Let GovBenefits.gov?s Benefit Programs Help You Keep Your New Year?s Resolutions

According to FirstGov.gov, some of the most common New Year?s resolutions people make include getting a new job, getting a better education, buying a house and volunteering to help others. Luckily, GovBenefits.gov can help you keep your resolutions with information on government benefit and assistance programs. To get you started, here is a sampling of programs that may help you:

One Stop Career Center Initiative
One-Stop Career Centers are at the heart of the new workforce investment system emerging under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). These centers provide an integrated array of high-quality services so that workers, job seekers, and businesses can conveniently find the help they need under one roof in easy to reach locations. One-Stop Career Centers are designed to help businesses find qualified workers and help job seekers obtain employment and training services to enhance their careers. These services include assessment of skills, abilities, aptitudes and needs; assistance with Unemployment Insurance; access to Wagner-Peyser Act funded employment services such as the States' public labor exchange and labor market information; career counseling; job search and job placement assistance; and information on training, education and related supportive services such as day care and transportation. Eligible individuals can obtain more intensive services and training. One-Stop Career Centers are convenient to most communities in the United States. For more information, visit the One Stop Career Center Initiative Program.

Perkins Student Loans Program
Federal Perkins Loans help financially needy undergraduate students and graduate students meet the cost of postsecondary education. The award is made by the school based on the availability of funds. A Federal Perkins Loans carries a fixed interest rate (currently 5 percent) and must be repaid beginning after a nine-month grace period following the date when the student is no longer enrolled on at least a half-time basis. For more information, visit the Perkins Student Loans Program.

Basic FHA Loan Program
This program can help individuals buy a single family home. While HUD does not lend money directly to buyers to purchase a home, FHA-approved lenders make loans through a number of FHA-insurance programs. For more information, visit the Basic FHA Loan Program.

Senior Companion Program
The Senior Companion Program provides grants to qualified agencies and organizations for the dual purpose of engaging persons 60 and older, particularly those with limited incomes, in volunteer service to meet critical community needs and to provide a high quality experience that will enrich the lives of the volunteers. Program funds are used to support Senior Companions in providing supportive, individualized services to help adults with special needs in order to maintain their independence. For more information, visit the Senior Companion Program.