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Top 10] US Government Programs for Low-Income Families

By: Mary Jones

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Who qualifies for low-income government programs?

Recipients of these kind of government benefits must prove their income is below a set amount, which is some percentage of the federal poverty level.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

SNAP or Food Stamps provides eligible people with a benefits card, used like a debit card, to buy food at designated grocery stores and farmers markets.

Health Insurance Marketplace

Through the Affordable Care Act (ACA), millions of people have gained access to health coverage through Medicaid and the Health Insurance Marketplace


Medicaid is the nation’s public health insurance program for low-income individuals and families. It is administered by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services

Child’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

Housing Assistance helps low-income families, seniors, and people with disabilities get into affordable private or government-owned rental housing.

Supplemental Security Income Program (SSI)

Supplemental Security Income Program (SSI) provides cash to low-income seniors and adults and kids with disabilities. It helps the aged, blind, and disabled buy food, clothing, and shelter

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

Administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), TANF programs provide cash for a limited time to low-income families working toward self-sufficiency.

No-cost internet through the Affordable Connectivity Program

Eligible households can get high-speed internet at no cost. If you’re eligible, you’ll get $30 per month off of their internet bill, and 20 internet carriers have agreed to provide ACP-eligible

Additional Federal Programs For Low-income Families

Earned Income Tax Credit is a tax credit for families with at least one child. They must make less than $51,567 a year to qualify. In 2012, over 27 million received credits totaling $63 billion.

Head Start

Head Start is a free or reduced cost program that provides comprehensive early childhood education, health nutrition, and parent involvement services

Federal Pell Grant Program

Department of Education runs the Federal Pell Grant Program to promote postsecondary education (college and trade school) for students from low-income households

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