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MINNESOTA 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 “MINNESOTA EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND DISASTER RESPONSE” PAGE!

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United Way of Central Minnesota 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://unitedwayhelps.org/pages/UnitedWay2-1-1/

POSTED 07-15-12

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FROM THE SBA

SCORE, Dakota & Scott Library Event

Writing a Business Plan – A Simplified Method
Learn a simple method to create a business plan with Bob Voss, Dakota County Technical College Instructor and author of Will My New Business Succeed and 21 Question Business Plan.
One Great Class – Two locations and two times:
JUNE 16, 2016
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm CDT
Prior Lake Library
16210 Eagle Creek Ave SE
Large Meeting Room
Prior Lake, MN 55372
Register for the PRIOR LAKE LIBRARY HERE

http://melsascott.evanced.info/signup/EventDetails.aspx?EventId=19551&lib=&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

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JUNE 22, 2016
10:30 am – 12:00 pm CDT
Rosemount Library (Robert Trail)
14395 S. Robert Trail
Robert Trail Meeting Room
Rosemount, MN 55068
Register for the ROSEMOUNT LIBRARY HERE

http://melsadakota.evanced.info/signup/EventDetails.aspx?EventId=32339&lib=ALL&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

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Minnesota Festivals and Fun Times:

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Minnesota School Breakfast and Lunch Program
Managing Agency Minnesota http://www.state.mn.us

Program Description
The National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program help schools provide nutritious meals to students each school day. These are U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs that are administered by the Minnesota Department of Education. Participating schools receive Federal and state funds for meals that meet established nutrition standards.

General Program Requirements
You may qualify for this benefit program if you have child(ren) who attend a Minnesota school (high school or under) that participates in the National School Lunch Program / School Breakfast Program. Almost all public schools and many private schools participate in these programs.

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 school meals, contact your child’s school:
View a list of school districts in Minnesota
View a list of charter schools in Minnesota
View a list of private schools in Minnesota

Program Contact Information
For additional information, visit the School Nutrition Programs page on the Minnesota Department of Education website: http://education.state.mn.us/MDE/SchSup/FNS/SNP/index.html
If you have further questions contact the Minnesota Department of Education, Food and Nutrition Service at 651-582-8526, 1-800-366-8922 (Minnesota toll free), or email to: fns@state.mn.us

Updated 10-08-13

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Minnesota Special Milk Program
Managing Agency Minnesota http://www.state.mn.us

Program Description
The Special Milk Program (SMP) provides milk to children in schools and non-profit childcare institutions that do not participate in other Federal child nutrition meal service programs. Schools in the National School Lunch or School Breakfast Programs may also participate in the SMP to provide milk to children in half-day pre-kindergarten and kindergarten programs where children do not have access to the school meal programs. The program reimburses 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. In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Minnesota.

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://education.state.mn.us/MDE/SchSup/FNS/MilkProg/index.html

Program Contact Information
For more information, please call the Department of Education-Food and Nutrition Service office toll-free at: 1-800-366-8922
For more information visit: http://education.state.mn.us/MDE/SchSup/FNS/MilkProg/index.html

Updated 09-03-13

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

Program Description
WIC is a nutrition and breastfeeding program that helps young families eat well and be healthy.

WIC can help:

Pregnant women learn about nutritious foods for a healthy pregnancy and birth.
Support breastfeeding and help new moms meet their breastfeeding goals.
Families provide nutritious foods to their young children so they are healthy, happy and ready to learn.

WIC staff provides:

Information about nutrition during pregnancy, and about feeding your baby and young children.
Vouchers for a variety of healthy foods, including fruits and vegetables, milk, eggs, whole grain foods and more.
Information and referrals to other health and social services.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Minnesota; 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
For more information on if you are eligible for WIC, visit http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/fh/wic/eligibility/step1.html and complete the screening steps.

To apply for WIC and find a clinic location near you, call 1-800-942-4030 or visit http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/fh/wic/aboutwic/index.html and scroll to the bottom of the page.

Program Contact Information
Website: http://www.health.state.mn.us/wic
Phone: 1-800-942-4030

Email: health.WIC@state.mn.us

Updated 08-08-13

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Minnesota Summer Food Service
Managing Agency Minnesota http://www.state.mn.us

Program Description
The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) serves nutritious meals at no charge to children in the summer when National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program meals are not available. SFSP sites are located in many low-income areas throughout Minnesota and serve meals to children up to age 18. To find out if there is an SFSP site in your area, check with your school food service or the Minnesota Department of Education, Food and Nutrition Service listed below.

General Program Requirements
Most SFSP meal sites are open to all children without households needing to provide income information.

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

Application Process
No application is needed. Most SFSP meal sites are open to all children.

Program Contact Information
For additional information, visit the SFSP page on the Minnesota Department of Education website: http://education.state.mn.us/MDE/SchSup/FNS/SFSP/index.html
Or contact the Minnesota Department of Education, Food and Nutrition Service at 651-582-8526, 1-800-366-8922 (Minnesota toll free), or email to: fns@state.mn.us

Updated 08-08-13

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Minnesota Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
Managing Agency Minnesota http://www.state.mn.us

Program Description
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a county-run, state-supervised Federal program that helps Minnesotans with low incomes get the food they need for sound nutrition and well-balanced meals. The program issues electronic food support benefits that can help stretch your household food budget.

General Program Requirements
SNAP eligibility depends on your household’s income. Households with an income at or below 165 percent of the Federal poverty level will not have an asset limit. County human services agencies accept client applications, determine eligibility and determine benefit levels in accordance with state and Federal regulations. SNAP is available in all 87 Minnesota counties.

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

Application Process
To apply for SNAP, contact your county human services agency.

You may also call the hotline at 651-431-4050 in the Twin Cities metro area or 1-800-657-3698 outside the metro area to find out what county you live in and where to apply for SNAP. For Teletypewriter (TTY) service, call the Minnesota Relay at 711 or 1-800-627-3529.

Next, complete a Combined Application Form (CAF) and have an interview. The CAF is the application counties require you to complete to apply for food and cash assistance. When your benefits begin depends on the date the county receives the first page of the CAF. You can get a CAF from your local county office or from the Minnesota Department of Human Services website. If you are not able to go to your county office for an interview due to hardship, you may request a phone interview.

You may also apply through Minnesota’s electronic application for public assistance programs.

Program Contact Information
To learn more information about the Minnesota SNAP, please visit: http://go.usa.gov/gre
You can also call the SNAP information line toll-free at: 1-800-657-3698

Updated 06-24-13

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Minnesota Energy Assistance Program
Managing Agency Minnesota http://www.state.mn.us

Program Description
The Minnesota Energy Assistance Program (EAP) helps pay home heating costs for low-income households, particularly those with the lowest incomes paying a high proportion of household income for home energy. Services include payment of energy bills, help with utility disconnections or necessary fuel deliveries, education on efficient and safe use of home heating energy, advocacy with energy suppliers and human service providers on behalf of consumers, and repair or replacement of homeowners’ malfunctioning heating systems.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Minnesota 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 $22,250
2 $29,096
3 $35,942
4 $42,789
5 $49,635
6 $56,481
7 $57,764
8 $59,048
*For households with more than eight people, add $1,284 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 EAP service provider for an EAP application. Local service providers are listed by county at http://mn.gov/commerce/energy/consumers/Heating-Assistance.

Program Contact Information
For more information, please call: 1-800-657-3710

Updated 03-11-13

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Minnesota 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.mn.us/main/idcplg?IdcService=GET_DYNAMIC_CONVERSION&RevisionSelectionMethod=LatestReleased&dDocName=id_006254

Updated 02-21-13

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Minnesota Weatherization Assistance Program
Managing Agency Minnesota http://www.state.mn.us

Program Description

The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) uses energy conservation techniques to reduce the cost of home energy by an estimated percent. Correcting health and safety hazards and potentially life-threatening conditions is the first consideration in WAP activities.

All homeowners and renters who are income eligible for Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) are income eligible for WAP. Priority is given to households with at least one elderly or disabled member and to customers with the highest heating costs. WAP is federally funded through the U.S.
Department of Energy.

General Program Requirements

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

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 nearest Energy Assistance Provider:
http://mn.gov/commerce/energy/topics/financial/Energy-Assistance-Program/

Program Contact Information
For more information on the program please visit: http://mn.gov/commerce/energy/topics/financial/Energy-Assistance-Program/
To ask about the Weatherization Assistance program, please call the Energy Information Center toll-free at: 1-800-657-3710

Updated 12-06-12

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Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP)
Managing Agency Minnesota http://www.state.mn.us

Program Description
The Minnesota Family Investment Program, or MFIP, is the state’s welfare reform program for low-income families with children. MFIP helps families move to work and focuses on helping families. It includes both cash and food assistance. When most families first apply for cash assistance, they will participate in the Diversionary Work Program, or DWP. This is a four month program that helps parents go immediately to work rather than receive welfare. Some families may be referred to MFIP when they first apply for assistance or after they finish four months of DWP. MFIP helps families transition to economic stability. Parents are expected to work and are supported in working. Most families can get cash assistance for only 60 months.

General Program Requirements
In order to be eligible for these benefit programs, you must be a resident of Minnesota, either pregnant or responsible for a child under age 19, either a U.S. citizen or have a qualified non-citizen immigration status, have low or very low income, and be either under-employed (working for very low wages), or unemployed, and meet program asset limits.

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

Application Process
To apply, download and fill out an application:
https://edocs.dhs.state.mn.us/lfserver/Public/DHS-5223-ENG

You must then file the application with your local county human services agency, which you can find here:
https://edocs.dhs.state.mn.us/lfserver/Public/DHS-0005-ENG

You may also apply for this and other Minnesota programs online by visiting ApplyMN.

Program Contact Information
To learn more about the Minnesota Family Investment Program, visit: http://go.usa.gov/grF

Updated 07-16-12

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Minnesota Head Start
Managing Agency Minnesota Department of Children, Families and Learning http://www.state.mn.us

Program Description
The Head Start program (for children ages three to five) 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 Minnesota, and a parent or primary caregiver responsible for a child who is too young for public school.Prenatal benefits are also available through the Early Head Start program.

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 caregiver 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 Minnesota Head Start Association at: http://www.mnheadstart.org/

Updated 06-12-12

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Minnesota Update: Family Voices of Minnesota (FVM)

Family Voices of Minnesota (FVM)

Provides information and support to families of children with disabilities to help them navigate the health care system. FVM also promotes patient and family-centered care for children, youth and young adults with special health care needs and disabilities and their families.

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

Updated 10-19-11

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Fort Ridgely Historic Site

The Fort Ridgely historic site, south of Fairfax, features a museum and preserved building foundations that tell the history of nineteenth century relations between the U.S. government, the Dakota Sioux, and new settlers to Minnesota. In 1851, due to pressure from the U.S. Government, the Eastern Dakota sold 35 million acres of land in southern and western Minnesota and relocated to a reservation along the Minnesota River. Fort Ridgely was constructed in 1853 to create a military presence where new settlers were moving into former Dakota lands.

The Fort was manned during the U.S. Civil War and was the site of two battles during the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862. The old fort commissary building, which was reconstructed by the Veteran Conservation Corps in the 1930s, now houses a museum.

The Fort Ridgely site is located in Fort Ridgely State Park, which offers plentiful recreation including a nine-hole golf course, hiking and horseback riding trails, volleyball and softball fields, fishing, and camping.

Fort Ridgely historic site is open weekends through mid-October. Check the Nicollet County Historical Society website for admission hours and fees.

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Ramsey County
Samuel H Morgan Regional Trail
Enjoy a bike ride along the Samuel H. Morgan Regional Trail, which takes you into downtown Saint Paul, passing historic sights such as the Island Station Power Plant, built in the 1920s, and the 6-story St. Paul Municipal Grain Elevator, built in 1931. Crosby Farm Regional Park boasts a marina and plentiful trails. You can find an historic pavilion and paddleboat tours at Harriet Island Regional Park. Up on the bluff, hikers and bikers can visit Cherokee Regional Trail above the St. Paul High Bridge

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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/minnesota/education

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