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INDIANA EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND DISASTER RESPONSE

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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 “INDIANA EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND DISASTER RESPONSE” PAGE!

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FROM THE SBA

Does Your Business Qualify for the Health Care Tax Credit?

When tax season ends many small business owners continue to look for ways to save money on their tax returns. Although the Affordable Care Act does not require that businesses provide health insurance, it does offer tax credits for eligible small businesses that choose to provide insurance to their employees for the first time, or maintain the coverage they already have.

Through 2013, to qualify for a small business tax credit of up to 35% (up to 25% for non-profits) of your premium contributions, you must have all of these criteria:

Fewer than 25 full-time equivalent employees
Pay average annual wages below $50,000
Contribute 50% or more toward your employees’ self-only health insurance premiums

Beginning in 2014, this tax credit increases to 50% (35% for non-profits) and will be available to small businesses who meet the criteria listed above and who purchase coverage through the new Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) Marketplaces (also known as Exchanges). This enhanced credit can be claimed for any two consecutive taxable years beginning in 2014.

If you need assistance determining whether your small business or tax exempt organization qualifies for the credit, the IRS offers a helpful step-by-step guide : https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-utl/3_simple_steps.pdf?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

UPDATED 07-08-16
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Indiana Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
Managing Agency Indiana http://www.in.gov

Program Description
WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) is a nutrition program that helps pregnant women, new mothers, infants, and children eat well and stay healthy.

WIC provides:

Healthy foods designed to meet special nutrition needs
Nutrition and health screening and assessment
Nutrition education and counseling
Breastfeeding support
Referrals to other Indiana health, family, and social services

General Program Requirements
To become eligible for Indiana WIC benefits, you must meet the following requirements:

You must live in Indiana and meet income guidelines as listed below. Families already receiving Medicaid, Food Stamps (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program [SNAP]), or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) are income eligible for the Indiana WIC program. When you apply, you will receive a personalized nutrition assessment to see if the program is right for you.

You must be categorically eligible. The Indiana WIC Program serves:

Pregnant women
New moms (up to six months after delivery)
Breastfeeding moms (up to one year after delivery)
Infants (babies under the age of one)
Children under the age of five

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.

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

Application Process
To apply, set up an appointment at the WIC clinic closest to you:
http://www.in.gov/isdh/20424.htm

Program Contact Information
For more information on Indiana WIC, please visit our website: http://www.wic.in.gov
If you have questions, call the Indiana WIC Program at 1-800-522-0874 or email: inwic@isdh.in.gov
You can also write to:
Indiana WIC Program
Indiana State Dept. of Health
2 N. Meridian St., 5th Floor
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Updated 12-27-13

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Indiana School Breakfast and Lunch Program
Managing Agency Indiana Department of Education http://www.doe.in.gov/

Program Description
National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is a Federal entitlement program open to public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions. Lunch is available to all children at participating schools, and the meals must meet specific nutritional requirements to receive Federal funds.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) designed the School Breakfast Program (SBP) to meet the needs of children who arrive at school hungry. Children seldom make up nutrients missed at breakfast at other meals. In 2007 the General Assembly enacted legislation that requires schools that have 15 percent or more of their enrollment eligible for free or reduced-price meal benefits to offer the breakfast program.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Indiana 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://mustang.doe.state.in.us/dg/schools/welcome.html

Program Contact Information
For additional information, please visit the Indiana School Nutrition programs website: http://www.doe.in.gov/student-services/nutrition
If you have questions concerning the program you can call the Indiana Division of School and Community Nutrition Programs toll-free at: 1-800-537-1142

Updated 12-27-13

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Indiana Hoosier Healthwise
Managing Agency Indiana http://www.in.gov

Program Description
Hoosier Healthwise is a health insurance program for Indiana children, pregnant women, and low income parents/caretakers. Health care is provided at little or no cost to Indiana families enrolled in the program. The enrolled member chooses a doctor to get regular checkups and health care for illnesses. Other health needs such as prescriptions, dental care, vision care, family planning services, and mental health services are also available as part of the Hoosier Healthwise program.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Indiana, under 19 years of age, not covered by health insurance (including Medicaid), and a U.S. national, citizen, legal alien, or permanent resident.

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 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
Information on how to apply can be found here:
http://www.in.gov/fssa/dfr/2999.htm

If you have questions about the application, or need assistance, please call the Hoosier Healthwise Helpline at:
1-800-403-0864

Program Contact Information
For more information, visit: http://member.indianamedicaid.com/programs–benefits/medicaid-programs/hoosier-healthwise.aspx

Updated 12-27-13

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Indiana Special Milk Program
Managing Agency Indiana Department of Education http://www.doe.in.gov/

Program Description
The Indiana Special Milk Program provides milk 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.

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 Indiana.

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.doe.in.gov/student-services/nutrition

Program Contact Information
To learn more about Indiana Special Milk Program, please call the School and Community Nutrition Programs office toll-free at: 1-800-537-1142
For more information visit: http://www.doe.in.gov/

Updated 09-03-13

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Indiana Summer Food Service Program for Children (SFSPC)
Managing Agency Indiana Department of Education http://www.doe.in.gov/

Program Description
The Summer Food Service Program for Children (SFSPC) was created to serve nutritious meals to children when National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program meals are not available. To ensure all Indiana children receive proper nutrition throughout the year, SFSPC reimburses organizations that prepare and serve meals to eligible children during the summer and school vacation periods.

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

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, use this locator to find a site near you:
http://www.doe.in.gov/student-services/nutrition/summer-food-service-program

Program Contact Information
Please visit the Indiana SFSPC web site for more program information: http://www.doe.in.gov/student-services/nutrition
Phone calls can be placed to the Division of School and Community Nutrition programs toll-free to ask about SFSPC: 1-800-537-1142

Updated 08-08-13

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Indiana Medicaid

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://member.indianamedicaid.com/

Updated 02-20-13

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Indiana Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
Managing Agency Indiana http://www.in.gov

Program Description
Indiana’s Energy Assistance Program provides financial assistance to low-income households to maintain utility services during the winter heating season. During cold winter months, this program helps prevent utility companies from shutting off home heating service to low-income families. During hot summer months, the Energy Assistance Program provides limited funds for the purchase of fans, distributed at the local level.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Indiana 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
To apply, contact the Community Development Representative in your area:
http://www.in.gov/ihcda/files/CAPS.pdf

Program Contact Information
For more information about this program, please visit: http://www.in.gov/ihcda/2523.htm

Updated 02-07-13

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Indiana Weatherization Assistance Program
Managing Agency Indiana http://www.in.gov

Program Description

Indiana’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) provides residential energy conservation services to the low income citizens of Indiana. Funding comes from Federal sources and is allocated to Community Action Agencies (CAA) to provide services in each of Indiana’s 92 counties. The CAAs use their own crews or private contractors to provide comprehensive energy conservation services. A thorough evaluation of the structure, including the safe and efficient operation of the furnace and water heater, is included in the treatment of each home.

General Program Requirements

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Indiana.

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.

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
Applications are administered through Community Action Agencies. Click on the link below to find the agency in your county:
http://www.incap.org/CAP_agencies.htm

You may also call the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority at 317-232-7777.

Program Contact Information
Additional information about Indiana’s WAP can be found at: http://www.in.gov/ihcda/2523.htm

Updated 07-02-12

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Indiana Head Start
Managing Agency Indiana http://www.in.gov
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 Indiana, 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.

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
You can visit the Indiana Head Start State Collaboration Office website at: http://www.in.gov/fssa/dfr/2679.htm
You may also contact the Director of the Indiana Head Start State Collaboration Office by calling: 312-233-6837

Posted 04-08-12

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Family Voices Indiana

Helps families and caregivers of children with special health care needs and disabilities navigate the health care system and find the care they need. Family Voices is a family-led organization that also provides support to the professionals who serve children with disabilities.

To learn more visit https://www.disability.gov/state/indiana/health.

Updated 11-25-11

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Indiana Update: About Special Kids

About Special Kids

Helps families and professionals get answers to questions about children with special needs. Also has information and resources on a variety of topics such as health insurance, special education, community resources and medical homes.

To learn more visit https://www.disability.gov/state/indiana/health.

Updaed 10-20-11

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Run by people with developmental disabilities, SAI helps people with developmental disabilities to learn to speak for themselves, make life choices and serve their communities. Promotes self-advocacy through fundraising, training programs, and local self-advocacy support groups.

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

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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/indiana/education

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Easter Seals Crossroads and Indiana’s Bureau of Rehabilitative Services have established INDATA to increase access to assistive technology. INDATA offers funding assistance, public awareness and education, device loan, reutilized computers and demonstrations of over 1600 assistive technology devices.

For more information visit this link: http://www.disability.gov/state/indiana/technology

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Indiana Food Stamp Program

http://www.in.gov

Program Description
The Food Stamp Program is a 100 percent Federally funded program, which is administered through each state. The U.S.
Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Services develop Federal regulations that govern implementation of the program. In
Indiana, the Family and Social Services Administration is responsible for ensuring the Federal regulations are initially implemented
and consistently applied in each county.

Indiana’s Food Stamp Program is designed to raise the nutritional level of low income households by supplementing their available
food purchasing dollars with food stamp coupons. In accordance with Federal law and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
policy, the Food Stamp Program is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion,
political beliefs, or disability.

General Program Requirements
To qualify, applicants must meet both non-financial and financial requirements. Non-financial requirements include state residency,
citizenship/alien status, work registration and cooperation with the IMPACT Program. Financial criteria include income and asset
limits. The asset/resource limits are $2,000 per household except for households containing a member who is disabled or age 60 or
older; then the limit is $3,000. Assets include bank accounts, cash, real estate, personal property, vehicles, etc. The household’s
home and surrounding lot, household good and personal belongings and life insurance policies are not counted as assets in the Food
Stamp Program. All households (except those with elderly or disabled members) must pass a gross income test (130 percent of
poverty) to qualify for benefits. The gross income is per household size and based on the gross monthly income received by all
household members.

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

Application Process
For detailed application information, visit:
http://www.in.gov/fssa/dfr/3100.htm

Program Contact Information
To learn more about the Food Stamp Program and the specific eligibility requirements and program benefits in Indiana, visit:

http://www.in.gov/fssa/dfr/2691.htm

Or contact your local Division of Family Resources (DFR) office. To find your local office, visit the following site and scroll down to
the heading that says, “Select your county below for information regarding the local DFR office nearest you”:
http://www.in.gov/fssa/dfr/2999.htm

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Program Description
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is designed to help welfare recipients obtain and maintain jobs. This program
provides assistance to families with children and requires adults to work or prepare for work. Recipients will be provided with
supportive assistance while on TANF including: child care services, after-school child care for children age six and older, medical
assistance for dependent children, transportation services, aid for heating costs and food stamps.
General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of Indiana, either pregnant or responsible for a child under 19
years of age, a U.S. 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
To apply, click on your county office for an application:
http://www.in.gov/fssa/2954.htm

Completed applications must then be submitted to your local DFR office either in person, by mail, or by fax. Click here to find your
local DFR office:
http://www.in.gov/fssa/dfr/2999.htm

Program Contact Information
To learn more about the TANF Program and the specific eligibility requirements and program benefits in your State, visit:
http://www.in.gov/fssa/dfr/2684.htm

Managing Agency
Indiana
http://www.in.gov

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