Check to see if some of these programs may support your children and family, and click the links or contact a trusted local organization to learn more. This checklist covers just some of the benefits available. Your state may have more! Some states use different names for these programs.
Eligibility for many programs depends on your family’s income and the immigration status of the person who is receiving the benefit. Your children who are citizens or have other immigration statuses, including undocumented, may be eligible for programs that can help them grow, learn, and thrive. None of the programs below will hurt your immigration status.
The main government health program for US citizens and green card holders with low incomes. Includes dental coverage.
A government-sponsored insurance plan for kids. In some states, CHIP also covers pregnant people.
An online Marketplace where people can buy private health insurance at lower costs. Many immigrants with low incomes who don’t qualify for Medicaid may get low cost options.
The food stamp program helps US Citizens and green card holders with low or no income buy the food they need.
A supplemental food program for children ages 0-5 and the pregnant/postpartum parent, regardless of immigration status.
Meals provided in school and daycare settings for low-income students, regardless of immigration status.
Rental assistance program for US citizens and green card holders with low incomes. Families with US Citizen children qualify.
Housing provided by states and cities for low-income US Citizens or permanent residents. Families with US Citizen children qualify.
Privately or state-funded programs to support emergency rental assistance. Contact 211 to get directed to local programs.
A short-term place for individuals or families to stay. Includes housing for people escaping domestic violence. Regardless of immigration status.
Assistance managing home energy costs, for “qualified” immigrants (a “qualified member of the household”).
Up to $30/month for low-income families to reduce the cost of internet access.
Provides monthly payments to US citizens and green card holders with low incomes who have a disability.
Provides monthly payments to US citizens and green card holders with low incomes.
A tax break for families with children under age 18 at home. Children must have a social security number.
A tax break for low-income people, with bigger benefits for those in families. Must be a US Citizen or permanent resident.
Many states have support to reduce the cost of childcare for low-income families.