Celebrate the New Year with Benefits.gov!
The holiday season is slowly wrapping up but holiday cheer is still in full swing - the end of one year and the start of the next signals a time for excitement and planning for the future. Some people have New Year's Resolutions to exercise more, take on a new hobby, and make new friends. In addition to all those things, we encourage you to make one more resolution: to learn how the federal benefits and assistance programs available on Benefits.gov can help you.

Benefits.gov is your one-stop shop for federal benefit eligibility and application materials. The website houses information on over 1,200 benefit programs from 17 different federal agencies. If you already know what benefits you're looking for, you can Browse by Category, State, or Federal Agency.

If you're unsure about what benefits are available to you or don't know your eligibility status, we encourage you to take our confidential prescreening tool, the Benefit Finder. The Benefit Finder uses the questions you answer about your background and financial situation to identify government benefits that you may be eligible to receive. The more questions you answer, the more specific your results will be. Once you've completed the Benefit Finder questionnaire, you can click the links in your Benefit Results list to access the benefit information directly.

In addition to specific benefit information, Benefits.gov offers informational news articles like this one, and a quarterly Compass eNewsletter to highlight programs for our users. You can view previous news articles and the current Compass edition in our Newsroom.

If you aren't looking for benefits, but want to give back to your community, Benefits.gov has resources for you as well. Check out our Community Advocates page to learn about different ways to serve those in need.

Finally, Benefits.gov provides links to other benefit websites, benefit legislation, FAQs for specific types of benefits, and other helpful resources. We also encourage you to check out our sister sites, GovLoans.gov, which offers information on government loans, and SSA BEST, which focuses on benefits from the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA).

This New Year, we encourage you to do what you can to improve your lifestyle. Make sure you are in the know about government benefits and how they can help you.