Basic Needs & Public Assistance

    Results: 22

  • Bathing Facilities (1)
    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.
  • Cell Phones (1)
    BM-5050.1500

    Cell Phones

    BM-5050.1500

    Programs that pay for or provide cellular phones, i.e., electronic devices that are used for mobile telecommunications (mobile telephone, text messaging or data transmission) over a cellular network of specialized base stations known as cell sites. Also included are programs that furnish smartphones, i.e., mobile phones with advanced capabilities such as Wi-Fi and e-book reader features that function more like miniature computers with phone capabilities. Some programs limit their cell phone provision service to special targeted populations such as victims of domestic abuse or others in vulnerable situations who are authorized to use the phones in emergency situations only.
  • Clothing (7)
    BM-6500.1500

    Clothing

    BM-6500.1500

    Programs that pay for or provide new or secondhand clothing. Included are clothing exchange programs.
  • Discounted Telephone Service (2)
    BV-8900.1700-850

    Discounted Telephone Service

    BV-8900.1700-850

    Telephone companies and wireless service providers that offer their services at below normal rates for people who meet age, disability, income, need or other requirements. Telephone equipment and/or cell phones may also be provided.
  • Emergency Food (5)
    BD-1800

    Emergency Food

    BD-1800

    Programs that provide a limited amount of food for individuals or families during times of personal crisis, or for people who have no food or cannot afford to purchase food at retail costs.
  • Eye Care Expense Assistance (2)
    LH-5100.1750

    Eye Care Expense Assistance

    LH-5100.1750

    Programs that pay the optometric or ophthalmologic bills of people who are unable to obtain necessary eye care without assistance. Eye care bill payment assistance programs may have age, income, disability, need or other eligibility requirements.
  • Eye Screening (1)
    LF-4900.2000

    Eye Screening

    LF-4900.2000

    Programs that offer screening procedures that identify people who have targeted eye diseases or vision deficiencies that may require further examination.
  • Food Banks/Food Distribution Warehouses (12)
    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 Pantries (38)
    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 Stamps/SNAP (7)
    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.
  • Formula/Baby Food (1)
    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.
  • Home Delivered Meals (1)
    BD-5000.3500

    Home Delivered Meals

    BD-5000.3500

    Programs that prepare and deliver regular meals to older adults and people with disabilities who are unable to shop and/or prepare the food for themselves or travel to a site where a meal is being served.
  • Housing Expense Assistance (2)
    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.
  • Laundry Facilities (1)
    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.
  • Meals (8)
    BD-5000

    Meals

    BD-5000

    Programs that provide supplementary nutrition (which may include hot meals, snacks or milk) typically for homeless people, individuals with low or fixed incomes, older adults, children from low-income families and/or people with disabilities.
  • Medical Expense Assistance (4)
    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.
  • Personal/Grooming Needs (1)
    BM-6500.6500

    Personal/Grooming Needs

    BM-6500.6500

    Programs that provide basic personal services and supplies for low income individuals, homeless people, travelers and other individuals who do not have a local permanent address and who do not have access to private facilities or materials for grooming, baggage storage, cooking, communications and other basic needs.
  • Prescription Expense Assistance (2)
    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.
  • Rent Payment Assistance (2)
    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.
  • Temporary Financial Assistance (10)
    NT

    Temporary Financial Assistance

    NT

    Programs that provide assistance for people who are experiencing an unexpected financial shortfall and have insufficient resources to obtain essential services or to meet expenses in situations where financial assistance related to their specific circumstance is unavailable. Monetary assistance may be in the form of cash, loans, checks or vouchers.
  • Utility Service Payment Assistance (9)
    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.
  • WIC (1)
    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.
 
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