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Public Benefits/Program Screening

Benefits Check-up.org
Source: National Council on Aging
Content Type: Website
Comprehensive Web-based service to screen for benefits programs for seniors with limited income and resources. (Includes state and federal programs).

Food Stamps

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
Source: US Department of Agriculture
Content Type: Website
SNAP (formerly Food Stamps) offers an online eligibility screening tool, state hotline numbers, income eligibility graph, explanation of resources and definition of terms.

State Hotline Numbers
Source: US Department of Agriculture
Content Type: Website
Directory of phone numbers for all State SNAP programs (Food Stamps).

State Online Application Links
Source: US Department of Agriculture
Content Type: Website
Links to states with online applications for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (Food Stamps).

Veteran Benefits

Protect Veterans Protect from Scams and Financial Abuse
Source: Center for Excellence on Elder Abuse and Neglect Content
Content Type: Website
This webpage has resources on scams and abuse targeting Veterans.

VA Benefits Page
Source: Veterans Administration
Content Type: Website
Resources on all VA benefits, consumer fact sheets, VA forms and manuals.

Unemployment Comp

US Dept. of Labor Unemployment Insurance
Source: Department of Labor
Content Type: Website
Overview of all of the DOL Unemployment Insurance Programs.

US Dept. of Labor State Unemployment Insurance Benefits
Source: Department of Labor
Content Type: Website
Overview of State unemployment insurance benefits including contacts for State agencies.

LIHEAP

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
Source: Department of Health and Human Services
Content Type: Website
Consumer brochures on LIHEAP including how to apply, research reports and other publications related to LIHEAP.

Property Tax

State Programs and Practices for Reducing Residential Property Taxes
Source: American Association of Retired Persons
Content Type: Research Report
A guide to understanding how state laws, practices, and programs reduce property taxes for residential homeowners.

Revisiting State Tax Preferences for Senior, 2006
Source: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Content Type: Article
This article reviews various tax exemptions and preferences for senior citizens including property tax.

State Handbook of Economic, Demographic, and Fiscal Indicators 2008
Source: American Association of Retired Persons
Content Type: Research Report
Up-to-date state-level data on population, poverty rates, per capita state personal income, state tax rates, property tax relief programs, and state and local government revenues and spending programs.

Tax credits

Tax Guide for Seniors
Source: Internal Revenue Service
Content Type: Website
Online guide covers issues related to taxes for seniors, including available tax credits and tax services.

2008 IRS: Credit for the Elderly and Disabled
Source: Internal Revenue Service
Content Type: Article
The publication explains who qualifies for the credit for the elderly or the disabled and how to figure the credit.

For More Information

More information on this topic might be found in the following areas of the Legal Issues library:
Energy Assistance/Home Repair Programs