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NORTH CAROLINA EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND DISASTER RESPONSE

North Carolina Happenings

PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE YOU CALL 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 RESPONSE MATERIALS HAVE BEEN MOVED TO OUR “NORTH CAROLINA EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND DISASTER RESPONSE” PAGE!

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Festivals and Fun Times:

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North Carolina Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP)
Managing Agency North Carolina http://www.ncgov.com

Program Description
The North Carolina Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) provides a one-time vendor payment to help eligible households pay their heating bills. The time frame to apply for this benefit is December 1st through March 31st of each year.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of North Carolina and you must meet income and resource guidelines. Beginning December 1st through January 31st of each year, priority in eligibility is given to households that contain an elderly person in age 60 and over or, a disabled person receiving a service through the North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services.

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 the local administering agency near you:
http://www.dhhs.state.nc.us/dss/local/index.htm

Program Contact Information
For more information about North Carolina LIEAP, please visit: http://www.dhhs.state.nc.us/dss/energy/index.htm

Updated 11-21-13

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North Carolina School Breakfast and Lunch Program
Managing Agency North Carolina http://www.ncgov.com

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 North Carolina 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://schooljobs.dpi.state.nc.us/StateMap

Program Contact Information
Please visit the North Carolina Child Nutrition office to learn more about the programs: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/childnutrition/programs/
If you would like to speak with a State representative regarding the programs, you can call the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction at: 919-807-3300

Updated 10-18-13

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North Carolina Summer Food Service
Managing Agency North Carolina http://www.ncgov.com

Program Description
The North Carolina Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) provides nutritious meals to children who would normally receive free or reduced price meals when school is in session. SFSP helps children to maintain a nutritious diet and helps their families to stretch their food dollars during the summer months.

The program is offered in many and various locations such as parks, playgrounds, housing authorities, day camps, churches, community centers, etc. Often the SFSP meal service is combined with learning and recreational activities for the children.

In 2000, about 574,000 children in North Carolina were eligible to receive SFSP meals. However, less than 10 percent of this number were actually served. Therefore, the Nutrition Services Section is making every effort to publicize the program so that more organizations will sign up to become program sponsors.

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

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 your state’s child nutrition program, please visit the following website:
http://www.nutritionnc.com/snp/sfsp.htm#about

Program Contact Information
To learn more about the North Carolina SFSP please visit: http://www.nutritionnc.com/snp/sfsp.htm
Please contact program coordinator Ruth McDowell to ask about North Carolina SFSP at: 919-715-1924
Or send an e-mail to: ruth.mcdowell@ncmail.net

Updated 08-20-13

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Check Out These 15 Fun Family Destinations

North Carolina is filled with attractions the whole family will enjoy. Plan your next excursion with our list of family favorites from across the state.
In the Mountains

Beach at Lake Lure
Lake Lure
Gaze up at Chimney Rock as you sunbathe on the beach or float on the lake, then stop for a bite or an ice cream cone at one of the restaurants by the shore.

Linville Caverns
Marion
Located near the High Country, North Carolina’s only show caverns allow visitors to glimpse nature at work “inside” the mountains. Slow moving ground water created underground labyrinths forming an incredible series of rooms and passages and spectacular formations.

Mile High Swinging Bridge at Grandfather Mountain
Linville
Enjoy the cool mountain air as you cross Mile High Swinging Bridge, a 228-foot suspension bridge spanning an 80-foot chasm at more than one mile in elevation. Eleven trails dot this highest peak in the Blue Ridge Mountains, so you can take on anything from a gentle walk to a rigorous trek.

Sliding Rock
Brevard
Wear your old blue jean cut-offs to sit and slip down this 60-foot natural water slide in the Pisgah National Forest. The 60-degree pool you land in sure beats summer heat.

Tweetsie Railroad
Blowing Rock
This family theme park features a three-mile, steam-powered train ride, plus shopping, live entertainment, amusement rides and a petting zoo.
In the Piedmont

Boomerang Bay Water Park at Carowinds
Charlotte
You can bob in the swells of two huge wave pools, ride the slides, float down the lazy river and even rent a cabana with chair-side service in this Aussie-themed water park.

North Carolina Transportation Museum
Spencer
Explore antique locomotives, rail cars, automobiles and more at a site that was once a national hub for steam engine repair. You can also take the train ride around the historic 57-acre site, enjoy the many family-friendly special events and learn how transportation helped build North Carolina.

North Carolina Zoo
Asheboro
Connect with wildlife from two different continents as you explore 500 acres of exhibits carefully constructed to resemble natural habitats. You can walk, or take a tram, from Africa’s grasslands to North America’s Arctic coast, all in one fun day.

Old Salem
Winston-Salem
Old Salem Museums & Gardens lets you experience early American history in the unique Moravian settlement of Salem. You can witness craftsmen performing historic trades, recreate Moravian crafts, enjoy an heirloom puppet show, visit the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA) and enjoy the Gardens at Old Salem, an essential part of life in Salem since 1766.

Pinehurst Resort
Pinehurst
With eight unique golf courses, Pinehurst says it’s the largest golf resort in America. Non-golfers in the family can relax in the award-winning spa, take a lesson in lawn bowls or croquet, or kayak on the private lake.
On the Coast

Battleship North Carolina
Wilmington
The most decorated U.S. battleship of WWII offers you a chance to explore nine decks, crew’s quarters, gun turrets and much more. Afterwards, visit Downtown Wilmington for shopping, day or evening riverboat cruises, museums showcasing North Carolina artists and history, or tours of the historic district, nature preserves and movie studios.

Birthplace of Pepsi
New Bern
Pharmacist Caleb Bradham invented Pepsi in his drugstore in New Bern in 1898. Today, you can visit the Pepsi Store and browse through memorabilia while learning more about the history of one of the world’s favorite soft drinks.

Kitty Hawk Kites
Nags Head
Learn to hang-glide over soft sand dunes or fly tandem with an instructor. Other activities include kiteboarding lessons, dolphin, Lost Colony, and bioluminescence kayak tours, as well as parasailing and stand-up paddleboarding.

North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores
Atlantic Beach
In addition to areas that celebrate mountain waterfalls, Piedmont rivers and coastal swamps, you can see three exhibits that replicate famed shipwrecks off the North Carolina coast — the sunken German sub U-352, Blackbeard’s flagship, the Queen Anne’s Revenge, and the Caribsea freighter.

Surf Camp
Wrightsville Beach
Learn to surf in the emerald green waters of Wrightsville Beach with private and group surfing lessons and camps. Whether you’re a beginner or have surfed before, the staff of trained educators will take you to the next level.

updated: May 1, 2013

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North Carolina Medicaid

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.ncdhhs.gov/dma/medicaid/index.htm

Updated 02-25-13

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North Carolina Special Milk Program
Managing Agency North Carolina http://www.ncgov.com

Program Description
The Special Milk Program (SMP) provides milk to children in schools and childcare institutions who do not participate in other Federal meal service programs. The program reimburses schools for the milk they serve. Schools in the National School Lunch or School Breakfast Programs may also participate in 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.

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 North Carolina 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 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.dpi.state.nc.us/childnutrition/

Program Contact Information
For more information regarding the North Carolina Special Milk Program on the web, please contact the Department of Public Instruction-Child Nutrition Services office at: 919-807-3300
To visit the Child Nutrition Services web site, go to: http://govguru.com/north-carolina/special-milk-program
You may also contact your local school district if you have other inquiries regarding the program.

Updated 02-23-13

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North Carolina Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
Managing Agency North Carolina http://www.ncgov.com

Program Description
The WIC program provides a combination of nutrition education, supplemental foods, breastfeeding promotion and support, and referrals for health care. WIC has proven effective in preventing and improving nutrition related health problems within its population. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health, Women’s and Children’s Health Section, Nutrition Services Branch administers it. County health departments, community and rural health centers, and community action agencies provide the services.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of North Caronlina; 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.nutritionnc.com/wic/director.htm

Program Contact Information
For more information on North Carolina WIC, please visit the NC WIC website at: http://www.nutritionnc.com/wic/
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 obtain additional referral forms, pamphlets, or other information contact your county health department or the NC Family Health Resource line at: 800-367-2229
Between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday.

Updated 10-28-12

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North Carolina Weatherization Assistance Program
Managing Agency North Carolina http://www.ncgov.com

Program Description
The Weatherization Assistance Program is designed to help low-income citizens save energy and reduce expenses through the installation of energy conservation materials and the implementation of energy efficiency measures in their homes. The goal of the program is to create a safe, energy efficient and comfortable home environment for the families served. Priority is placed on providing assistance to the elderly, individuals with disabilities and families with children. The 3,352 families that benefited from the program last year saved an average of $173 per household. A household’s income must be under 150 percent of poverty to be eligible to participate in the program; however, over eighty percent of the families served in North Carolina have annual incomes below $15,000. The North Carolina Weatherization Assistance Program is implemented in all counties in the State through 29 subgrantees. Local agencies determine client eligibility based on Federal Poverty Income Guidelines. Agency staff conduct an energy audit and perform diagnostic testing to determine air infiltration, heat loss, levels of carbon monoxide and identify recommended energy conservation, safety and health measures. Local agency staff and private contractors complete the work. Staff and the resident inspect the work and, if satisfied, the resident provides an approval signature.

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

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 for this program contact the Office of Economic Opportunity at 919-715-5850.

Program Contact Information
For more information on the North Carolina Weatherization Assistance Program, please visit: http://www.energync.net/about-us/weatherization-office
To speak with the Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity about the Weatherization Assistance Program, please call Lawrence D. Wilson at: 919-715-5850
Or e-mail at: oeomail@dhr.state.nc.us

Updated 06-12-12

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North Carolina Health for Choice for Children
Managing Agency North Carolina http://www.ncgov.com

Program Description
As of October 1998, families who have a total household income that is too high to qualify for Medicaid but too low to afford rising health insurance premiums are able to get free or reduced price comprehensive health care for their children. The new plan, NC Health Choice for Children, provides the same coverage provided for the children of state employees and teachers.
NC Health Choice for Children is a comprehensive health insurance plan that covers not only hospitalization but also outpatient care. Benefits include: sick visits; checkups; hospital care; counseling; prescriptions; dental care; eye exams and glasses; hearing exams and hearing aids; and other related services. Find out today if your child or children are eligible for benefits.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the State of North Carolina, under 19 years of age, 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 $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

Applications (in English or Spanish) for this program are available in many different locations including county social services departments, local health departments, and on our Web site: http://www.ncdhhs.gov/dma/healthchoice/apply.htm.

It is a simple application form, which may be submitted to your county social services department by mail. The form plus any required enrollment fee would begin the application process. This application form can be mailed or taken to your county social services department. Each application will first be reviewed to see if the child is eligible for Medicaid and, if not, then reviewed to see if the child is eligible for NC Health Choice for Children. If the child is found to be eligible for NC Health Choice for Children, the application will be processed and the parents will receive a health card, a benefits booklet and instructions in the mail. Once parents are notified, the child is eligible to receive care. Unlike Medicaid, the NC Health Choice for Children program is limited by the amount of funds that are available. Therefore, it is open only to children on a first come, first served basis. Once the program is full, a waiting list will be taken, so it is in the best interest of the child to enroll as soon as it is possible.

If you would like help filling out the application, call or visit your department of social services in the county where you live. You can find the address and phone number in your phone book under County Government or by calling the North Carolina Family Health Resource Line at: (800) 367-2229

Program Contact Information
For more information, visit: http://www.ncdhhs.gov/dma/healthchoice/index.htm

Updated 05-21-12

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Offers free help to North Carolina homeowners who are facing foreclosure. The State Home Foreclosure Prevention Project was created by emergency legislation signed into law to help reduce subprime foreclosures in North Carolina. Call 1-866-234-4857 to talk to a counselor or make an appointment.

For more information visit https://www.disability.gov/state/north_carolina/housing.

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MSRRC is one of six Regional Resource Centers funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs. MSRRC provides technical assistance to state early intervention lead agencies, departments of education and other related state agencies. The Centers work to make a positive difference in the lives of individuals with disabilities, birth through 21 years, and their families. Find resources for parents and educators in your state.

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

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Provides information, education, support and advocacy to persons with disabilities, their families and the community. Learn more about F.I.R.S.T.’s Community Parent Resource Center and parent advocates who can help with the special education process and IEP meetings.

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

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Program Description
The Food Stamp Program is a Federal program that provides a monthly allotment of Food Stamp benefits issued via Electronic
Benefit Transfer cards (like ATM cards, they are called EBT cards). The Food Stamp Program is an entitlement program; so all
eligible individuals and households can receive assistance. Food Stamp benefits may be used to purchase most foods at
participating stores. They may not be used to purchase tobacco, pet food, paper products, soap products, or alcoholic beverages.
Applications are taken at county Departments of Social Services in the county in which the household resides. Some counties have
Food Stamp outreach offices as well. Persons who live in households consisting only of SSI (Supplemental Security Income)
applicants or recipients may apply for Food Stamp benefits at the Social Security Administration Office. Eligible households must be
given the opportunity to receive Food Stamp benefits no later than thirty days from the date of application. Individuals with special
circumstances must be given an opportunity to receive Food Stamp benefits no later than seven days from the date of application.
General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the State of North Carolina and fall into one of two groups: (1)
those with a current bank balance (savings and checking combined) under $2,001, or (2) those with a current bank balance (savings
and checking combined) under $3,001 who share their household with a person or persons age 60 and over, or with a person with a
disability (a child, your spouse, a parent, or yourself). For either group, you must also have an annual household income of less than
$13,284 if one person lives in the household; $17,808 if two people live in the household; $22,332 if three people live in the
household; $26,856 if four people live in the household; $31,380 if five people live in the household; $35,904 if six people live in the
household; $40,428 if seven people live in the household; or $44,952 if more than seven people live in the household.

Your Next StepsThe following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.
Application Process
For more information, see the Program Contact Information below.

Program Contact Information
CARE-LINE Information and Referral Service:
800-662-7030

In the Raleigh area or outside of North Carolina, call:
919-855-4400

Hearing impaired callers can dial our TTY line:
877-452-2514

County Department of Social Services Directory:
http://www.dhhs.state.nc.us/dss/local/

NC Food Stamp Website:
http://www.dhhs.state.nc.us/dss

Managing Agency
North Carolina
http://www.ncgov.com

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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 North Carolina, 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 North Carolina Head Start program web site for more information:
http://ncchildcare.dhhs.state.nc.us/general/mb%5Fheadstart.asp

You can also call the Division of Child Development toll-free to speak with a State representative regarding Head Start at:
800-859-0829

Managing Agency
Division of Child Development (NC)
http://www.ncgov.com

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Program Description
Work First is North Carolina’s plan to help families stay off welfare or move off welfare and into jobs. Work First is not just a cash
assistance program, rather, it is built upon the belief that all people have a responsibility to their families and community to work
and provide for their children.
Through Work First, parents can get short-term training and families can get child care assistance and other services to help them
become self-sufficient. Most families have two years to move off welfare. Work First emphasizes three strategies:
1.) Diversion: Keeping families off welfare by helping them cope with unexpected emergencies or setbacks. Under Work First,
qualifying families can get up to three months worth of cash diversion assistance, child care, food stamp benefits, and Medicaid, if
they stay off welfare.
2.) Work: Shortening the length of time that families are on welfare by making work mandatory and by limiting how long a family
can receive cash assistance.
3.) Retention: Helping families that leave welfare to stay off with services such as transportation, encouraging them to save and by
helping to make sure they really are better off working than on welfare.
General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of North Carolina, either pregnant or responsible for a child
under 19 years of age, a US national, citizen, legal alien, or permanent resident, have low or very low income, and be either
under-employed (working for very low wages), unemployed or about to become unemployed.

Application Process
For more information, see the Program Contact Information below.

Program Contact Information
In the Raleigh area or outside of North Carolina, call:
919-855-4400

CARE-LINE Information and Referral Service:
800-662-7030

County Department of Social Service Directory:

http://www.dhhs.state.nc.us/dss/local/index.htm

Work First home page:

http://www.dhhs.state.nc.us/dss/workfirst/index.htm

Hearing impaired callers can dial the TTY line at:
877-452-2514

Managing Agency
North Carolina
http://www.ncgov.com

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