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MISSOURI 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 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!!!

ALL DISASTER RELATED MATERIALS CAN NOW BE FOUND AT OUR “MISSOURI EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND DISASTER RESPONSE” PAGE!

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Updated 10-21-13

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Missouri Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
Managing Agency Missouri http://www.mo.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 Missouri; 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://gis.dhss.mo.gov/Website/WIClocations/findWIClocations.html

Program Contact Information
For more information on Missouri WIC, please visit: http://health.mo.gov/living/families/wic/wicfamilies/apply.php
If you have questions about the Missouri WIC program, call the Bureau of WIC and Nutrition Services at: 1-800-392-8209
You can also write to:
Missouri Department of Health Services and Senior Services
Bureau of WIC and Nutrition Services
P.O. Box 570
Jefferson City, MO 65109

Updated 11-21-13

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MO HealthNet for Kids Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
Managing Agency Missouri http://www.mo.gov/

Program Description
The Federal Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), part of the MO HealthNet for Kids program, is a health insurance program for uninsured children of low-income families who do not have access to affordable health insurance.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of Missouri, under 19 years of age or be a primary care giver with a child under the age of 19, 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 $33,510
2 $45,390
3 $57,270
4 $69,150
5 $81,030
6 $92,910
7 $104,790
8 $116,670
*For households with more than eight people, add $11,880 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
You may apply for this benefit online at:

http://www.dss.mo.gov/mhk/appl.htm

Or you may print out the application at: http://www.dss.mo.gov/fsd/formsmanual/pdf/im-1ssl.pdf.

Program Contact Information
To learn more about Missouri MO HealthNet for Kids, please visit: http://www.dss.mo.gov/mhk/index.htm
For more information on Missouri MO HealthNet for Kids, please call (translation services available): 1-888-275-5908
You may also send an e-mail message to: mcplus@dss.mo.gov

Updated 11-21-13

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Missouri School Breakfast and Lunch Program
Managing Agency Missouri http://www.mo.gov/

Program Description
The School Breakfast Program provides funding that makes it possible for schools to offer a nutritious breakfast to students each day. Similarly, the goal of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is to protect the health and well-being of the nation’s children by providing nutritious school meals every day. NSLP provides funding that makes it possible for schools to offer a nutritious school lunch. Schools receive Federal funds for each breakfast and lunch served, provided that the meal meets established nutrition standards.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Missouri 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://dese.mo.gov/directory/

Program Contact Information
For information on the Missouri School Breakfast and Lunch program please visit: http://dese.mo.gov/divadm/food/Programs_Index.html
If you have further questions on these programs, please contact the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education at: 573-751-3526
You can also contact your child’s school to find out what meals are served and how to apply for free or reduced price school meals.

Updated 10-08-13

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Missouri Special Milk Program
Managing Agency Missouri http://www.mo.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.

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 Missouri.

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 regarding the Missouri Special Milk Program on the web, please visit: http://dese.mo.gov/divadm/food/Milk_Program.html
You may also contact your local school district if you have other inquiries regarding the program.
You can also call the Missouri Director of School Food Services at: 573-751-3526

Updated 09-03-13

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Missouri Summer Food Service
Managing Agency Missouri http://www.mo.gov/

Program Description
The Missouri Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) helps assure that eligible populations have access to nutritious meals during the summer months. When school is not in session, SFSP provides reimbursement to community agencies offering the required continuum of meals. SFSP contracts with schools and other community-based organizations to sponsor the local programs and provide meals that meet established guidelines. By increasing the nutrient intake of program participants, SFSP reduces their risk for health problems and enhances their learning capacities. The program also improves the quality of the summer programs offered in areas of economic need.

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

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:

http://gis.dhss.mo.gov/Website/AGS_summerFood/summerFood.html#

Program Contact Information
For more information please call toll-free the Missouri Nutritional Health and Services department at: 1-888-435-1464
To learn more about the Missouri SFSP, please visit: http://www.dhss.mo.gov/sfsp/

Updated 08-08-13

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Missouri Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
Managing Agency Missouri http://www.mo.gov/

Program Description
Each participating household receives an allotment of food benefits based on the United State Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) “Thrifty Food Plan.” This allotment is adjusted annually according to the U. S. Department of Labor’s analysis of the cost of food. Missouri Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) is the method by which households receive and use Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. Households may use their Missouri EBT card in any grocery store or retail location anywhere in the United States that has been authorized by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service and displays the Quest® sign. The benefits may be used to purchase any food or food products prepared for human consumption except alcoholic beverages and tobacco, hot foods, or foods prepared for immediate consumption. Benefits may also be used to buy seeds and plants for use in gardens to produce food for the personal consumption of the household. Under certain conditions, members of the eligible households who are 60 years of age or older may use the benefits to pay for home delivered meals and other meals prepared for elderly persons. While Benefits.gov provides a high-level capability to pre-screen for SNAP benefits in Missouri, you can learn more about how much you may be eligible to receive by using a pre-screening tool for SNAP published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Drug Administration, Food and Nutrition Service.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Missouri 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 $3,251 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).

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 $14,160
2 $19,128
3 $24,096
4 $29,064
5 $34,032
6 $38,988
7 $43,956
8 $48,924
*For households with more than eight people, add $4,968 per additional person.

See https://dssapp3.dss.mo.gov/fsEligibilityTool/Household_Info.aspx for a pre-secreening eligibility tool.

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

Application Process
For application information go to:

http://dss.mo.gov/fsd/fstamp/

Anyone may apply for SNAP in Missouri. To apply, complete the SNAP application form and return it to your local Family Support Division (FSD) office. An application is available on our website at:

http://dss.mo.gov/fsd/formsmanual/pdf/fs1.pdf

Instructions for completing this form are also available on our website at:

http://dss.mo.gov/fsd/formsmanual/pdf/im31f_1205.pdf

You can return the application in person, by mail or by fax. View address information for FSD county offices at:

http://www.dss.mo.gov/fsd/office/index.htm

You can also apply online at:

https://dssapp3.dss.mo.gov/fmwfamisweb/

Program Contact Information
For more information on this program, please visit the following site: http://www.dss.mo.gov/fsd/fstamp/

Updated 05-07-13

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

Program Description
The Missouri Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) has two components: Energy Assistance/Regular Heating (EA) and Energy Crisis Assistance Program (ECIP). EA is designed to provide financial assistance to help pay heating bills for Missourians during the months of October, November, December, January, February, and March. The EA benefit amount is based upon household size, income and the type of fuel used for home heating. ECIP is designed to provide financial assistance to households in a verifiable energy crisis. This crisis is defined as: 1) receipt of a termination or disconnect notice indicating a specific disconnect date; 2) a final billing statement advising the account has been terminated; 3) a propane tank is filled at less than 20 percent capacity; 4) the customer is a cash on delivery (COD) customer; or 5) pre-paid electric customer indicates their pre-paid usage is about to run out. ECIP funds can be used for primary or secondary fuel sources.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Missouri, a citizen of the United States or an alien admitted to this country for permanent residence, have resources that do not exceed $3,000, and be responsible for heating/cooling 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 $15,080
2 $20,426
3 $25,772
4 $31,118
5 $36,464
6 $41,810
7 $47,156
8 $52,502
*For households with more than eight people, add $10,890 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 obtain an application and apply for this program, you can access the following web site:

http://www.dss.mo.gov/fsd/eassist/pdf/hcapp.pdf

Included in this information is a list of agencies under “Where to go for help” that you can contact to request an application be sent to you if you are unable to print this from the web site.

Program Contact Information
To learn more about Missouri LIHEAP, please visit: http://www.dss.mo.gov/fsd/liheap.htm
Telephone inquiries can be made by calling: 573-751-3221

Updated 03-11-13

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Missouri Weatherization Assistance Program
Managing Agency Missouri http://www.mo.gov/

Program Description
Home heating is a high-cost basic necessity. For people with low incomes, the decision to pay the utility bill may mean deciding between being warm in the winter or having well-balanced meals. Other low-income people live in older homes that may not have insulation or efficient heating systems. Weatherization is a long-term response to these problems. A home that has been weatherized can reduce average annual fuel savings per dwelling by up to 13.5 percent, with electricity at 12.2 percent and natural gas at 23.4 percent, making it a cost-effective means to help low-income families with their energy bills. Lasting energy-efficient improvements are installed in the home, resulting in lower utility bills year after year. This reduces the amount of assistance needed to pay higher utility bills in low-income households.

General Program Requirements

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Missouri.
If you receive Supplemental Security Income or Aid to Families with Dependent Children, you are automatically eligible to receive weatherization services.

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.

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, please contact your local administering agency at the following location:

http://www.dnr.mo.gov/energy/weatherization/wxmap.htm

Program Contact Information
For more information on the program and contacts to your local weatherization agency please visit: http://dnr.mo.gov/energy/weatherization/wx.htm
You can also call the Missouri Department of Natural Resources toll-free at: 800-361-4827
Or to ask about the Weatherization Assistance Program send e-mail to: energy@dnr.mo.gov

Updated 11-14-12

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Missouri Head Start
Managing Agency Head Start Bureau, Department of Health and Human Services http://www.mo.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 Missouri, 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
The Head Start Locator provides a searchable database of Head Start programs. To apply for this program please visit the following website, which will direct you to the Head Start office nearest to you:

http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/HeadStartOffices

Program Contact Information
You can visit the Missouri Head Start Association at: http://www.moheadstart.org/

Posted 04-09-12

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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/missouri/education

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Although most anglers prefer fishing in warm-weather months, Missouri offers great fishing in the wintertime, too.

The Lake of the Ozarks features a number of resorts with heated docks and other cold weather amenities popular with winter
anglers who come for crappie, bass and other game fish. A lot of fishing enthusiasts prefer the peace and quiet of winter fishing.

The lake’s state parks also attract anglers year-round. Lake of the Ozarks State Park has a boat launch, or you can fish the
crappie beds from the dock. Ha Ha Tonka State Park near Camdenton has two boat docks and allows fishing from marked access
points (but not in Ha Ha Tonka Spring). In addition, numerous bait shops and full-service marinas are located throughout the lake
area.

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