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Financial Assistance Resources

ABLE National Resource Center – The ABLE National Resource Center (ANRC) is a collaborative whose supporters share the goal of accelerating the design and availability of ABLE accounts for the benefit of individuals with disabilities and their families. This website has information on ABLE accounts in different states.

BenefitsCheckUp – Developed and maintained by The National Council on Aging (NCOA), BenefitsCheckUp is the nation’s most comprehensive Web-based service to screen for benefits programs for seniors with limited income and resources.

Charity, Patient Assistance Programs and Discount Card Resources to Help Pay for Prescription Drugs – (2012) From the Make Medicare Work Coalition
Good RX Program

Dental Lifeline Network – Dental Lifeline Network (formerly the National Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped) is a national humanitarian organization providing access to comprehensive dental services for people with disabilities or who are elderly or medicall at-risk. Dental Lifeline Network provides these services through a national network of direct service programs that involve 15,000 volunteer dentists and 3,200 volunteer labs.

Feeding America – Feeding America is the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity.

Government Benefits, Grants, and Loans  – from Use these resources to help you and your family cope with financial challenges.

Grants Database July 2023 edition – detailed information on grant assistance programs collected by the staff at The Arc of IL.

Help with Bills – from – Learn about government programs to help pay bills and other expenses.

Provides specific information on ABLE accounts in the State of IL.

LIHEAP – Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program – US Department of Health & Human Services – The mission of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is to assist low income households, particularly those with the lowest incomes that pay a high proportion of household income for home energy, primarily in meeting their immediate home energy needs.

Possibilities: A Financial Resource for Parents of Children with Disabilities – When your child is diagnosed with a disability, it can be overwhelming—emotionally and financially—on you, and perhaps your child and family as well. You realize, maybe suddenly, that you must change or modify plans for your child’s future. Even the most stable of families face financial challenges. Yet, in caring for your child with special needs, those challenges can make for urgent situations. Considering the reality of this can be very difficult. That is why the Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights (PACER) Center and the National Endowment for Financial Education® (NEFE®) collaborated on this publication. Through it you will find ways to create a sense of order in your life and maintain control over your finances as you care for your child and prepare him or her for adulthood.

Tax Tips for Caregivers – From AARP.

Telephone Assistance Programs for Low Income Households – Lifeline – Telephone service keeps people connected to vital parts of their lives, from family and friends to work to doctors, police, and fire fighters. For some people, though, the costs of service can be too high. To keep all Americans connected, telephone companies can get support from the universal service Lifeline Program. The program provides discounts on starting and maintaining telephone service for eligible customers in need. Carrying out a policy in existence since 1985, the Lifeline Program is designed to ensure that quality telecommunications services are available to low-income customers at just, reasonable, and affordable rates.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) – HUD’s mission is to increase homeownership, support community development and increase access to affordable housing free from discrimination. The HUD website provides information on housing assistance including avoiding foreclosure, public housing authority resources, and section 8 programs.

UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation Medical Grant – The UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity dedicated to facilitating access to medical-related services that have the potential to significantly enhance either the clinical condition or the quality of life of the child and that are not fully covered by the available commercial health benefit plan. This “support” is in the form of a medical grant to be used for medical services not covered or not completely covered by commercial health benefit plans.