What are public benefits?
“Public benefits” are government-funded programs that help people get basic life necessities. Public benefits are sometimes referred to as “welfare.” There are public benefits programs to help people get food, shelter, healthcare, childcare, cash for daily expenses, and support in emergencies. Each program has different procedures, rules, and requirements that you have to meet to qualify. Depending on your situation, you may qualify for several of the public benefits programs, just one, or none. This section explains what the major public benefits programs offer, which ones you may qualify for, and how to get them.