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10 Easy Ways to Get Help When You’re Broke

10 Easy Ways to Get Help When You’re Broke

We’ve found 10 easy ways to get help when you’re broke! If you’re struggling financially, you can’t afford to miss out on these 10 easy opportunities to get help in your area.

Get free food from food banks.

With rising food costs, food banks are more valuable and needed than ever before… And thankfully, food banks can be found all over the United States. Find your local food bank at

Get money for food from food stamps.

You may be eligible to receive money for food every month from the government through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP or food stamps. Here’s how to apply – and don’t forget to check out this list of 700+ freebies and deals you can get with your EBT card

Connect with resources at your Community Action Agency.

These nonprofits exist all over America and are dedicated to helping people in poverty. Your local Community Action Agency can help you find resources in your area and can often help you pay utilities or meet other expenses.

Get cash assistance from TANF.

TANF cash benefits can provide monthly cash benefits to low income families who qualify. If you are broke and need money quickly, this is the easiest and most reliable cash program we’ve found. Here’s what you need to know.

Get help with medical expenses from Medicaid.

Medicaid can help provide free and low-cost medical services. In some states, dental and vision care may even be included! This program helps low income children in all states and low income adults in most states. Here’s what you need to know about Medicaid in your state.

Check in with the Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army has many programs that help people who are broke. They offer holiday help, disaster relief, homeless shelters, food banks, life skills training, rehabilitation, job training, domestic abuse resources, after-school programs and so much more. Contact your local Salvation Army chapter for more information. 

Call 211 for even more resources.

The United Way’s 211 service exists to help you connect with resources in your communities. If you need help with rent, food, legal assistance, transportation or other essentials, 211 may be able to help you find what you need. 

Apply for unemployment or disability benefits.

Depending on your situation, programs like unemployment, Social Security, veteran’s compensation or other disability programs may help you find a more stable solution to your financial problems. Disability programs can take a while to obtain, so be sure to apply as soon as possible. 

Communicate with your creditors.

If you are broke and looking for help, let your lenders and creditors know. You may be able negotiate hardship extensions or payment arrangements that can provide temporary financial relief while you look for a more long-term solution. 

Try a GoFundMe.

This fundraising platform can be a bit tricky but it has helped some people solve their temporary financial hardships. If you’re going to try it, be sure to check out our tips on how to be successful with a GoFundMe! 

There are more ways to get help when you’re broke.

Remember, Low Income Relief exists to help people save money and get free stuff. Chat with Lira for more ways to get help!

Nicole leads the Low Income Relief team with over 20 years of professional research and writing experience. Nicole started Low Income Relief after a personal experience with poverty. When her husband was medically discharged from the US Army, their family experienced tremendous financial hardship. Nicole was able to gather help from multiple community agencies and move into a nearby low income housing unit in just two weeks! Since then, Nicole has been dedicated to helping low income families in crisis. She regularly spends hundreds of hours combing through countless resources to make sure that Low Income Relief has the most comprehensive and complete resource directories on the internet today. Prior to starting Low Income Relief, Nicole worked as a novelist, journalist, ghostwriter and content creator. Her work has been featured in various print and online publications, including USA Today, eHow, Livestrong, Legal Beagle, The Daily Herald, The Chronicle and more.

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Low Income Relief is an information service and does not provide cash or items directly. You will need to search our website for information about organizations that can help you meet those needs. Chat with Lira, she might be able to help!