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ILLINOIS EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND DISASTER RESPONSE

Illinois Happenings

PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE YOU CONTACT US:

DISCLAIMER

Homeless To Independence Inc. is an All-Volunteer, Faith-Based, 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 items for 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, you can:

1. DIAL “211” from a:

a. Land line telephone. Tell the receiver your situation and what you need. They will give you information specific for the physical location you are currently at 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.

b. Cell Telephone – This will ONLY bring you to the correct information center in the area code within the very same City/Town in the County & State you purchased/acquired your cell telephone in!

PLEASE NOTE: If you do not have a land-line telephone or cell 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.

2. Use the internet and go to: http://www.211.org/

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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:
HTI EMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE 05-14

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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:

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

OFFICE NUMBER IS: 1-732-264-7500

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 “ILLINOIS EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND DISASTER RESPONSE” PAGE!

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Illinois 2-1-1

2-1-1 is a free and confidential way to find out about important health and human services programs in your community. Call 2-1-1 for information about health care, help paying rent and utility bills, transportation services, job training, mental health counseling and much more.

GO TO: http://pathcrisis.org/page/1rb2j/Home/2-1-1.html

POSTED 07-15-12

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Illinois School Breakfast and Lunch Program
Managing Agency Illinois http://www.state.il.us

Program Description
The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP) are voluntary programs administered by the Illinois State Board of Education in the state of Illinois. NSLP and SBP are available to all public schools, private schools, and residential child care institutions which agree to operate a non-profit program offering lunches meeting Federal requirements to all children in attendance.

General Program Requirements
All students may purchase lunches; some households may qualify for free or reduced priced meals. In order to qualify for free or reduced price meal benefits,you must be a resident of IL. Please contact the school in which your children are enrolled and request a household eligibility application.

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.isbe.net/research/xls/dir_ed_entities.xls

Program Contact Information
For more information on the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs operating in Illinois, please visit: http://www.isbe.net/nutrition/default.htm#programs
Or send an email to: CNP@isbe.net
Phone calls can be made to the Nutrition Programs Division of the Illinois State Board of Education at 1-800-545-7892 (in Illinois) or 217-782-2491.

Updated 10-08-13

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Illinois Special Milk Program
Managing Agency Illinois http://www.state.il.us

Program Description
The Special Milk Program is a federally funded program administered in Illinois by the Illinois State Board of Education. The Special Milk Program provides reimbursement for milk served to children in schools, childcare institutions, and eligible camps that do not participate in other Federal child nutrition meal service programs. Schools that participate in the National School Lunch or School Breakfast Programs can participate in the Special Milk Program for half-day kindergarten and pre-kindergarten children who do not have access to a school meals program. The program reimburses schools and institutions for the milk they serve.

There are two program options from which sponsors may choose:

Paid Milk – In the paid milk option, all students are charged for the cost of providing milk minus the Federal reimbursement. Household income applications are not required.

Free Milk – The free milk option provides milk free of charge to students who are determined eligible, based on the household income guidelines. Children who do not meet the household income requirements may purchase milk if participating in a pricing program.

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. In order to qualify for this benefit program, your child must be enrolled in a school or institution that participates in this program and be a resident of the state of Illinois.

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.isbe.state.il.us/nutrition/htmls/special_milk_qa.htm

Program Contact Information
For information visit: http://www.isbe.state.il.us/
To learn more about the Special Milk Program (SMP), please call the Illinois State Board of Education, Nutrition Programs Division at: 1-800-545-7892

Updated 09-04-13

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Illinois Summer Food Service
Managing Agency Illinois http://www.state.il.us

Program Description
The Illinois Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) was instituted to provide nutritious meals to children during the summer months when school is not in session. The program is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and administered by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).

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

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 your state’s child nutrition program office. Contact information for your state can be found here:
http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/Contacts/StateDirectory.htm

Program Contact Information
Please visit the Illinois SFSP web site for more program information: http://www.isbe.net/nutrition/htmls/summer.htm
Phone calls can be placed to the Nutrition Programs and Support Services office toll-free to ask about SFSP: 1-866-262-6663

Updated 08-08-13

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Illinois Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
Managing Agency Illinois http://www.state.il.us

Program Description
The Illinois Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is designed to assist eligible low income households pay for winter energy services. LIHEAP will provide a one-time benefit to eligible households to be used for energy bills. The amount of payment is determined by income, household size, fuel type, and geographic location.

LIHEAP is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the state of Illinois. The program is administered by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs (DCEO). Energy Assistance is provided by local community action agencies or not-for-profit agencies throughout the state. You may contact the agency provider in your area to apply for assistance.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Illinois 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
Contact your local Community Action Agency to make an appointment to apply for LIHEAP:
http://www.ildceo.net/dceo/Bureaus/Energy+Assistance/Community+Action+Agencies/default.htm

Program Contact Information
For more information on Illinois LIHEAP, visit: http://www.ildceo.net/dceo/Bureaus/Energy+Assistance/Illinois+LIHEAP/
Public inquires can also be toll-free: 1-800-252-8643
Residents in central Illinois can call: 217-785-6135

Updated 03-11-13

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Illinois Medical Assistance

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.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=44574

Updated 02-21-13

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Esperanza Community Services

Provides an inclusive environment where children and adults with developmental disabilities are supported to reach their full potential so they can live as independently as possible. Programs include early intervention, therapeutic day school, an adult day program, and Community Integrated Living Arrangements.

GO TO: http://esperanzacommunity.org/

Updated 02-12-13

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New Illinois Housing Bills Support People with Disabilities & Protect Homeowners from Mortgage Fraud
New Illinois Housing Bills Support People with Disabilities

Posted 08-12-12

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Illinois Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
Managing Agency Illinois http://www.state.il.us

Program Description
The 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 Illinois; 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
Use the DHS Office Locator to find your local Women, Infants and Children office. Make an appointment and find out what papers or documents you need to bring with you. At your appointment, WIC staff will check to see if you and your family qualify.

Program Contact Information
For more information on Illinois WIC, please visit the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS): http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=30513
Please see the following website for the income standard or maximum income limit for WIC eligibility:
http://health.mo.gov/living/families/wic/index.php
If you have questions about the WIC program call the Illinois DHS toll-free at: 1-800-843-6154
TTY users can call: 1-800-447-6404

Updated 08-12-12

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Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities
Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities

Posted 08-12-12

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EARLY INTERVENTION (birth to three)
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Posted 08-12-12

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Illinois All Kids (CHIPRA)
Managing Agency Illinois http://www.state.il.us

Program Description
Illinois’ All Kids program offers health care coverage to children or helps in paying premiums of employer or private health insurance plans. All Kids services are available at no cost or at low cost. Premium and co-payments are determined based on your family income and size. All Kids Share and Premium Level 1 are jointly funded by the state and federal governments. All Kids Rebate and Premium Level 2 are state funded. All Kids Assist is the Medicaid portion of Illinois’ health care programs for children.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for All Kids Share, Premium or Rebate, you must be a resident of Illinois, under 19 years of age, and meet certain insurance requirements.

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 $27,925
2 $37,825
3 $47,725
4 $57,625
5 $67,525
6 $77,425
7 $87,325
8 $97,225
*For households with more than eight people, add $9,900 per additional person.

Depending on your income level, you may have to pay a monthly premium for coverage. Please see this state’s program information for details.

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

Application Process
Illinois families can apply for health insurance online, but in some situations it may be better for you to apply at your local Department of Human Services Office (DHS). To apply online, request an application, or download an application, go to:
http://www.allkidscovered.com/application.html

An All Kids Application Agent (AKAA) can also help you apply. To find an AKAA in your area go to:
http://www.allkids.com/akaa/search

Program Contact Information
For more information, call toll-free 1-866-ALL KIDS (1-866-255-5437).
For persons using a teletypewriter (TTY), call 1-877-204-1012.
To locate the DHS office nearest you go to: http://www.dhs.state.il.us/officeLocator/

Updated 05-21-12

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Illinois Head Start
Managing Agency Illinois http://www.state.il.us
Program Description
The Head Start program (for children ages 3-5) and Early Head Start program (for pregnant women, infants, and toddlers) promote school readiness for children in low-income families by providing comprehensive educational, health, nutritional, and social services. Parents play a large role in the programs, both as primary educators of their children and as participants in administering the programs locally. Both programs provide pre-literacy and literacy experiences in a multi-cultural environment. Parents are also provided social services, including assistance with childcare. Services are also available to migrant and seasonal farm worker families.
General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the State of Illinois, 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 $14,521
2 $19,669
3 $24,817
4 $29,965
5 $35,113
6 $40,261
7 $45,409
8 $50,557
*For households with more than eight people, add $5,148 per additional person.

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:
http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/HeadStartOffices
Program Contact Information
Please visit the Illinois Head Start Association to learn more about the program: http://www.ilheadstart.org/
You may also contact the Illinois Head Start-State Office Collaboration Office by calling: 618-583-2083

Posted 04-08-12

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Festivals and Fun Times:

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Crave Student Ministries Wednesdays

Games, FOOD, Live Music, Life-changing Teaching, FUN!!! You won’t want to miss it!!

Crave 56 Grades 5th-7th will meet from 6:30-7:30pm

Crave 8th-College will meet from 7:45-8:45pm

Crave Building
201 W. Market Street
Morrison, IL 61270
Joseph Rountree
Crave Student Ministries Pastor
jrountree@crossroadscn.com

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PACE, Inc. Center for Independent Living

PACE provides services that help people with disabilities live independently. Information about affordable, accessible housing is also available through PACE.

For more information visit https://www.disability.gov/state/illinois/community_life.

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PADS SHELTER

The Sterling PADS Shelter in Polo is in need of volunteers.
Please contact Brandy if you are able to donate your time: 815.626.2210

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The Landing
Tuesdays, 6:30 PM
Freeport Campus Crave Building
Dee Nagel 233.2209
The Landing is a safe place where students (7th-12th grade) can find help to overcome life-controlling hurts, hang-ups, and habits-or simply gain insights for following God’s path to greater freedom in life.

Crossroads Community Church | Crossroads Community Church | 1668 Crossroads Ln. | Freeport | IL | 61032

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NCRRC is one of six Regional Resource Centers funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs. The Centers help state education agencies improve education programs, practices and policies that impact infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities and their families. Find resources for parents and educators in your state.

For more information visit this link: http://www.disability.gov/state/illinois/education

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IDHD is located at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The Institute is a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service, and offers several community-based programs and services, including Developmental Disabilities Family Clinics.

For more information visit this link: http://www.disability.gov/state/illinois/health

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Program Description
The Illinois Home Weatherization Assistance Program (IHWAP) is designed to help low income residents save fuel and money, while
increasing the comfort of their homes. 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 Illinois, your household’s annual income before taxes
must not exceed $21,660 if one person lives in the household; $29,140 if two people live in the household; $36,620 if three people live
in the household; $44,100 if four people live in the household; $51,580 if five people live in the household; $59,060 if six people live in
the household; $66,540 if seven people live in the household, or $74,020 if eight people live in the household. For larger households,
add $7,480 for each additional person in the home.

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

Application Process
To apply for weatherization services, contact the agency provider in your area. For the list of agency providers, go to:
http://www.commerce.state.il.us/dceo/Bureaus/Energy+Assistance/Community+Action+Agencies/

Information on the application process can be found at:
http://www.commerce.state.il.us/dceo/Bureaus/Energy+Assistance/Illinois+Weatherization/

Program Contact Information
For more information about this Weatherization program, please go to:

http://www.commerce.state.il.us/dceo/Bureaus/Energy+Assistance/Illinois+Weatherization/

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Local Mission/Outreach

4th Annual Hot Lunch Program
Northwest Academy – Hanover

Help is needed making meals and serving the kids at Northwest Academy a hot lunch two Wednesdays a month.

Thanks to Bob and Pamela Porter for keeping this mission alive. This is a great team to work with and the blessings are many when you give of yourself to these kids who so appreciate your time.

Contact Pamela Porter at 630.370.1661 or mpporter01@earthlink.net.

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Program Description
The Food Stamp Program was designed to help end hunger and improve nutrition and health. It helps low-income households buy the
food they need for a nutritionally adequate diet. The Department of Human Services administers the program in Illinois. Food stamp
benefits can be used to buy any food or food product for human consumption, plus seeds and plants for use in home gardens to
produce food. Benefits are provided through The Illinois Link System, an electronic system that allows someone to use a plastic card,
similar to a bank card, at grocery store terminals. Most households with low income can get food stamp benefits. The rules are
complex, so all of the details are not here. If you are planning to apply for Food Stamps, you may want to use the pre-screening tool,
provided by the United States Department of Agriculture, to help you estimate what you may be eligible to receive. However, just like
GovBenefits.gov, the USDA screening tool cannot determine your eligibility. Only your local office can tell you whether you are
eligible and how much you will receive. The application process begins the day your local Department of Human Services office
receives your signed application. You will be asked to come into the office for an interview, or you may be interviewed over the phone
if you are unable to go to the office. When you apply, you will be asked to participate in an interview, provide proof of your identity and
residence, and a Social Security number for everyone in your household who has one. Depending on your circumstances, you may
also need to provide proof of income, assets, housing costs, citizenship or immigration status, and any child support orders. Your
worker in the local office will tell you what proofs are needed.
General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the State of Illinois 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
$13,284 if one person lives in the household; $17,808 if two people live in the household; $22,332 if three people live in the household;
$26,856 if four people live in the household; $31,380 if five people live in the household; $35,904 if six people live in the household;
$40,428 if seven people live in the household; or $44,952 if more than seven people live in the household.

Your Next StepsThe following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.
Application Process
For more information, see the Program Contact Information below.

Program Contact Information
Contact the local Department of Human Services office where you live to apply for the Food Stamp Program. To locate the office
nearest you, visit our Web site:
http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?module=12

You can also visit our Web site to download an application in English or Spanish and directions for how to submit an application:
http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=30357

For more information, contact the DHS 24-Hour Telephone hotline:
800 843-6154

Visit the USDA pre-screening tool at:
http://www.snap-step1.usda.gov/fns/

A TTY line for the deaf is available at:
800 447-6404

Managing Agency
Illinois
http://www.state.il.us

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Program Description
The Illinois Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program provides temporary financial assistance for pregnant women
and families with one or more dependent children. TANF provides financial assistance to help pay for food, shelter, utilities, and
expenses other than medical.
General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of Illinois, 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.

Application Process
For more information, see the Program Contact Information below.

Program Contact Information
To find more about Illinois TANF, please visit:

http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=30358

You can also call the Illinois Department of Human Service (DHS) toll-free to make inquiries about TANF:
800-843-6154

To find your local Illinois DHS office, click to:

http://www.dhs.state.il.us/OfficeLocator/

Managing Agency
Illinois
http://www.state.il.us

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Fort de Chartres State Historic Site
10:00 AM Ecole du Soldat (School of the Soldier)

Seminars and workshops will be given on topics of intrest to re-enactors. For more information call the fort. 618.284.7230 or e-mail
ftdchart@htc.net

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WE LEAVE NO STONE UNTURNED WHEN IT COMES TO HELPING OTHERS!!

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