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Bank Enterprise Awards Program

U.S. Department of Treasury 

Through the Bank Enterprise Award Program (BEA Program), the CDFI Fund provides monetary awards to FDIC-insured depository institutions (i.e., banks and thrifts) that successfully demonstrate an increase in their investments in CDFIs or in their own lending, investing, or service activities in distressed communities.

 

The CDFI Bond Guarantee Program

U.S. Department of Treasury 

The CDFI Bond Guarantee Program does not offer grants, but is instead a federal credit subsidy program, designed to function at no cost to taxpayers. The bond proceeds are debt instruments that must be repaid.

 

Community Development Financial Institution Program

U.S. Department of Treasury 

The CDFI Program offers both Financial Assistance and Technical Assistance awards to CDFIs. These competitive awards support and enhance the ability of these organizations to meet the needs of the communities they serve.

 

Elaws

U.S. Department of Labor

The elaws (Employment Laws Assistance for Workers and Small Businesses) Advisors are a set of interactive, online tools developed by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to help employers and employees learn more about their rights and responsibilities under numerous Federal employment laws. They address some of the nation’s most widely applicable employment laws, offering easy-to-understand information.

 

Employee Benefits and Security Administration

U.S. Department of Labor

The Employee Benefits and Security Administration (EBSA) educates and assists the 150 million Americans covered by private retirement plans, health plans, and welfare benefit plans, as well as
plan sponsors and members of the employee benefits community. EBSA balances proactive enforcement with compliance assistance and works to provide quality assistance to plan participants and beneficiaries.

 

Employment and Training Administration

U.S. Department of Labor

The mission of the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) is to contribute to the more efficient functioning of the U.S. labor market by enhancing employment opportunities and promoting business prosperity by administering high-quality job training, employment, labor market information, and income maintenance services primarily through state and local workforce development systems.

 

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is an independent federal agency that enforces federal laws prohibiting discrimination against a job applicant or employee. The EEOC investigates charges of employment discrimination.

 

ETA Grant Opportunities

U.S. Department of Labor

Grant opportunities through the Employment and Training Administration awards competitive funding to support a variety of priorities in employment and training programming and services.

 

New Market Tax Credit Program

U.S. Department of Treasury

The NMTC Program attracts private capital into low-income communities by permitting individual and corporate investors to receive a tax credit against their federal income tax in exchange for making equity investments in specialized financial intermediaries called Community Development Entities (CDEs).

 

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

U.S. Department of Labor

Congress created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance.

 

Office of Economic Impact and Diversity

U.S. Department of Energy

The Office of Economic Impact and Diversity works with minority owned and other small businesses to advance DOE’s mission.

 

One-Stop Career Centers

U.S. Department of Labor

American Job Centers (also known as One-Stop Centers are designed to provide a full range of assistance to job seekers under one roof. Established under the Workforce Investment Act, and reauthorized in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act of 2014, the centers offer training referrals, career counseling, job listings, and similar employment-related services. Customers can visit a center in person or connect to the center’s information online or through kiosk remote access.

 

Superfund Job Training Initiative

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

SuperJTI is a job readiness program that provides training and employment opportunities for people living in communities affected by Superfund sites. Many of these areas are historically under-represented minority and low-income neighborhoods and areas burdened with significant environmental challenges. EPA’s goal is to help these communities develop job opportunities that remain long after a Superfund site has been cleaned up.

 

The Community Development Financial Institution Fund

U.S. Department of Treasury

The Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) plays an important role in generating economic growth and opportunity in some of our nation’s most distressed communities. By offering tailored resources and innovative programs that invest federal dollars alongside private sector capital, the CDFI Fund serves mission-driven financial institutions that take a market-based approach to supporting economically disadvantaged communities.

 

The Native Initiatives

U.S. Department of Treasury

Native CDFIs help Native Communities thrive and grow by increasing their access to credit, capital, and financial services. The Native Initiatives program uses a combination of financial, technical assistance, and training to build the capacity of CDFIs serving Native Communities.

 

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs

U.S. Department of Labor

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) holds those who do business with taxpayer dollars, over 200,000 federal contractors and subcontractors, to the fair and reasonable standard that they take affirmative action and prohibit discrimination on the bases of gender, race, color, national origin, religion, disability, and status as a protected veteran. Anyone who is employed by or tries to get a job with those companies (nearly one in four American workers) is protected by OFCCP’s legal authorities.

 

VET Success Program

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

The VetSuccess on Campus (VSOC) program aims to help Veterans, Servicemembers, and their qualified dependents succeed and thrive through a coordinated delivery of on-campus benefits assistance and counseling, leading to completion of their education and preparing them to enter the labor market in viable careers.

 

Wages and Hour Division

U.S. Department of Labor

The Wage and Hour Division (WHD) is a worker protection agency that enforces federal minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and child labor requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act. WHD also enforces the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act. The agency is engaged in a number of outreach efforts targeting AAPI communities, such as the Know-Your-Rights Regional Outreach Initiative. Among the programs in this initiative are: Compliance Outreach to the Asian Community and Hispanics (COACH), Rapid Employee Assistance in Chinese Hotline (REACH), Protecting Immigrant Employee with Compliance and Education (PIECE), and The Information Group for Asian American Rights (TIGAAR).

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Civil Rights & Conflicts

Civil Rights Division

U.S. Department of Justice

The Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice works to uphold the civil and constitutional rights of all Americans, particularly some of the most vulnerable members of our society. The Division enforces federal statutes prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, disability, religion, familial status and national origin.

 

Criminal Section

U.S. Department of Justice

The Criminal Section prosecutes cases involving the violent interference with liberties and rights defined in the Constitution or federal law. The rights of both citizens and non-citizens are protected. In general, it is the use of force, threats, or intimidation that characterize a federal criminal violation of an individual’s civil rights.

 

Disability Rights Section

U.S. Department of Justice

The Disability Rights Section works to achieve equal opportunity for people with disabilities in the United States by implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

 

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is an independent federal agency that enforces federal laws prohibiting discrimination against a job applicant or employee. The EEOC investigates charges of employment discrimination.

 

Executive Office for Immigration Review

U.S. Department of Justice

The primary mission of the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) is to adjudicate immigration cases by fairly, expeditiously, and uniformly interpreting and administering the Nation’s immigration laws. Under delegated authority from the Attorney General, EOIR conducts immigration court proceedings, appellate reviews, and administrative hearings.

 

Family and Youth Services Bureau

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Family and Youth Services Bureau provides a number of programs addressing youth and family issues, including programs for runaway and homeless youths, teen pregnancy prevention, and family violence prevention and services.

 

Federal Coordination and Compliance Section

U.S. Department of Justice

The Federal Coordination and Compliance Section (FCS) ensures that all federal agencies consistently and effectively enforce civil rights statutes and Executive Orders that prohibit discrimination in federally conducted and assisted programs and activities.

 

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is responsible for safeguarding homeland security and public safety through the enforcement of federal laws governing border control, customs, trade, and immigration. In addition, ICE Public Engagement seeks to build constructive relationships with community stakeholders through targeted community outreach across the country. The ICE Online Detainee Locator System may be used to locate a detainee who is currently in ICE custody, or who was released from ICE custody within the last 60 days.

 

Office for Civil Rights

U.S. Department of Education

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) ensures equal access to education and promotes educational excellence through vigorous enforcement of civil rights. OCR serves students facing discrimination and the advocates and institutions promoting systemic solutions to civil rights problems.

 

Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

The Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) advises DHS on ways to promote respect for civil rights and civil liberties in policy creation and implementation; communicates with individuals and communities whose civil rights and civil liberties may be affected by DHS activities, and informs them about policies and avenues of redress.

 

Office of Economic Impact and Diversity

U.S. Department of Energy

The Office of Economic Impact and Diversity works with minority-owned and other small businesses to advance DOE’s mission.

 

Office of Refugee Resettlement

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Office of Refugee Resettlement oversees and provides guidance to state-administered programs that provide assistance and services to refugee, asylees, certain Amerasian immigrants, Cuban and Haitian entrants, as well as victims of human trafficking.

 

Stop Bullying Now Campaign

U.S. Department of Education

A national database of effective anti-bullying programs.

 

The Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices

U.S. Department of Justice

The Immigrant and Employee Rights Section (IER), enforces the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. § 1324b.

 

The Special Counsel for Religious Discrimination

U.S. Department of Justice

The Special Counsel for Religious Discrimination coordinates cases involving religion-based discrimination, and oversees outreach efforts to religious communities. If you feel you have been discriminated against on the basis of religion, but are unsure which section of the civil rights division to contact, or if you have any problems reaching one of the sections listed above, call the special counsel’s office at (202) 353-8622.

 

U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (USCIS) oversees the lawful immigration of individuals to the U.S. and processes such immigration paperwork as petitions for lawful permanent residence (green card applications); citizenship; student, employment, and humanitarian visas; international adoptions; asylum; and other immigration benefits. USCIS services include, immigration forms; Immigration Information Officer appointments at InfoPass, available in English, Vietnamese, Chinese, Tagalog, Korean, and other languages; case status; citizenship applications; Green Card (Permanent Residence) applications; helping family members immigrate to the U.S.; asylum applications; and work authorization applications.

 

Voting Section

U.S. Department of Justice

The Voting Section enforces the civil provisions of the federal laws that protect the right to vote, including the Voting Rights Act, the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act, the National Voter Registration Act, the Help America Vote Act and the Civil Rights Acts.

 

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Disabilities

Disability Benefits

U.S. Social Security Administration

The Social Security and Supplemental Security Income disability programs are the largest of several Federal programs that provide assistance to people with disabilities. While these two programs are different in many ways, both are administered by the Social Security Administration and only individuals who have a disability and meet medical criteria may qualify for benefits under either program.

 

Disability Rights Section

U.S. Department of Justice

The Disability Rights Section works to achieve equal opportunity for people with disabilities in the United States by implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

 

VA Disability Compenstaion

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Disability Compensation is a tax free monetary benefit paid to Veterans with disabilities that are the result of a disease or injury incurred or aggravated during active military service.

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Education

AmeriCorps

Corporation for National and Community Service

AmeriCorps provides stipends and grants to individuals in exchange for 3 months to 1 year of community-based service. Funding opportunities vary, depending on an individual’s interest areas and current need.

 

Educational Opportunities Section

U.S. Department of Justice

The Educational Opportunities Section is responsible for enforcing Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, and religion in public schools and institutions of higher learning; the Equal Educational Opportunities Act of 1974 which, among other things, requires states and school districts to provide English Language Learner (ELL) students with appropriate services to overcome language barriers; and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

 

Federal Direct Student Loan Program

U.S. Department of Education

The Federal Direct Student Loan Program provides loans directly to students for undergraduate and graduate studies, through participating postsecondary schools, with funds borrowed from the U.S. Treasury. Direct Loans include subsidized and unsubsidized loans, PLUS loans for parents and graduate or professional degree students, and consolidation loans, which allow borrowers to combine federal education loan debt.

 

Federal Pell Grant

U.S. Department of Education

The Federal Pell Grant Program provides need-based grants to low-income undergraduate and certain post baccalaureate students to promote access to postsecondary education.

 

 

Federal Work-Study

U.S. Department of Education

Federal Work-Study programs provide part-time employment for students while they are enrolled in school. Students are paid directly for their work and schools are responsible for administering the program.

 

 Mymoney.gov

U.S. Department of Treasury

The Financial Literacy and Education Commission provides a number of resources for national financial education through http://www.mymoney.gov.

 

Office for Civil Rights

U.S. Department of Education

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) ensures equal access to education and promotes educational excellence through vigorous enforcement of civil rights. OCR serves students facing discrimination and the advocates and institutions promoting systemic solutions to civil rights problems.

 

Stafford Loan Forgiveness Program for Teachers

U.S. Department of Education

The Stafford Loan Forgiveness Program for Teachers forgives up to a combined total of $17,500 in principal and interest on loans by individuals who teach full-time for five consecutive, complete academic years in certain elementary and secondary schools that serve low-income families. Students may also be eligible to defer or cancel loans.

 

Stop Bullying Now Campaign

U.S. Department of Education

A national database of effective anti-bullying programs.

 

Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grants (TEACH)

U.S. Department of Education

The TEACH Grant Program provides grants of up to $4,000 a year to students who are completing or plan to complete course work needed to begin a career in teaching.

 

The Post 9/11 GI Bill

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

The Post 9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after Sept. 11, 2001, or to individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days.

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Environment & Energy

Energy Savers Booklet

U.S. Department of Energy

The Energy Saver guide shows you how easy it is to cut your energy use at home and also on the road.

 

Office of Economic Impact and Diversity

U.S. Department of Energy

The Office of Economic Impact and Diversity works with minority-owned and other small businesses to advance DOE’s mission.

 

Superfund Job Training Initiative

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

SuperJTI is a job readiness program that provides training and employment opportunities for people living in communities affected by Superfund sites. Many of these areas are historically under-represented minority and low-income neighborhoods and areas burdened with significant environmental challenges. EPA’s goal is to help these communities develop job opportunities that remain long after a Superfund site has been cleaned up.

 

The National Park Service

U.S. Department of Interior

The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world.

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Food & Agriculture

National Resources Conservation Service

U.S. Department of Agriculture

The Natural Resources Conservation Service has a leadership role in developing partnerships to help America’s private landowners conserve their soil, water, and other natural resources. Certain programs also provide financial assistance for agricultural producers to rehabilitate farmland damaged by natural disasters and pests.

 

National School Lunch Program

U.S. Department of Agriculture

The National School Lunch Program is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions.

 

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

U.S. Department of Agriculture

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps low-income individuals and families buy the food they need for good health. On the SNAP website you’ll find an Eligibility Pre-Screening Tool, which can help determine if you may be eligible to receive SNAP benefits, and a Community Partner Outreach Toolkit, which is full of great resources and how-tos.

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Health

Administration of Aging

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Administration on Aging (AoA) is the primary agency designated to carry out the provisions of the Older Americans Act of 1965. Programs and services that are administered include: home-delivered meals and other nutrition-related services, transportation, adult day care, legal assistance, and health promotion.

 

Children’s Health Insurance Program

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Children’s Health Insurance Programs (CHIP), a state and federal partnership that targets uninsured children and pregnant women in families with incomes too high to qualify for most state Medicaid programs, but often too low to afford private coverage.

 

Division of Viral Hepatitis

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Division of Viral Hepatitis provides the scientific and programmatic foundation for the prevention, control, and elimination of hepatitis virus infections in the United States, and assists the international public health community in these activities.

 

Family and Youth Services Bureau

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Family and Youth Services Bureau provides a number of programs addressing youth and family issues, including programs for runaway and homeless youths, teen pregnancy prevention, and family violence prevention and services

 

Health Finder

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Health Finder website provides documents created by HHS program offices, printed in English and other Asian and Pacific Island languages.

 

Health Resources and Services Administration

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), comprised of six bureaus and 13 offices, is the primary federal agency for improving access to health-care services for people who are
uninsured, isolated, or medically vulnerable.

 

Medical Benefits Packages

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

The comprehensive VA Health Benefits package includes all the necessary inpatient hospital care and outpatient services to promote, preserve or restore your health. VA medical facilities provide a wide range of services, including traditional hospital-based services such as surgery, critical care, mental health, orthopedics, pharmacy, radiology and physical therapy.

 

Medicare

U.S. Social Security Administration

Medicare is the U.S. health insurance program for people age 65 or older, but certain younger people also can qualify.

 

National Diabetes Education Program

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) is a joint effort of CDC and NIH and involves public and private partners in efforts to improve diabetes management and outcomes, promote early diagnoses, and prevent or delay the onset of diabetes in the U.S. and its territories.

 

Office of Minority Health

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Office of Minority Health (OMH) works in partnership with communities and organizations in the public and private sectors to improve the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through development of health policies and programs that will help eliminate health disparities. OMH programs address disease prevention, health promotion, risk reduction, healthier lifestyle choices, use of health-care services, and barriers to health care.

 

VA Life Insurance

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

VA provides valuable life insurance benefits to give you the peace of mind that comes with knowing your family is protected. VA’s life insurance programs were developed to provide financial security for your family given the extraordinary risks involved in military service.

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Housing

Continuum of Care (CoC) Program

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

The Continuum of Care (CoC) Program is designed to promote communitywide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness; provide funding for efforts by nonprofit providers, and State and local governments to quickly rehouse homeless individuals and families while minimizing the trauma and dislocation caused to homeless individuals, families, and communities by homelessness; promote access to and effect utilization of mainstream programs by homeless individuals and families; and optimize self-sufficiency among individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

 

Housing and Civil Enforcement Section

U.S. Department of Justice

The Housing and Civil Enforcement Section works to protect some of the most fundamental rights of individuals, including the right to access housing free from discrimination, the right to access credit on an equal basis, the right to patronize places of business that provide public accommodations and the right to practice one’s faith free from discrimination.

 

Housing Choice Vouchers Program

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Housing choice vouchers allow very low-income families to choose and lease or purchase safe, decent, and affordable privately-owned rental housing.

 

Housing Counseling

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

HUD provides support to a nationwide network of Housing Counseling Agencies (HCA) and counselors. HCAs are trained and approved by HUD to provide tools to current and prospective homeowners, renters so that they can make responsible choices to address their housing needs in light of their financial situations.

 

Office of Public and Indian Housing

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

The role of the Office of Public and Indian Housing is to ensure safe, decent, and affordable housing; create opportunities for residents’ self-sufficiency and economic independence; and assure fiscal integrity by all program participants.

 

Rural Development Agency

U.S. Department of Agriculture

The Rural Development Agency (RD) has various grant and loan programs to help develop housing, community facilities, and businesses in small towns and rural communities (with exact definition of “rural” varying depending on program).

 

Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Program

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

The Section 202 program helps expand the supply of affordable housing with supportive services for the elderly. It provides very low-income elderly with options that allow them to live independently but in an environment that provides support activities such as cleaning, cooking, transportation, etc.

 

Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities ProgramHousing Choice Vouchers Program

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Through the Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities program, HUD provides funding to develop and subsidize rental housing with the availability of supportive services for very low- and extremely low-income adults with disabilities.

 

VA Home Loan Program

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

VA helps Servicemembers, Veterans, and eligible surviving spouses become homeowners.

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Language Access

LEP.gov

U.S. Department of Justice

http://www.LEP.gov promotes a positive and cooperative understanding of the importance of language access to federally conducted and federally assisted programs. This site also acts as a clearinghouse, providing and linking to information, tools, and technical assistance regarding limited English proficiency and language services for federal agencies, recipients of federal funds, users of federal programs and federally assisted programs, and other stakeholders.

 

SSA Interpreter

U.S. Social Security Administration

The Social Security Administration provides free interpreter services in 17 languages, including Korean, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Hmong, and Tagalog to help conduct business with and submit confidential information to Social Security.

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Low Income

Children’s Health Insurance Program

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Children’s Health Insurance Programs (CHIP), a state and federal partnership that targets uninsured children and pregnant women in families with incomes too high to qualify for most state Medicaid programs, but often too low to afford private coverage.

 

Continuum of Care (CoC) Program

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

The Continuum of Care (CoC) Program is designed to promote communitywide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness; provide funding for efforts by nonprofit providers, and State and local governments to quickly rehouse homeless individuals and families while minimizing the trauma and dislocation caused to homeless individuals, families, and communities by homelessness; promote access to and effect utilization of mainstream programs by homeless individuals and families; and optimize self-sufficiency among individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

 

Federal Pell Grant

U.S. Department of Education

The Federal Pell Grant Program provides need-based grants to low-income undergraduate and certain post baccalaureate students to promote access to postsecondary education.

 

Housing Choice Vouchers Program

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Housing choice vouchers allow very low-income families to choose and lease or purchase safe, decent, and affordable privately-owned rental housing.

 

Housing Counseling

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

HUD provides support to a nationwide network of Housing Counseling Agencies (HCA) and counselors. HCAs are trained and approved by HUD to provide tools to current and prospective homeowners, renters so that they can make responsible choices to address their housing needs in light of their financial situations.

 

National School Lunch Program

U.S. Department of Agriculture

The National School Lunch Program is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions.

 

Office of Family Assistance

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Office of Family Assistance administers Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) programs, time-limited assistance to needy families with children to promote work, responsibility, and self-sufficiency.

 

Office of Public and Indian Housing

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

The role of the Office of Public and Indian Housing is to ensure safe, decent, and affordable housing; create opportunities for residents’ self-sufficiency and economic independence; and assure fiscal integrity by all program participants.

 

Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Program

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

The Section 202 program helps expand the supply of affordable housing with supportive services for the elderly. It provides very low-income elderly with options that allow them to live independently but in an environment that provides support activities such as cleaning, cooking, transportation, etc.

 

Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities ProgramHousing Choice Vouchers Program

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Through the Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities program, HUD provides funding to develop and subsidize rental housing with the availability of supportive services for very low- and extremely low-income adults with disabilities.

 

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

U.S. Department of Agriculture

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps low-income individuals and families buy the food they need for good health. On the SNAP website you’ll find an Eligibility Pre-Screening Tool, which can help determine if you may be eligible to receive SNAP benefits, and a Community Partner Outreach Toolkit, which is full of great resources and how-tos.

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Seniors

Administration of Aging

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Administration on Aging (AoA) is the primary agency designated to carry out the provisions of the Older Americans Act of 1965. Programs and services that are administered include: home-delivered meals and other nutrition-related services, transportation, adult day care, legal assistance, and health promotion.

 

Medicare

U.S. Social Security Administration

Medicare is the U.S. health insurance program for people age 65 or older, but certain younger people also can qualify.

 

Retirement Benefits

U.S. Social Security Administration

Retirement benefits are the foundation on which you can build a secure retirement. The program bases retirement benefit calculations on your earnings during a lifetime of work under the Social Security system. For most current and future retirees, Social Security will base its payments on an average of your 35 highest years of earnings.

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Social Security

Disability Benefits

U.S. Social Security Administration

The Social Security and Supplemental Security Income disability programs are the largest of several Federal programs that provide assistance to people with disabilities. While these two programs are different in many ways, both are administered by the Social Security Administration and only individuals who have a disability and meet medical criteria may qualify for benefits under either program.

 

Medicare

U.S. Social Security Administration

Medicare is the U.S. health insurance program for people age 65 or older, but certain younger people also can qualify.

 

Retirement Benefits

U.S. Social Security Administration

Retirement benefits are the foundation on which you can build a secure retirement. The program bases retirement benefit calculations on your earnings during a lifetime of work under the Social Security system. For most current and future retirees, Social Security will base its payments on an average of your 35 highest years of earnings.

 

SSA Interpreter

U.S. Social Security Administration

The Social Security Administration provides free interpreter services in 17 languages, including Korean, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Hmong, and Tagalog to help conduct business with and submit confidential information to Social Security.

 

Survivor’s benefits

U.S. Social Security Administration

Survivor’s benefits are Social Security benefits that may be available if you are the survivor of a spouse or child of a worker who died who worked long enough under Social Secuirty to qualify for benefits.

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Veterans

Burial and Memorial Benefits

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

VA pays for burial and funeral expenses on a reimbursement basis.

 

Center for Minority Veterans

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

The Center for Minority Veterans is the Department of Veterans Affairs model for inter-and intra-agency co-operation, to ensure all veterans receive equal service regardless of race, origin, religion, or gender.

 

Medical Benefits Packages

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

The comprehensive VA Health Benefits package includes all the necessary inpatient hospital care and outpatient services to promote, preserve or restore your health. VA medical facilities provide a wide range of services, including traditional hospital-based services such as surgery, critical care, mental health, orthopedics, pharmacy, radiology and physical therapy.

 

The Post 9/11 GI Bill

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

The Post 9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after Sept. 11, 2001, or to individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days.

 

VA Disability Compenstaion

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Disability Compensation is a tax free monetary benefit paid to Veterans with disabilities that are the result of a disease or injury incurred or aggravated during active military service.

 

VA Home Loan Program

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

VA helps Servicemembers, Veterans, and eligible surviving spouses become homeowners.

 

VA Life Insurance

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

VA provides valuable life insurance benefits to give you the peace of mind that comes with knowing your family is protected. VA’s life insurance programs were developed to provide financial security for your family given the extraordinary risks involved in military service.

Vet Combat Call Center

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

1-877-WAR-VETS is an around the clock confidential call center where combat Veterans and their families can call to talk about their military experience or any other issue they are facing in their readjustment to civilian life. The staff is comprised of combat Veterans from several eras as well as families members of combat Veterans. This benefit is prepaid through the Veteran’s military service.

VET Success Program

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

The VetSuccess on Campus (VSOC) program aims to help Veterans, Servicemembers, and their qualified dependents succeed and thrive through a coordinated delivery of on-campus benefits assistance and counseling, leading to completion of their education and preparing them to enter the labor market in viable careers.

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Women

Office on Violence Against Women

U.S. Department of Justice

The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) provides federal leadership in developing the national capacity to reduce violence against women and administer justice for and strengthen services to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

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Other

AmeriCorps

Corporation for National and Community Service

AmeriCorps provides stipends and grants to individuals in exchange for 3 months to 1 year of community-based service. Funding opportunities vary, depending on an individual’s interest areas and current need.

 

The Federal Emergency Management Administration

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

The Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) supports the nation’s state, local, tribal, territorial, and private partners and first responders. It also improves our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards and natural disasters. Families and individuals that have been impacted by a disaster and need assistance have several options for getting help.

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