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OREGON 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 “OREGON EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND DISASTER RESPONSE” PAGE!

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OREGON FESTIVALS AND FUN TIMES:

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FROM THE SBA

2016 Small Business Week Awards Luncheon is May 3, 2016!

2016 Small Business Week Awards Luncheon
Go to http://sbw-2016.eventbrite.com for Tickets!

The Portland District is excited to invite you to this year’s intergalactic themed SBW 2016. We are trying out a new venue, changing up the format, and planning for another great luncheon to celebrate so many great contributors to our small business economy.

Learn how the 2016 award winners have elevated to great heights, and meet the inspiring entrepreneurs who run these businesses.

Join us to network with and recognize the leading SBA Lenders and Small Business Champions that help Oregon and SW Washington’s small businesses start, grow, and succeed.

Registration and networking start at 11 a.m., with the event starting promptly at 12 p.m. Please bring your paper ticket with you for check-in.

Date/Time:
May 3, 2016 | 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Date/Time:
May 3, 2016 | 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Location:
Exchange Ballroom – 123 Northeast 3rd Avenue, Portland, OR, 97232

Registration:
Reserve your tickets today! Go to http://sbw-2016.eventbrite.com.

Correction Notice:
The Portland District Office March Newsletter incorrectly noted May 2, as the date of the SBA Award Luncheon.

SBA’s participation in this cosponsored activity is not an endorsement of the views, opinions, products or services of any cosponsor or other person or entity. All SBA programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons will disabilities will be made, if requested, at least 2 weeks in advance.

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Oregon School Breakfast and Lunch Program
Managing Agency Oregon http://www.oregon.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 Oregon 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.ode.state.or.us/search/results/?id=227

Program Contact Information
Please visit the Oregon Child Nutrition Office web site to learn more about the programs at: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/results/?id=62
If you would like to speak with a State representative regarding the programs, you can call the Oregon Department of Education at: 503-378-3569
TDD users can call: 503-378-2892
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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Oregon Summer Food Service
Managing Agency Oregon http://www.oregon.gov

Program Description
The Oregon 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 Oregon.

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.ode.state.or.us/news/announcements/announcement.aspx?=4795

Program Contact Information
To learn more about the Oregon SFSP please visit: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/results/?id=208
If you have any questions about this program please contact: Barbara Cracknell 503-378-3600 ext. 2619 barbara.cracknell@state.or.us

Updated 08-20-13

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Oregon Weatherization Assistance Program
Managing Agency Oregon http://www.oregon.gov

Program Description
The Oregon’s Weatherization Assistance Program is designed to help low-income residents save fuel and money, while increasing the comfort of their homes. 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 Oregon.

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 $22,138
2 $28,950
3 $35,762
4 $42,574
5 $49,386
6 $56,198
7 $57,475
8 $58,752

*For households with more than eight people, add $1,298 per additional person.

We provide preference in eligibility to people over 60 years of age, families with one or more members with a disability, and families with children.

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

Application Process
To apply for this program, please contact your local administering agency at the following location:
http://www.oregon.gov/OHCS/CRD/SOS/docs/WeatherizationReferrals.pdf

Program Contact Information
For more information on the Oregon Weatherization Assistance Program, please visit: http://www.oregon.gov/OHCS/SOS_Low_Income_Weatherization_Assistance_Oregon.shtml
Or call: 1-800-553-5511

Updated 05-31-13

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Oregon Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP)
Managing Agency Oregon http://www.oregon.gov

Program Description
The Oregon Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) is a Federally funded program through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. LIEAP is an assistance program designed to help low income households with home heating costs.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Oregon 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 $22,138
2 $28,950
3 $35,762
4 $42,574
5 $49,386
6 $56,198
7 $57,475
8 $58,752
*For households with more than eight people, add $1,277 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
To apply for this program, please contact the local administering agency near you:
http://www.ohcs.oregon.gov/OHCS/CRD/SOS/docs/EnergyAssistanceReferrals.pdf

Program Contact Information
To learn more about Oregon LIEAP, please visit:
http://www.oregon.gov/OHCS/SOS_Low_Income_Energy_Assistance_Oregon.shtml
Or call: 1-800-553-5511

Updated 05-07-13

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Oregon Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
Managing Agency Oregon http://www.oregon.gov

Program Description
WIC is a public health nutrition program designed to improve health outcomes and influence lifetime nutrition and health behaviors in a targeted, at-risk population. In Oregon, about 100,000 women, infants, and children benefit from the WIC Program each month. Studies, reviews, and reports demonstrate that the WIC program is cost effective in protecting or improving the health and nutritional status of low-income women, infants, and children. The WIC program of Oregon is administered by the Oregon Department of Human Services.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the State of Oregon, pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum woman, infant or child up to 5 years of age and are 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://public.health.oregon.gov/HealthyPeopleFamilies/wic/Pages/index.aspx

Program Contact Information
For more information on Oregon’s WIC program, visit their website at: http://oregon.gov/DHS/ph/wic/about_us.shtml
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
Or call locally in the Portland area: 503-988-5858

Updated 12-04-12

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Oregon State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP)
Managing Agency Oregon http://www.oregon.gov

Program Description
SCHIP allows Oregon to offer health insurance for eligible children, up to age 19, who are not already insured.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of Oregon, under 19 years of age, not covered by health insurance (including Medicaid), and 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 $33,510
2 $45,390
3 $57,270
4 $69,150
5 $81,030
6 $92,910
7 $104,790
8 $116,670
*For households with more than eight people, add $11,880 per additional person.

Depending on your income level, you may have to pay a premium for coverage. Please see this state’s program information for details.

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

Application Process
To receive an Oregon Health Plan application packet for SCHIP you may call 1-800-359-9517 or TTY 1-800-359-9517, please visit:
http://cms.oregon.egov.com/oha/healthplan/pages/app_benefits/main.aspx

Program Contact Information
For more information on Oregon SCHIP please visit: http://cms.oregon.egov.com/oha/healthplan/pages/app_benefits/main.aspx

Updated 08-09-12

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Oregon Head Start
Managing Agency Oregon http://www.oregon.gov
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 Oregon 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
For more information on Oregon Head Start, please visit: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/results/?id=41
If you would like to speak with a State representative regarding the program, you can also call the Head Start Pre-Kindergarten Program Office at: 503-378-3600 2619

Posted 04-09-12

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Families for Community

Provides connections for families who have children with disabilities. Also offers play groups for children, social opportunities, advocacy training and support. Check out the upcoming events page: http://www.familiesforcommunity.org/#!

Posted 03-15-12

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Oregon Update: Oregon Home Care Commission

Oregon Home Care Commission

Oversees the quality of home care services received by seniors and people with disabilities. The Commission has tools for consumers/employers, personal support workers and homecare workers, and STEPS, a free program that promotes successful working relationships between consumers of homecare services and homecare workers.

To learn more visit https://www.disability.gov/state/oregon/health.

Updated 10-19-11

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Oregon Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
Managing Agency
Oregon
http://www.oregon.gov

Program Description
The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program provides cash assistance to low income families with children while
they strive to become self-sufficient. The goal of the program is to reduce the number of families living in poverty, through
employment services and community resources. To qualify for TANF, families must have very few assets and little or no income.
The current maximum monthly benefit for a family of three is $503. Benefits are distributed through the state’s Electronic Benefits
Transfer (EBT) system, which allows clients to obtain benefits through grocery store card-scanning devices and ATM machines,
using an “Oregon Trail Card.” Many families in the TANF program must participate in the JOBS employment and training program,
which helps them prepare for and find work. They may also receive help with problems around housing, childcare, alcohol or drug
abuse, domestic-violence and other factors that affect family stability. In addition, DHS helps clients obtain child support from absent
parents. The Children, Adults and Families group of the Department of Human Services (DHS) administer the TANF program.
Services to clients are provided through DHS offices across the state, which are operated by the DHS Community Human Services
group.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of Oregon, either pregnant or 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
The TANF application process starts with a request. The request may be in the form of a phone call, visit, or written request by you
or another person or agency acting on your behalf. The date of request is the date the request for benefits is received by the
Division. You must apply at the branch serving the area in which your family lives or works. The application process is completed
when you fill out, sign the application form, have a face-to-face interview and provide the necessary information and verification
within 45 days.

For an application, contact the Oregon Department of Human Services at 503-945-5651 or contact your local DHS Self-sufficiency
office:
http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/assistance/localoffices.shtml

Program Contact Information
See also Oregon Helps, a website that can help you find out if you might be eligible for several programs that serve families and
children:

http://www.oregonhelps.org/

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Program Description
The Oregon Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) is a Federally funded program through the U.S. Department of Health
and Human Services. LIEAP is an assistance program designed to help low income households with home heating costs.
General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the State of Oregon, you must need financial assistance for
home energy costs and your household’s annual income before taxes must not exceed $20,228 if one person lives in the household;
$26,451 if two people live in the household; $32,675 if three people live in the household; $38,899 if four people live in the household;
$45,123 if five people live in the household; $51,347 if six people live in the household; $52,514 if seven people live in the household;
and $53,681 if eight people live in the household. For larger households, add $1,167 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 this program, please contact the local administering agency near you:
http://www.ohcs.oregon.gov/OHCS/CRD/SOS/docs/EnergyAssistanceReferrals.pdf

Program Contact Information
To learn more about Oregon LIEAP, please visit:
http://www.oregon.gov/OHCS/SOS_Low_Income_Energy_Assistance_Oregon.shtml

Please contact the LIEAP program coordinator for further information:
energyhelp@state.or.us

You may also reach them by phone at:
503-986-2094

Managing Agency
Oregon
http://www.oregon.gov

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Program Description
The Food Stamp Program helps supplement food budgets for low-income working families and individuals, people on public
assistance, seniors and people with disabilities.

During the 2001-2003 biennium, approximately 176,700 households in Oregon received Food Stamps each month. The average
monthly amount of benefits was $140 per household. The cost of benefits and half of the program’s administrative costs are paid by
the Federal government.

In Oregon, Food Stamp benefits are distributed through the state’s Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) system, which allows recipients
to obtain their benefits by using an “Oregon Trail Card” at a Point of Sale (POS) device.
General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the State of Oregon 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
The program is administered by the Children, Adults and Families (CAF) group of the Department of Human Services (DHS).
Services and benefits are provided through DHS offices across the state. To find an office near you, click on the following link:
http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/localoffices/index.shtml

For more information on how and where to apply for food stamps, please call Oregon SafeNet:
800-723-3638

See also Oregon Helps, a Web site that can help you find out if you might be eligible for several programs that serve families and
children.
http://www.oregonhelps.org/

Managing Agency
Oregon
http://www.oregon.gov

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Program Description
The Special Milk Program provides milk to children in schools, childcare institutions and eligible camps that do not participate in
other Federal child nutrition meal service programs. The program reimburses schools and institutions for the milk they serve.
Schools in the National School Lunch or School Breakfast Programs may also participate in the Special Milk Program 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 Oregon, your household’s
annual income before taxes must not exceed $20,036 if one person lives in the household; $26,955 if two people live in the
household; $33,874 if three people live in the household; $40,793 if four people live in the household; $47,712 if five people live in the
household; $54,631 if six people live in the household; $61,550 if seven people live in the household; and $68,469 if eight people live
in the household. For larger households, add $6,919 for each additional person in the home.

Your Next StepsThe following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.
Application Process
To apply for the Special Milk program, directly contact your child’s school, camp, or child care institution to find out if it participates
in the Special Milk Program.

The Federal agency Child Nutrition Programs manages this program and provides state contact information here:
http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/Contacts/StateDirectory.htm

Additionally, your state education agency can also provide you with more information about the program.
http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=2000

Program Contact Information
To learn more about the Oregon Special Milk program, please visit:
http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/results/?id=62

For more information regarding the Oregon Special Milk Program, please call the Department of Education at:
503-378-3569

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

Managing Agency
Oregon
http://www.oregon.gov

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