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  ·  Kathleen Kingsbury, Time

About one-third of Americans who qualify for public assistance haven't signed up. That amounts to millions of people needlessly going without food stamps, low-income housing or health insurance.

This predicament is what RealBenefits, a Boston-based software start-up, was created to solve. The five-person firm's Web database circumvents complicated government paperwork with easy-to-use screening and enrollment tools. So far RealBenefits has connected nearly 100,000 families to more than $371 million in government aid since 2000.

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