Benefits.gov is proudly celebrating a great milestone. In January, the site received a record amount of views and engagement; over 1 million people visited Benefits.gov in just one month! The Program strives to help all citizens in need by providing easy, online access to government benefit information, and our goal is to set a new standard for service and reliability each year.
The Benefits.gov Program is constantly evolving as we listen to your feedback and learn more about what is important to you. We plan to continue to highlight the resources that will be most useful for you and your families throughout the year.
To continue serving those in need, we have gathered the top viewed benefit pages at the start of 2017. Here is a list of our top benefit categories searched by citizens in January 2017:
Housing programs were most popular in January, as citizens were looking for rental assistance and programs for housing repairs. Some of these programs included, Rural Rental Assistance, Rural Housing: Housing Repair Loans and Grants, and the Housing Choice Voucher Program. These housing programs provide assistance to very low-income families in order to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing.
With January being a colder month, it is no surprise that citizens were concerned about the inevitable cost increase for the energy to heat their homes. Another program that addresses this issue for low-income families is the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program.
Citizens were also looking for their local Medicaid and Medicare benefits heading into the New Year. Medicaid is a health insurance program for certain low-income individuals and families, which can be provided by Federal, state, and/or county benefits. It is the largest program providing medical and health-related services across the country. In particular, citizens found information about Supplemental Security Income (SSI), a benefit that provides financial assistance to disabled adults and children with limited income.
Lastly, citizens found information on food and nutrition programs in January, with families looking for the best way to provide everyday meals for themselves and their loved ones. Some of these programs specifically highlight assistance for domestic hunger and generally cater to low-income individuals and families who are eligible.
Benefits.gov is here for you—use our Benefit Finder to find information on over 1,200 benefit and assistance programs that you may be eligible for. Thank you for your support over the last 15 years, and please continue to provide feedback on our news articles and benefit information. We look forward to serving millions more in 2017!