Collecting a settlement, or a verdict, for an accident can take quite a bit of time, especially when you don’t have a dedicated personal injury attorney to help you fight for the compensation you deserve. That means, you’re likely wondering what financial resources are available to help cover your expenses while you’re waiting for a verdict or settlement to come through. Lucky for you, at Aiello Law Group, our sole objective is to ensure all current and potential clients have access to the information and resources they need, including the truth about what financial resources are available for you to receive while waiting for your settlement. So please, keep reading to learn more!
Department of Social Services
If you’re looking for financial resources of any kind, your first plan should be to get in touch with an Adult Services Social Worker at your local Department of Social Services (DDS) orrice, or in Michigan it’s the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. They will have all the information you’ll need about local and federal assistance programs you may be eligible for.
If you’re struggling to afford enough food for yourself, or your family, the Food Bank Council of Michigan (FBCM) can be a great resource. It’s a non-profit association dedicated to ending hunger by organizing food banks responsible for donating millions of pounds of food to thousands of agencies across the state.
Community Housing Network
If shelter is your biggest concern, Michigan’s Community Housing Network (CHN) specializes in offering housing services to homeless, low-income, disabled, and a wide variety of other underprivileged residents, including running affordable residential rental communities.
Application for Medicaid & State Disability Assistance
If you’re looking for a variety of different services, such as food assistance, child development/care, WIC, healthcare coverage, State Emergency Relief (SER), cash aid, and other services, the Department of Health and Human Services is always a great place to start.
Free Government Cell Phones
Need a phone to keep in touch with family, medical care providers, and other important contacts? The Lifeline Phone Service Program can help! It’s a fully federally funded program that may be able to get you a free government phone with your own plan based on your needs.
Stay Well Michigan Resource for Mental Health
If you’re struggling with your mental health, the “Stay Well” Michigan website can connect you with all types of local Community Mental Health Services programs, online support groups, mental wellness webinars, phone/text helplines, mental/behavioral health experts, and more.
Uninsured? Find free clinics near you through The Free Clinics of Michigan (FCOM) network! You can access clinics with both physical and mental health services that won’t cost you a thing thanks to the hard work of the volunteers providing care.
Commonly referred to as “Welfare,” public General Assistance offers limited benefits dependent exclusively on need. What you may qualify for will very greatly depending on the specifics of your circumstances.
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
The Welfare program is run by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and disburses important financial assistance to states to help cover the costs of various state-administered assistance programs, including those related to employment, job prep, and childcare.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
Another program to try if you’re struggling to make ends meat, is Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). SNAP provides food stamps to eligible individuals, including those who are disabled and/or qualify for SSI. You can learn more about your eligibility through your local Social Security office, or the U.S. Department of Agriculture online.
If you’re at your wits end and struggling to get approved for other assistance programs, or you need assistance now, you can always turn to your local religious/charitable organizations. A lot of the time you can get help with food, clothing, furniture, bills/utilities, rent/mortgage, transportation, and more. Simply look around your area and see what kind of private organizations are nearby. Try to find a Salvation Army, St. Vincent de Paul, or similar establishment in your area.
Want to ensure you receive your settlement as quickly as possible so you don’t have to worry as much about supplementing your income with other assistance programs? Reach out to our knowledgeable personal injury attorneys at Aiello Law Group today! Call us, today, at 313.964.4900 or fill out the form in the sidebar or on our contact page, and learn more about how we can help you.