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NORTH DAKOTA EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND DISASTER RESPONSE

North Dakota Happenings

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 “NORTH DAKOTA EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND DISASTER RESPONSE” PAGE!

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Year End Requires Reporting to IRS and SSA

Upcoming Events

December 21st Webinar – Financing Programs
Online
There are a wide variety of federal and state financing programs available for funding business opportunities. Learn about how these different programs can be combined to provide a powerful financing tool to spur both business growth and job development. To register, send an email to north.dakota@sba.gov.

January 10th Webinar – Start Your Contracting Year Off with a Tune-Up
Online
Annually, you should review and update your information on federal databases and registrations. This webinar will give you a starting point on checks and updates you can make to be sure your information is current and visible to government agencies and prime contractors.

January 17th Webinar – Basics of Government Contracting
Online
Are you interested in expanding profits, gaining customers and growing your business? Consider selling to the government. This webinar will help you learn what the government buys, how to get on government buyer’s radar, and how to find contract opportunities.

UPDATED 12-16-16
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North Dakota Tourism and Events:

http://www.ndtourism.com/?utm_source=monthly%2Bleisure&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=03042015

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North Dakota Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
Managing Agency North Dakota http://www.nd.gov/

Program Description
The North Dakota Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps eligible individuals and families with heating and insulation related costs in the winter, and cooling costs in the summer. Last year about 13,800 low-income households in North Dakota participated in the state program, and individual tribal LIHEAP programs served tribal members living on reservations in the state.

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

Eligibility for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is based upon two criteria: 1) income eligibility, and 2) assets eligibility.

Applicant households must meet the eligibility criteria of both components to receive benefits under LIHEAP.

Income: The income of all persons living in the household must be included in the determination of household income. There are deductions for allowable expenses such as child care, child support, medical expenses and 27% income deduction on earned income. The household’s adjusted gross income must fall within the current income eligibility guidelines. In order to qualify you must also have an annual income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:

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 $24,428
2 $31,944
3 $39,461
4 $46,977
5 $54,493
6 $62,010
7 $63,419
8 $64,828
*For households with more than eight people, add $1,409 per additional person.

Assets: The total assets of all persons living in the household cannot exceed $10,000. Each household member age 60 or over is allowed an extra $5,000 in assets. Assets include cash, savings, or check accounts, stocks, bonds, CDs, burial accounts and other personal property or real estate which could be borrowed against or sold for cash.

Types of property NOT counted in the $10,000, include one’s home, clothing, personal effects, household goods, two licensed road vehicles and any real estate property which is producing reasonable income.

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

Application Process
To apply for this benefit, receive further program eligibility information, or check the status of an existing case, contact your local County Social Services Office:
http://www.nd.gov/dhs/locations/countysocialserv/index.html

Program Contact Information
For additional information, please visit the program FAQ page: http://www.nd.gov/dhs/services/financialhelp/energyassistfaq.html
Or direct your questions to the department toll-free: 1-800-755-2716

Updated 12-27-13

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NORTH DAKOTA FESTIVALS AND FUN TIMES:

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Noth Dakota Upcoming Events

Updated 11-06-13

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North Dakota School Breakfast and Lunch Program
Managing Agency North Dakota http://www.nd.gov/

Program Description
The National School Lunch Program provides nutritious lunches and opportunities to practice making healthy choices. The School Breakfast Program (SBP) is structured similar to the National School Lunch Program. The School Breakfast Meal Patterns are established by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). These guidelines must be followed for the meals to be reimbursable.

The School Breakfast and Lunch Programs are administered by North Dakota’s Department of Public Instruction.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of North Dakota 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.dpi.state.nd.us/dpi/reports/profile/index.shtm

Program Contact Information
Please visit the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (DPI) web site to learn more about the programs: http://www.dpi.state.nd.us/child/programs.shtm
If you would like to speak with a state representative regarding the programs, you can call the DPI toll-free at: 1-888-338-3663
Or at: 701-328-2294

Updated 10-18-13

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North Dakota Healthy Steps
Managing Agency North Dakota http://www.nd.gov/

Program Description
Healthy Steps insurance features comprehensive coverage including preventive services and some dental and vision services.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of North Dakota, under 19 years of age, not covered by health insurance (including Medicaid), a U.S. national, citizen, legal alien, or permanent resident.

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

Application Process
Apply Online (you must register first), or complete the Health Coverage Application and return it to the Department of Human Services, 600 E. Boulevard Avenue, Dept. 325, Bismarck, ND 58505-0250. This application is used to determine if individuals qualify for health coverage under the Healthy Steps children’s health insurance program or Medicaid.

Program Contact Information
For additional information, please call:
1-877-KIDS NOW (543-7669)
To view the North Dakota Healthy Steps Homepage, visit: http://www.nd.gov/dhs/services/medicalserv/chip/

Updated 10-03-13

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North Dakota Medicaid Program
Managing Agency North Dakota http://www.nd.gov/

Program Description
Medicaid is a program designed to assist individuals and families who do not have health insurance, or who have health insurance that does not cover all of the individual’s or family’s medical needs. Medicaid eligibility is based on income, and in some cases, assets. It provides comprehensive health coverage, as well as assistance with Medicare premiums, coinsurance and deductibles. Coverage may begin up to three months prior to the month of application. Medicaid benefits are extended to the elderly, blind or disabled individuals, pregnant women, children to the age of 21 years, and parents of eligible children.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of North Dakota, a U.S. national, citizen or permanent resident in need of health care/insurance assistance, whose financial situation would be characterized as low income or very low income (or have high or very high medical expenses). You must also be either pregnant, have a household member with a disability, or be responsible for children under 21 years of age. Adults age 65 and older may also qualify.

Your Next Steps
The 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
For additional program information related to the North Dakota Medicaid Program, including brochures, applications, and Frequently Asked Questions, please visit our site at: http://www.nd.gov/dhs/services/medicalserv/medicaid/
To find the County Social Service Office nearest your home, visit our locator map and click on your county: http://www.nd.gov/dhs/locations/countysocialserv/

Updated 10-03-13

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North Dakota Summer Food Service
Managing Agency North Dakota http://www.discovernd.com

Program Description
The North Dakota 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.

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

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.dpi.state.nd.us/child/sfsp/index.shtm

Program Contact Information
To learn more about the North Dakota SFSP please visit: http://www.dpi.state.nd.us/child/sfsp/index.shtm
Please call the North Dakota Child Nutrition & Food Distribution office toll-free if you would like to speak with a customer representative about SFSP: 1-888-338-3663

Updated 08-20-13

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North Dakota Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
Managing Agency North Dakota http://www.discovernd.com

Program Description
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) promotes the general welfare and safeguards the health and well-being of low income North Dakotans. SNAP benefits are provided to supplement an individual or a family’s food budget. The amount of benefits a household receives is based on its size and income. SNAP recipients are given a plastic debit card (Dakota EBT card). The store cashier runs the debit card through a point-of-sale device to subtract the recipient’s purchase amount from their allotted benefits. North Dakota SNAP operates under the requirements of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of North Dakota 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 $14,521
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.

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

Application Process
To apply online, go to:
http://www.nd.gov/dhs/info/pubs/application.html

To apply in person, bring a printed and completed application to your local administering agency (blank applications will be available at your local administering agency). To find your local agency go to:
http://www.nd.gov/dhs/locations/countysocialserv/index.html

Print an application here:
http://www.nd.gov/dhs/info/pubs/application.html

Program Contact Information
For additional program information related to the North Dakota SNAP, including brochures, applications and Frequently Asked Questions, please visit our site at: http://www.nd.gov/dhs/services/financialhelp/foodstamps.html
Email questions to: dhseap@nd.gov
For more information call:
701-328-2328 or 1-800-755-2716 (North Dakota only)

Send questions via U.S. Mail to:
Economic Assistance Policy Division
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
600 E Boulevard Avenue, Dept. 325
Bismarck, ND 58505-0250

Updated 12-04-12

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North Dakota Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
Managing Agency State Department of Health (ND) http://www.discovernd.com

Program Description
North Dakota Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is a program for pregnant and breastfeeding women, infants, and children under five years and is available in all counties in North Dakota. WIC offers healthy food for proper growth and development and helps families choose healthier ways of eating. The North Dakota WIC program is administered by North Dakota Department of Health, Division of Maternal and Child Health.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of North Dakota; 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.ndhealth.gov/wic/WicSites.pdf

Program Contact Information
Please visit the North Dakota WIC website at: http://www.health.state.nd.us/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

For more information on how WIC can help your family, please contact the North Dakota Department of Health toll-free at: 1-800-472-2286

Updated 10-28-12

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North Dakota Weatherization Assistance Program
Managing Agency North Dakota http://www.discovernd.com

Program Description
The Weatherization Assistance Program was established to help low-income families and individuals decrease their home energy costs and to be attentive to energy-related health and safety issues in the home. The North Dakota Weatherization Assistance Program is administered by the North Dakota Department of Commerce.

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

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
Online applications are available for this program at the following location:
http://www.communityservices.nd.gov/energy/weatherization-assistance/weatherization-application/

Program Contact Information
For additional information on North Dakota’s Weatherization program, please visit our website: http://www.communityservices.nd.gov/energy/weatherization-assistance/
You can also contact the Department of Commerce at: 701-328-5300

Updated 07-02-12

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North Dakota Special Milk Program

Managing Agency North Dakota http://www.discovernd.com

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 North Dakota, 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.nd.us/child/index.shtm

Program Contact Information

For more information regarding the North Dakota Special Milk Program on the web, please call the Department of Public Instruction-Child Nutrition & Food Distribution office at: 888-338-3663

You may also contact your local school district if you have other inquiries regarding the program.

To visit the Child Nutrition Services web site, go to:http://www.dpi.state.nd.us/child/programs.shtm

Updated 07-28-11

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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 Dakota, 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 Dakota Head Start State Collaboration Office for more information:
http://www.nd.gov/dhs/services/childfamily/headstart/

You can also call the Department of Human Services toll-free to speak with a State representative regarding Head Start at:
800-472-2622

TTY users may call:
701-328-3480

Managing Agency
North Dakota
http://www.discovernd.com

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A Day’s Worth of Earth

Mandaree has an Earthlodge exhibit where you can immerse yourself in American Indian culture. See history come alive in a sweat
lodge demonstration, a traditional garden and meal and authentic arrowhead collections from the area.

The tour is approximately 6 hours at $10 per person. The price includes all the activities and the traditional meal. The earthlodge
experience has no time restrictions – scheduling is by appointment and flexible within the summer. For more information, contact
James or Donita Hale at Hale Marina at 701-759-3666.

Where Sitting Bull lives on

Legendary Hunkpapa Chief Sitting Bull was buried at Fort Yates. See his burial site, along with other historical attractions on
Standing Rock Reservation. Standing Rock Tourism has put together a historic tour that includes traditional food, dancing and song,
native arts and crafts, birding and nature tourism, walking or hiking trails. Every tour is based on a different theme, catered to the
visitor’s interest.

Tours are available every day from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., but reservations are required. They last 2-4 hours. The estimated price is $25,
which includes the tour itself, a meal and other items as requested. For more information, contact LaDonna Brave Bull Allard at 701-
854-8500 (ext. 186)

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History on Call

If you want to explore North Dakota but can’t get away from that desk, or you simply want to know more about historic sites around
the state, dial up History on Call. The program by the State Historical Society of North Dakota and the USDA Forest Service, provides
recorded information 24 hours a day by phone. The number is 701-557-9190, and follow the prompt to access information you need.

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Online Booking via NDtourism.com

The official North Dakota Tourism Web site now offers visitors the opportunity to book hotel reservations online. Visitors can search
by location and browse availability and rates. You’ll find the BookDirect link on the home page and the “Where to Stay”
accommodations page.

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Program Description
The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program provides funds to assist families in any manner that is reasonable.
These include: assisting needy families to care for children in their homes, reducing dependency of needy parents by promoting job
preparation, work, and marriage: preventing out-of -wedlock pregnancies, and encouraging the formation and maintenance of two-
parent families.
General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the State of North Dakota, 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
To find the County Social Service Office nearest your home, visit our locator map and click on your county.

http://lnotes.state.nd.us/dhs/dhsweb.nsf/e486bc94591422b58625662c007143ec/3…

For additional program information related to the North Dakota TANF Program including brochures, applications and Frequently
Asked Questions, please visit our site at:

http://lnotes.state.nd.us/dhs/dhsweb.nsf/90c397dc8e2f73ad8625664300610449/a…

Managing Agency
North Dakota
http://www.discovernd.com

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Family Fun Calendar

Our calendar is filled with fun things to see and do, this is just a sample. Check out
more at: https://www.ndtourism.com/whatdo/events/

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