Get food, money and other support
Need help paying for food, housing, or other needs?
There are many national, state, and local programs that offer assistance. Use the State Resource Finder and select your state to find contact information for social services and free legal help in your state. Try these steps to get started:
Call 2-1-1 or visit 211.org to find local help. You’ll find information on food, housing, employment, health care, and other kinds of assistance. 211 is a free and confidential service for anyone in the United States.
You can also take a short quiz at Benefits.gov that will help you learn which government benefits you may be eligible for.
Help paying for food
- See if you qualify for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, sometimes called food stamps). If you do, you’ll also find the phone number to apply for SNAP in your state.
- Visit Benefits.gov to find Food / Nutrition resources in your state.
Help paying for housing
You might qualify for low-rent public housing. Enter your address on the public housing map to locate contact information for services near you. From that website, you can look for:
- Your local Public Housing Authority / Agency (PHA) - look on the map for PHA offices to contact and find out if you qualify for public housing.
Affordable housing opportunities near you—if you do qualify for public housing, look on the map for affordable housing and contact these properties to ask about available apartments.
Homeless resources near you—if you need immediate help, look on the map for homeless resources that you can contact to ask about homeless services in your area.
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