Programs4People is a project of the Invisible Disabilities Association to provide access to a vast number of programs and services from private, non-profit and government agencies for people living with debilitating conditions.
Private and Non-Profit Help Agencies
AARP. Members above 50 receive many benefits and discounts. People under 50 can obtain an associate membership. Some discounts that require age qualifications are not available. However, many other discounts such as cruises, hotels, car rental, vision and legal services are available. Contact AARP representative for details.
Alliance on Aging. Organization provides resources to home care and nursing home resources.
BenefitsCheckUp. Helps you learn about and sign up for valuable public and private programs that can save you money on your health care and prescription drugs. This includes the Extra Help through the Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage, State Pharmacy Assistance Programs, Company Patient Assistance Programs and other important federal and state programs.
Feeding America. Feeding America is the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity. Our mission is to feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger.
Government Loan Resources from GovLoans.gov
OnSight. For more than 20 years, OneSight has been committed to providing clear vision to millions in need through the hand-delivery of primary vision care and eyewear. They also donate millions of dollars to fund research towards the prevention of optical diseases.
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc. The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc. (NAELA) is a professional association of over 4,200 attorneys who are dedicated to improving the quality of legal services provided to seniors and people with special needs. NAELA members assist their clients with public benefits, probate and estate planning, guardianship/conservatorship, and health and long-term care planning, among other important issues.
National Association of Area Agencies on Aging. Access a list of Area Agencies on Aging in the US.
Network of Care. Network of Care is a highly interactive, single information place where consumers, community-based organizations and municipal government workers all can go to easily access a wide variety of important information.
The Partnership for Prescription Assistance brings together America’s pharmaceutical companies, doctors, other health care providers, patient advocacy organizations and community groups to help qualifying patients who lack prescription coverage get the medicines they need through the public or private program that’s right for them.
Salvation Army. In this new century, The Salvation Army is serving more people in the USA than ever before. We are already seeing large increases in the number of Americans seeking the basic necessities of life – food, shelter, and warmth. More than 33 million people received help from The Salvation Army in 2004.
TrustMe Health. Answer five simple, but critical medical questions, contact person and a five other details. You will get a customized wallet card to print that shows medical practitioners how to access your medical information. Your medical essentials will be in their hands in case of emergency, hospitalization, etc.
United Way. In 2005, 2-1-1 service expanded to reach 46% of the United States population, covering 36 states. While services that are offered through this three-digit telephone number vary from community to community, 2-1-1 (a partnership of United Way and AIRS, the Alliance for Information and Referral Systems) provides callers with information and referrals to human services for everyday needs and in times of crisis. refers to such services as help with utilities, rent, food pantries, clothing closets, clinics, etc. Website:
National Federal and State Help Agencies
Benefit Finder by Benefits.gov
Benefit Resources for People with Disabilities from Disability.gov
Benefits.gov. Answer Questions to find out which government benefits you may be eligible to receive.
Benefits for Children with Disabilities by the Social Security Administration
Civil Rights Resources for People with Disabilities from Disability.gov
Disability.gov is a comprehensive Federal website of disability-related government resources.
Education Resources for People with Disabilities from Disability.gov
E-Gov. The official U.S. gateway to all government information. Phone: 1 800 FED-INFO
Eldercare Locator. The service links those who need assistance with state and local area agencies on aging and community-based organizations that serve older adults and their caregivers.
Employment Network Directory. List of companies hiring people with disabilities. Many of these companies work with The Ticket to Work Program and people on disability benefits. Many of the jobs are work at home.
Emergency Preparedness Resources for People with Disabilities from Disability.gov
Employment Resources for People with Disabilities from Disability.gov
The Fair Housing Act. The Fair Housing Act, 42 U.S.C. 3601 et seq., prohibits discrimination by direct providers of housing, such as landlords and real estate companies as well as other entities, such as municipalities, banks or other lending institutions and homeowners insurance companies whose discriminatory practices make housing unavailable to persons because of: race or color; religion; sex; national origin; familial status or disability.
Food Stamp Program. Information, eligibility and application information.
Grants and Funding Resources from U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
GovBenefits.gov. Site is the official government benefits website. It is a free, confidential tool that helps individuals find government benefits they may be eligible to receive.
Head Start (Provides educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to economically disadvantaged children).
Health Resources for People with Disabilities from Disability.gov
Healthcare.gov. Take health care into your own hands, explore insurance coverage options and learn about how the Affordable Care Act impacts you. Find information for individuals, families, senior citizens, people with disabilities, young adults and employers.
Healthfinder.gov. Provides links to selected online publications, clearinghouses, databases, websites and support and self-help groups, as well as government agencies and nonprofit organizations for seniors and others.
Home and Community Based Services Waiver. Long Medicaid now pays for a comprehensive range of home and community services that provide alternatives to unnecessary institutional care. Contact your State Medicaid Single Entry Point (SEP) Agencies.
Housing Resources for People with Disabilities from Disability.gov
HUD Housing Programs. Site provides information related to housing options for seniors including information on HUD housing programs. Disability Rights and Resources.
HRSA – Health Resources and Services Administration. Low Cost Health Care. Find a Health Care Center. U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. Site contains information on the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which can assist with heating bills.
The National Council on Independent Living. Independent Living Centers are typically non-residential, private, non-profit, consumer-controlled, community-based organizations providing services and advocacy by and for persons with all types of disabilities. Their goal is to assist individuals with disabilities to achieve their maximum potential within their families and communities.
National Institute on Aging. Site provides aging-related health information easily assessable for adults 60 and over.
National Institutes of Health by U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
NIH SeniorHealth by the National Institutes of Health.
Public Health Emergency Information. Public Health and Medical Emergency Support for a Nation Prepared.
The Social Security Administration. SSI and SSDI benefits. Toll-free number operates from 7AM to 7PM, Monday to Friday. Recorded information and services are available 24 hours a day. The website contains a wealth of information and resources including on-line databases and publications. Phone: 1-800-772-1213
Supporting Military Families by U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Technology Resources for People with Disabilities from Disability.gov
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) by U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
The Ticket to Work Program offered by the Social Security Administration
Transportation Resources for People with Disabilities by Disability.gov
U.S. Dept of Health & Human Services. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the United States government’s principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves. Resources (Military Families, Health, Financial Assistance, Health Insurance, Safety). Contact your county for a Social Worker to help guide you through governmental programs, funding resources, food stamps, utilities, housing credits and more – Office Locator.
The Weatherization Assistance Program. Offered by the U.S. Department of Energy to help with insulation, windows, sealing of the home.
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