Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Employment
Pennsylvania Affordable Rentals
Pennsylvania Homeless Shelters, Food Pantries and More
PENNSYLVANIA EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND DISASTER RESPONSE

Pennsylvania 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 WORK if the area code of your telephone is calling “211” within the very same County you got 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/

***

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

***

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 MATERIALS ARE NOW LOCATED ON OUR “PENNSYLVANIA EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND DISASTER RESPONSE” PAGE!

**************************************

NEWS FROM ALLEGHENY COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA

HAPPENING IN PENNSYLVANIA…

Join Allegheny County Greenhouse Manager/Horticulturist, Denise Schreiber, to learn how to preserve fresh food year-round. Participants will meet on Wednesday, April 26, from 6:30-8:30 pm at the South Park Buffalo Inn. $10 per person for county residents; $12 for non-residents. Pre-registration required at www.alleghenycounty.us/parkprograms.

UPDATED 04-20-17
**************************************

Blood Drive
Every 3rd Sunday from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Days Inn Horsham Philadelphia
245 Easton Road, Horsham

To make an appointment, please call 800-733-2767
Or visit American Red Cross online
Walk ins are always welcome!

***************************************

The Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living (LVCIL)
PA The Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living (LVCIL)

***************************************

Peddler’s Village Always Current Event Calendar

PA Food Truck Thursday 2016
PA Food truck 1
PA Food truck 2

http://www.peddlersvillage.com/calendarevents.aspx

Routes 202 & 263, Box 218, Lahaska, PA 18931, 215.794.4000
www.peddlersvillage.com

**********************************************

Pennsylvania Festivals and Fun Times:

**************************************

Pennsylvania School Breakfast and Lunch Program
Managing Agency Pennsylvania http://www.state.pa.us

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 Pennsylvania 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.edna.ed.state.pa.us/

Program Contact Information
For more information on the Pennsylvania School Breakfast program, please visit: http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/pa_food_and_nutrition_programs/18762/pa_food_and_nutrition_-_school_breakfast_program/646216
And for School Lunch: http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/national_school_lunch/7487
Please visit the Pennsylvania Division of Food and Nutrition web site to identify who to speak if you have questions regarding the programs: http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/food___nutrition_services/7483
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

**************************************

Pennsylvania Summer Food Service
Managing Agency Pennsylvania http://www.state.pa.us

Program Description
In 1968, the United States Congress established the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) for Children. The purpose of the program is to provide meals for children from low-income families during the summer months when many school cafeterias are closed.

Since the founding of the SFSP, Pennsylvania’s approximately 150 SFSP sponsors have been “filling the gap” by providing nutritious meals for low-income children during the summer months. In responding to their communities needs, sponsors are providing nurturing and nourishment for over 120,000 children at supervised and safe locations.

General Program Requirements
For this benefit program, you must be a resident of the State of Pennsylvania.

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.portal.state.pa.us/portal/…

Program Contact Information
To learn more about the Pennsylvania SFSP please visit: http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/pa_food_and_nutrition_programs/18762/pa_food_and_nutrition_-_summer_food_service_program/646306
If you have any specific questions about the program please call Susan Still of the Division of Food and Nutrition at: 717-787-7698

Updated 08-20-13

**************************************

Pennsylvania Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
Managing Agency Pennsylvania http://www.state.pa.us

Program Description

The Pennsylvania Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps low income people pay their heating bills through energy assistance grants. People need not have an unpaid bill to receive energy assistance. People can receive this money without being on welfare. No lien is placed on the person’s property if they receive this help. Additional money is available to individuals if they are in an emergency situation and are in jeopardy of losing their heat. Emergency situations include:

Broken heating equipment or leaking lines that must be fixed or replaced
Lack of fuel
Termination of utility service
Danger of being without fuel or of having utility service terminated

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

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 $16,755
2 $22,695
3 $28,635
4 $34,575
5 $40,515
6 $46,455
7 $52,395
8 $58,335
*For households with more than eight people, add $5,940 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 benefit, please visit the following website:
https://www.humanservices.state.pa.us/compass/CMHOM.aspx

Program Contact Information
For more information about this program, please visit: http://www.dpw.state.pa.us/foradults/heatingassistanceliheap/index.htm

Updated 05-06-13

**************************************

Pennsylvania Medical Assistance

Medicaid is a state/federal program that pays for medical and long-term care services for people with lower incomes, seniors, people with disabilities and some families and children. Services covered include laboratory and X-ray services, inpatient and outpatient hospital services, health screenings for children, and long-term care services and supports.

GO TO: http://www.dpw.state.pa.us/foradults/healthcaremedicalassistance/index.htm

Updated 02-25-13

***************************************

The Arc of Northeastern Pennsylvania

Provides services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities so they have the opportunities to live, learn and work in their community.

http://www.thearcnepa.org/

Posted 12-31-12

**************************************

Pennsylvania Weatherization Assistance Program
Managing Agency Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development http://www.newpa.com

Program Description
The mission of the Pennsylvania Weatherization Assistance Program is to reduce energy consumption and cost in low-income households throughout Pennsylvania. It is designed to insulate the homes of low-income persons, particularly the elderly, persons with disabilities, families with children, and high residential energy users, 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 Pennsylvania.

In order to qualify, you must also have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:
Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $22,340
2 $30,260
3 $38,180
4 $46,100
5 $54,020
6 $61,940
7 $69,860
8 $77,780
*For households with more than eight people, add $7,920 per additional person.

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

Application Process
To apply for this program, please contact your local administering agency at the following location:
http://www.newpa.com/community/energy-conservation-and-weatherization

Program Contact Information
For more information, please visit the Pennsylvania Weatherization Assistance Program website at: http://www.newpa.com/community/energy-conservation-and-weatherization

Updated 12-06-12

********************************************

Pennsylvania Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
Managing Agency Department of Health (PA) www.pawic.com

Program Description
The Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program 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 5 who are determined to be at nutritional risk. The goal of the WIC program is to decrease the risk of poor birth outcomes and to improve the health of children during critical stages of growth and development. The WIC program of Pennsylvania is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Division of WIC.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Pennsylvania, 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 find out if you qualify for WIC, you may call the toll-free hotline 1-800-WIC-WINS (942-9467) or go to http://www.pawic.com/ for more information.

Program Contact Information
Call 1-800-942-9467 with any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment at the WIC clinic closest to your home.

Updated 12-04-12

****************************************

Pennsylvania Head Start
Managing Agency Center for Schools and Communities (PA) http://www.state.pa.us
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 Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania Head Start, please visit: http://www.paheadstart.org/
If you would like to speak with a State representative regarding the program, you can also call the Pennsylvania Head Start Collaboration Project at: 717-763-1661

Posted 04-09-12

***********************************************

Pennsylvania’s Initiative on Assistive Technology (PIAT)

PIAT offers information and referral on assistive technology (AT), gives device demonstrations and runs programs that include the AT lending library; the Telecommunication Device Distribution Program; and the Reused and Exchanged Equipment Partnership that lets people get, donate or sell AT equipment.
For more information visit https://www.disability.gov/state/pennsylvania/technology.

***********************************************

Pennsylvania Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
Managing Agency
Pennsylvania
http://www.state.pa.us

Program Description
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits are used to buy food and help low income households obtain more nutritious diets by increasing the food purchasing power for all eligible participants. The recipient receives a plastic card, the Pennsylvania EBT ACCESS Card that only they may use. If the household requests, an authorized representative may be given a separate card to purchase food on behalf of the household.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Pennsylvania 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 $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
To apply for Food Stamps, contact the County Assistance Office in the county where you live. Phone numbers and addresses of local offices can be found at the DPW website and in the blue pages of the phone book. You should apply even if you are not sure that you are eligible.
Phone numbers and addresses can be found at:
http://www.dpw.state.pa.us/findfacilsandlocs/hsdfcountycontacts/index.htm

You may also apply online at:
https://www.humanservices.state.pa.us/compass/CMHOM.aspx

Application forms can also be downloaded from the DPW web site:
http://www.dpw.state.pa.us/foradults/supplementalnutritionassistanceprogram/index.htm

Program Contact Information
For questions concerning the Pennsylvania Food Stamp program, contact the Welfare Helpline at:

1-800-692-7462
1-800-451-5886 TDD
For more information about this program, please visit:

http://www.dpw.state.pa.us/foradults/supplementalnutritionassistanceprogram/index.htm

******************************************************************

NERRC is one of six Regional Resource Centers funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The Center provides special education technical assistance to help state education agencies improve their systems of early intervention, special education and transition services for children with disabilities. Find more resources for parents and educators in your state.

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

******************************************************************

Program Description
The Special Milk Program (SMP) provides Federal reimbursement for milk served to children in schools and childcare institutions that do not participate in Federal meal programs.

Any school or non-profit childcare institution, including summer camps and temporary shelters, may participate in the SMP provided it does not participate in a meal service program, e.g., The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) or the School Breakfast Program (SBP). Schools that do participate in the NSLP or the SBP may participate in the SMP to provide milk to children in half-day pre-kindergarten and kindergarten programs where the children do not have access to either of the school meal programs.

Sponsors of the SMP have the option of offering milk free to qualifying children.Any child from a family that meets income guidelines established by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) may receive free milk.
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 Pennsylvania, 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.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/pa_food_and_nutrition_programs/…

Program Contact Information
To learn more about the Pennsylvania Special Milk program, please visit:
http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/food___nutrition_g…

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

For more information regarding the Pennsylvania Special Milk Program, please call the Department of Education toll-free at:
1-800-331-0129 ext. 7316

Managing Agency
Pennsylvania
http://www.state.pa.us

*****************************************************

Program Description
Food Stamp benefits are used to buy food and help low income households obtain more nutritious diets by increasing the food purchasing power for all eligible participants. The recipient receives a plastic card, the Pennsylvania EBT ACCESS Card that only they may use. If the household requests; an authorized representative may be given a separate card to purchase food on behalf of the household.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the State of Pennsylvania 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
For questions concerning the Pennsylvania Food Stamp program, contact the Welfare Helpline at: 800-692-7462

The TDD number for individuals with hearing impairments is: 800-451-5886

To apply for Food Stamps, contact the County Assistance Office in the county where you live. Phone numbers and addresses of local offices can be found at the DPW web site and in the blue pages of the phone book. You should apply even if you are not sure that you are eligible.
Phone numbers and addresses can be found at:
http://www.dpw.state.pa.us/About/OIM/003670281.htm

You may also apply online at:
https://www.humanservices.state.pa.us/compass/CMHOM.aspx

Application forms can also be downloaded from the DPW web site:
http://www.dpw.state.pa.us/servicesprograms/foodstamps/default.htm

Managing Agency
Pennsylvania
http://www.state.pa.us

************************************

Program Description
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) provides money for dependent children and their parents or other relatives with whom they live, and for pregnant women. The Federal government and Pennsylvania fund TANF payments.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the State of Pennsylvania, 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
For questions concerning the Pennsylvania TANF program, contact the Welfare Helpline at
800-692-7462

The TDD number for individuals with hearing impairments is
800-451-5886

To apply for TANF, contact the County Assistance Office in the county where you live. Phone numbers and addresses of local offices can be found at the DPW web site and in the blue pages of the phone book. You should apply even if you are not sure that you are eligible. Phone numbers and addresses can be found at

http://www.dpw.state.pa.us/About/OIM/003670281.htm

You may also apply online at

https://www.humanservices.state.pa.us/compass/CMHOM.aspx

Application forms can also be downloaded from the DPW web site:

http://www.dpw.state.pa.us/Resources/Documents/Pdf/FillInForms/APPL-FOR-BEN…

Managing Agency
Pennsylvania
http://www.state.pa.us

******************************************************

WE LEAVE NO STONE UNTURNED WHEN IT COMES TO HELPING OTHERS!!

Translate »