can use to report recipients or health care providers that make false statements or representations which result in an unauthorized payment by the Medicaid program to themselves or another. Examples of fraud include incorrect reporting of diagnoses or procedures to maximize payments; billing for services, medical supplies or equipment not furnished; misrepresentation of the dates and descriptions of services furnished, the identity of the recipient or the individual furnishing services; and billing for noncovered or nonchargeable services as covered items.
  • Medical Care Expense Assistance (6)
    LH-5100.5000

    Medical Care Expense Assistance

    LH-5100.5000

    Programs that pay the hospital bills, doctor bills, laboratory expenses or other health care expenses of people who are unable to obtain necessary health care without assistance. Also included are programs that provide vouchers which enable eligible individuals to obtain medical care. Medical bill payment assistance programs may have age, income, disability, need or other eligibility requirements.
  • Medical Expense Assistance (7)
    LH-5100

    Medical Expense Assistance

    LH-5100

    Programs that pay the health care expenses of people who are unable to obtain necessary care without assistance. Medical expense assistance programs may have age, income, disability, need or other eligibility requirements.
  • Medical Public Assistance Programs (1)
    NL-5000

    Medical Public Assistance Programs

    NL-5000

    Programs that provide financial assistance to ensure that low-income and indigent individuals and families have access to essential medical services.
  • Medicare (5)
    NS-8000.5000

    Medicare

    NS-8000.5000

    A federally funded health insurance program administered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), previously known as the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA), for people age 65 and older; for individuals with disabilities younger than age 65 who have received Social Security Disability benefits for at least 24 consecutive months; and for insured workers and their dependents who have end stage renal disease and need dialysis or a kidney transplant. Premiums, deductibles, and co-payments or out-of-pocket costs are required for Medicare coverage. Special programs that assist with paying some or all of these costs are available for low income persons who qualify. Medicare has four parts: Hospital Insurance (Part A), which helps pay for care in a hospital or skilled nursing facility, home health care and hospice care; Supplemental Medical Insurance (Part B), which helps pay for doctors, outpatient hospital care and other medical services including the Medicare Preventive benefits (effective January 1, 2005); Medicare Advantage (Part C, formerly known as Medicare+Choice), which offers a variety of Medicare managed care options, including coordinated care plans and private, unrestricted fee-for-service plans, that are required to provide, at minimum, the same benefits as Part A and B, excluding hospice services; and the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit (Part D, effective January 1, 2006), a program managed by private plans that assists in covering the cost of prescription drugs for beneficiaries. People who have Medicare Part A and/or Part B need to join a Medicare prescription drug program to obtain insurance coverage for prescription drugs.
  • Medicare Fraud Reporting (2)
    FN-1700.3350-550

    Medicare Fraud Reporting

    FN-1700.3350-550

    Programs that provide a hotline or other mechanisms that persons with Medicare and the public at large can use to report health care providers or beneficiaries who make false statements or representations which result in an unauthorized payment by the Medicare program to themselves or another. Also included are organizations that accept and investigate reports about fraudulent entities that misrepresent themselves as approved Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plans; approved plans that use aggressive marketing tactics, discriminate against a beneficiary (e.g., prevent them from signing up for a plan based on their age, health status, race or income), entice beneficiaries to enroll in a more costly plan than they require, or erroneously charge beneficiaries for medication provided under the plan they have selected; or pharmacies that provide a different drug than the one prescribed by the physician. Examples of Medicare fraud include incorrect reporting of diagnoses or procedures to maximize payments; billing for services, medical supplies, equipment or medications not provided; misrepresentation of the dates and descriptions of services or medications provided, the identity of the recipient or the individual furnishing services; and billing for noncovered or nonchargeable services as covered items. Also included are programs that provide consumer education, counseling and assistance with the objective of helping people identify instances of fraud.
  • Medicare Information/Counseling (26)
    LH-3500.5000

    Medicare Information/Counseling

    LH-3500.5000

    Programs that offer information and guidance for older adults and people with disabilities regarding their health insurance options with the objective of empowering them to make informed choices. Included is information about the eligibility requirements for Medicare; selection and enrollment in a Medicare prescription drug plan; benefits covered (and not covered) by the program; the payment process; the rights of beneficiaries; the process for determinations, coverage denials and appeals; consumer safeguards; and options for filling the gap in Medicare coverage. These programs also provide counseling and assistance about the subsidies that are available to low income beneficiaries enrolled in the Part D Prescription Drug Benefit; and may also provide information about Medicaid and the linkages between the two programs, referrals to appropriate state and local agencies involved in the Medicaid program, information about other Medicare-related entities (such as peer review organizations, Medicare-approved prescription drug plans, fiscal intermediaries and carriers), and assistance in completing Medicare insurance forms.
  • Military Donations/Relief Programs (1)
    TI-1800.5150

    Military Donations/Relief Programs

    TI-1800.5150

    Programs that accept donations from the general public for the benefit of military personnel and their families or arrange for other supportive services during peace or wartime.
  • Mortgage Payment Assistance (10)
    BH-3800.5000

    Mortgage Payment Assistance

    BH-3800.5000

    Programs that make mortgage payments for people who are at risk of losing their homes without assistance. Mortgage payment assistance programs may have age, income, disability, need or other eligibility requirements.
  • Moving Assistance (9)
    BH-5000

    Moving Assistance

    BH-5000

    Programs that provide assistance for people who are moving from one residence to another or who are moving their homes from one location to another.
  • Neuter/Spay Services (14)
    PD-9000.6000

    Neuter/Spay Services

    PD-9000.6000

    Programs that surgically alter animals to prevent them from reproducing. "Spay" refers to the surgical removal of the ovaries, uterus and fallopian tubes of a female animal; "neuter" refers to the surgical removal of the testes of a male animal.
  • Nutrition Related Public Assistance Programs (1)
    NL-6000

    Nutrition Related Public Assistance Programs

    NL-6000

    Programs that provide assistance in the form of coupons or vouchers that can be exchanged for food supplements to ensure that the nutritional needs of low-income and indigent individuals and families are met.
  • Occasional Emergency Food Assistance (18)
    BD-1800.2000-620

    Occasional Emergency Food Assistance

    BD-1800.2000-620

    Food pantries that provide a box or bag of groceries on a one-time only or other limited basis for people who are unable to provide food for themselves or their families. Included are programs that provide enough food for an entire balanced meal or series of meals and those that provide a supplemental supply of groceries. Some programs deliver food to people whose disabilities or illnesses make it difficult for them to leave home.
  • Ongoing Emergency Food Assistance (294)
    BD-1800.2000-640

    Ongoing Emergency Food Assistance

    BD-1800.2000-640

    Programs that provide an ongoing supply of groceries, usually once a month, for people whose income is not sufficient to meet their needs. Included are programs that provide enough food for an entire balanced meal or series of meals and those that provide a supplemental supply of groceries. Some programs deliver food to people whose disabilities or illnesses make it difficult for them to leave home.
  • Personal Financial Counseling (33)
    DM-6500

    Personal Financial Counseling

    DM-6500

    Programs that help people who are having difficulty paying their monthly bills gain control of their finances. The process generally involves analysis of the individual's income, expenses, debts, taxes and other factors to create a personal financial assessment; development of a budget for basic living expenses; and agreement on a short-term plan for repayment of creditors which may include debt consolidation or other strategies and a longer term plan for realizing personal financial goals.
  • Personal/Grooming Supplies (25)
    BM-6500.6500-650

    Personal/Grooming Supplies

    BM-6500.6500-650

    Programs that pay for or provide soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouthwash, combs, brushes, cotton swabs, deodorant, facial tissue, toilet paper and other personal hygiene/grooming supplies for homeless people and other individuals who need them.
  • Post Disaster Food Services (2)
    TH-2600.6450

    Post Disaster Food Services

    TH-2600.6450

    Programs that meet the basic nutritional needs of relief workers and/or individuals and families whose homes have been made uninhabitable by a disaster or large scale emergency and who have no other means of purchasing food and/or preparing a meal. Food assistance may also available to individuals who have experienced a localized incident such as a house fire.
  • Prescription Expense Assistance (13)
    LH-5100.6500

    Prescription Expense Assistance

    LH-5100.6500

    Programs that provide financial assistance to purchase necessary prescription drugs for people who would be in an emergency situation without assistance. Also included are programs that reimburse individuals for their prescription expenses, usually on an annual basis. Prescription expense assistance programs may have age, income, disability, need or other eligibility requirements.
  • Referral to Physicians Accepting Medicaid (4)
    LH-2600.6500-700

    Referral to Physicians Accepting Medicaid

    LH-2600.6500-700

    Programs that link people who are in need of primary or specialized medical care with qualified medical practitioners who have agreed to accept patients who are covered by Medicaid.
  • Relocation Assistance (10)
    BH-3900.7000

    Relocation Assistance

    BH-3900.7000

    Programs that provide assistance for people who have been displaced from their current homes or rental housing by urban renewal, redevelopment, conversion or demolition of condemned housing. Also included are programs that provide relocation assistance for people whose homes have been damaged or destroyed by a fire, flood, earthquake, hurricane, tornado or other disaster; or for individuals in other situations covered by the program.
  • Rent Payment Assistance (27)
    BH-3800.7000

    Rent Payment Assistance

    BH-3800.7000

    Programs that make rental payments for people who are at risk of eviction without assistance. Rent payment assistance programs may have age, income, disability, need or other eligibility requirements.
  • Rental Deposit Assistance (3)
    BH-3800.7250

    Rental Deposit Assistance

    BH-3800.7250

    Programs that provide cash grants or loans for people who are in the process of acquiring rental housing and who can handle the monthly rental payments, but who do not have the assets to pay the first month's rent, in some cases, the last month's rent, and any security deposits required to move in.
  • Representative Payee Services (3)
    DM-7000

    Representative Payee Services

    DM-7000

    Public agencies, nonprofit organizations, banks, relatives or other individuals who have been appointed under federal law to act as a surrogate in situations where a cognitive impairment makes it impossible for beneficiaries to manage their own Social Security and SSI/SSD payments. Representative payees are chosen and designated by the Social Security Administration (SSA) to act on behalf of financially incapable SS or SSI beneficiaries. The individuals and organizations selected by the SSA may also manage waiver funding, consumer or family support grants or other types of benefits when chosen and designated by the administrating entity to act on behalf of beneficiaries who are incapable of managing their finances.
  • Roommate/Housemate Matching Assistance (4)
    BH-3900.7500

    Roommate/Housemate Matching Assistance

    BH-3900.7500

    Programs that help people who need a shared housing arrangement identify others with whom they can share. Included are share-a-home programs which match homeowners and apartment dwellers who want to share their living facilities with compatible individuals who need a place to rent, some of whom may be willing to provide a service (such as cleaning, laundry, grocery shopping, meal preparation, transportation or lawn care) in exchange for all or a portion of the rent. Many share-a-home programs are for older adults or people with disabilities and require that at least one of each matched pair qualify on this basis.
  • Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers (11)
    BH-7000.4600-700

    Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers

    BH-7000.4600-700

    A federally-supported, tenant-based housing program administered by local housing authorities that provides assistance in the form of vouchers that enable income-eligible families to find and lease approved privately owned housing where the landlord has agreed to enter into a contract with the housing authority and/or finance agency. Tenant-based assistance provides rental subsidies that move with a household into any qualifying housing within a certain area. The housing can be (and often is) private housing that may not have been built with the intention of accepting solely low-income tenants, but if the quality and cost of the unit fall within a specified range, it may qualify. Eligible households pay approximately 30% to 40% of their adjusted gross income for rent and the housing authority subsidizes the balance.
  • Section 8/Rental Assistance Program Rental Listings (2)
    BH-3900.3050-750

    Section 8/Rental Assistance Program Rental Listings

    BH-3900.3050-750

    Programs that maintain lists of available rental housing that is owned or managed by individuals who have agreed to accept tenants who have Section 8 certificates from the local housing authority or finance agency, or rental assistance certificates from other federal, state or locally funded rental assistance programs.
  • Service Cost Payment Assistance (1)
    NT-6500

    Service Cost Payment Assistance

    NT-6500

    Programs that provide financial assistance for the express purpose of helping people pay for necessary supportive services in situations where they cannot otherwise obtain them. Programs that purchase services for individuals as a component of case management are not included.
  • Shared Housing Facilities (1)
    BH-7000.4600-750

    Shared Housing Facilities

    BH-7000.4600-750

    Apartments or other living spaces that are designed to be shared by two or more unrelated individuals each of whom pays a portion of the cost. Residents generally have their own private space such as a bedroom and share common areas.
  • Social Security Disability Insurance (9)
    NS-1800.8000

    Social Security Disability Insurance

    NS-1800.8000

    A federal program administered by the Social Security Administration that provides monthly cash benefits for disabled workers who are fully insured under the program, who are not capable of substantial gainful work and who have completed a five month waiting period.
  • Social Security Disability Insurance Appeals/Complaints (16)
    NS-1800.8000-800

    Social Security Disability Insurance Appeals/Complaints

    NS-1800.8000-800

    Programs that are responsible for hearing appeals and resolving complaints that have been filed by people who have applied for or are receiving assistance through the Social Security Disability program and believe that they have been discriminated against, that their rights have been violated or that the Social Security Administration has failed to take appropriate action with respect to their application or benefits.
  • Social Security Disability Insurance Applications (16)
    NS-1800.8000-820

    Social Security Disability Insurance Applications

    NS-1800.8000-820

    Social Security offices that accept applications and determine eligibility for the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program; and reinstate individuals who have lost their SSDI benefits due to incarceration, institutionalization, noncompliance or other reasons. Also included are other programs that help people prepare and file Social Security Disability Insurance applications and/or are authorized to do eligibility determinations for the program.
  • Social Security Retirement Benefits (10)
    NS-7000.8000

    Social Security Retirement Benefits

    NS-7000.8000

    A program administered by the Social Security Administration that provides monthly cash payments (sometimes called old-age insurance benefits) for people age 62 and older who are fully insured. Workers may retire at age 62 and receive a reduced benefit or may wait until age 65 and receive a full benefit. Benefit amounts depend upon wages earned and the number of quarters of coverage credited to the individual's Social Security record.
  • Social Services for Military Personnel (8)
    TM-8200

    Social Services for Military Personnel

    TM-8200

    Public or private organizations like the USO that provide adjunctive supportive services for military personnel throughout the world which may include information, opportunities for recreation and socialization, entertainment, emergency leave assistance, lost baggage assistance, travel information, visa and passport assistance and rest facilities for individuals in transit.
  • Soup Kitchens (29)
    BD-5000.8300

    Soup Kitchens

    BD-5000.8300

    Programs offered by churches, restaurants and other organizations that provide meals in a central location for people who lack the resources needed to buy and prepare food. The food may be distributed to people who line up for the meal or may be served to people seated in a dining hall setting, and participants rarely need to establish eligibility for the service.
  • SSI Appeals/Complaints (8)
    NL-1000.8100-800

    SSI Appeals/Complaints

    NL-1000.8100-800

    Programs that are responsible for hearing appeals and resolving complaints that have been filed by people who have applied for or who are receiving assistance through SSI and believe that they have been discriminated against, that their rights have been violated or that the Social Security Administration has failed to take appropriate action with respect to their application or benefits.
  • SSI Applications (19)
    NL-1000.8100-820

    SSI Applications

    NL-1000.8100-820

    Social Security offices that accept applications and determine eligibility for the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program; and reinstate individuals who have lost their SSI benefits due to incarceration, institutionalization, noncompliance or other reasons. Also included are other programs that help people prepare and file SSI applications and/or are authorized to do eligibility determinations for the program.
  • State Disability Insurance (1)
    NS-1800.8100

    State Disability Insurance

    NS-1800.8100

    A state disability program administered by the Employment Development Department that provides weekly financial benefits for covered employees who cannot work due to a medically certified illness or injury and who are not covered under Worker's Compensation.
  • Student Financial Aid (5)
    HL-8000

    Student Financial Aid

    HL-8000

    Programs that enable students who demonstrate financial need to obtain the financial assistance they require to meet their educational and living expenses while in school. Most students receive a financial aid package which includes aid from a combination of sources that may include loans, scholarships, grants, work-study awards, and fellowships or assistantships for graduate students. Also included are programs that help current and former students make arrangements to defer, repay or obtain forgiveness for student loans.
  • Subsidized Home Acquisition (1)
    BH-7000.8100

    Subsidized Home Acquisition

    BH-7000.8100

    Programs that make housing more readily available to middle or low-income individuals and families or other identified groups by offering lower priced or cooperative housing and/or affordable payment plans, arranging for interest or mortgage subsidies for people who qualify on the basis of income, or by providing mortgage-free homes, generally for designated populations.
  • TANF (12)
    NL-1000.8500

    TANF

    NL-1000.8500

    A state program with matching federal block grant funds administered by the county or the state under state guidelines that provides time-limited cash assistance for needy families with (or expecting) children as well as job preparation, work opportunities and access to supportive services such as child care which enable parents receiving assistance to leave the program and become self-sufficient. TANF, which ends the federal entitlement known as AFDC, creates a five-year lifetime limit on cash assistance for most adult recipients; requires that recipients be working or participating in a work-related activity within two years and cooperate with comprehensive child support enforcement efforts including paternity establishment; and contains special live at home and stay in school provisions for teenage parents. States have wide latitude in structuring their TANF programs and may obtain waivers which exempt them from specific federal requirements. Recipients may receive monthly checks or be given electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards which allow them to access their cash benefits at automated teller machines (ATMs) or point of sale (POS) equipment that is located in grocery stores, banks and other commercial locations.
  • TANF Applications (28)
    NL-1000.8500-850

    TANF Applications

    NL-1000.8500-850

    County or state offices that accept applications and determine eligibility for the TANF program. Also included are other programs that help people prepare and file TANF applications and/or are authorized to do eligibility determinations for the program.
  • Tax Information (1)
    DT-8700

    Tax Information

    DT-8700

    Programs that provide general information about the tax obligations of individuals, businesses, corporations and other entities, or details regarding specific tax credit, exemption, postponement or rebate programs for which they may be eligible.
  • Tax Preparation Assistance (7)
    DT-8800

    Tax Preparation Assistance

    DT-8800

    Programs that help eligible individuals (including older adults, people with disabilities and people with low incomes) prepare their tax returns or complete paperwork to apply for tax relief in the form of tax credit, rebate, exemption or postponement programs. Included are programs staffed by volunteers or others who provide this service without charge and professional tax preparation services. Most tax preparation assistance sites allow the people they assist to file their tax return information electronically.
  • Telephone Facilities (1)
    BM-6500.6500-830

    Telephone Facilities

    BM-6500.6500-830

    Programs that provide access to a telephone for homeless people and others who need to make a call and are unable to pay for it.
  • Thanksgiving Baskets (1)
    PH-2950.8500-850

    Thanksgiving Baskets

    PH-2950.8500-850

    Programs, generally supported by donations from the community, that attempt to facilitate enjoyment of Thanksgiving by low-income community residents through distribution of food baskets which usually contain a ham, turkey or other meat and all of the trimmings for a Thanksgiving dinner (or vouchers to purchase these items).
  • Thrift Shops (29)
    BM-8500

    Thrift Shops

    BM-8500

    Organizations that offer new or secondhand furniture, appliances, clothing, toys and other material goods at lower than retail prices, and which often use the proceeds from sales to support other services to the community. Thrift shops accept direct donations from the public of new and reusable goods. Also included are other types of resale shops that sell secondhand but reusable musical instruments, salvaged building materials, office equipment, sports equipment, books, CDs and other material goods.
  • Toys/Toy Loan (1)
    PL-7200.8500

    Toys/Toy Loan

    PL-7200.8500

    Programs that provide access to any of a variety of children's playthings or equipment. Included are toy loan programs and toy exchanges.
  • Transportation Expense Assistance (1)
    BT-8300

    Transportation Expense Assistance

    BT-8300

    Programs that provide immediate cash, bus tokens, loans, loan/insurance payment support or other forms of financial assistance for people who otherwise have no means of transportation. Transportation expense assistance programs may have age, income, disability, need or other eligibility requirements.
  • Trash/Garbage Pickup (7)
    TE-8920.7100-850

    Trash/Garbage Pickup

    TE-8920.7100-850

    Refuse collection programs that pick up and dispose of regular household and commercial waste and garbage.
  • Unemployment Insurance (2)
    NS-9000

    Unemployment Insurance

    NS-9000

    Programs that provide partial income replacement for a limited period of time for eligible individuals who become unemployed.
  • Unemployment Insurance Benefits Assistance (1)
    FT-1000.8900

    Unemployment Insurance Benefits Assistance

    FT-1000.8900

    Programs that provide assistance for people who are having difficulty understanding and/or obtaining the full benefits to which they are entitled by law through their state Unemployment Insurance program. The programs may help people understand the eligibility criteria for unemployment insurance benefits, the benefits provided by the program, and the rights of beneficiaries; provide consultation and advice; help them complete unemployment application forms; negotiate on their behalf with unemployment insurance benefits staff; prepare a written appeal; and/or represent them in administrative hearings or judicial litigation. Included are organizations that offer a range of advocacy services as well as legal aid programs which offer more formalized legal assistance.
  • Utility Service Payment Assistance (1)
    BV-8900.9300

    Utility Service Payment Assistance

    BV-8900.9300

    Programs that pay all or a portion of the utility bills of people whose utilities have been or are at risk of being shut off. Also included are non-emergency programs like those funded through the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), also referred to as LIEAP or HEAP in some states, that provide home energy assistance, generally in the form of a credit, for low-income households that apply. The assistance is usually available once per calendar year (or heating season). Utility bill payment assistance programs may have age, income, disability, need or other eligibility requirements.
  • Veteran Benefits Assistance (27)
    FT-1000.9000

    Veteran Benefits Assistance

    FT-1000.9000

    Programs that provide assistance for veterans who are having difficulty understanding and/or obtaining the full benefits and services to which they are entitled by law based on service to their country. The programs may help veterans understand the eligibility criteria for benefits, the benefits provided by the program, the payment process and the rights of beneficiaries; provide consultation and advice; help them complete benefits application forms; negotiate on their behalf with U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs staff; and/or represent them in administrative processes or judicial litigation. Included are veteran rights organizations that offer a range of advocacy services as well as legal aid programs that offer more formalized legal assistance.
  • Veteran Burial Benefits (5)
    NS-1000.9000

    Veteran Burial Benefits

    NS-1000.9000

    A program of the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs that provides a variety of burial benefits for eligible deceased veterans of peacetime or wartime service who have been discharged under conditions other than dishonorable and, in the case of some benefits, for their dependents. Included are burial in a national cemetery (opening and closing the grave, headstones and markers and perpetual care); headstones and markers for graves of veterans that are located anywhere in the world as well as niche markers for urns; headstones or markers for memorial plots in situations where the veteran's remains are not available for burial; Presidential Memorial Certificates; and burial flags which drape the veteran's coffin and are given to the next of kin or close associate following the funeral. Burial and funeral allowances are also available to certain veterans under specified conditions.
  • Veteran Home Loans (10)
    BH-3500.3400-900

    Veteran Home Loans

    BH-3500.3400-900

    Programs that assist veterans who want to purchase or construct a home by issuing GI loans which feature moderate interest rates, no down payment, a long repayment period, and the right to pay all or a portion or the loan in advance without penalty.
  • Veteran Life Insurance (4)
    NS-4500.9000

    Veteran Life Insurance

    NS-4500.9000

    A post-separation insurance program administered by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs that allows service members to convert their Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance (SGLI) coverage to renewable term insurance, Veterans' Group Life Insurance (VGLI). Members with full-time SGLI coverage are eligible for VGLI upon release from service and have one year and 120 days from the time of discharge to file their application. VGLI coverage is issued in multiples of $10,000 up to a maximum of $400,000. However, a service member's VGLI coverage amount cannot exceed the amount of SGLI they had in force at the time of separation from service. VGLI premiums are based upon the separating member's age. VA also manages life insurance programs for veterans of World War I, World War II and the Korean Conflict and for service disabled veterans of the Vietnam Conflict; and provides mortgage protection life insurance under a group policy for those disabled veterans who are given a VA grant to secure specially adapted housing.
  • Veteran Survivors Benefits (2)
    NS-8200.9000

    Veteran Survivors Benefits

    NS-8200.9000

    A program administered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs that provides special payments for the eligible survivors of deceased veterans whose wartime or peacetime service meets specific criteria for service-connected death compensation or non-service-connected death pensions. Eligible survivors (dependent children, surviving spouses and parents) who are seriously disabled may also qualify for Aid and Attendance or Housebound benefits which are paid in addition to the basic benefit.
  • Weatherization Programs (3)
    BH-3000.1800-950

    Weatherization Programs

    BH-3000.1800-950

    Programs that provide assistance in the form of labor and supplies to help people improve the energy efficiency of their homes and protect them from the elements. The program provides ceiling insulation, attic venting, double glazed windows, weather-stripping, minor housing envelope repairs, low-flow showerheads, evaporative cooler vent covers, water heater blankets, pipe wrap, duct wrap, switch and outlet gaskets, caulking, and other related energy conservation measures. Weatherization programs may have age, income, disability or other eligibility requirements.
  • WIC (7)
    NL-6000.9500

    WIC

    NL-6000.9500

    A federally-funded program that provides nutrition education and food vouchers for pregnant women, new mothers, infants and children younger than age five who cannot afford an adequate diet and, in the case of infants older than six weeks of age, who have a condition which shows a need for better nutrition. Vouchers are picked up at a WIC site (which are usually located in an health center that provides maternity and/or pediatric care) on a monthly basis and may be exchanged for milk, cheese, eggs, cereal, juice, vegetables, peanut butter, beans and formula in most grocery stores. In some states, WIC benefits are made available through electronic transfer benefit (EBT) cards.
  • Work Clothing (5)
    BM-6500.1500-950

    Work Clothing

    BM-6500.1500-950

    Programs that pay for or provide new or secondhand uniforms or other working clothes. Also included are programs such as "Dress for Success" that provide interview suits and other professional attire for low income individuals (frequently women) who need this type of wardrobe to secure and/or retain gainful employment.
  • Workers Compensation (1)
    NS-1800.9500

    Workers Compensation

    NS-1800.9500

    A disability insurance program mandated by the state and funded by employer contributions which provides compensation to covered employees for loss of their earnings as a result of an accidental injury or occupational disease sustained during employment, or which compensates dependents in case of a work-related death. The program provides for income replacement and supplement; scheduled awards for loss of sight or hearing, dismemberment or disfigurement; medical expenses (including hospital care); vocational rehabilitation, occupational therapy and retraining to enable a possible return to the workforce; and funeral expenses.
  • Y Facilities (67)
    PS-9800.9650

    Y Facilities

    PS-9800.9650

    Programs that provide for the spiritual, social, mental and physical development of children and youth and their families through a broad-based program which includes classes, recreational activities, fitness programs, leadership development opportunities, camping, youth clubs, parent-child programs, youth employment support services, cross-cultural exchange programs, community involvement opportunities and a variety of other activities that give participants a chance to develop a wide range of interpersonal relationships, strengthen family ties and to achieve a satisfying degree of personal growth.
 
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