In addition to Social Security disability benefits, there are many government and nonprofit organizations that help low-income individuals and families pay for their basic needs, such as food, housing, electricity and medications. To find out which government benefits you may be eligible to receive, use the Benefit Finder on Benefits.gov.
Disability.gov’s Benefits section provides a broad range of resources to help low-income individuals and families. The December 2013 edition of the “Disability Connection” newsletter has information about “10 Things You Need to Know to Save Money.” In addition, we have developed this guide to connect you to programs, services, government agencies and organizations that can help you find financial assistance in your community.
Here are a few “quick links” to get you started:
- Extra Help with Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Costs
- Apply for Help Paying for Food
- Apply for Help Paying Heating or Electric Bills
- Learn How to Get Help Paying Your Phone Bill
- Find Your Local Community Action Agency
- Find out about Unclaimed Money from the Government
For more information about getting financial assistance to help pay for prescription drugs, groceries and other basic needs check out the following sections of this guide:
- Heating or Cooling My Home
- Housing Assistance (help paying for rent or home repairs and avoiding foreclosure)
- Internet Service or a Computer
- Phone Bill
- Prescription Drugs
- Organizations and Government Agencies that Can Help
For information on disability benefits, read “Disability.gov’s Guide to Disability Benefits.”
Note: Disability.gov cannot take applications for disability benefits or other assistance programs. You must contact the government agency or organization in charge of the program or service.