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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 to see how we’ve helped our readers.

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.

The majority of content on the website is written by Nicole Thelin, our founder. Nicole has over 20 years of experience as a journalist and researcher. Low Income Relief began after her personal experiences with poverty, as described below. She has specialized in researching low income topics since 2013.

As you can see in the Team section below, the majority of our current contributors are social workers who have hands-on experience assisting low income clients. We also have a fact-checker that keeps our content updated and accurate.

Low Income Relief is part of The Lighthouse Information Network LLC, which is owned solely by Nicole Thelin. This is Nicole’s content creation company, which operates other websites like, and more. This business is registered in the state of Utah and its entity number is 11271209-0160.

Low Income Relief has been featured in many media outlets including:

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. One agency supplied furniture; a food bank stocked their shelves with food. It was a miracle!

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 researching low income assistance programs for people all over America since then.

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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Jessika Saunders


A wife and mother of two, Jessika 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. 

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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. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Low Income Relief

As you can tell by the extensive comments below, we’ve received a lot of questions about our business. We’ve done our best to answer the most common ones here. If you have a question that isn’t answered below, please let us know!

How do I contact Low Income Relief?

The best way to reach Low Income Relief is to leave a comment on our website, social media pages, or YouTube channel. Our moderator will usually respond within 48 hours. For business matters (such as sponsorships or interview requests), you can email Nicole’s assistant at [email protected] but please understand that we can’t respond individually to everyone due to the volume of emails that we receive.

Where is Low Income Relief?

Low Income Relief is part of The Lighthouse Information Network LLC and is registered in the state of Utah. However, our business is all-remote so our team can work from anywhere. For the safety of our team members and their families, we do not list our physical location online.

Can I call Low Income Relief?

Low Income Relief does not have a public phone number. Our team is very small and very busy, so we simply do not have the time or resources to help our readers individually. If you need help, please consider chatting with LIRA on our website.

Does Low Income Relief accept guest posts?

Low Income Relief is always looking for new and helpful resources for our audience. However, due to the amount of spam we’ve received, we no longer accept guest posts. We also do NOT accept paid link insertions in existing content, as that is a link scheme and against Google Webmaster Guidelines.

Is Low Income Relief available for interviews or speaking engagements?

YES! Nicole, the founder of Low Income Relief, is happy to participate in an interview or speak at your event. Since she has received a number of threats, all requests are screened by her assistant first. Please contact [email protected] with your request.


Saturday 24th of December 2022

I need help for my grand daughter she lost her job and her car no longer runs she has to pay a $600 credit card bill and needs newborn diapers before her baby gets here I'm her grandmother but I'm on a fixed income and hard one making lil credit card payments with my bills plz help

Catherine Marucci

Saturday 24th of December 2022

Hi. Here are some resources that may help:


Tuesday 6th of December 2022

I did not receive any help when COVID hit or my unemployment did not reach my bank I did not get the EBT relief for COVID either.. when or is this help I could use right going reach myself.

Catherine Marucci

Wednesday 7th of December 2022

Hi Genevieve. Here is an agency that may be able to help you to apply for the assistance or help to get you to the right resources:

April Wilson

Thursday 1st of December 2022

I saw your video on that mother who had $4100 in EBT funds stolen. My sister is lucky to be getting $23 a month. How is this person, I know there are 8 total in their family, but I WANT TO KNOW HOW THIS WOMAN HAS $4100 IN AN EBT account. Eight people don't come out to $4100 a month in benefits.


Thursday 17th of November 2022

Hi there we need help seeking a place to stay . The rent here has become so high I can barely afford it anymore .

Catherine Marucci

Thursday 17th of November 2022

Hi George. Our housing section is a good place to start: This article may also be helpful:

S Rhynes

Monday 14th of November 2022

I have a 20+ lb Chihuahua mix who is my service dog. I have MS and lupus and Chance has been a savior to me. He is 10 almost 11 years old and I can tell that there’s decay at the top of his gum lines and he has tartar etc. though I’ve done my best to try and keep his teeth clean I know that dental issues can lead to other health issues, infections etc.. I haven’t been able to take him to the vet to be checked out for dental issues because I can’t afford $100+ it cost for an appointment. I was hoping you might have suggestions or resources I can contact for assistance to get some teeth pulled and cleaned. My only source of income is my Social Security Disability I live in Richland Washington. Thank you for taking the time to read my email I would appreciate any suggestions or help you might have to offer


Catherine Marucci

Tuesday 15th of November 2022

Hi. Here is the info we have for pet care in Washington. Hopefully, some of it can help Chance!