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About Low Income Relief

About Low Income Relief

Low Income Relief is a free information service that helps low income people across America save money and get free stuff. We connect people with benefits, programs and resources in their local communities (such as food banks and homeless shelters). We also research and report on helpful nationwide, state and local programs that help alleviate poverty (such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Section 8, and more).

We’re here to help people in poverty.

At Low Income Relief, we understand the struggle. The goal of everything we write and everything we do is to put help in the hands of those who need it most.

Specifically, our mission is to help low income people get the help they need to make ends meet. We do this by covering a diverse range of topics that are both local and nationwide.

Who (and how) does Low Income Relief help?

We help by providing factual information about low income benefits, programs and resources around the United States. Our audience is very diverse, and includes seniors, young families, single mothers, disabled veterans and more.

You don’t have to take our word for it, though! Our readers will tell you how much we’ve helped them in their own words. Check out our review page for details.

Why should I trust Low Income Relief?

Our first and primary goal is to help others. Everyone who submits content for Low Income Relief follows a strict set of guidelines and best practices to ensure that our information is accurate. We also have a dedicated fact-checker who reviews our older content to ensure that it’s accurate and up-to-date.

How does Low Income Relief make money?

This is a question that we’re often asked. Low Income Relief makes money through the use of display advertising and affiliate programs. We partner with some excellent brands, such as Ibotta and Amazon, who offer products and discounts that benefit with low income families.

Integrity is more important to us than money. We carefully vet every advertiser, sponsor, and affiliate program that we participate in. We will not promote any product, service, or company that is harmful to or predatory toward our audience. We only accept partnerships and deals for products that we feel are genuinely helpful to our audience.

If you would like to support us financially, please purchase a YouTube channel membership (starting at just 99 cents per month!).

How did Low Income Relief start?

Low Income Relief began from the struggle that Nicole and her family experienced in 2007.

When their family faced homelessness after her husband’s abrupt medical discharge from the US Army, she started researching programs that could help them get back on their feet. With the resources she found, she was able to gather enough donations and pledges to help her family move into a low income housing unit in the next town over.

Low Income Relief began in the Rosecrest Apartments Talus Issaquah WA
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In the years that followed, Nicole helped friends and family find help with their needs, too. She was constantly being asked to help others find resources with rent, food, medical coverage, dental care, veterinary expenses, transportation and more.

Eventually, she realized that she could use my experience as a researcher and writer to help a much larger audience. She purchased the Low Income Relief domain in 2013 and has been publishing helpful resources ever since.

Meet the Low Income Relief Team

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Nicole Thelin


Nicole has over 20 years of journalism and research experience. Her work has been featured in USA Today,,, The Daily Herald, The Chronicle and more. She has been researching and reporting on low income topics full-time for almost 10 years.

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AnnElyse Tews


AnnElyse followed her passion into the medical field and graduated with honors. Now she uses her meticulous editing skills to help perfect our content.

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Jessica Saunders


A wife and mother of two, Jessica graduated with a Creative Writing degree from UNC – Wilmington. She edits, writes, and teaches fitness classes during the week, and she loves practicing Japanese after spending two and a half years in Japan during and after college.  

Diannalynn Claridge, Low Income Relief Fact-Checking team

Diannalynn Claridge


Diannalynn Claridge received her B.S. in Psychology from Brigham Young University and her M.A. in Organizational Leadership from Chapman University. 

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Marie McCollum


Marie McCollum has a Masters of Social Work from the University of Georgia. She is currently the Director of Programs for a non-profit in Decatur, Georgia.

Catherine Hall

Catherine Hall


Catherine Hall, LMSW is a therapist at a small group practice in New York City. She earned her master of social work degree at New York University.

Lydia Mockensturm

Lydia Mockensturm


Lydia Mockensturm has a BA in English and previously taught English as a second language. As a freelance writer and editor, she’s passionate about using her research and writing experience to help others find the resources they need.

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Rachel Grayless


After 27 years in law enforcement and state Veterans Affairs agencies, Rachel found herself working from home and looking for dollar-stretching resources. She helps translate government programs into easy-to-understand guides.

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Chloe Copti


As a third-year English major with years of researching and writing experience, Chloe uses her experience and her passion for helping others to help you get the financial aid you deserve.

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Matthew Jones


Matthew Jones is a freelancer writer and former English teacher with a BA in Film and Philosophy. If you’d like to see more of Matthew’s writing, check out his blog at Philosophy in Film.

Jessica Richburg

Jessica Richburg


Jessica Richburg is a freelance writer and educator. A graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, she’s located on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, where she passes the time reading, writing, and trying not to be eaten by her feral cat.

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Kara Foley


Kara is a freelance writer with experience in public policy and administration. She is passionate about helping others and spreading awareness on major global events.

Catherine Marucci

Catherine Marucci

Community Team

Catherine has been a community manager for over 10 years. She has an undergraduate degree in psychology, as well as experience in social work. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, watching movies, and exploring new places!

Isaac Wilson

Isaac Wilson

Community Team

Isaac Wilson is a college student who loves serving others and helping people see the good in the world. 

Tiffany Oleole

Tiffany Oleole

Admin Team

Tiffany received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Therapeutic Recreation and a minor in Gerontology from Brigham Young University. She has two beautiful children and a handsome husband from Hawaii. 

Michael Vann

Wednesday 14th of September 2022

I noticed that most of these offer are for women or families. I am a single male on ssdi ..looking for extra help. I already get snap. I was looking for auto repair expense.

Catherine Marucci

Thursday 15th of September 2022

Hi Michael. It may be worth trying your local Community Action Agency or Salvation Army to see if they know of any programs that can help.


Saturday 10th of September 2022

Mom died of co-vid. I need help in cash assistance and I have a child as well.

Catherine Marucci

Saturday 10th of September 2022

Hi Jack. I'm so sorry to hear that. Here are some things I can suggest:


Wednesday 7th of September 2022

Hello my name is Tracy and covid here I didn't do me any justice I had to quit working for good I am very sick Some cancer and other serious and chronic health conditions I'm on a fixed income which is so security ! My car is a 2007 Ford Five hundred Sel. I have only this vehicle for me in my 17 year old son Michael who works and goes to school we believe it needs a fuel I have only this vehicle for me and my 17 year old son Michael who works and goes to school we believe it needs a fuel pop it means or way to eat and get it to a shop to find out what is wrong with it me and my son are bolt been diagnosed with depression inside PTSD&A DHD amongst others Health issues as well as vehicle problems the winter is coming I'm afraid if we don't get our vehicle fixed we are not going to be okay meant to leave and physically! Please help us I will do anything to help pay it forward that is in my memes look forward to hearing from you very soon thank you so very much!!

Catherine Marucci

Thursday 8th of September 2022

Hi Tracy. Definitely do everything you can to take care of both of you! Here are some resources we can suggest:

S. Janelle

Monday 5th of September 2022

Hello. I am needing to get my dog spayed. Is there an online option for filling out the application? If not, print and send it in via US Postal Service? Thank you for your time and have a wonderful day. :)

Catherine Marucci

Tuesday 6th of September 2022

It may depend on where you live. Here's our general information on getting help with vet costs. You can also use our search feature to find out what is available in your state.

Todd Pedersen

Thursday 25th of August 2022

I see you have 10 Options for Free & Low Cost Pet Care in Washington State but I don't see any for the Vancouver Washington or Clark County Washington State are there any here? We have a cat that's has a tumor and trying to raise money for her to have it removed and another cat that may have one on his head we are on Go Fund Me but so far no donors so do you have any free vet clinic or low cost ones down here Thank you


Catherine Marucci

Friday 26th of August 2022

Hi Todd. It may be worth calling 211 to see if there is anything they can suggest in your area.