According to the Urban Institute, 25 percent of American households do not claim benefits for which they are eligible. In tough economic times, many of us can greatly benefit from public benefits.
Whether you are looking to pay your medical bills, increase take-home pay, afford reliable transportation, or earn education credentials, public benefits can help you cover the basic needs for you and your family.
Even if you are eligible for public benefits, many programs require specific documentation and application procedures. Some of the most common types of information that applicants may need to provide are:
Note: Criteria eligibility varies by program and state. Most applications do not require all of this material. It is recommended that applicants check which documents are needed before enrollment interviews.
From tax credits and health insurance to child care and transportation, Goodwill can help you jump start your path to self-sufficiency by applying for and claiming the benefits you deserve. Even if you know that you eligible for public benefits, the application process can be complicated and time consuming. For help finding out if you qualify, filling out your application or referral to another agency that can assist you: