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NEBRASKA 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 “NEBRASKA EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND DISASTER RESPONSE” PAGE!

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03-21-17

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NEBRASKA FESTIVALS AND FUN TIMES:

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

Program Description
The Federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps low-income people buy food. It’s not necessary to be receiving other public assistance in order to be eligible, but people don’t receive SNAP automatically – they must apply and be found eligible. SNAP benefits are given free of charge to households that meet the program guidelines for income and resources. A household can be one person or a group of people who purchase and prepare meals together. If a group lives in the same house but buys food separately, they may each qualify as a separate household. SNAP benefits can be used to buy only food. Alcoholic beverages, pet food, tobacco, paper products, or other non-food items cannot be purchased with SNAP benefits. The benefit amount is placed in an electronic account, which can be accessed with an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card. Most supermarkets and grocery stores accept the EBT cards. Some “Meals on Wheels” services may accept them, and recipients over age 60 and their spouses may be able to use them to pay for congregate meals.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Nebraska 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 $3,250.01 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). Households that are eligible for the Expanded Resource Program (ERP) can have liquid resources under $25,000.01. 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.

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

Application Process
To apply online for Nebraska Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and all other benefit programs administered by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services please fill out an application using ACCESSNebraska

Or, you may download the SNAP application and mail it to the nearest Health and Human Services Office.

Program Contact Information
For more information on this program, please visit: http://dhhs.ne.gov/children_family_services/Pages/fia_fstamps.aspx

Updated 11-22-13

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Nebraska School Breakfast and Lunch Program
Managing Agency Nebraska http://www.state.ne.us

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 Nebraska 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://reportcard.education.ne.gov/Search/DistrictSearch…

Program Contact Information
For information on the Nebraska School Breakfast and Lunch program please visit: http://www.education.ne.gov/ns/NSLP/
If you have further questions on these programs, please contact the Nebraska Nutrition Services toll-free at: 1-800-731-2233
Or you can call locally at: 402-471-2488

Updated 10-08-13

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Nebraska Kids Connection (SCHIP)
Managing Agency Nebraska http://www.state.ne.us

Program Description
Kids Connection is the state children’s health insurance program (SCHIP) being developed as an extension of Medicaid in Nebraska. Its purpose is to provide health care to low-income uninsured children all across the state.

General Program Requirements

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of Nebraska, 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 $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.

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
To apply online for Nebraska Kids Connection and all other benefit programs administered by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services please fill out an application using ACCESSNebraska.

Or you may call 1-877-632-5437.

Program Contact Information
For more information on Nebraska Kids Connection and how to apply, please visit: http://dhhs.ne.gov/medicaid/Pages/med_CHIP.aspx

Updated 09-03-13

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Nebraska Special Milk Program
Managing Agency Nebraska http://www.state.ne.us

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 Nebraska.

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.education.ne.gov/

Program Contact Information
You may also contact your local school district if you have other inquiries regarding the program.
You can also call the Nebraska Department of Education-Nutrition Services office at: 1-800-731-2233

Updated 09-03-13

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Nebraska Summer Food Service
Managing Agency Nebraska http://www.state.ne.us

Program Description
The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is a federally assisted meal program that provides free, nutritious meals and snacks to help children in low-income areas get the nutrition they need throughout the summer months when they are out of school. Sponsors provide free meals to a group of children at a central site, such as a school, park, low-income housing complex, community center, or camp. They receive cash subsidies from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for each meal and snack they serve and for their documented administrative and operating costs. Sponsors may also receive donated commodities from the USDA.

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

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 (SFSP), contact the site nearest to you:
http://www.education.ne.gov/ns/sfsp/sfsp_sponsors.html

Program Contact Information
To learn more about the Nebraska SFSP, please visit: http://www.education.ne.gov/ns/sfsp/
For more information, please call Joan Orender of the Department of Nutrition Services at: 402-471-2746

Updated 08-08-13

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Nebraska Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
Managing Agency Nebraska http://www.state.ne.us

Program Description
The Nebraska Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is available to help those with limited incomes offset the cost of heating and cooling their homes. The program will partially pay the cost of your electricity, fuel oil, gas, coal, wood, kerosene, propane, or other fuel source. Grant amounts are based on your income, type of residence, and the type of fuel that is used. To be eligible for crisis assistance you must meet the resource and income guidelines, have attempted to keep your utility bills current but unforeseen circumstances have created the crisis. In most instances the LIHEAP payment will be sent to the utility providers. There is also a cooling program that is available to households in the summer. In order to be eligible for the cooling program there must be someone in the household that is age 70 or older or meets some specific medical conditions that makes that person susceptible to heat. The household must still meet the resource and income guidelines.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Nebraska, 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 $12,960
2 $17,553
3 $22,147
4 $26,740
5 $31,334
6 $35,928
7 $40,521
8 $45,115

*For households with more than eight people, add $4,594 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 online for Nebraska Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program and all other benefit programs administered by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services please fill out an application using ACCESSNebraska.

Or, please contact the local administering agency near you:
http://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/map_mapindex.aspx

Program Contact Information
Please visit the Nebraska LIHEAP website for more information: http://www.dhhs.ne.gov/children_family_services/Pages/fia_energy.aspx
Or call toll-free: 1-800-430-3244

Updated 05-31-13

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

Program Description
The Nebraska 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 Nebraska; 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://dhhs.ne.gov/publichealth/Pages/wic_outreach_find-a-wic-clinic_index.aspx

Program Contact Information
For more information on Nebraska WIC, please visit the Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) office at: http://dhhs.ne.gov/publichealth/Pages/wic_outreach_welcome_index.aspx
If you have questions about the WIC Program call Nebraska DHHS toll-free at: 1-800-942-1171
You can also write to:
Office of Nutrition Services
West Virginia WIC Program
350 Capitol Street, Room 519
Charleston, WV 25301-3715

Updated 02-07-13

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Nebraska Low Income Weatherization Assistance Program
Managing Agency Nebraska http://www.state.ne.us

Program Description
Weatherization is making homes more energy efficient. Weatherization of a home typically involves the installation of attic, wall and floor insulation and sealing holes and cracks with caulking, weather-stripping and other types of materials. In addition, all furnaces, cooking stoves, and water heaters receive a safety inspection. Weatherization services do not include roof replacement, siding repairs or replacement windows. An estimated 55,000 Nebraska households are eligible for weatherization assistance services. Preference is given to persons over 60, persons with disabilities, and families with children under six.

General Program Requirements

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

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
There are nine non-profit organizations which provide local weatherization services. They are responsible for establishing eligibility, performing an energy audit on the residence and scheduling the weatherization work. To apply for local weatherization services, go to:
http://www.neo.ne.gov/wx/localcontacts.htm

Program Contact Information
For more information on the Nebraska Low Income Weather Assistance Program please visit: http://www.neo.ne.gov/wx/wxindex.htm
To learn more about the program, you can also e-mail the Nebraska Energy Office at: energy1@mail.state.ne.us

Updated 06-12-12

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Nebraska Head Start
Managing Agency Nebraska Department of Education http://www.state.ne.us
Program Description
The Head Start program (for children ages 3 to 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 Nebraska and 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 Nebraska Head Start Association at: http://www.neheadstart.org/
You may also contact the Nebraska Department of Education by calling at: 402-471-2296

Posted 04-09-12

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HELP Adult Services

Provides assistance to people with low or moderate incomes with disabilities and/or a chronic illness. Also offers support to family members who need respite and assistance. Programs include the Health and Medical Equipment Loan Program and presentations and workshops.

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

Updated 11-25-11

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