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LOUISIANA EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND DISASTER RESPONSE

Louisiana 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 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:

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 “LOUISIANA EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND DISASTER RESPONSE” PAGE!

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Louisiana 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://www.232-help.org/index.html

POSTED 07-15-12

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Louisiana School Breakfast and Lunch Program
Managing Agency Louisiana http://www.louisiana.gov

Program Description
The National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs offer meal reimbursement on an income-based sliding scale for public and non-public school students. Schools approved by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education or residential childcare facilities may apply for participation in the School Lunch and Breakfast Programs.

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

Program Contact Information
For additional information about the Louisiana School Breakfast and Lunch Program please visit: http://www.louisianabelieves.com/schools/public-schools/nutrition
You can contact the Louisiana Department of Education toll-free for more information from the state agency: 1-877-453-2721

Updated 10-08-13

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Louisiana Special Milk Program
Managing Agency Louisiana http://www.louisiana.gov

Program Description
The Special Milk Program (SMP) for children is designed to encourage consumption of fluid milk by children who are enrolled in an eligible facility which does not participate in any other meal service program. Any school or nonprofit child care institution, summer camp, settlement house or any similar nonprofit institution devoted to the care and training of children can participate in the Special Milk Program upon request. Louisiana has approximately 17 sponsoring organizations that annually operate the SMP at approximately 18 sites across the state.

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 Louisiana.

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

Program Contact Information
For more information, visit: http://www.louisianabelieves.com/schools/public-schools/nutrition
You may also call the Department of Education at 225-922-1319.

Updated 09-03-13

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Louisiana Summer Food Service
Managing Agency Louisiana http://www.louisiana.gov

Program Description
The Louisiana Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) was designed to provide children of needy families with nutritious meals during the summer months when school is out. The SFSP provides free meals to all children 18 years of age and under, and persons over 18 years of age who are determined by the state or local educational authority to be mentally or physically disabled and who participate in public or nonpublic private school programs established for the mentally or physically disabled. Organizations which are eligible to be local SFSP sponsors include public and nonpublic private schools, public or nonprofit private residential summer camps, units of local, municipal, county, tribal, or state government, and National Youth Sports Programs.

In Louisiana, approximately 80 sponsors operate a total of over 500 sites statewide. Over three million meals are served to needy children during the summer.

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

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 Louisiana Summer Food Service Program website for more information: http://www.louisianabelieves.com/schools/public-schools/nutrition
Or call the Louisiana Department of Education toll-free at: 1-877-453-2721

Updated 08-08-13

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Louisiana Medicaid Program
Managing Agency Louisiana http://www.louisiana.gov

Program Description
The Louisiana Medicaid Program is a Federally funded program, which provides health coverage to Louisiana residents, within certain groups, based on income and resource limits set by Congress. Medicaid provides a complete package of medical coverage for those who qualify. Generally, eligible recipients of benefits include low income families with children, low-income elderly, and persons with disabilities. Persons who are entitled to Medicare Part A and/or Part B are also eligible. Mandatory medical services included under Medicaid are: inpatient and outpatient hospital services; physician services; laboratory and x-ray services; long-term care facilities (nursing homes); family planning; services for early periodic screening, diagnosis and treatment (EPSDT) of those under age 21. To receive benefits, you must complete an application. We will make a decision and you will be notified within 45 days (with some exceptions) after you apply. If your application is based on disability, it may take up to 90 days. Coverage can start as early as 3 months before the month you apply. This is why you should get this form to us as soon as you can.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Louisiana, a U.S. national, citizen, permanent resident, or legal alien, in need of health care/insurance assistance, whose financial situation would be characterized as low income or very low income. You must also be either pregnant, blind, have a disability or a family member in your household with a disability, be responsible for children under 19 years of age, or be 65 years of age or older.

Your Next Steps
The 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
If you need help filling out the application or have questions about Louisiana’s Medicaid Program, call the Medicaid Hotline toll free at: 1-888-342-6207
The deaf may call us on our TTY number toll free at: 1-800-220-5404
To download an application for Medicaid, click here: https://bhsfweb.dhh.louisiana.gov/OnlineServices/
Other medical services that are available in Louisiana are listed on our Web site at: http://www.dhh.louisiana.gov/index.cfm/subhome/1/n/331

Updated 08-08-13

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The Arc of Baton Rouge

Helps children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Their services include advocacy and education, early intervention, job training and employment, recreational opportunities and in-home supports.

GO TO: http://www.arcbatonrouge.org/

Updated 03-07-13

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Louisiana Low Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP)
Managing Agency Louisiana http://www.louisiana.gov

Program Description
Energy costs significantly influence the affordability of housing for everyone, often impacting the basic subsistence requirements of a household. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides eligible households with assistance in meeting their monthly utility bills. Priority is given those who may be elderly, disabled, have families with children, and/or have the highest energy consumption.

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

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 $20,872
2 $27,294
3 $33,716
4 $40,138
5 $46,560
6 $52,982
7 $54,186
8 $55,390
*For households with more than eight people, add $1,204 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 apply:

http://www.lhfa.state.la.us/programs/energy_assistance/low_income_energy.aspx

Program Contact Information
For more information about this program, please visit: http://www.lhfa.state.la.us/programs/energy_assistance/low_income_energy.aspx

Updated 03-07-13

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Louisiana Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
Managing Agency Louisiana http://www.louisiana.gov

Program Description
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) 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 Louisiana; 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
To apply, set up an appointment at the WIC clinic closest to you:

http://new.dhh.louisiana.gov/index.cfm/page/473

Program Contact Information
For more information on Louisiana WIC, please visit the Louisiana Office of Public Health (OPH): http://new.dhh.louisiana.gov/index.cfm/page/942
If you have questions about the WIC program, call the Louisiana Department of Health & Hospital at: 225-342-9500
You can also write to:
Office of Nutrition Services
West Virginia WIC Program
350 Capitol Street, Room 519
Charleston, WV 25301-3715

Updated 02-23-13

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Louisiana Weatherization Assistance Program
Managing Agency Louisiana http://www.louisiana.gov

Program Description
The 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 Louisiana.

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
To apply, contact the community action partnership agency nearest you. Using the following map, hover over your county/parish for contact information:

http://www.lhfa.state.la.us/downloads/energy/WAPProviders_040709.pdf

Program Contact Information
For more information, please call 1.877.522.2728.

Updated 07-16-12

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Louisiana Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
Managing Agency Louisiana http://www.louisiana.gov

Program Description
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides monthly benefits that help low-income households buy the food they need for good health. The goal of the program is to promote the general welfare and to safeguard the health and well being of the population through the issuance of benefits to all eligible households. For most households, SNAP benefits account for only a portion of their food budgets; they must also use their own funds to buy food sufficient to last throughout the month.

Social Services analysts in the parish offices are responsible for the determination of eligibility and the certification of eligible households for SNAP. Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) performs the issuance of SNAP benefits to eligible households. The employment and training activities, known as the Louisiana Job Employment Training (LaJET) Program, are accomplished through the cooperative efforts of SNAP, the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) parish offices, local governing authorities in the state and the Louisiana Department of Labor. The LaJET Program, in parishes where available, is a participant-centered effort to provide employment services to selected SNAP recipients.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service bases the amount of SNAP benefits that a household is eligible to receive on the Thrifty Food Plan amounts that are established. They are current estimates of the actual costs for providing a household with nutritious but inexpensive meals. These are the maximum amounts that a household with zero net monthly income can receive in SNAP benefits each month. If a household meets all eligibility requirements, the amount of their SNAP benefits is dependent on both the number of persons in the household and the net monthly income amount remaining after all allowable deductions have been subtracted.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Louisiana 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 $14,160 if one person lives in the household; $19,128 if two people live in the household; $24,096 if three people live in the household; $29,064 if four people live in the household; $34,032 if five people live in the household; $38,988 if six people live in the household; $43,956 if seven people live in the household; or $48,888 if eight people live in the household. For larger households, add $4,968 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
There are two ways you can apply for this program:

1) Visit any DCFS office and apply in person. Download and fill out an application now to save time:

https://webapps.dss.state.la.us/FAApplication/#

Locate your nearest DCFS office by visiting:

http://www.dcfs.louisiana.gov/index.cfm?md=pagebuilder&tmp=home&pid=295

2) Louisiana Combined Application Project (LaCAP) is a food assistance program for Louisiana residents who are at least 60 years of age and receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI). It is a simplified version of SNAP. To find out if you qualify, please call 1-888-LAHELPU (1-888-524-3578).

Program Contact Information
For more information, visit: http://www.dss.state.la.us/index.cfm?md=pagebuilder&tmp=home&pid=93

Updated 07-06-12

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Louisiana Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program (FITAP)
Managing Agency Louisiana http://www.louisiana.gov

Program Description
The Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program (FITAP) provides cash assistance to families with children when the financial resources of the family are insufficient to meet subsistence needs. The overall goal of FITAP is to decrease the long-term dependency on welfare assistance by promoting job preparation and work. Public assistance is an opportunity to become independent after a financial crisis.

The Social Security Act as amended by the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 authorizes the Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program. The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal agency responsible for its administration. The program is administered at the state level by the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). Social Services analysts in the parish offices throughout the state are responsible for processing applications for FITAP, as well as completing re-determinations of eligibility. Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) performs the issuance of FITAP benefits to eligible households.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of Louisiana, 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 Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process
To apply, download and complete the Application for Assistance:

https://webapps.dss.state.la.us/FAApplication/#

You can find additional information about the application here:

https://webapps.dss.state.la.us/FAApplication/#

You must then return the completed application to your Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) office, which you can find here:

District offices:

http://www.dcfs.louisiana.gov/index.cfm?md=pagebuilder&tmp=home&pid=304

Parish offices:

http://www.dcfs.louisiana.gov/index.cfm?md=pagebuilderamp;tmp=homeamp;nid=144amp;pnid=143amp;pid=295

When you apply, you will be asked to supply verification of information. This graph explains what must be verified, and provides examples of proof:

http://www.dss.state.la.us/index.cfm?md=…

After your application is received and processed, you will be contacted to set up an interview with a staff member.

Program Contact Information
To find more about Louisiana Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program (FITAP), please visit:

http://www.dss.state.la.us/index.cfm?md=pagebuilder&tmp=home&pid=139

Updated 07-06-12

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Louisiana LaCHIP Program
Managing Agency Louisiana http://www.louisiana.gov

Program Description
LaCHIP is a health insurance program designed to bring quality health care to currently uninsured children and youth up to the age of 19 in Louisiana. Children can qualify for coverage under LaCHIP using higher income standards. LaCHIP provides Medicaid coverage for doctor visits for primary care as well as preventive and emergency care, immunizations, prescription medications, hospitalization, home health care and many other health services. LaCHIP provides health care coverage for the children of Louisiana’s working families with moderate and low incomes. A renewal of coverage is done after each 12-month period.

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

There are no enrollment fees, no premiums, no co-payments and no deductibles. (Families at certain income levels may need to pay small premiums and co-payments.) NOTE: Even if your total income is more than the amounts listed below, your children may still qualify because you can receive these deductions: earned income (we deduct $90 for each employed income unit member); childcare payments (we deduct $175 per month per child age two or older), or $200 per month per child under age two; child support received (we disregard up to $50); child support payments to someone outside the home (we deduct the amount actually paid up to the amount of the court order.) Children enrolled in LaCHIP will maintain their eligibility for 12 continuous months no matter how much their family’s income increases during this period. This is being done to ensure children receive initial and follow-up care.

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.

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

Application Process
Apply online here:

https://bhsfweb.dhh.louisiana.gov/onlineapppublic/secure/

You may also download, fill out, and mail in an application. Click here for an application:

http://new.dhh.louisiana.gov/assets/medicaid/lachip/docs/1chcover.pdf

Once completed, mail the form and requested information to:
LaCHIP Processing Office
P. O. Box 91278
Baton Rouge, LA 70821-9278

Or you may fax it to:
FAX 1-877-LA FAX US (1-877-523-2987)

For assistance, or to request an application be mailed to you, please call 1-877-2LaCHIP (1-877-252-2447) toll free.

Program Contact Information
For more information about the LaCHIP program, visit: http://new.dhh.louisiana.gov/index.cfm/page/222

Updated 05-21-12

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Louisiana Head Start
Managing Agency Louisiana http://www.louisiana.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 Louisiana, 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
You can visit the Louisiana Head Start State Collaboration Project at: http://www.dss.state.la.us/index.cfm?md=pagebuilder%26tmp=home%26pid=61
You may also contact the Louisiana Department of Social Services by calling: (225) 342-1292

Posted 04-08-12

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Program Description
The Food Stamp Program provides monthly benefits that help low-income households buy the food they need for good health. The
goal of the program is to promote the general welfare and to safeguard the health and well being of the population through the
issuance of benefits to all eligible households. For most households, food stamps account for only a portion of their food budgets;
they must also use their own funds to buy food sufficient to last throughout the month.
Social Services Analysts in the parish offices are responsible for the determination of eligibility and the certification of eligible
households for food stamps. Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) performs the issuance of food stamp benefits to eligible households.
The employment and training activities, known as the Louisiana Job Employment Training (LaJET) Program, are accomplished
through the cooperative efforts of the Food Stamp Program, the OFS parish offices, local governing authorities in the State and the
Louisiana Department of Labor. The LaJET Program, in parishes where available, is a participant-centered effort to provide
employment services to selected food stamp recipients.
The USDA-Food and Nutrition Service base the amount of food stamp benefits that a household is eligible to receive on the Thrifty
Food Plan amounts that are established. They are current estimates of the actual costs for providing a household with nutritious but
inexpensive meals. These are the maximum amounts that a household with zero net monthly income can receive in food stamp
benefits each month. If a household meets all eligibility requirements, the amount of their food stamp benefits is dependent on both
the number of persons in the household and the net monthly income amount remaining after all allowable deductions have been
subtracted.
General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the State of Louisiana 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
To view the Thrifty Food Plan amounts and read more about the program’s eligibility requirements, visit our Web site at:

http://www.dss.state.la.us/index.cfm?md=pagebuilder%26tmp=home%26nid=34%26p…

To download an application for benefits, click here:

http://www.dss.state.la.us/assets/docs/searchable/OFS/Applications/OFS004AP…

To download instructions for completing the application, click here:

http://www.dss.state.la.us/assets/docs/searchable/OFS/Applications/OFS004IA…

Applications must be mailed to the parish Office of Family Support. For addresses, click here:

http://www.dss.state.la.us/

Managing Agency
Louisiana

http://www.louisiana.gov

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