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OKLAHOMA 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 RELATED MATERIALS ARE NOW LOCATED AT “OKLAHOMA EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND DISASTER RESPONSE” PAGE!

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Oklahoma Festivals and Fun Times:

http://www.travelok.com/

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Oklahoma Head Start
Managing Agency Oklahoma Health Care Authority http://www.okhca.org/

Program Description
The Head Start program (for children ages three to five) 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 Oklahoma 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.

Children who are living in families experiencing homelessness or are in foster care are a priority for enrollment. They are not subject to income guidelines.

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 Oklahoma Association of Community Action Agencies (OKACAA) website for more information on Head Start: http://okacaa.org/programs/head-start/
You can also call OKACAA to speak with a state representative regarding Head Start at: 405-949-1495
Head Start State Collaboration Office
Oklahoma Association of Community Action Agencies
605 Centennial Blvd.
Edmond, OK 73013
405-949-1495
Fax: 405-509-2712

Updated 11-21-13

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Oklahoma School Breakfast and Lunch Program
Managing Agency Oklahoma http://www.ok.gov/

Program Description
The objectives of the National School Lunch Program are to make available to all students enrolled in schools and institutions a nutritionally adequate meal during a period designated as the lunch period. The purposes of the School Breakfast Program are to make breakfast available in schools for students who for various reasons come to school without an adequate breakfast and to increase the number of school breakfast programs by continuing to notify all non-breakfast-program schools of the program. Both programs are administered by the Child Nutrition Office of the Oklahoma Department of Education.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Oklahoma 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://sde.state.ok.us/Services/Directory/oklaschools.html

Program Contact Information
Please visit the Oklahoma Child Nutrition Homepage website to learn more about the programs: http://ok.gov/sde/node/20
If you would like to speak with a State representative regarding the programs, you can call the Oklahoma Department of Education at: 405-521-3327
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. Below is a link to the school district directory for the state of Oklahoma where you can search for your school location: http://sde.state.ok.us/Services/Directory/oklaschools.html

Updated 10-18-13

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Oklahoma Summer Food Service
Managing Agency State Department of Education (OK) http://www.ok.gov/

Program Description
The Oklahoma 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 Oklahoma.

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, contact the site nearest you:
http://ok.gov/sde/summer-food-service-program

Program Contact Information
To learn more about the Oklahoma SFSP please visit: http://ok.gov/sde/summer-food-service-program
If you would like to speak with a customer representative about SFSP please call the Oklahoma Child Nutrition Office at: 405-521-3327

Updated 08-20-13

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Oklahoma Medicaid
Managing Agency Oklahoma http://www.ok.gov/

Program Description
Medicaid is a Federal and State entitlement program that provides medical benefits to low-income individuals who have no or inadequate health insurance coverage. Oklahoma Medicaid guarantees coverage for basic health and long-term care services based upon income and/or resources for eligible Oklahoma residents.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Oklahoma, a US national, citizen, permanent resident, or legal alien who has been in the United States at least five years, in need of health care/insurance assistance, whose financial situation would be characterized as low income or very low income. You must also be either pregnant, a parent or relative caretaker of a dependent child(ren) under age 19, blind, have a disability or a family member in your household with a disability, or be 65 years of age or older.

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 more information on Oklahoma Medicaid, please visit: http://www.okdhs.org/programsandservices/health/med/
Your local Department of Human Service can also answer your questions on Medicaid and provide instructions on how to apply. http://www.OKDHS.org/okdhslocal
You also may download the application from the OKDHS website: http://www.okdhs.org/programsandservices/health/med/docs/elig.htm#apply

Updated 05-31-13

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Oklahoma Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
Managing Agency State Department of Health (OK) http://www.ok.gov/

Program Description
The Oklahoma Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides supplemental foods, nutrition education and referrals to health care, at no cost, to low-income pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants, and children up to age five who are determined to be at nutritional risk. To be fully eligible for the WIC Program, applicants must be determined by a health professional, at no cost, to be at nutritional risk (i.e., have certain medical-based or diet-based risk conditions). The WIC program of Oklahoma is administered by the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Oklahoma; 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.ok.gov/health/Child_and_Family_Health/WIC/Who_Is_Eligible_and_How_To_Apply/index.html

Program Contact Information
For more information on Oklahoma WIC, you can visit their website at: http://www.ok.gov/health/Child_and_Family_Health/WIC/The_Program’s_Purpose/index.html
You can also write to:
Office of Nutrition Services
West Virginia WIC Program
350 Capitol Street, Room 519
Charleston, WV 25301-3715
You can also call the Oklahoma State Department of Health toll-free at: 1-888-655-2942
Or call locally at: 405-271-4676

Updated 12-19-12

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Oklahoma Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
Managing Agency Oklahoma http://www.ok.gov/

Program Description
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is nationally cited as the “nutrition safety net of the nation”. In Oklahoma, food benefits are issued to more than 600,000 adults and children each month. The purpose of SNAP is to supplement eligible household’s monthly food budgets and raise nutritional levels of low income households causing an improvement in the general health of the nation as a whole. SNAP makes available the same food choices to all persons in an effort to meet a variety of individual needs. Nutrition education is also available and is personalized to meet specific needs of each household.

Eligibility for SNAP benefits is based on need. This means the amount of food benefits is based on the number of people in the household and the amount of income available to the households. The following information will be requested during the application process:

Names and social security numbers for all household members
Income (both earned and unearned) of all household members
Shelter expense responsibility, such as rent or mortgage payments
Utility expenses responsibility, such as electric, gas, water and garbage, etc.
Out-of-pocket medical expenses responsibility if there is a disabled member of the household or a member age 60 or over
Child support obligations
Child care expenses.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of Oklahoma. SNAP has an income test for each household applying for benefits. The maximum income standards are updated each year on October 1 using Federal guidelines. For SNAP, you must have a monthly household income of less than $1,180 if one person lives in the household; $1,594 if two people live in the household; $2,008 if three people live in the household; $2,422 if four people live in the household; $2,836 if five people live in the household; $3,249 if six people live in the household; $3,663 if seven people live in the household; or $,4,077 if eight people live in the household. For larger households, add $414 to the maximum gross income ($4,077) for eight persons 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
If you are ready to apply for benefits, visit your local county Department of Human Services (DHS) office, a local One Stop center, or Social Security office to obtain an application. Your local DHS office can be found by visiting:
http://www.okdhs.org/okdhslocal/default.htm

Program Contact Information
For more information about this program, please visit: http://www.okdhs.org/programsandservices/food/snap/default.htm
For more information about Oklahoma SNAP, please email: SNAP@okdhs.org

Updated 07-16-12

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Oklahoma Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
Managing Agency Oklahoma http://www.ok.gov/

Program Description
For children deprived of support because of a parent’s death, incapacity, absence or unemployment, cash assistance is available to the family on a time-limited basis. The purpose of Oklahoma Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is to provide temporary support in meeting basic needs, training leading to employment, employment services, and day care assistance for qualified families with children. While receiving cash assistance, the adult recipients are required to work or participate in activities geared toward work and achieving self-sufficiency. The maximum amount an adult and two children can receive through TANF cash assistance is $292 per month. TANF recipients, in some instances, may qualify for other work support services such as work activity payments and participation allowances after completion of approved work activities. Persons receiving TANF also receive child support collection services from Child Support Enforcement. Everyone has the right to apply for TANF cash assistance and to be treated with courtesy and respect.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of Oklahoma, responsible for a child under 19 years of age, a U.S. 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
Applications for TANF can be filled out at the Oklahoma Department of Human Service (DHS) office in the county where the family lives. To locate a local DHS office, please visit:
http://www.okdhs.org/okdhslocal/

Program Contact Information
For more information on Oklahoma TANF, please visit: http://www.okdhs.org/programsandservices/tanf/

Updated 07-16-12

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Oklahoma Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
Managing Agency Oklahoma http://www.ok.gov/

Program Description
The Oklahoma Department of Human Services, in cooperation with the Federal government, provides seasonal assistance to low-income households to assist with winter heating bills, and to provide help for some families who have received utility cut-off notices.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of Oklahoma. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is comprised of four components: Winter Heating Assistance, Energy Crisis Assistance, Summer Cooling and Weatherization (administered by the Oklahoma Department of Commerce). LIHEAP is Federally funded and benefits available are based on Federal funding each year. The maximum income standards are updated each year on October 1 using Federal guidelines. The current maximum annual income standards by household size before taxes must not exceed $11,976 if one person lives in the household; $16,176 if two people live in the household; $20,388 if three people live in the household; $24,588 if four people live in the household; $28,788 if five people live in the household; $32,988 if six people live in the household; $37,188 if seven people live in the household; and $41,388 if eight people live in the household. For larger households, add $4,200 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 this program, please contact the local administering agency near you:
http://www.okdhs.org/okdhslocal/

Program Contact Information
For more information about Oklahoma LIHEAP, please visit: http://www.okdhs.org/programsandservices/liheap/
Or send an e-mail to: liheap2@OKDHS.org

Updated 07-16-12

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Oklahoma Weatherization Assistance Program
Managing Agency Oklahoma http://www.ok.gov/

Program Description
Department of Energy’s (DOE) Weatherization Assistance Program is the nation’s largest residential energy efficiency program. Its mission is to insulate the dwellings of low-income persons, particularly the elderly, persons with disabilities, families with children, high residential energy users, and households with a high energy burden, in order to conserve needed energy and to aid those persons least able to afford higher utility costs.

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

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
The Office of Community Development (OCD) receives and distributes the funds, plans, implements and manages the program, and contract with the Community Action Agency (CAA). Contact your local Community Action Agency for more information and to apply:
http://www.okdhs.org/okdhslocal/

The application must be mailed to your local office, which can be found here:
http://www.okdhs.org/okdhslocal/

Program Contact Information
For more information on the Oklahoma Weatherization Assistance Program, please visit: http://www.okcommerce.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=339&Itemid=425
To speak with someone regarding the Weatherization Assistance Program, please contact Kathy McLaughlin by calling toll-free at: 1-800-879-6552
Or sending an e-mail to: kathy_mclaughlin@odoc.state.ok.us

Updated 07-06-12

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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 Oklahoma, 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, you can view further information about your state’s Special Milk program here:
http://www.ode.state.oh.us/GD/Templates/Pages/ODE/ODEPrimary.aspx?page=2&TopicRelationID=485

Program Contact Information

To learn more about the Oklahoma Special Milk program, please visit:
http://cnp.sde.state.ok.us/cnp/cnp_spmk.html

For more information regarding the Oklahoma Special Milk Program, please call the Department of Education-Child Nutrition office at:
405-521-3327

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

Managing Agency
State Department of Education (OK)
http://www.ok.gov/

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