Government Benefits & Assistance

(For Medicare benefits, see: Insurance)


A customizable site to "screen for federal, state and some local private and public benefits for older adults (ages 55 and over)." Identifies "programs that a person may be eligible to receive," and "provides a detailed description of the programs, local contacts for additional information (typically the addresses and phone numbers of where to apply for the programs), and materials to help successfully apply for each program." From the National Council on the Aging.

Eldercare Locator: Community Assistance for Seniors

A database of "information and assistance resources for legal services, elder abuse prevention, health insurance counseling, prescription assistance, and the long term care ombudsman program." Searchable by city, county, and zip code. Includes a glossary of aging terms, related fact sheets, and links. From the United States Administration on Aging.

Fact Sheets: The Elderly Nutrition Program

Description of this federal government program that provides grants to support home-delivered meals and related services for seniors. Topics include goals of the program, eligibility, and program outcomes. Includes instructions for finding information about Elderly Nutrition Program services in specific areas of the U.S. From the U.S. Administration on Aging.

Sponsored by 10 federal agencies, this site helps you determine what benefits you may qualify for. Offers several ways to search its database (such as by completing a questionnaire) and includes both federal and state resources.

Provides full information on all types of federal loans. Includes a keyword searchable index.

Provides access to a database of federal grants, searchable by subject category, keyword, and agency name. Applicants may apply online.

Independent Living Resource Center San Francisco: Web Links

Large collection of links about independent living for people with disabilities. Topics include the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), assistive technology, advocacy groups, the arts, travel, aging, government agencies, and sexuality. There is some San Francisco Bay Area focus, but most links are for any user.

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

(Administration for Children & Families)

A guide to a "federally-funded program to help eligible low income homeowners and renters meet their home heating and/or cooling needs." (Meals on Wheels Locations)

An index, by state and city, of meal-delivery services. (Note: Includes paid ads.)

Nutrition Assistance Programs

(U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service)

Information on all types of food assistance programs, including food stamps.

Social Security Online

Official web site of the Social Security Administration.

Social Security Online: Disability Planner

A guide to the federal government's disability programs.

Social Security Online: Supplemental Security Income

Information on federal assistance available "to help aged, blind, and disabled people, who have little or no income."

Subsidized Apartment Search

"The housing choice voucher program is the federal government's major program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market." This site provides a searchable database of subsidized housing units, also known as Section 8 housing. Search by location (state, county, city), housing type, and number of bedrooms. From the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

U.S. Administration on Aging

A major resource providing links to federal agencies that offer assistance. Covers such topics as financial planning, health insurance, nutrition, housing, and more. Also publishes a resource directory.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Information on benefits available to United States veterans.

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