RESOURCES FOR VETERANS

GENERAL RESOURCES

NATIONAL FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS AND GRANTS:

NATIONAL HOUSING ASSISTANCE:

Assistance programs for homeowners:

Assistance programs for tenants:

  • Find Affordable Rental Housing: Learn about government programs that help low-income people find affordable rental housing. Each of the programs - subsidized housing, public housing, and housing choice vouchers - is different. Get the details on how they work, who is eligible, and how to apply. Click for more info: https://www.usa.gov/finding-home

Transportation

  • 1-800-Charity Cars: The Charity Cars assistance program will provide a vehicle that has been refurbished to ensure both reliability and safety of the vehicle, and they may also provide at times a license plate, the down-payment to pay for insurance bills, a service warranty to help with future repairs, and also case management services to families willing to work to pay their bills. 1-800-242-7489
  • Ways to Work: This organization provides low-interest rate auto loans. It mostly helps families and individuals who can't secure loan funding or cash grants at traditional lending institutions or banks. The loans can be used to help a family or individual purchase a new or used car, pay for car repairs and maintenance, and it can assist with other transportation expenses. Click here for more info: https://ofn.org/sites/default/files/resources/PDFs/Member%20Profiles/OFN_MP_WaysToWork.pdf

TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES

Cell phones with discounted pricing plans

  • SAFELINK WIRELESS®: A program provided by TracFone Wireless, Inc. serving eligible households. To participate in the SAFELINK WIRELESS® service, certain eligibility requirements must be met, which are set by each state where the service is provided. These requirements are based on a person’s participation in state, federal support programs, or by meeting the Income Poverty Guidelines as defined by the U.S. government. SAFELINK WIRELESS® service is limited to one person per household. Click here for more info: https://www.safelinkwireless.com/Enrollment/Safelink/en/Web/www/default/index.html#!/newHome
  • Assurance Wireless: A federal Lifeline cell phone service provider, offering eligible customers free Virgin Mobile phones, minutes and data. Enrollment is available to individuals who qualify based on federal or state-specific eligibility criteria. You may qualify if you are on certain public assistance programs, like Medicaid or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). You can also qualify based on your household income. Click here for more info: https://www.assurancewireless.com/

Computers

PC for People: Provides affordable computers and low-cost internet to eligible individuals and nonprofits. It offers:

Connect All: Since 1999 InterConnection has been working to source refurbished surplus electronics, primarily used computers, and providing them to individuals and organizations in need of technology. Only nonprofit organizations and people who meet certain low-income criteria are eligible to purchase. Click here for more info: https://connectall.org/

Jump On It Program: was started by The On It Foundation for students. Both of these programs offer computers for free or very low cost. The On It Foundation is a national 501(c )(3) public non-profit organization that offers FREE computers and computer training for low-income families that have students in students in grades K-12 that attend a public/home school and reside within the United States.  The Jump On It program helps families and students who do not qualify for their free computers. This program allows them to purchase a very low-cost computer with their low-cost layaway computer purchase program.

Free & Low-Cost Internet Plans

NDIA: Provides a list of current offers from Internet Service Providers that will help low-income households to acquire service at low or no cost. Most have eligibility limitations linked to income or program enrollment. The list also includes established, nationally available low-cost plans offered by nonprofit organizations. More providers’ plans will be added as they are provided.

Internet Essentials from Comcast: Provides affordable high-speed Internet home. You may qualify for Internet Essentials if:

  • You are eligible for public assistance programs such as the National School Lunch Program, Housing Assistance, Medicaid, SNAP, SSI and others.
  • You live in an area where Comcast Internet service is available.
  • You are not an existing Xfinity Internet customer and have not subscribed to Comcast Internet within the last 90 days.
  • Once you are an Internet Essentials customer, you have the option to purchase a laptop or desktop computer at a discounted price
  • Click here for more info: https://www.internetessentials.com/apply

TAXES RESOURCES:

  • Free File: Do Your Federal Taxes for Free: The IRS has offered Free File, where you can prepare and file your federal individual income tax return for free using tax-preparation-and-filing software. There are different options, based on your income levels; click here for more information: https://www.irs.gov/filing/free-file-do-your-federal-taxes-for-free
  • MyFreeTaxes: A collaboration between United Way and H&R Block, this program provides free filing for taxpayers with simple tax situations. Click here for more info: https://www.myfreetaxes.com/