UPDATED – November 2, 2017: Navigating the way of government programs can be daunting. First, there is finding the website that specializes in welfare benefits, and then there is the process of proving that you are in need of assistance that can be both draining and humiliating. Fortunately, there is an easier way to apply for government benefits. Here is the best way to stake your claim in welfare programs.
Step #1: Go to Benefits.gov
The website was launched over a decade ago in hopes of making the application process for certain government benefits simpler. The site’s mission is to reduce the expense and difficulty associated with in-person interactions by providing a portal that recipients can use to apply for one of more than 1,200 programs that represent 17 different federal departments.
Step #2: Answer a series of questions
There are seven different sections in the questionnaire that must be answered before any type of benefits can be claimed. First, you are presented with core questions that seek to determine the type of support you need. The inquiries will get to the bottom line of whether you have a family as well as if you are a veteran or not. There will also be household and education questions that focus on income and other factors. Your work experience can help in the job search sector, which in turn lets you continue receiving EBT and other welfare benefits.
Step #3: View Results
You will see a list of the programs that best suit your needs after answering the questionnaire. You can either choose to proceed with all of the benefits offered, or select a few to move forward with in the application process.
Step #4: Be prepared to move forward
A counselor may contact you concerning your application. You will need to have all of your facts in order at this time to prevent delays in support. In some instances, counselors deny claims if the information provided during the application process is skeptical and unverifiable. It is, therefore, in your best interest to be honest during the questioning process and have supporting documents available to fax or mail.
Step #5: Keep in contact
Do not simply receive benefits without keeping in close contact with your caseworker. She may need an update on the job search or a current doctor’s examination that confirms your inability to work due to disability. Failure to provide such information in a timely manner could lead to a delay in your benefits being dispersed. In instances where documentation is critical, you may find yourself back at square one due to outright denial of continued support. Staying in contact with your caseworker, then, is essential to a positive experience when receiving benefits from government programs.