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Community Resources : Assistance

2-1-1 Get Answers, Get Connected
2-1-1 (Dial Phone Number 211) is an easy to remember telephone number that where available, connects people with important community services and volunteer opportunities. United Way of America (UWA) and the Alliance for Information and Referral Systems (AIRS) strongly support Federal funding so that every American has access to this essential service.
About Financial Assistance
Financial assistance programs are most often based on need, with income and-or age a part of the qualifying for the assistance. Financial assistance can range from emergency shelter to food to assistance with utility bills, temporary rent assistance, disaster relief, and other emergency services meant to help a person get past a temporary financial set back. Actual monetary financial assistance can depend on the grants that a non-profit has at your time of need. Sometimes financial assistance may not be available due to grant funds being exhausted.
About Financial Hardship that is Extreme
Resolving ongoing extreme financial hardship can involve consumer credit counseling, housing counseling, legal services including bankruptcy counseling and gaining an understanding of government support programs such as Medicaid and public housing. Often the starting point is a professional credit counselor. There are also professional housing counselors that can offer advice on mortgages, low cost legal services and other financial assistance programs.
About Food Resources
Food resource programs can be based on income, age or need or be a privately paid food service program. Some low cost food programs require proof of income, age and need, while others are based on a verbal request that you that you are in need of food. Some food programs are strictly private pay where the person pays for the food and it is delivered to the home. Food resources can range from low cost home delivered meals to food banks to meals served at senior centers to private pay meals that are delivered via the mail.
The National Council of Aging created this website to help older adults to quickly identify programs that may improve the quality of their lives. You take 10 or 15 minutes to enter information about your financial situation into an online questionnaire. BenefitsCheckUp is completely confidential.
Meal Call
Find senior Meals-on-Wheels and other senior meal delivery and congregate programs nationwide.? If you don't find a program, let them know and they will find something close to you.
Meals on Wheels Association of America
The Meals On Wheels Association of America (MOWAA) is the oldest and largest organization in the United States representing those who provide meal services to people in need.
Rebuilding Together
This national volunteer organization preserves and revitalizes low-income houses and communities. As a nonprofit, nonsectarian organization supported by voluntary contributions of time and money, every dollar is wisely spent and is an investment in a better America.