About Financial Assistance
Financial assistance programs are most often based on need, with income and/or age a part of the qualifying for the assistance. “Financial assistance” can range from emergency shelter to food to assistance with utility bills, temporary rent assistance, disaster relief, and other emergency services meant to help a person get past a temporary financial set back. Actual monetary financial assistance can depend on the grants that a non-profit has at your time of need. Sometimes financial assistance may not be available due to grant funds being exhausted.
The resources below deal with temporary financial assistance that helps a person get past a temporary financial setback. If you are looking for assistance with major debt and income imbalance that is causing ongoing extreme financial hardship – CLICK HERE
Good places to start
Call 2-1-1 or visit their website
2-1-1 is a free and confidential service provided by United Way and funded by community foundations, Federal, state and local governments. The 2-1-1 program serves all ages across the United States. They have lists of financial assistance resources by geographic area on their website or call them through the 2-1-1 phone number and speak with a trained services professional. Keep in mind that some areas of the country may have fewer or more financial assistance programs than others.
Note: The 211.org website lists many other types of resources and services to help people in need.
Contact Your Local Area Agency on Aging
Eldercare Locator: 1-800-677-1116 – Monday – Friday, 9AM – 8PM ET
For older adults, your local Area Agency on Aging can be a referral source for food resources and other services that help seniors. Call the Eldercare Locator to find your local agency. The Eldercare.gov website has a searchable database that lists information about different types of senior resources and also lists some local resources by state.
The BenefitsCheckUp website helps you find state, Federal, and private benefits programs available where you live, that can provide assistance with prescriptions, health care, food, utilities, and more.