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IDAHO EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND DISASTER RESPONSE

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PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE YOU CALL US:

DISCLAIMER

Homeless To Independence Inc. is a 501©3 non-profit organization. We do NOT receive any grant funding what-so-ever to pay bills for anyone in any situation. We do not give away money. We do not give out loans against any money.

This ministry is supported with generous financial donations that are used to help keep us functioning. Our purpose is to help supply individuals and families with personal needs such as food, toiletries, clothing, household items, furniture and baby/adult diapers/wipes both locally and to areas effected by disasters . At this time, we do not offer any shelter or transitional housing services. Again, we DO NOT pay any bills. We DO NOT pay any rents or mortgages.

If you are actually homeless, or about to be homeless or need emergency assistance of any kind, DIAL “211” from a land-line telephone. This will not work from a cell telephone. Tell the receiver your situation and what you need. They will give you information specific for the location you are currently in plus any referrals you may need. They have the most up to the minute information for your specific area. Dialing “211” will get you help and much more info than this office can provide. Homeless to Independence wants you to have all the information you need to get through the situation you are in.

Don’t have a land-line telephone??? Go to your local police department, library, or house of worship and ask to use their land-line telephone. They may even make the call on your behalf.

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For those of you looking for employment through-out the United States, District of Columbia or Puerto Rico, simply send me an email to:

Ann@homelesstoindependence.org with:

1) the name of your State/Commonwealth, District of Columbia or Puerto Rico and
2) if you have a conviction and your record contains something more serious than a traffic conviction within the past 7-years. We do NOT need to know what the conviction was, we do not want to waste your time with opportunities you will not be qualified to apply for at this time.

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Homeless To Independence Inc. is not responsible for misprints or cancellations of events by the event holders, landlord and/or their agent, or ourselves. Homeless to Independence Inc. also reserves the right to “NOT” offer services to people and/or persons that are rude, unpleasant, and untruthful in any way shape or form, belligerent and the like.

OCCASIONALLY, THERE WILL BE ARTICLES BY OTHER WRITERS. HOMELESS TO INDEPENDENCE MAY NOT NECESSARILY AGREE WITH THEIR VIEWPOINTS, BUT WE DO RESPECT THEM. THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION!

OFFICE CONTACT INFO:

HOMELESS TO INDEPENDENCE, INC.
405 SOUTH MAIN ST.
PHILLIPSBURG, NJ 08865

THE VERY BEST WAY TO CONTACT ME IS TO SEND ME AN EMAIL: ANN@HOMELESSTOINDEPENDENCE.ORG

OFFICE NUMBER IS: 1-908-454-1500 LISTEN TO THE RECORDING

Please note that our office does have very limited volunteer staff and if we are one telephone line we cannot answer the other line. There is simply not enough time in the day to answer and/or return each and every telephone call.

IF YOU ARE ASKING FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE, NO ONE WILL CONTACT YOU BACK.

THANK YOU!!!

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL DISASTER RELATED MATERIALS ARE NOW LOCATED ON OUR “IDAHO EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND DISASTER RESPONSE” PAGE!

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Idaho Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
Managing Agency Idaho http://www.accessidaho.org

Program Description
The mission of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is to assist low income households, particularly those with the lowest incomes that pay a high proportion of household income for home energy, in meeting their immediate home energy needs.

LIHEAP provides funding to help low income households make home heating more affordable, avoid disconnection of utility services during the winter, and maintain a warm, safe, and healthy environment for households with young children, the elderly, and the disabled.

LIHEAP provides a one-time utility payment on behalf of qualified households. Forms of assistance available include: financial assistance towards a household’s heating energy bill and emergency assistance if a household’s home energy service is shut off or about to be shut off. Currently the program is available November 1 through March 31, depending on funding availability. Crisis Funding may be available outside of this time period.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Idaho and you must need financial assistance for home energy costs.

In order to qualify, you also must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:

Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $16,755
2 $22,695
3 $28,635
4 $34,575
5 $40,515
6 $46,455
7 $52,395
8 $58,335
*For households with more than eight people, add $5,940 per additional person.

A person who participates or has family members who participate in certain other benefit programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or certain needs-tested Veterans benefits may be automatically eligible.

Your Next Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process
In order to apply for LIHEAP, applicants can access an application at:
http://www.idahocommunityaction.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/LIHEAP-Application.pdf, complete it and return to their local Direct Service Provider agency or call their Direct Service Provider agency for an appointment to apply.

The listing of Direct Service Providers in Idaho is:

COMMUNITY ACTION PARTNERSHIP – CAP www.cap4action.org
Email: l.stoddard@cap4action.org
Serving: Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Clearwater, Idaho, Kootenai, Latah, Lewis, Nez Perce, and Shoshone Counties

WESTERN IDAHO COMMUNITY ACTION PARTNERSHIP – (WICAP) www.wicap.org/
Email: Info@wicaphs.com
Served: Adams, Boise, Canyon, Gem, Payette, Valley, and Washington Counties

EL-ADA COMMUNITY ACTION PARTNERSHIP – (EL-ADA) www.eladacap.org
Email: dickhenry@qwestoffice.net
Serving: Ada, Elmore, and Owyhee Counties

SOUTH CENTRAL COMMUNITY ACTION PARTNERSHIP – (SCCAP) www.sccap-id.org
Email: info@sccap-id.org
Serving: Blaine, Camas, Cassia, Gooding, Jerome, Twin Falls, Lincoln and Minidoka Counties

EASTERN IDAHO COMMUNITY ACTION PARTNERSHIP – (EICAP) www.eicap.org
Email: rspain@eicap.org
Serving: Bonneville, Butte, Clark, Custer, Fremont, Jefferson, Lemhi, Madison and Teton Counties

SOUTHEASTERN IDAHO COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY – (SEICAA) www.seicaa.org
Email: seicaa@seicaa.org
Serving: Bannock, Bear Lake, Bingham, Caribou, Franklin, Oneida, and Power Counties

Program Contact Information
For additional questions, please contact Community Action Partnership Association of Idaho at 208-375-7382, ext. 15.

Updated 12-27-13

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Idaho School Breakfast and Lunch Program
Managing Agency Idaho http://www.accessidaho.org

Program Description
The School Breakfast and Lunch Programs make nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free meals available to school children each school day. Over 92,000 schools offer lunches at school, and nearly 70,000 schools offer breakfast at school. School breakfasts and lunches must meet the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and Federal nutrition standards. Some schools offer afterschool snacks to children in the school’s afterschool care programs.

The School Breakfast and Lunch Programs of Idaho are administered by Child Nutrition Programs division of Idaho’s Department of Education.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Idaho and a parent or primary caregiver responsible for a child(ren) who attends school (high school or under).

In order to qualify, you also must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:

Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $21,257
2 $28,694
3 $36,131
4 $43,568
5 $51,005
6 $58,442
7 $65,879
8 $73,316
*For households with more than eight people, add $7,437 per additional person.

Your Next Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process
To apply for free or reduced price meals, contact your child’s school. A listing of your state’s schools can be found here:
http://www.sde.idaho.gov/site/edu_directory/

Program Contact Information
For additional information, visit the Idaho Child Nutrition office website: http://www.sde.idaho.gov/site/cnp/
Or call the state’s Child Nutrition Programs office at 208-332-6820.

Updated 10-08-13

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Idaho Special Milk Program
Managing Agency Idaho http://www.accessidaho.org

Program Description
The Special Milk Program provides reimbursement for milk served to children in programs where they have no access to lunch either through the National School Lunch Program or the Child and Adult Care Food Program. These programs include half-time kindergarten programs in schools and summer camps for children.

General Program Requirements
Any child in a school or institution that participates in the Special Milk Program can get milk. Schools may elect to offer free milk to low-income children. For this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Idaho.

In order to qualify, you also must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:

Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $21,257
2 $28,694
3 $36,131
4 $43,568
5 $51,005
6 $58,442
7 $65,879
8 $73,316
*For households with more than eight people, add $7,437 per additional person.

Your Next Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process
To apply for the Special Milk program, directly contact your child’s school, camp, or child care institution to find out if it participates in the Special Milk Program.

The Federal agency Child Nutrition Programs manages this program and provides state contact information here:
http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/Contacts/StateDirectory.htm

Additionally, your state education agency can also provide you with more information about the program:
http://www.sde.idaho.gov/site/cnp/specialMilkProgram/

Program Contact Information
For information on the Idaho Special Milk program (SMP), please visit: http://www.sde.idaho.gov/
To learn more about Idaho SMP, please call the Department of Education at: 208-332-6820

Updated 09-14-13

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Idaho Medicaid Program

Medicaid is a state/federal program that pays for medical and long-term care services for people with lower incomes, seniors, people with disabilities and some families and children. Services covered include laboratory and X-ray services, inpatient and outpatient hospital services, health screenings for children, and long-term care services and supports.

GO TO: http://www.healthandwelfare.idaho.gov/Medical/Medicaid/tabid/123/Default.aspx

Updated 02-21-13

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Idaho Summer Food Service
Managing Agency Idaho http://www.accessidaho.org

Program Description
The Idaho Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) provides reimbursement for free, nutritious meals and snacks served to Idaho children 18 and younger. These meals help children in low-income areas get the nutrition they need to learn, play, and grow throughout the summer months when they are out of school. When school is out the meals served as a part of the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program are not available and due to families’ limited budgets, or other circumstances, children will often miss wholesome meals. The SFSP fills this gap and parents benefit from some help in stretching their food dollars and by knowing that their children are receiving healthy meals in a supportive environment.

General Program Requirements
For this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Idaho.

In order to qualify, you also must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:

Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $21,257
2 $28,694
3 $36,131
4 $43,568
5 $51,005
6 $58,442
7 $65,879
8 $73,316
*For households with more than eight people, add $7,437 per additional person.

Your Next Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process
To apply for the Summer Food Service program, contact the site nearest you:
http://www.sde.idaho.gov/site/cnp/summerFoods/

Program Contact Information
For more information, please call the Idaho Department of Education, Child Nutrition Programs, at:
208-332-6821

Or the Idaho Care Line at:
211

Or for information on the Summer Food Service program, call:
1-800-926-2588

Updated 08-08-13

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Idaho Head Start
Managing Agency Idaho http://www.accessidaho.org

Program Description
Head Start is a national program that provides comprehensive developmental services for low-income preschool children and their families. Currently funded at approximately $4.3 billion nationally, Head Start and Early Head Start serve over 750,000 children and their families each year.

The Idaho Head Start Association is a private, non-profit organization that represents 12 Idaho Head Start programs and 5,000 children.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Idaho, you must be a parent or primary caregiver responsible for a child who is too young for public school.

In order to qualify you must also have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:
Household Size** Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $11,170
2 $15,130
3 $19,090
4 $23,050
5 $27,010
6 $30,970
7 $34,930
8 $38,890
*For households with more than eight people, add $3,960 per additional person.
**Some programs have higher income limits.

If you do not meet these criteria, you may still qualify if you are a U.S. national, citizen or permanent resident whose financial status is low income or very low income, who is under-employed, unemployed or about to become unemployed, facing pregnancy, less than 19 years of age yourself, or the parent or primary caregiver for children under the age of 19 years. Other qualifications may apply.

Your Next Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process
For enrollment information, contact the program nearest you (applications are submitted to local programs):
http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/HeadStartOffices

Program Contact Information
For more information, visit: http://www.idahoheadstartassoc.net/

Updated 01-22-13

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Idaho Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
Managing Agency Idaho http://www.accessidaho.org

Program Description
The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program provides supplemental foods, nutrition education and referrals to health care, at no cost, to low-income pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants, and children up to age 5 who are determined to be at nutritional risk. To be fully eligible for the WIC Program, applicants must be determined by a health professional, at no cost, to be at nutritional risk (i.e., have certain medical-based or diet-based risk conditions).

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Idaho; a pregnant, breastfeeding and/or postpartum woman; an infant or child up to 5 years of age; and individually determined by a health professional to be at nutrition risk.

In order to qualify, you must also have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:
Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $20,665
2 $27,991
3 $35,317
4 $42,643
5 $49,969
6 $57,295
7 $64,621
8 $71,947
*For households with more than eight people, add $7,326 per additional person.

A person who participates or has family members who participate in certain other benefit programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicaid or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), automatically meets the income eligibility requirement.

Your Next Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process
Visit the Idaho WIC website to obtain application information:
www.wic.dhw.idaho.gov

Program Contact Information
For more information on Idaho WIC, please visit the Idaho Department of Health & Welfare: http://www.wic.dhw.idaho.gov
If you have questions about the WIC program call the Idaho CareLine toll-free at: 1-800-926-2588
TDD users can call: 208-332-7205

Updated 01-22-13

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Idaho Weatherization Assistance Program
Managing Agency Idaho http://www.accessidaho.org

Program Description
The Idaho Weatherization Assistance Program is the nation’s largest residential energy efficiency program. Its mission is to insulate the dwellings of low-income persons, particularly the elderly, persons with disabilities, families with children, high residential energy users, and households with a high energy burden, in order to conserve needed energy and to aid those persons least able to afford higher utility costs.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Idaho.

In order to qualify, you must also have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:
Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $22,340
2 $30,260
3 $38,180
4 $46,100
5 $54,020
6 $61,940
7 $69,860
8 $77,780
*For households with more than eight people, add $7,920 per additional person.

If you receive Supplemental Security Income or Aid to Families with Dependent Children, you are automatically eligible to receive weatherization services.

Your Next Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process
Prospective applicants should locate and contact their nearest local community action partnership agency by visiting http://www.idahocommunityaction.org/partnerships/partnershipscap/ or by calling the Idaho Careline at 2-1-1.

Program Contact Information
For more information about Idaho’s Weatherization Assistance Program, please visit: http://www.idahocommunityaction.org/Weatherization.html

Updated 07-16-12

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Program Description
The Food Stamp Program helps put food on the table for approximately 34,000 Idaho households and 85,000 individual Idahoans
every day. It provides low income households with a card which can be used instead of cash to purchase food items to ensure that
they have access to a healthy diet. The Food Stamp Program represents the pledge that hunger will not be tolerated in America. It is
the tangible expression of the unalterable belief that everyone has a right to food for themselves and their families. The program is
the cornerstone of the Federal Government’s food assistance programs. The U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) administers
the Food Stamp Program at the Federal level through its Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). State agencies administer the program at
the State and local levels, including determination of eligibility and allotments.
General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the State of Idaho and fall into one of two groups: (1) those with
a current bank balance (savings and checking combined) under $2,001, or (2) those with a current bank balance (savings and
checking combined) under $3,001 who share their household with a person or persons age 60 and over, or with a person with a
disability (a child, your spouse, a parent, or yourself). For either group, you must also have an annual household income of less than
$14,079 if one person lives in the household; $18,941 if two people live in the household; $23,803 if three people live in the household;
$28,665 if four people live in the household; $33,527 if five people live in the household; $38,389 if six people live in the household;
$43,251 if seven people live in the household; or $48,113 if eight people live in the household. For larger households, add $4,862 for
each additional person in the home.

Your Next StepsThe following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.
Application Process
For detailed application information, visit:
http://healthandwelfare.idaho.gov/FoodCashAssistance/FoodStamps/FoodSt…

Program Contact Information
For more information, visit:
http://healthandwelfare.idaho.gov/FoodCashAssistance/FoodStamps/tabid/90/de…

You may also call or visit your local Health and Welfare office. When calling, select option 19 for the Health and Welfare Offices. To
locate the office nearest you, visit:
http://healthandwelfare.idaho.gov/ContactUs/tabid/127/default.aspx

Managing Agency
Idaho
http://www.accessidaho.org

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Program Description
Temporary Assistance for Families in Idaho (TAFI) is the monthly cash assistance program for low-income families in Idaho. The
program goal is to provide necessary assistance to need families with children on a temporary basis and provide parents with job
preparation, work opportunities, enforcement of child support, and support services to enable them to become self-sufficient, and
leave the program as soon as possible. This is a time-limited cash assistance and supportive services program with an emphasis on
self-reliance and personal responsibility.
General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of Idaho, either pregnant or responsible for a child under 19 years
of age, a US national, citizen, legal alien, or permanent resident, have low or very low income, and be either under-employed (working
for very low wages), unemployed or about to become unemployed.

Your Next StepsThe following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.
Application Process
You can apply for TAFI cash assistance at your local Health and Welfare’s Self Reliance office (a list of which can be found here: http:
//healthandwelfare.idaho.gov/ContactUs/tabid/127/default.aspx) or contact the 2-1-1 Idaho CareLine to have an application mailed to
you. Dial 2-1-1 or 1-800-926-2588.

Program Contact Information
For more information on Idaho TAFI, please go to:
http://www.idahocareline.org/eLibrary/Temporary%20Assistance%20for%20Famili…

To contact the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare about Idaho TAFI, please call:
208-334-5500

or write to:
Idaho Department of Health and Welfare
450 W. State Street, 10th floor
P.O. Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0036

Managing Agency
Idaho
http://www.accessidaho.org

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