Benefits Plus Online
Solving the Public Benefit Puzzle


Benefits Plus Online is the premier comprehensive, searchable online resource on over 80 different federal, state and local government benefit and housing programs for social service professionals.

Written by experienced advocates, reviewed by legal experts, and updated regularly, Benefits Plus Online provides the information professionals need to better assist their clients. Professionals will learn how a program works, how to access the benefit and what steps to take when action is needed. Get all of this plus access to valuable resources, government contacts, and much more.


If you are not a subscriber to Benefits Plus Online, you can tour it by clicking on any of the 9 different categories on the right. Each category contains chapters related to that category topic. When you click on a chapter, you will be able to view the chapter's outline, as well as open the “Overview” section.

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To ensure our subscribers stay up-to-date, we host a dedicated Subscriber Event, where we bring together all subscribers to delve into the latest developments in the benefit world and introduce new features. Complementing this, we provide a comprehensive benefit update chart, spotlighting recent changes across a few of our chapters. These are detailed below.

Subscriber Event

These events are created to keep in touch with our users and showcase recent updates. It is also an opportunity for subscribers to ask questions on content ares. To view past events go to

Benefit Update Chart

Benefits Plus Online is updated regularly throughout the calendar year as changes occur in a program's guidelines or procedures. Every chapter and section will house their own updates for that section.

To view, select a chapter (for example, Cash Assistance), click on a section (for example, Qualifying for Cash Assistance). Once there, click on "Show updates" in the blue header to reveal the current year's updates, additions, revisions, and corrections, if any, that have been made to that section.

In addition, experts in the subject area periodically review the individual chapters; this information is found under "Show updates" listed as "Expert Review Date".

Below are a few of the most recent updates; not all updates are listed below. Please note you must be a subscriber to access this information.




Emergency Assistance to Families (EAF)

April 2024

Emergency Safety Net Assistance (ESNA)

April 2024

Cash Assistance (CA)

February 2024

March 2024

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

March 2024

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