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OHIO EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND DISASTER RESPONSE

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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 RELATED MATERALS ARE NOW ON OUR “OHIO EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND DISASTER RESPONSE” PAGE!

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Ohio School Breakfast and Lunch Program
Managing Agency Ohio http://ohio.gov/

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

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Ohio 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://ilrc.ode.state.oh.us/schools/School_District_Segment_List.asp

Program Contact Information
Please visit the Ohio Office of Child Nutrition Services web site to learn more about the programs: http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Other-Resources/Food-and-Nutrition/National-School-Lunch-and-Breakfast
If you would like to speak with a State representative regarding the programs, you can call the Office of the Child Nutrition Services at: 614-466-2945
You can also contact your child’s school to find out what meals are served and how to apply for free or reduced price school meals.

Updated 10-18-13

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Ohio Summer Food Service
Managing Agency Ohio http://ohio.gov/

Program Description
The Ohio 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 Ohio.

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:
https://oh.cnpcares.com/summer/SfspFoodServByCnty.asp

Program Contact Information
To learn more about the Ohio SFSP please visit: http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Other-Resources/Food-and-Nutrition/Summer-Food-Service-Program
If you would like to speak with a customer representative about SFSP please call the Ohio Office of Child Nutrition Services at: 614-466-2945
For a clickable Ohio state map of SFSP sites by county, visit: http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Other-Resources/Food-and-Nutrition/Summer-Food-Service-Program/Summer-Food-Service-Program-Clickable-Map-of-Ohio

Updated 08-20-13

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Ohio Special Milk Program
Managing Agency Ohio http://ohio.gov/

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 Ohio, 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

Program Contact Information
To learn more about the Ohio Special Milk program, please visit: http://education.ohio.gov/getattachment/Topics/Other-Resources/Food-and-Nutrition/Resources-and-Tools-for-Food-and-Nutrition/How-To-Become-A-School-Meals-Program-Sponsor/2010-Special-Milk-Program.pdf.aspx
For more information regarding the Ohio Special Milk Program, please call the Department of Education-Office of Child and Nutrition Services office at: 614-466-2945
You may also contact your local school district if you have other inquiries regarding the program.

Updated 07-09-13

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Ohio Head Start
Managing Agency Early Childhood Education (OH) http://education.ohio.gov/GD/

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 Ohio and a parent or primary caregiver responsible for a child who is too young for public school.

In order to qualify, you must also have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:
Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $14,521
2 $19,669
3 $24,817
4 $29,965
5 $35,113
6 $40,261
7 $45,409
8 $50,557
*For households with more than eight people, add $5,148 per additional person.

If you do not meet these criteria, you may still qualify if you are a U.S. national, citizen or permanent resident whose financial status is low income or very low income, who is under-employed, unemployed or about to become unemployed, facing pregnancy, less than 19 years of age yourself, or the parent or primary caregiver for children under the age of 19 years. Other qualifications may apply.

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

Application Process
The Head Start Locator provides a searchable database of Head Start programs. To apply for this program please visit the following website, which will direct you to the Head Start office nearest to you:
http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/HeadStartOffices

Program Contact Information
Please visit the Ohio Head Start Association web site for more information: http://www.ohsai.org/
To speak with a State representative regarding Head Start call the Department of Education toll-free: 877-644-6338
For further information on the Head Start program or to locate a Head Start provider in your area, please visit: http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/HeadStartOffices

Updated 07-09-13

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Ohio Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)
Managing Agency Ohio http://ohio.gov/

Program Description
The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) is a Federally funded program administered by the Ohio Department of Development, Office of Community Service (OCS). It is designed to help eligible low-income Ohioans meet the high costs of home heating. HEAP provides a one-time payment for Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) regulated utility customers for the winter heating season. Vouchers are issued to non-regulated utility customers, master-metered and other applicants who do not have a utility bill in their name.

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

In order to qualify you must also have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:
Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $22,692
2 $29,675
3 $36,657
4 $43,639
5 $50,621
6 $57,603
7 $58,913
8 $60,222
*For households with more than eight people, add $1,309 per additional person.

A person who participates or has family members who participate in certain other benefit programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or certain needs-tested Veterans benefits may be automatically eligible.

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

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

Program Contact Information
To learn more information about Ohio HEAP, visit: http://www.odod.state.oh.us/cdd/ocs/regheap.htm
Call HEAP toll-free during regular business hours (8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.) Monday through Friday at: 1-800-282-0880
For the hearing-impaired with a telecommunication device for the deaf (TTD), call toll-free at: 1-800-686-1557

Updated 05-07-13

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Ohio 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://jfs.ohio.gov/ohp/consumer.stm

Updated 02-21-13

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Ohio Works First (OWF)
Managing Agency Ohio http://ohio.gov/

Program Description
Ohio Works First (OWF) is the financial assistance portion of Ohio’s Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program. OWF was established to provide time-limited assistance to eligible families. OWF provides cash benefits to eligible, needy families for up to 36 months. After 36 months, a family cannot receive additional cash assistance unless the County Department of Job and Family Services (CDJFS) approves an extension of benefits. There are two kinds of extensions, hardship; and good cause. A family can receive a hardship extension any time after the 36-month time limit has ended. A family can only receive a good cause extension after a 24-month waiting period following the 36-month limit. Each CDJFS sets its own policies for hardship and good cause extensions. The emphasis of OWF is self-sufficiency, personal responsibility and employment.

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

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.odjfs.state.oh.us/forms/interfind.asp?formnum=07200

Program Contact Information
To phone the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) about Ohio Works First, please call: 1-866-244-0071
TTY/TDD users can call: 1-866-244-0071

Updated 01-22-13

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Ohio Weatherization Assistance Program
Managing Agency Ohio http://ohio.gov/

Program Description
The Ohio’s Home Weatherization Assistance Program is a Federally funded, low-income residential energy efficiency program. The program reduces low-income households’ energy use, thus creating more affordable housing for those in most need. Services include attic, wall and basement insulation; blower door guided air leakage reduction; heating system repairs or replacements; and health and safety testing and inspections. All measures are provided based on an on-site energy audit and on cost effective guidelines developed using the NEAT computerized energy audit. Individualized client education is an important component of the program.

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

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
An application for this program can be printed from the website listed below. Please complete and mail the application with the required documents to the address listed on the bottom of page 2 and mark Box 4 for the Weatherization program:
http://development.ohio.gov/files/is/HEAPApp.pdf

Program Contact Information
For more information, please visit the Ohio Home Weatherization Assistance Program at: http://development.ohio.gov/is/is_hwap.htm
For additional inquiries, please contact the Office of Community Services at: 1-800-282-0880
Or e-mail at: energyhelp@development.ohio.gov

Updated 12-06-12

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VSA Ohio

Promotes art programs for people of all abilities across all artistic mediums, including music, painting, drawing and dance. VSA also advocates for accessibility and equality, and to change perceptions about ability and disability in the creative community.

GO TO: http://www.vsao.org/

Posted 11-16-12

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Ohio Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
Managing Agency Department of Health (OH) http://www.odh.ohio.gov/

Program Description
WIC helps income eligible pregnant and breastfeeding women, women who recently had a baby, infants, and children who are at health risk due to inadequate nutrition. The program improves pregnancy outcomes by providing or referring to support services necessary for full-term pregnancies; reduces infant mortality by reducing the incidence of low birth weight (infants under 5 ½ pounds are at greater risk of breathing problems, brain injuries, and physical abnormalities) and provides infants and children with a healthy start in life by improving poor or inadequate diets. The Ohio WIC program is administered by the Ohio Department of Health.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Ohio; 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.odh.ohio.gov/~/media/ODH/ASSETS/Files/ns/wic%20nutrition/wicclinicdirectory.ashx

Program Contact Information
For more information on Ohio WIC, visit their website at: http://www.odh.ohio.gov/odhPrograms/ns/wicn/wic1.aspx
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

If you have questions about the program call the Ohio Department of Health at: 614-644-8006
Or send an email to: OHWIC@gw.odh.state.oh.us

Updated 10-28-12

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Ohio Food Assistance Program
Managing Agency Ohio
http://ohio.gov/

Program Description
The Ohio Food Assistance Program (Federally known as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, SNAP) is
designed to raise nutritional levels, to expand buying power, and to safeguard the health and well being of
individuals in low-income households in Ohio. A household may consist of an individual or a group of
individuals who live together and usually purchase, prepare, and eat their food together.

General Program Requirements
You may qualify for benefits if your household’s gross monthly income is at or under 130 percent of the Federal
poverty guidelines. Some households may qualify if they have income over the limit if someone in the household
is elderly or disabled. If your household’s income is under the limit, or if the limit does not apply, we then review
your household expenses to determine your monthly benefit amount. The expenses we review include such
things as rent or mortgage costs, gas, electric, water, sewer, phone, medical expenses, and payments for child
support and child care. In determining whether you qualify, we will also look at the number of people in your
household who purchase and prepare food together. In special situations, resources such as cash, savings and
stocks also are considered when determining whether a person is eligible. To have 130 percent of the federal
poverty guidelines means your annual household income must be less than $14,079 if one person lives in the
household; $18,941 if two people live in the household; $23,803 if three people live in the household; $28,665 if
four people live in the household; $33,527 if five people live in the household; $38,389 if six people live in the
household; $43,251 if seven people live in the household; or $48,113 if eight people live in the household. For
larger households, add $4,862 for each additional person in the home.

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

Application Process
Contact your local SNAP administering agency to apply for this program:
http://jfs.ohio.gov/county/cntydir.stm

Program Contact Information
To learn more information about Ohio SNAP, please visit:

http://jfs.ohio.gov/ofam/foodstamps.stm

You can speak with a representative at the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services regarding the program
by calling:

614-466-6282
A useful fact sheet (pdf) describing the program can be found at:

http://jfs.ohio.gov/families/food/index.stm

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NCRRC is one of six Regional Resource Centers funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs. The Centers help state education agencies improve education programs, practices and policies that impact infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities and their families. Find resources for parents and educators in your state.

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

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Directory of fitness and recreational activities and programs in the Greater Cincinnati area for people with developmental disabilities, their families and friends.

For more information visit this link: http://www.disability.gov/state/ohio/community_life

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The Cleveland Orchestra
Under the leadership of Music Director Franz Welser-Möst, The Cleveland Orchestra has become one of the most sought-after
performing ensembles in the world. In concerts at its winter home at the stunning Severance Hall and at each summer’s Blossom
Festival, in residencies from Miami to Vienna, and on tour around the world, The Cleveland Orchestra sets standards of artistic
excellence, creative programming and community engagement.

Columbus Symphony Orchestra
Founded in 1951, the Columbus Symphony is the only full-time professional symphony in central Ohio. Through an array of
innovative artistic, educational, and community outreach programming, the Columbus Symphony is reaching a growing and diverse
audience with great music. In this, its 58th season, the Columbus Symphony will share great music with over a quarter million
people in central Ohio through concerts, radio broadcasts and special programming. Search through the Columbus Symphony’s
Calendar of Events for upcoming concerts.

Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra
Recipient of the prestigious 2009 Scripps-Corbett Award, the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra has grown in size and scope to become
one of the cultural cornerstones of the Greater Cincinnati area over the past 35 years. The artistic goal of the Chamber Orchestra is
to perform music that is not generally heard when attending concerts presented by a large symphony orchestra, and thereby offer a
unique musical experience to the listener.

For more information on fun Ohio getaways, follow us on Twitter @DiscoverOhio or become a fan of the Ohio Tourism Division on
Facebook at www.facebook.com/discoverohio.

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