Seedco’s EarnBenefits Online (EBO) is a web-based software tool used by health and human services providers, affordable housing organizations and others to screen individuals for eligibility in a range of benefit programs. These programs include food stamps, health insurance programs, tax credits and housing and utility assistance. EBO makes very accurate calculations of benefit eligibility and allows screeners to instantly educate clients in which benefits they may be eligible for.
Low-income families often lack access to transportation and child care, making it difficult to go to several government offices to find out if they are eligible for benefits and how to apply. EBO can cut across these silos, help people identify several resources in one appointment, and provide step by step instructions to make complex application procedures easier to understand.
EBO generates fillable PDF application forms for most benefits and imports the information the client has already provided during the screening into the forms, helping to cut down on time clients would otherwise spend filling out applications.
Working individuals may assume they are not eligible for benefits and miss out on the opportunity to apply for programs like food stamps and energy assistance which can help supplement their income. Others may come in for one particular benefit and in the process learn they are eligible for several others they were not previously aware of. EBO is an educational tool for case managers seeking to assist clients with greater awareness of the resources available to them.
EBO is customized by state, with 15+ federal and state benefits, tax credits and health care programs in each location. Currently, EBO is operational in New York, Maryland, Georgia and Tennessee and programmed for several other states including Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts and Oklahoma. Seedco can adapt the tool for additional states.
Nationally more than 124,000 households have accessed $292 million in income-enhancing benefits via EBO sites. Seedco provides data to subscribers in monthly reports that help EBO sites track their outcomes consistently and effectively in order to monitor impact on clients, staff performance and return on investment to funders. Subscribers know regularly how many households have been screened, found eligible for benefits, referred and enrolled in benefits at their site.
Backed by Experience
Seedco’s EarnBenefits® program is unique in that it combines cutting edge technology with Seedco’s deep programmatic experience assisting more than 100 organizations to successfully integrate benefit access into their agencies. Seedco has been operating EBO since 2005 in New York and has successfully expanded its use into multiple states. We have partnered with a diverse set of states and health and human services providers on food stamp outreach projects, children’s health insurance outreach and are currently an Affordable Care Act Navigator entity in four states. With this array of experience Seedco has developed an expertise in how to implement benefits access strategies in varied settings, from community centers, housing agencies, churches, food banks and many others.
An annual EBO subscription is priced on a per user basis. The monthly per user fee is discounted as the number of users on the subscription grows, making it accessible for organizations of varying sizes.