Could you be living in one of the 25% of American households not claiming benefits you qualify for? These are tough times – and every little bit can make a difference in paying those bills and making rent. Goodwill is here to help, both with our own programs and services and with our knowledge of key information that’ll help get you back on your feet.
Thanks to the great team at Goodwill International, we’ve got a round-up of public benefit programs that can offer you help, whether you’re a student, a parent, a homeowner, or a senior.
- STUDENTS: Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to see if you are eligible for various forms of financial assistance for postsecondary education. If you or your parents pay taxes, you can also look into the American Opportunity Tax Credit.
- PARENTS: The state-administered Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) helps families pay for medical expenses for children under age 18. You can also apply for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families which provides a variety of welfare and cash subsidy programs to promote family responsibility and self-sufficiency.
- HOMEOWNERS: Check out the Making Homes Affordable Program (MHAP) to see if you can minimize your monthly housing payments through a loan modification or a home affordable refinance. If you are a first-time homeowner, file your taxes and claim the Homebuyer Credit to receive up to $8,000.
- SENIORS: Are you a senior? Find out if you are eligible for Medicare and check out AARP’s Benefits QuickLINK to learn about other programs in your state.
- OTHERS: Benefits.gov is also a great place to find out which government benefits you may be eligible to receive. You can take the Benefits Questionnaire or search for specific programs by state or category.
Now, at Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey, we also offer a slew of classes, programs, services and centers for your use. Come see how we might be able to help you at www.goodwillny.org.