Income Supports

Income supports can be crucial for giving a worker the time and income necessary to fulfill BCO training to reach a better paying position and career. Many entities offer programs that help low- and moderate-income individuals and families become more financially stable, including federal, state, and local governments; community-based organizations; and private companies. Coaching to help a client work through the disjointed network of service delivery at the local level helps individuals access all of the services and supports for which they are eligible.



General Benefits Screening Form


Created for the Center for Changing Lives in Chicago, this interactive Word document is designed to be used by a counselor to gather information from a client to determine eligibility for federal and state benefits such as SSDI, unemployment, food stamps and TANF. PDF

What Benefits Trigger a Subsequent CFA


This one-page table show which benefits usually trigger which parts of the combined financial assessment. From LISC, published in 2012. PDF

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Play the Spent Game



This online game insight into how difficult it is to get by after losing a job or facing a similar life-changing difficulty. Created by the Urban Ministries of Durham, it illustrates the difficulties of finding work, navigating government programs and keeping family together. Link


Income Support Services Screening Tools


This 28-page guide reprints the program explanations from a variety of income support programs, including SNAP, Medicaid, Social Security, and LIHEAP. Published by the Center for Working Families in 2010. PDF