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MAINE 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 “MAINE EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND DISASTER RESPONSE” PAGE!

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MAINE FESTIVALS AND EVENTS:

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SBA HUBZone Program: Overview and Application Process

When: Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 from 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Where: Brunswick Landing, 8 Venture Ave., Brunswick, ME
Register: https://jan18hubzone.eventbrite.com

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering free training on the HUBZone Program.

This Government Contracting Program was created to stimulate economic growth in certain geographic areas. Eligible small businesses can gain preferential treatment in the federal marketplace. Program criteria was recently changed and Small Businesses with an office located in Bath, Brunswick, Bowdoin, Bowdoinham, Durham, Freeport, Harpswell, Lisbon, Topsham may be eligible to participate in the HUBZone Program.

Schedule as follows:

4:30 – 4:40pm: Welcome from MRRA officials
4:40-5:20pm: HUBZone Overview; Presented by James Pineau, SBA
5:20-6:00pm: How to Apply; Presented by Ken Bloch, Maine Procurement Technical Assistance Center

For more information about the HUBZone program, contact Jim Pineau at either james.pineau@sba.gov or 207-945-2021

POSTED 12-16-16
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Maine School Breakfast and Lunch Program
Managing Agency Maine http://www.maine.gov

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

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

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

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

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

Application Process
To apply for free or reduced price meals, contact your child’s school. A listing of your state’s schools can be found here:
http://www.maine.gov/education/eddir/schcontact.htm

Program Contact Information
For additional information about the programs please visit the Maine Child Nutrition Services office web site at: http://www.maine.gov/education/sfs/index.html
You can contact the Child Nutrition Services office to speak with a state representative about the programs. 207-624-6842

Updated 10-08-13

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Maine Special Milk Program
Managing Agency Maine http://www.maine.gov

Program Description
The 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. In 2001, nearly 7,000 schools and residential childcare institutions participated, along with 1,300 summer camps and 562 non-residential childcare institutions.

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 Maine.

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.maine.gov/education/sfs/milk.html

Program Contact Information
For more information visit: http://www.maine.gov/education/sfs/milk.html
You also may call the Child Nutrition Services office to speak with a customer service representative about the Maine Special Milk program at: 207-624-6842

Updated 09-03-13

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Maine Summer Food Service
Managing Agency Maine http://www.maine.gov

Program Description
Just as learning does not end when school lets out, neither does a child’s need for good nutrition. The Maine Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) provides free, nutritious meals and snacks to help children in low-income areas get the nutrition they need to learn, play and grow throughout the summer months when they are out of school.

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

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

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

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

Application Process
To apply for the Summer Food Service program, contact the site nearest you by clicking below and looking under “Looking for a Summer Food Service Program site?”:
http://www.maine.gov/education/sfs/sfsp.html

Program Contact Information
You can obtain additional information about Maine SFSP by visiting: http://www.maine.gov/education/sfs/sfsp.html
You also may call the Maine Child Nutrition Services office at 207-624-6842 to speak with a customer service representative about SFSP.

Updated 08-08-13

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Maine Weatherization Assistance Program
Managing Agency Maine http://www.maine.gov

Program Description
The Maine State Housing Authority operates the Weatherization and Central Heating Improvement Programs (CHIP) to finance energy related repairs for low income homeowners and renters. The programs are run through Maine’s Community Action Program (CAP) agencies. The Weatherization program finances improvements that increase the energy efficiency of the home – such things as insulation, weatherstripping, and in some cases safety related repairs or more general improvements.

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

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 $18,989
2 $25,721
3 $32,453
4 $39,185
5 $45,917
6 $52,649
7 $59,381
8 $66,113
*For households with more than eight people, add $6,732 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 CAP agency nearest you:
http://www.mainehousing.org/Charts/cap-agencies?PageCMD=3

Or, you may call 207-624-5708.

Program Contact Information
For more information on the program please visit: http://www.mainehousing.org/programs-services/HomeImprovement/homeimprovementdetail/weatherization

Updated 08-08-13

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

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 Maine; 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://www.maine.gov/dhhs/wic/locator.shtml

Program Contact Information
For more information on Maine WIC, please visit: http://www.state.me.us/dhs/wic/
If you have questions about the WIC program call the Maine WIC program office toll-free at: 1-800-437-9300
TTY users call: 1-800-438-5514
You can also write to:
Office of Nutrition Services
Maine WIC Program
11 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333

Updated 07-09-13

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Maine Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
Managing Agency Maine http://www.maine.gov

Program Description
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (commonly called LIHEAP or HEAP) provides money to low income homeowners and renters to help pay heating costs. Eleven Community Action Programs distribute the funds throughout Maine, in most cases directly to the fuel vendors. The program is not intended to pay for all heating costs, but to assist in paying the heating bills.
LIHEAP is Federally funded through the Department of Health and Human Services. The Federal government establishes funding levels annually. LIHEAP is targeted to low and very low income Maine homeowners and renters.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Maine 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 Program (CAP) agency to apply:
http://www.mainehousing.org/Charts/cap-agencies?PageCMD=3

Program Contact Information
Please visit the Maine LIHEAP website for more information: http://www.mainehousing.org/programs-services/energy/energydetails/low-income-home-energy-assistance-program
Public inquires can be made toll-free at: 1-800-452-4668
Also, you may contact Maine State Housing Authority’s (MSHA) Energy and Housing Services division at: 207-624-5708 jchoate@mainehousing.org

Updated 07-09-13

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MaineCare

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.

Visit Disability.gov to find information about other programs and services in Maine.

GO TO: http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/oms/member/index.shtml

Updated 02-20-13

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Maine Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
Managing Agency Maine http://www.maine.gov

Program Description
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides food assistance benefits that help low income households buy the food they need for good health. The amount of food assistance benefits each household receives is based on the Thrifty Food Plan, the model diet plan the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) uses to project the cost of food for one month for different household sizes. Under SNAP rules, resources- such as bank accounts, cash real estate, personal property, vehicles, and so forth- are considered in determining whether a household is eligible to get SNAP. Some resources are counted toward the allowable limit and some are not. The SNAP worker will explain which are counted. The resources of people who get public assistance, SSI, and, in some locations, general assistance is not counted toward the limit.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the State of Maine and fall into one of two groups: (1) those with a current bank balance (savings and checking combined) under $2,001, or (2) those with a current bank balance (savings and checking combined) under $3,001 who share their household with a person or persons age 60 and over, or with a person with a disability (a child, your spouse, a parent, or yourself). For either group, you must also have an annual household income of less than $14,079 if one person lives in the household; $18,941 if two people live in the household; $23,803 if three people live in the household; $28,665 if four people live in the household; $33,527 if five people live in the household; $38,389 if six people live in the household; $43,251 if seven people live in the household; or $48,113 if eight people live in the household. For larger households, add $4,862 for each additional person in the home.

All households may have up to $2,000 worth of countable resources and still be eligible. Households may have up to $3,000 and still be eligible if at least one member is age 60 or older. Most households must have income at or below certain dollar limits before and after deductions are allowed. However, households in which all members are getting public assistance or SSI (or, in some locations, general assistance) do not have to meet the income eligibility tests.

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

Application Process
To apply for this program, download and fill out an application:
http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/ofi/services/snap/index.html

Next, return the application to your local DHHS Office via email or fax, or in person. To locate your nearest DHHS Office, visit:
http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/DHSaddresses.htm

Return your application as soon as possible. If you qualify, benefits start from the date you turn in your application. Additionally, if you qualify, you can receive SNAP benefits within 30 days.

Program Contact Information
For more information, visit: http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/ofi/services/snap/index.html

Updated 12-03-12

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Maine Head Start
Managing Agency Maine http://www.maine.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 Maine, 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 Maine Office of Child Care and Head Start: http://maine.gov/dhhs/ocfs/ec/occhs/
You may also contact the Maine Department of Human Services by calling: (207) 624-5866

Posted 04-08-12

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TEC-Assist helps people find and donate gently used manual wheelchairs, tub seats, safety accessories, portable wheelchair ramps and other assistive equipment to facilitate independent living and a better quality of life. Borrowers must become members by filling out an application form. Members have access to a range of TEC services that include receiving a technology needs assessment and working with a case manager.

For more information visit https://www.disability.gov/state/maine/technology.

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NERRC is one of six Regional Resource Centers funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The Center provides special education technical assistance to help state education agencies improve their systems of early intervention, special education and transition services for children with disabilities. Find more resources for parents and educators in your state.

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

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Program Description
The 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. In 2001, nearly 7,000
schools and residential childcare institutions participated, along with 1,300 summer camps and 562 non-residential childcare
institutions.
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, you must be a resident of the State of Maine, your household’s
annual income before taxes must not exceed $20,036 if one person lives in the household; $26,955 if two people live in the
household; $33,874 if three people live in the household; $40,793 if four people live in the household; $47,712 if five people live in the
household; $54,631 if six people live in the household; $61,550 if seven people live in the household; and $68,469 if eight people live
in the household. For larger households, add $6,919 for each additional person in the home.

Your Next StepsThe following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.
Application Process
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.maine.gov/education/sfs/milk.htm

Program Contact Information
For more information visit:
http://www.maine.gov/education/

You also may call the Child Nutrition Services office to speak with a customer service representative about the Maine Special Milk
program at:
207-624-6842

Managing Agency
Maine
http://www.maine.gov

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Program Description
Maine TANF is financial assistance to keep children in their homes while the family is temporarily unable to support themselves.
While receiving assistance, parents or caretaker relatives work on an employment plan to become self-supporting.
General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of Maine, 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 download an application for TANF, click here:

http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/OIAS/public-assistance/APP-01-07.pdf

To locate your local Bureau of Family Independence regional office and ask about TANF, please go to:

http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/OIAS/offices/index.html

Managing Agency
Maine
http://www.maine.gov

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