This information covers public benefits, which are government-funded programs that help individuals and families in need. Public benefits can include cash and income assistance, health care, food assistance, housing assistance, and tax benefits.
There are many government assistance programs available, use this page to find out which government programs might help you. Most government programs were created by federal law to provide financial or other aid to individuals or groups who cannot support themselves. In Louisiana, most are run by state agencies, but some are run directly by federal government agencies. Depending on your situation, you can be eligible for some services and benefits while not qualifying for others.
This includes the following public benefit program information in the following categories:
- Food Benefits
- Income & Cash Benefits
- Health Benefits
- Housing & Utilities Benefits
- Tax Benefits
Recipients that get these kinds of government benefits often must prove their income is below a set amount, which is some percentage of the federal poverty level. Most programs also require you to be a United States citizen or an eligible non-citizen. Many programs have state requirements based on family size and details about combined family income.
To apply for public benefits, you must contact your local government or social services agency. Depending on the type of benefit you are applying for, you may need to fill out an application and provide certain documents, such as proof of income, proof of identity, and proof of residence. Once your application is approved you may be asked to provide additional information or documents before you can receive the benefit. Depending on the benefit, you also are required to provide additional documentation, and/or attend an in-person interview or a telephone interview to provide more information.
Find the benefits program you think you might need help with. Determine whether you are eligible. Gather your required documents. Complete the application. Submit the application.
To learn more about public benefits for veterans visit our resource Benefits For Veterans.
To learn more about disability public benefits visit our resource Disability Public Benefits.
To learn more about disaster programs and benefits visit our resource Disaster Programs And Benefits.