Career Development Assistance
Child Care and Child Support
Education and Training Benefits
Energy Assistance Programs
Food and Nutrition Assistance
Grants and Scholarships
Temporary Assistance (TANF)
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Life can be difficult at times because you are having money problems, family issues, at risk of losing your housing, or a disaster has changed your life. Fortunately, there are counseling programs available to help you cope with these difficult situations and help get you the assistance you may need.
These types of counseling assistance programs provide you with help getting counseling to provide you with information and direction to get through difficult times. Most of these counseling programs involve providing assistance after major disasters, family planning, dealing with health care issues, and severe injuries.
Child Care Resource and Referral Services
Local child care and referral programs help you locate and select quality child care for your children. They provide information on local child care providers, availiablity of child care subsidies, and information on requirements for state licensing. You can find additional child care programs on the Child Care and Child Support Services page.
Disaster Counseling and Assistance
Disasters like floods, wildfires, hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards, and acts of terrorism can be devastating to individuals, families, and commnuities. When the President declares a major disaster, that provides you with several assistance programs that also include counseling to help you cope with the loss of loved ones, medical care, and financial hardship.
Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program (CCP)
The CCP helps individuals and communities to recover from the effects of a major disaster through psycho-educational services and community outreach. The program supports short-term assistance to help survivors of a disaster to understand their immediate situtation and options.
The Crisis Counseling program also assists with providing emotional support and encouraging contact with other individuals and agencies that can help disaster survivors in the recovery process.
Disaster Legal Services (DLS)
The Disaster Legal Services provides assistance to low-income individuals that need legal assistance to deal with their needs related to declared disasters. After the President declares a disaster, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in conjunction with the Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association, provide for free legal help to survivors of the disaster.
The legal advice is only provided to cases that will not produce a fee or judgement for an individual. This assistance usually invovles assistance with insurance claims, preparing wills and other legal documents lost in the disaster, assistance with home repairs and dealing with contractors, and help working with landlords.
Employment and Training Assistance
If you are unemployed, finding a job in this economy can be difficult. This program helps you search for a job, assessment of your job skills, referral and placement services, and information about the current job market.
If you are 18 years old or older, and authorized to work in the U.S., you can also receive job counseling, training and basic education, and help in developing an employment plan. To qualify for this benefit program you must be unemployed, or about to become unemployed.
Family Planning Services
The Family Planning Services programs provide counseling and assistance to individuals that might need help in starting and planning their family. To qualify for this program you must be low-income, you or your family member must be pregnant, or must be a partent or guardian of a child under the age of 19.
Family Violence Prevention Services
These programs provide counseling and assistance to individuals and families that are victims of family violence and domestic abuse. They assist victims of domestic violence with finding safe and sanitary housing. In order to receive assistance you must be a victim of domestic abuse and in need of safe housing.
Housing Counseling Assistance Program
The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) helps fund housing counseling agencies that can give you free or low cost advice on buying a house, renting, foreclosures, defaults, credit, and reverse mortgages. Homeowners, buyers, or renters can contact a HUD counselor for advice.
Substance Abuse Programs
There are a couple of main benefit programs that deal with the problems of substance aduse. The Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant (SAPTBG) helps states provide residents with substance abuse prevention and treatment services. The focus is on specific groups of individuals such as injecting drug users, women with dependent children, and substance-using women that are pregnant.
To qualify, you must need help or guidance with substance abuse which includes the treatment of drug or alcohol dependancy. You must also be a parent or guardian of a child under the age of 19, or you or a family member must be pregnant.
There are many counseling programs available to veterans of the armed services. These Veterans counseling programs include educational and vocational counseling to assist you in furthering your education and finding a job.
Readjustment Counseling to help combat veterans transition from military life to civilian life. This includes marital and family counseling, assistance applying for VA benefits, and alcohol and drug treatment assessment.
There are also specific VA programs and counseling to assist blind veterans, veterans with drug abuse issues, and veterans with disabilities.
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