Before you go on, take a look at the Federal Poverty Guidelines in the previous section. Figure 150% of those incomes. Because If your family income is less than or even $1000 above those guidelines, you just may be qualified for a lot of entitlements (which is obviously good news)
But If your income is greatly higher than the guidelines, you can pretty much skip this whole section of the eBook.
If it looks like you fall into the guidelines, go to http://www.firstgov.gov/Citizen/Topics/Benefits.shtml
You will find an exhaustive list of entitlements/benefits on that website. Click around and research any that may apply to you. The qualifications are all there and you can see for yourself if you qualify or not. You can also read about the program and see if it will give you the help you are looking for.
You can also go to: http://www.govbenefits.gov/index.jsp
On that page, you are given two choices to search. The one on the left let’s you answer questions and then the program will find benefits that fit your answers. The one on the right just lets you search without answering any questions. It’s your choice. Both will give you great results.
Another (the best) resource for entitlements/benefits is your local Department of Health and Human Resources. Nearly every county in the nation has one. Call them and make an appointment. They are there to help you and do an excellent job at it.
Entitlements are not for everyone and con not serve every purpose. Do some research and see if they fit your needs. If they do, jump in and get started. The programs work! If they don’t fit your needs just keep reading, you will find something that fits your needs.