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NEW YORK 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 CAN NOW BE FOUND ON OUR “NEW YORK EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND DISASTER RESPONSE” PAGE!

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Welcome to the Green Book Online! – 311

Dear Friends:

For nearly a century, the Green Book has kept New Yorkers informed about the agencies, offices, boards, and commissions that keep our dynamic City running. This year, to complement the traditional printed edition, we are proud to publish the first truly “green” Green Book-a searchable, up-to-date City directory in digital form.

Enhancing our government’s online presence and providing real-time information to New Yorkers is a central goal of our Road Map for the Digital City, a report we released last year. Innovative customer-service initiatives, such as 311 Online, have already made more government information more accessible, allowing New Yorkers to get City news faster and easier than ever before. The digital Green Book is another tool New Yorkers can use to more easily interact with government, and more easily find the information and resources they need.

In our ever-more interconnected world, information technology has become essential to civic engagement. It has transformed how New Yorkers share ideas with one another, with elected officials, and with people across the globe. We are determined to provide the most responsive, most sustainable, and most forward-thinking government possible. This directory is the latest example of our commitment to that goal, and I invite you to use the new Green Book-in its digital form, which is available at nyc.gov

Sincerely,

Michael R. Bloomberg

Mayor

GO TO: http://a856-gbol.nyc.gov/GBOLWebsite/home.aspx

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NY Polishfest 06-03

We say that PolishFest is a celebration of Polish-American culture because everything about our festival is colored by that fact that we are immigrants, looking fondly back on our Polish heritage through a distinctly American lens. From our Cleveland-style and Chicago Honky Polkas to our Jalapeno pierogi, the multi-culturalism that makes the United States strong also playfully invades our traditions. This keeps Polish-American culture meaningful to 3rd and 4th generation children of immigrants.

At PolishFest, you can enjoy a slice of Polish Pizza, listening to a Polka cover of Harry Belafonte’s Senora under the NY sun. But you can also catch a Chopin piano concert (Saturday) or a Pan-Slavic folk music string concert (Sunday). Or attend a genealogy seminar to learn how to use Polish databases to trace your roots. You can learn to make Polish dishes at home (yes, even jalapeno-laced kielbasa) from an award winning CIA (Culinary Institute of America) professor or Polish desserts from the authors of one of the best-selling Polish cook books of all time. Visit our website for complete details and schedule.

PolishFest-NY.org

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New York State Resource Directory for Children & Young Adults with Special Health Care Needs

This resource directory from NY State’s Department of Health has information for families of children and young adults who need health care and support services due to serious illnesses. You’ll find programs that can help you locate and pay for services for young people with cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, asthma, sickle cell anemia, diabetes and other disabilities and health conditions. The directory is also available in Spanish.

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New York State Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
Managing Agency New York http://www.state.ny.us

Program Description
Administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the New York State Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the new name for the food stamp program, issues monthly electronic benefits that can be used like cash at authorized retail food stores. Eligibility and benefit levels are based on household size, income, assets and other factors.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of New York. If your income (based on your family size) is less than or equal to the amounts in the charts below, you may be eligible for SNAP benefits.

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 $14,940
2 $20,172
3 $25,392
4 $30,624
5 $35,856
6 $41,088
7 $46,320
8 $51,552
*For households with more than eight people, add $5,232 per additional person.

If your household’s gross income is below these amounts, it does not ensure that you will be eligible for a benefit. A SNAP budget must be calculated for your household in order to determine eligibility and benefit amount. The only way to determine if your household is eligible for SNAP benefits is to apply. To find out if you are eligible for SNAP benefits and other benefit programs, visit www.myBenefits.ny.gov to use the pre-screening tool and apply online for SNAP.

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

Application Process
Apply Online – You may apply for SNAP using the internet if you live in New York State by going to https://mybenefits.ny.gov/. After your application is filed, the local Department of Social Services or SNAP office will review your information, conduct an interview, and determine your household’s eligibility for SNAP.

Apply by mail, fax or in person – You may apply by filing an application by mail, fax, or in person at your local Department of Social Services or SNAP office. The current SNAP application form is available to print in English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Haitian-Creole, Korean and Russian at:
http://otda.ny.gov/programs/applications/

To find out the location of your nearest SNAP office, contact your local Department of Social Services:
http://otda.ny.gov/workingfamilies/dss.asp

Program Contact Information
Answers to many commonly asked questions about SNAP can be found on our website: http://otda.ny.gov/programs/snap/
For further information about Food Stamps, you may call the Office of Temporary and Disability Services toll-free hotline at: 1-800-429-3009

Updated 12-17-13

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New York Festivals and Fun Times:

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New York School Breakfast and Lunch Program
Managing Agency New York State Education Department http://www.state.ny.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 New York 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.nysed.gov/admin/admindex.html/

Program Contact Information
If you would like to learn more about the program, please contact the New York Child Nutrition Program office at: 518-473-3921
For additional information about Child Nutrition Programs, visit the New York State Department of Education website: http://www.nysed.gov/

Updated 10-18-13

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New York Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
Managing Agency New York http://www.state.ny.us

Program Description
The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a federally funded energy assistance program. New York’s grant is allocated among the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) for a heating benefit program, the state Division of Housing and Community Renewal for weatherization activities, and the state Office for the Aging for outreach and referral activities. Applications are taken at all local departments of social services.

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

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.

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.

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

Application Process
For more information on how to apply to this program, please visit:
http://otda.ny.gov/programs/heap/apply/

Program Contact Information
For more information about this program, please visit: http://otda.ny.gov/programs/heap/

Updated 09-03-13

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New York Summer Food Service
Managing Agency New York http://www.state.ny.us

Program Description
The New York Summer Food Service Program was established to ensure that, during summer school vacation, children would be able to receive the same high quality meals provided during the school year by the National School Lunch and the School Breakfast Programs. The program is primarily directed toward children in needy areas in New York. Sponsors include public or private nonprofit school food authorities, residential camps, and governmental agencies.

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

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, use this locator to find a site near you:
http://www.opt-osfns.org/schoolfood/public1/default.aspx

Program Contact Information
To learn more about the New York Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), please contact the Child Nutrition Program-Administration office at: 518-473-8781

Updated 08-20-13

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The Arc of Delaware County
Works to ensure that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities receive the services and supports, resources and opportunities necessary to fully realize their right to live, work and enjoy life in the community without discrimination.

http://www.delarc.org/

Posted 12-31-12

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Columbia ARC

Advocates for the rights of people with disabilities, changes to policy and provides programs and services for children and adults. Find information on work-related services and legal and family support.

http://www.coarc.org/

Posted 12-29-12

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

Program Description
The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program is a special supplemental food program for women, infants, and children up to the age of five. All applicants must be income eligible and have a medical or nutritional risk. The WIC Program provides nutritious foods along with nutrition education and information on where to apply for free or low-cost health care or other needed services in the community. The WIC program of New York is administered by the New York Department of Health.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of New York; 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.health.state.ny.us/prevention/nutrition/wic/local_agencies.htm

Program Contact Information
For more information on NY WIC, please visit the NY WIC website at: http://www.health.state.ny.us/nysdoh/nutrition/wic/pages/about.htm#whoeligible
Please see the following website for the income standard or maximum income limit for WIC eligibility:
http://health.mo.gov/living/families/wic/index.php
To apply for WIC of NY, call the Growing Up Healthy Hotline to locate the WIC local agency nearest to you at: 800-522-5006

Updated 10-28-12

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New York Weatherization Assistance Program
Managing Agency New York http://www.state.ny.us

Program Description

Weatherization Services reduces the amount of energy required to heat homes and provide hot water. The majority of homes in New York State were built when energy was relatively inexpensive. These homes are significantly more costly to heat than a newer energy-efficient home.

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

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 $25,752
2 $33,672
3 $41,592
4 $49,524
5 $57,444
6 $65,364
7 $66,852
8 $68,340
*For households with more than eight people, add $1,476 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 your local Weatherization provider. A list of local NY Weatherization service providers, go to:
http://www.dhcr.state.ny.us/apps/profiles/profile_WAPcnty.asp

Program Contact Information
To learn more about the New York Weatherization Assistance Program, please visit: http://www.dhcr.state.ny.us/programs/weatherizationassistance/index.htm
To speak with a customer service representative about the program, you can also call the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal toll-free at: 866-275-3427

Updated 07-06-12

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New York Child Health Plus (SCHIP)
Managing Agency New York http://www.state.ny.us

Program Description
New York State offers Child Health Plus as a health insurance plan for kids. Depending on your family’s income, your child may be eligible to join either Child Health Plus A (formerly Children’s Medicaid) or Child Health Plus B. Both Child Heath Plus A and B are available through dozens of providers throughout the state. Enrolling in Child Health Plus is easy.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of New York, under 19 years of age or be a primary care giver with a children under the age of 19 or be pregnant, not covered by health insurance (including Medicaid), 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 $44,680
2 $60,520
3 $76,360
4 $92,200
5 $108,040
6 $123,880
7 $139,720
8 $155,560
*For households with more than eight people, add $15,840 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 for this program, please contact your local community organization can help you enroll in Child Health Plus:
http://www.health.state.ny.us/nysdoh/chplus/where_do_i_apply.htm

Program Contact Information
For more information on the program, please visit: http://www.health.state.ny.us/nysdoh/chplus/index.htm
Please call this toll-free number to ask about Child Health Plus: 800-698-4543
TTY users please call: 877-898-5849

Updated 05-21-12

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New York Family Assistance

Managing Agency New York http://www.state.ny.us

Program Description
Family Assistance (FA) provides cash assistance to needy families that include a minor child living with a parent (including families where both parents are in the household) or a caretaker relative. FA operates under Federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) guidelines. Under FA, eligible adults are limited to receiving benefits for a total of 60 months in their lifetime, including months of TANF-funded assistance granted in other states. Once this limit is reached, that adult and all members of his or her FA household are ineligible to receive any more FA benefits. The months need not be consecutive, but rather each individual month in which TANF-funded benefits are received is included in the lifetime count. The counting of this 60-month limit began in December 1996. Parents and other adult relatives receiving FA, and who are determined to be able to work must comply with Federal work requirements to receive FA benefits. Parents and other caretakers are also responsible for cooperating with the local department of social services in locating any absent parent. Non-cooperation without good cause could result in lower benefits.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of New York, either pregnant or responsible for a child under 18 years of age or under 19 years of age and the child regularly attends secondary school, a U.S. national, citizen, legal alien, or permanent resident, have no or low income.

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

Application Process
To find out if you are eligible to receive Family Assistance, including help with an emergency, you need to file an application with your county Department of Social Services (DSS) or, if you live in one of the five boroughs of New York City, with your local Job Center. Your county DSS office can be located at the following location:
http://www.otda.state.ny.us/main/workingfamilies/dss.asp

Program Contact Information

To learn more about New York Family Assistance please visit:http://www.otda.state.ny.us/main/ta/

For further information about FA, you may call the Office of Temporary and Disability Services toll-free hotline at 1-800-342-3009 and press “3” for Temporary Assistance.

Updated 11-04-11

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New York Update: Blindline
A searchable database and information and referral service for people who are blind or visually impaired, their family members, friends, and professional service providers. Blindline has information about New York businesses and organizations that provide accessible services and products. Includes information about low vision services throughout NY State.

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

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Celebrate Recovery

Celebrate Recovery is started (2/2/11) 6:00pm-8:00pm at the chapel at LCC (main floor.)
Liverpool Community Church | 800 4th Street | Liverpool, New York 13088

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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/new_york/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.
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 New York, 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.nysed.gov/

Program Contact Information
To learn more about the New York Special Milk Program (SMP), please contact the Child Nutrition Program-Administration office at:
518-473-8781

You can also contact your local school district if you have additional questions about New York SMP.

Managing Agency
New York
http://www.state.ny.us

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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 New York, you must be a parent or primary
caregiver responsible for a child who is too young for public school and your household’s annual income before taxes must not
exceed $10,830 if one person lives in the household; $14,570 if two people live in the household; $18,310 if three people live in the
household; $22,050 if four people live in the household; $25,790 if five people live in the household; $29,530 if six people live in the
household; $33,270 if seven people live in the household; $37,010 if eight people live in the household; and $40,750 if more than eight
people live in the household. For larger households, add $3,740 for each additional person in the home.

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 StepsThe 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
Please visit the New York Council on Children & Families to visit the program web site at:
http://www.ccf.state.ny.us/index.htm

Managing Agency
NYS Council on Children and Families
http://www.state.ny.us

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