Services in Your Community


Look to statewide programs and philanthropic organizations for assistance with food, shelter, education, health services, and even transportation.

Find services in your community:

  • Call your town’s 2-1-1 or 3-1-1 number to find out about services available in your area. (These numbers do not require dialing an area code.)

Government services:

Help with housing:

  • Call or e-mail Hope Now (, 1-888-995-HOPE or 1-888-995-4673). Created by the U.S. Department of the Treasury Department and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), it’s an alliance of reputable counselors and companies that provide assistance to homeowners in distress.
  • Contact the HUD Approved Housing Counseling Agencies (, 1-800-CALL-FHA or 1-800-225-5342) to get information about counseling agencies around the country that can provide advice on housing issues.

Financial counseling:

  • Check out ( or 1-888-MYMONEY or 1-888-696-6639), a government Web site dedicated to providing financial education.
  • Visit the National Foundation for Credit Counseling ( to find reputable credit counseling services.

Food assistance and health services:

  • Contact the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) ( or 1-800-388-8887), which is the federal government’s food stamp program.
  • Contact the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program (, where you can find contact information for WIC state programs and general information about WIC.
  • Call 1-877-KIDSNOW (1-877-543-7669) or visit to get help on health insurance for your children.

Childcare and education:

  • Get in touch with the Child Care Aware program from the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies ( or 1-800-424-2246), which helps parents locate childcare programs in their area.
  • Find out about the Head Start programs in your area by visiting
  • Contact the National Center for Homeless Education ( or 1-800-308-2145), which provides resources to address the educational needs of children and youth experiencing homelessness.
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