“SNAP has one of the lowest barriers to entry of all social programs. So many people qualify for the program and don’t even realize it.” – American Hope Resources
With inflation and a shaky stock market being coupled with a war overseas and financial uncertainty, many Americans are struggling to make ends meet. There’s nothing wrong with seeking help if you find yourself struggling to buy food, paying your rent, or keeping your lights on.
American Hope Resources is an organization dedicated to helping struggling, and disadvantaged Americans keep up with their bills and climb out of their situation. We interviewed American Hope Resources about their Benefits Assistance Programs, so we could learn how exactly they’re helping struggling people across America.
What would you say is one of the most prominent issues Americans face nowadays?
At American Hope Resources, food insecurity is a significant issue and one we want to help resolve as much as we possibly can. Inflation has been shooting the price of meat through the roof, and now even a bowl of Ramen noodles has gone from 70 cents to over a dollar. 30 cents may not seem like a lot, but that’s about a 60% rise in price and will make the difference for many people who are barely making ends meet.
Do you offer any resources that will help pay for food for these people that are struggling?
Absolutely, we have many blogs and articles on our website dedicated to helping Americans pay for food. We cover food stamps and the SNAP program extensively, which is a saving grace for so many people.
You know, SNAP has one of the lowest barriers to entry of all social programs. So many people qualify for the program and don’t even realize it.
Our goal at American Hope Resources is to let them know that they are eligible and give them the resources and knowledge they need to apply and receive the benefits they deserve.
Aside from our website resources, we also provide up-to-date information on how to alleviate the life of struggling families in our blog at https://medium.com/@AmericanHopeResources.
Are there any other benefits that you find many people qualify for but don’t use for some reason?
Well, the Medicare Open Enrollment program, for example, is a program that occurs every year. Many people qualify for Medicare, and it would help them pay for a huge chunk of their medication costs.
I’d say, if you find yourself paying way more than you’d like at the end of the month on pills and other drugs necessary for your health, then look into Medicare Open Enrollment. Worst scenario, you don’t qualify. In the best scenario, you can get some peace of mind.
How about housing? Do you have anything in your program for housing help?
Sure, American Hope Resources have a lot of very detailed information on the Section 8 housing program. It is a bit harder to qualify for than SNAP and has a longer waitlist, but it is still something we highly recommend in our benefits program.
Why do you think many people don’t apply for things like SNAP and Medicare? Does your Benefits Assistance Program help?
At American Hope Resources, we believe one of the main reasons many Americans aren’t taking advantage of these benefits assistance programs is simply because a lot of people are just too busy. They work all day, every day, and when they get home, they don’t want to go through an online application and call someone in order to get their benefits.
They want to relax. Our program helps because we give them the knowledge. We give them the steps they need to take. We practically cut their time in half because they know exactly whom to call, what they’ll need to provide, and how long it will take.
Our team at American Hope Resources takes out the guesswork, so all they need to do is apply. We also let them know that these programs exist.
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