Your Alameda County Library’s Government libguide , which deals with local government, California government, Federal, and Census / Statistic websites, now has a Benefits section  as well. This Benefits section provides links to Benefits.gov , the official government guide to benefits, providing you with an online eligibility prescreening to help you find government benefits that you may be eligible to receive, and to Videos on Government Benefits on YouTube to help you understand how to apply for government benefits for which you may be eligible.

Benefits.gov does not allow you to apply for benefits and cannot guarantee your eligibility for any program. In addition, Benefits.gov is not designed to be a comprehensive listing of all programs for which you may be eligible. Its purpose is to provide you with a list of benefits you may be eligible to receive, as well as information on how to apply for those programs.

Benefits.gov is a free service, so it is recommend that you visit Benefits.gov as time passes or after major life events. In addition to new benefit program eligibility criteria and/or your own life changes, your eligibility to receive certain assistance may have changed. Additionally, new benefit programs are created over time that you might also be eligible for.

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