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.

Struggling with bills? There are quite a few options out there for you - and you may not even know it yet!

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.

  • 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: 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

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