Promoting Public Benefits Access Through Web-Based Tools and Outreach: A National Scan of Efforts. Volume II: Detailed Summary Tables of Benefits Access Efforts. Benefits.Gov


Description is the official benefits website of the U.S. government. Implemented in 2002, it informs citizens of the benefits they may be eligible for and provides information on how to apply for assistance (a later, independent step that users must initiate), and provides links to relevant websites for obtaining and submitting applications. Users can browse information by category, state, or federal agency.

Key benefit programs

TANF; SNAP; Medicaid; CHIP; WIC; SSI/DI; LIHEAP; EITC; school meal programs; federal housing assistance programs; federal child care assistance; veteran pension assistance; assistance for homeless veterans

Other benefit programs

Medicare; child support; career development; counseling; disaster relief; education and training

Key technological components

Online screener/benefits calculator

Other key components

None known

Target population

General low-income population

Geographic reach


State/s (abbreviation)

All states

Locality (cities or counties)


Selected sources of information



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