Programs that supply food coupons which can be exchanged in designated grocery stores, supermarkets and/or farmers markets for food products. The vouchers are generally provided to low income individuals and families on an occasional or ongoing basis, but may also be available to other specified populations; and may be issued in paper or electronic formats.
Programs that pay current housing bills or finance new living accommodations for people who are otherwise unable to provide for their housing needs. Housing expense assistance programs may have age, income, disability, need or other eligibility requirements.
Programs that provide immediate cash, bus tokens, loans, loan/insurance payment support or other forms of financial assistance for people who otherwise have no means of transportation. Transportation expense assistance programs may have age, income, disability, need or other eligibility requirements.
Programs that provide financial assistance to help people pay for records, licences, permits and other required documents in situations where they cannot otherwise afford them.
Programs that provide financial assistance to help people detect and/or clean up harmful levels of asbestos, lead, mould, radon or other pollutants; radiation; indoor air pollution; soil or water contaminants; pest infestations; or other unhealthful or unsanitary environmental conditions in their homes, yards or other environments.
Programs that pay all or a portion of the costs associated with acquiring assistive technology products and/or obtaining support services such as customization, fit/modification services or repairs.
Programs that pay the health care expenses of people who are unable to obtain necessary care without assistance. Medical expense assistance programs may have age, income, disability, need or other eligibility requirements.
Programs that provide financial assistance to help people with disabilities obtain a dog guide, autism service animal, mobility assistance service animal, psychiatric service dog, seizure dog, signal dog or other type of animal who has been trained to provide specific forms of support. The assistance may help cover the purchase and transport of the animal, transportation for the new owner to travel for required training sessions (with a guardian or caregiver if necessary), as well as necessary accessories such as backpacks and harnesses.
Programs that provide financial assistance in the form of cash grants or purchase of services for eligible low-income and indigent individuals and families to ensure that they have a basic income and access to essential medical, nutritional and supportive services.
Programs that provide financial assistance to help families who have lost a loved one pay for the funeral and/or the cremation or interment of the individual's remains.
Programs that provide benefits screening services which help individuals determine whether they are eligible for benefits through any of a wide variety of public and private federal, provincial and local programs. In addition to identifying the benefits that a person may be eligible to receive, the service also provides a detailed description of the programs, local contacts for additional information (typically the addresses and phone numbers of where to apply for the programs), and materials to help successfully apply for each program. Some benefits screening programs may focus on specific populations such as older adults and people with disabilities.
Programs that issue cheques, cash, vouchers or gift cards to help low-income or indigent community residents purchase food, gifts or other resources that will enable them to celebrate and enjoy any of the yearly holidays.
Programs that pay all or a portion of the fees and/or other expenses associated with instruction and/or participation in a particular recreational, artistic or leisure-time activity for people, especially children from low income families, who would be unable to enjoy those programs without assistance.
The above terms and definitions are part of the Taxonomy of Human Services, used here by permission of INFO LINE of Los Angeles.