If you are unemployed and receiving unemployment benefits, visit Opportunity.gov to find education and training opportunities, including help with education costs.
Self-employment assistance offers unemployed workers the opportunity to create their own jobs by starting their own small businesses. This is a voluntary program offered by these states: Delaware, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont.
Unemployment Benefits and Taxes
Unemployment insurance benefits are taxable. You must report any unemployment benefits you receive as part of your gross income. Visit the Unemployment Compensation website from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a federally-funded benefit program formerly known as "food stamps."
The benefits you'll get from SNAP are loaded onto an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card, similar to a credit or debit card.
How to Get Food Benefits
Eligibility. Before using the pre-screening eligibility tool, gather your amounts of income, rent or mortgage, utility bills, child support, daycare expenses, medical bills, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and Social Security or VA payments. When you input this information, the tool will tell you if you're likely to qualify for food benefits and how much you may receive. This is not an application; you will still need to apply through your state's program.
Your state will determine if you qualify for Medicaid. Check with your state's Medicaid office to see if you are eligible to receive benefits and to apply.
Learn About CHIP
CHIP covers uninsured children and teens up to age 19 in families with incomes too high to qualify for Medicaid. This coverage includes health and dental plans.
Eligibility and How to Apply
States have different eligibility rules. You can apply by contacting your state office or calling 1-877-KIDS-NOW (1-877-543-7669), a free and confidential hotline, to be connected directly to your state's program.