Project for Help Someone Access Public Benefit Programs

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Overview

In this economy, chances are you know someone who needs help paying for food, medicine, health care or utilities. There’s no shame in that – we all have ups and downs in life. The good news: There’s aid money out there for folks who need it, and you can help them get that money!

The Problem

Many people who are eligible for government programs that help cover the cost of basic necessities don’t know about the programs or don’t know how to apply for them. For instance, only about one third of eligible seniors are enrolled in SNAP/Food Stamps. And complicating the problem is that once people realize that there is help, navigating application processes can be challenging because each program’s application and eligibility requirements may be different.

The Solution

AARP Benefits QuickLINK, a webpage sponsored by the AARP Foundation, has a FREE online tool that compares a user’s income, resources, ZIP code, and monthly expenses to the rules for 15 government programs that help cover the costs of groceries, utilities, health care and prescriptions. In 15 minutes or less, you can help a friend learn if s/he might be eligible, get an application, and find out where to apply PRIVATELY without ever entering a bank account or Social Security number.

Time Commitment

From 15 minutes to a few hours.


If someone has monthly income of around $2,000/month or less, and/or struggles to make ends meet, there’s a chance they might be eligible.

Special Considerations

None

Who can do this?

Everyone can do this, as long as you have Internet access.

Great Reasons to do this Project

You’ll be helping someone who really needs it. This is a chance to be a great neighbor and a trusted friend, and it doesn’t require a lot of time.