See If You’re Eligible with the CWF Benefits Launch Express Tool
Everyone can benefit from a boost every so often. The past two years have made it clear how vulnerable everyone is to life’s events. Whether the pandemic caused job losses, pay cuts, illness, or forced you to dip in your savings, there are safety measures available to ensure that you can get the assistance you need.
What benefits are available?
There are over 20 public benefits available depending on your needs, including:
SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) is a federal nutrition program that can help with the cost of food. How SNAP works: The state where you live will issue a plastic electronic benefits transfer card – called an EBT card, which looks like a credit/debit card. Each month, you will find your eligible deposit on the card. You can use that card to buy food items from authorized SNAP grocery stores and participating farmers’ markets. In addition, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) lists foods and products you can buy using SNAP benefits.
Medicaid and CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program) are programs that can help you and your family get healthcare services. Medicaid provides free or low-cost medical benefits to eligible adults with a low income, children, pregnant women, people 65 and over, and people with disabilities. Even if you make too much money to qualify for Medicaid, you may still be eligible for CHIP. The program covers medical and dental care for children and teens up to 19.
TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) is a federally-funded, state-run benefits program that helps families get back on their feet after a setback. Your state may call it by another name.
The Child Care Works Subsidized Child Care Program helps low-income families pay the cost of reliable child care.
Unemployment Insurance can help if you lose your job through no fault of yours. Each state runs its own program and has different qualifications.
LIHEAP (The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) can help keep you and your family warm this winter. Paying for heat can be a big expense, but low-income families can get help to pay their heating bills in the form of a cash grant. If your household is in immediate need of assistance, you may also qualify for a crisis grant.
There are also benefits for people with disabilities and military veterans and their families.
How can I find out if I qualify?
Use the tool–start here!
It’s easy to find out if you qualify for benefits. All you have to do is take a few minutes to answer a few simple questions about your income and household using a tool called Benefits Launch Express. Developed by the Philadelphia-based nonprofit organization Benefits Data Trust (BDT), Benefits Launch Express connects people to the assistance they may not know they’re eligible to receive. Once you complete the questions, you can connect with a Campaign for Working Families Benefits Expert to help you access the benefits you need. Besides being easy to use, it’s also entirely FREE!
If I have a job, do I qualify for benefits?
Yes! Some people are eligible for benefits even if they have a job, especially if they are employed part-time or have had their hours reduced.
How do I get benefits if I qualify?
Each benefit program has a different application process. Using Benefits Launch Express will allow you to apply online or by phone, and someone will be with you every step of the way!
CWF can help you get the benefits you’re eligible to receive and make sure you get them—for no charge!
Help is available! Let CWF and BDT help you get the benefits you need. Over the past 12 years, BDT has helped more than 110,000 Philadelphians heat their homes, feed their families, and pay for healthcare. In addition, CWF has filed over 250,000 returns, finding millions in refunds for families and individuals in Philadelphia. Let us know if we can help you!