Public benefits and assistance

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American families with low income can get help from the government with their expenses. This help is called welfare, or public benefits. Refugees coming to the USA also qualify for public benefits when they first arrive.

American families with low income can get help from the government with their expenses. This help is called welfare, or public benefits. Refugees coming to the USA also qualify for public benefits when they first arrive.

1. Public benefits for everyone

1. Public benefits for everyone

Msaada wa muda wa familia zenye mahitaji (TANF)

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

TANF helps low-income families in the USA. This program provides some cash to help families who meet the program requirements. Unahitaji kutumia fedha kutoka TANF mahitaji ya msingi ya familia yako. Programu pia husaidia kuandaa watu kwa ajili ya kazi na majukumu ya familia. Katika baadhi ya majimbo, you are required to work as a volunteer to receive TANF. Kuomba TANF, contact the TANF office in your state.

TANF helps low-income families in the USA. This program provides some cash to help families who meet the program requirements. You will need to use the money from TANF for the basic needs of your family. The program also helps to prepare people for work and family responsibilities. In some states, you are required to work as a volunteer to receive TANF. To apply for TANF, contact the TANF office in your state.

Mapato ya ziada ya usalama (SSI)

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

Mapato ya ziada ya usalama (SSI) ni kuwasaidia watu wazima walemavu, watoto, na watu 65 na wakubwa bila ulemavu ambao hawana kipato na rasilimali. All citizens get SSI and some non-citizens are eligible too. Learn about SSI for non-citizens.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is to help disabled adults, children, and people 65 and older without disabilities who have limited income and resources. All citizens get SSI and some non-citizens are eligible too. Learn about SSI for non-citizens.

An important note about SSI: Some refugees and other non-citizens who get SSI will stop getting it after 7 miaka. But if you become a citizen, you can continue to receive SSI for as long as you need it.

An important note about SSI: Some refugees and other non-citizens who get SSI will stop getting it after 7 years. But if you become a citizen, you can continue to receive SSI for as long as you need it.

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a benefit for people who cannot work because of a disability. Non-citizens and citizens can get only SSDI if they have worked and earned enough Social Security credits. Unaweza find Social Security information in many languages.

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a benefit for people who cannot work because of a disability. Non-citizens and citizens can get only SSDI if they have worked and earned enough Social Security credits. You can find Social Security information in many languages.

Medicare and Medicaid

Medicare and Medicaid

Matibabu ni mpango wa kutoa huduma za afya kwa ajili ya familia ya kipato cha chini, wanawake wajawazito, na watu wazima katika Marekani. Programu hii ni kwa ajili ya Wamarekani wote wa kipato cha chini. Nchi nyingi zina programu za kutoa matibabu bure au gharama ya chini kwa ajili ya watoto. Learn more about Medicaid.

Medicaid is a program to provide healthcare for low-income families, pregnant women, and some adults in the US. This program is for all low-income Americans. Many states also have programs to provide free or low-cost medical care for children. Learn more about Medicaid.

Utabibu ni programu ya kutoa huduma za afya kwa wazee (watu binafsi juu ya 65-miaka-kale). Programu hii pia hutoa bima kwa ajili ya watu wenye ulemavu. Learn more about Medicare.

Medicare is a program to provide healthcare for seniors (individuals over 65-years-old). This program also provides insurance for people with disabilities. Learn more about Medicare.

Going to the doctor in the USA can cost a lot of money. Hii ni kwa nini bima inaweza kukusaidia. Hata kama una bima ya, Unaweza bado kuwa kulipa pesa kumuona daktari.

Going to the doctor in the USA can cost a lot of money. This is why insurance can help you. Even if you have insurance, you might still have to pay some money to see a doctor.

What about public charge? If I get TANF or SSI, will that stop me from getting a green card or becoming a citizen?

What about public charge? If I get TANF or SSI, will that stop me from getting a green card or becoming a citizen?

Public chargemeans someone who uses public benefits for a long time. The US Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) says that someone who is likely to be a public charge cannot become a permanent resident (mmiliki wa kadi ya kijani). USCIS says that people who receive SSI, TANF, Medicaid or cash assistance from their state may not be allowed to become permanent residents. Other benefits, such as school lunches and children’s health insurance, do not count. Please read about the new public charge rule to be informed about the risks of being considered a public charge.

“Public charge” means someone who uses public benefits for a long time. The US Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) says that someone who is likely to be a public charge cannot become a permanent resident (green card holder). USCIS says that people who receive SSI, TANF, Medicaid or cash assistance from their state may not be allowed to become permanent residents. Other benefits, such as school lunches and children’s health insurance, do not count. Please read about the new public charge rule to be informed about the risks of being considered a public charge.

2. Public benefits for refugees

2. Public benefits for refugees

Manufaa ya umma inaweza kuwa na utata. Lazima kukamilisha mengi ya makaratasi kupata faida ya umma. The goal of public benefits for refugees is to provide for your basic needs until you are able to find a job. Katika Marekani, Unaweza tu kupokea manufaa ya umma kwa kiasi fulani. Hii ina maana mara baada ya kuanza kufanya kazi na kupata kipato kwa familia yako, Unaweza kuacha kupata faida ya umma.

Public benefits can be confusing. You must complete a lot of paperwork to get public benefits. The goal of public benefits for refugees is to provide for your basic needs until you are able to find a job. In the USA, you can only receive public benefits for a certain amount of time. This means once you start working and earning an income for your family, you will stop getting public benefits.

Baadhi ya wakimbizi wanaogopa kupoteza faida yao. Lakini wakimbizi wengi wanasema wanahisi kiburi sana mara moja na kazi nzuri na kuchukua huduma ya wenyewe na familia zao.

Some refugees are afraid to lose their benefits. But most refugees say they feel very proud once they have a good job and can take care of themselves and their families.

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