Low Income Financial Assistance Programs for Veterans

There are plenty of veterans who are employed and have a good income, but there are also many who struggle. Some veterans struggle because of medical problems, are between jobs or cannot find a job with a good salary. It can be stressful and frustrating for some American veterans who struggle to pay their bills. There are financial assistance programs that can help veterans with low incomes.

Federal government funds the most popular and widely-used low-income financial assistance programs for Veterans. Additional programs are also funded by the states, while others are offered through local and national charities. These programs are not loans and do not require repayment. These programs are designed to assist those who find themselves in difficult financial situations.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

SNAP, formerly known as food stamps in the United States, is a monthly benefit program that allows people to buy food. In some states the program is known by another name, Basic Food. SNAP recipients will receive a debit card that will have their monthly grant money added electronically. 

You can use the card to purchase food at the supermarket or farmer’s markets. You must meet low-income requirements and be a legal immigrant or citizen to qualify for SNAP. You can apply online or in person at a local office.

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

Veterans in need of cash assistance can qualify for TANF. The program provides a cash grant each month that can be spent on various living expenses such as housing, food and transportation. In order to qualify for most TANF programs, you must have at least one minor dependent child living in your home. Some states offer TANF grants for those who do not have minor dependents, while others offer one-time cash payments. 

You must meet low-income requirements and be either a legal immigrant or a citizen to qualify for TANF. In some states, you may be required to participate in a work training program before receiving the monthly grant. In most states, TANF is only available for 60 months of your adult life. You can apply online or at your local office of social services.

Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

Veterans who are in need of financial assistance due to low income can apply for energy grants. Some states call the program LIHEAP by a different name such as HEAP. However, the basic energy assistance is the same. LIHEAP grants are available to those who need assistance paying their energy bills. The program provides a single payment to assist with energy bills. The program also offers weatherization services as well as emergency services to those facing disconnection. You must be low-income to qualify. State-specific application dates may vary, but you are allowed to reapply each year. Contact the LIHEAP distribution near you to apply.

Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

HUD can provide financial assistance for veterans who are struggling to pay their mortgage or rent. The HUD program will assist you in paying rent, avoiding foreclosure, paying for home repairs and locating affordable housing. 

HUD offers a Section 8 Voucher Program, which will pay a portion of our monthly housing bills. You must meet certain income requirements to qualify for these programs. Contact the HUD office of your state to apply for the program.

Lifeline Assistance

Veterans in need of financial assistance may be eligible for Lifeline Assistance. This program makes owning a phone more affordable. The program allows those who qualify to pay only $9.25 a month for their phone, be it a cell or landline, with the remainder being covered by a government grant.