Benefits.gov: Your Guide to Government Benefits!
By Guest Blogger Benefits.gov
Benefits.gov is here to help you navigate the complex world of government benefits. We house information on over 1,200 benefits on our site, many of which are specifically for people with disabilities. In this blog post, you will learn how to best use our site to find out which benefits you may be eligible to receive.
So, how do you find out if you or someone you know is eligible for benefits? To answer that question, we encourage you to use our confidential prescreening tool, called the Benefit Finder. As you answer questions about your personal situation, you’ll see a list of benefits you may be eligible to receive. The more questions you answer, the more precise your eligibility information will be. Anywhere between one-fifth and one-quarter of Benefits.gov users each year are persons with disabilities. We partner with 17 federal agencies to provide the most up to date information; 49 programs on our site relate to disability assistance, which come from a number of federal agencies and states.
For example, the Job Accommodation Network (JAN), which is managed by the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Disability Employment Policy, provides free, expert and confidential technical assistance to both employees and employers regarding workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. DOL’s Wage and Hour Division also enforces the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which provides workplace protections – unpaid, job-protected leave – to those living with a serious health condition.
The U.S. Department of the Treasury also manages benefits for persons with disabilities. The Tax Help for People with Disabilities program provides tax relief for disabled individual taxpayers. If you are disabled or have a disabled household member, you may qualify for this program – just in time for tax season!
The Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities program, administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), helps persons with disabilities live as independently as possible in the community by subsidizing rental housing opportunities, which provide access to appropriate supportive services.
If you are looking for a specific program or agency, you can search for benefits by state, federal agency, and category. In addition to DOL, Treasury and HUD, we have information on disability from the U.S. Social Security Administration and the U.S. Departments of Veterans Affairs and Education.
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