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RHODE ISLAND 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 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/

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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 MATERIALS ARE NOW ON OUR “RHODE ISLAND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND DISASTER RESPONSE” PAGE!

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Rhode Island School Breakfast and Lunch Program
Managing Agency Rhode Island http://www.ri.gov/index.php

Program Description
In Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) program provides nutritious, low-cost or free lunches to an average of about 50,000 children daily and breakfasts to 7,000 children daily. Schools that take part in the lunch program get cash subsidies and donated commodities from USDA. Program participants include public school districts, private schools, special needs citizen centers, residential child care institutions, and State schools. All public schools in Rhode Island are mandated by State law to provide breakfast and lunch.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Rhode Island 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.fns.usda.gov/cnd/Application/application_process.htm
Program Contact Information
For more information on Rhode Island School Breakfast and Lunch and to find out who to speak with if you have questions, please visit: http://www.ride.ri.gov/FundingFinance/NutritionPrograms.aspx

Updated 10-18-13

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Rhode Island Summer Food Service
Managing Agency Rhode Island http://www.ri.gov/index.php

Program Description
The Summer Food Service Program funds primarily lunches and breakfasts and, in some cases, suppers or snacks for children in needy areas when school is not in session during the summer. In Rhode Island, the program provides an average of over 17,000 meals daily. Sponsorship is limited to public or private nonprofit school food authorities, state or local governments, public or private nonprofit colleges or universities that are operating the National Youth Sports Program, public or private nonprofit residential summer camps, and private nonprofit organizations that operate special summer programs.

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

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://www.ride.ri.gov/RIDE/SchoolDirectory/Default.aspx

Program Contact Information
To learn more about the Rhode Island SFSP please visit: http://www.ride.ri.gov/Finance/nutrition/summer.aspx
If you have any specific questions about the program please call Kathy Kendall of the Division of Food and Nutrition at: 401-222-4600 2364

Updated 08-20-13

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Rhode Island Low Income Home Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
Managing Agency Rhode Island http://www.ri.gov/index.php

Program Description
The Rhode Island Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a Federally funded program through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. LIHEAP 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 Rhode Island 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 $27,353
2 $35,769
3 $44,185
4 $52,601
5 $61,018
6 $69,434
7 $71,011
8 $72,589
*For households with more than eight people, add $1,578 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
If you would like information on how and where to apply for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and/or other services that may be available to you, call your local community action agency:
http://www.energy.ri.gov/lowincome/cap.php

Program Contact Information
For more information on this program, please visit the following website: http://www.energy.ri.gov/lowincome/liheap.php

Updated 05-07-13

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Rhode Island Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
Managing Agency Department of Health (RI) http://www.state.ri.us

Program Description
The 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. 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 Rhode Island is administered by the Rhode Island Department of Health, Division of Family Health.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Rhode Island, 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://www.health.ri.gov/programs/wic/about/applying/index.php

Program Contact Information
For more information on RI WIC, please visit the RI Department of Health at: http://www.health.ri.gov/family/wic/index.php
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
You can also call toll-free the Rhode Island Department of Health, Family Health Information Line if you have questions about the program: 800-942-7434

Updated 12-04-12

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Rhode Island RIte Care (SCHIP)
Managing Agency Rhode Island http://www.ri.gov/index.php

Program Description
RIte Care is Rhode Island’s Medicaid managed care program that provides families on the Family Independence Program and eligible uninsured pregnant women, parents, and children up to age 19 with comprehensive health insurance coverage.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of Rhode Island, under 19 years of age or be a primary care giver with a child under the age of 19 or be pregnant, 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 $27,925
2 $37,825
3 $47,725
4 $57,625
5 $67,525
6 $77,425
7 $87,325
8 $97,225
*For households with more than eight people, add $9,900 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 apply for this program, please contact your local administering agency:
http://www.dhs.ri.gov/FormsApplications/FormsApplications/RIteCareRIteCareApplication/tabid/916/Default.aspx

Program Contact Information
To learn more about Rhode Island Rite Care, please visit: http://go.usa.gov/gg5
You can ask questions about Rite Care, have the application form sent to you or apply by phone: 401-462-5300
TTY users please visit: http://www.dhs.ri.gov/Portals/0/Uploads/Documents/Public/TYY_how_to_connect.pdf

Updated 07-16-12

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Rhode Island Weatherization Assistance Program
Managing Agency Rhode Island http://www.ri.gov/index.php

Program Description

DOE’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) 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 Rhode Island.

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 $27,353
2 $35,769
3 $44,185
4 $52,601
5 $61,018
6 $69,434
7 $71,011
8 $72,589
*For households with more than eight people, add $1,578 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
To apply for this program, please contact your local administering agency at the following location:
http://www.energy.ri.gov/lowincome/cap.php

Program Contact Information
For more information, please visit the Rhode Island WAP program website at: http://www.energy.ri.gov/lowincome/wap.php
To reach the Rhode Island State Energy Office and ask about the program, please call: 401-222-3370

Updated 07-06-12

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Rhode Island Head Start
Managing Agency Department of Human Services (RI) http://www.state.ri.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 Rhode Island 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
If you would like to speak with a State representative regarding the program, you can call the Rhode Island Head Start Collaboration Project at (401) 462-3071 or visit: http://www.riheadstart.org/index.html

Posted 04-09-12

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Rhode Island Special Milk Program

Managing Agency Rhode Island http://www.ri.gov/index.php

Program Description
The Special Milk Program encourages the consumption of milk by children in public and private nonprofit schools, and in nonprofit residential or non-residential childcare institutions, provided they do not also participate in other Federal meal service programs. However, schools in the National School Lunch or School Breakfast Programs which operate split-session pre-kindergarten and kindergarten programs may participate in the Special Milk Program to provide milk to children in those programs who do not have access to the lunch or breakfast 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 Rhode Island, your household’s annual income before taxes must not exceed $20,036 if one person lives in the household; $26,955 if two people live in the household; $33,874 if three people live in the household; $40,793 if four people live in the household; $47,712 if five people live in the household; $54,631 if six people live in the household; $61,550 if seven people live in the household; and $68,469 if eight people live in the household. For larger households, add $6,919 for each additional person in the home.

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

Application Process
To apply for the Special Milk program, directly contact your child’s school, camp, or child care institution to find out if it participates in the Special Milk Program.

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

Additionally, your state education agency can also provide you with more information about the program.
http://www.thriveri.org/components/nutrition.html

Program Contact Information

To learn more about the Rhode Island Special Milk Program (SMP), please visit:http://www.ride.ri.gov/Finance/nutrition/milk.aspx

For more information regarding SMP, please call the Nutrition Program Specialist Kathy Kendall at: 401-222-4600

Or e-mail at:
kkendall@ride.ri.net

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

Updated 07-28-2011

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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/rhode_island/education

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Program Description
The Department of Human Services’ Rhode Island Works Program offers temporary cash assistance, health coverage, child care
assistance, and help finding job training or a job. This program is available for pregnant women and adults with children under age 18
(or under age 19 if child is a full-time student). Since the goal of the program has always been to encourage families to get into the
workforce and become more self-sufficient, those who are working or are involved in some type of job training, and fall into a certain
income bracket may still qualify for some cash assistance and other important benefits including health care coverage, child care
subsidies and food assistance. Services are available statewide. The Rhode Island Works used to be called the Family Independence
Program (FIP).
General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of Rhode Island, 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 StepsThe following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.
Application Process
To apply, contact your local DHS Office. You will need to complete an application and provide proof of identity, income,
assets/resources and expenses.

Program Contact Information
For more information, visit:
http://dhs.embolden.com/FamilieswithChildren/RhodeIslandWorks/tabid/195/Default.aspx

Or call us at:
1-401-462-5300

Managing Agency
Rhode Island
http://www.ri.gov/index.php

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Program Description
RIte Care is Rhode Island’s Medicaid managed care program that provides families on the Family Independence Program and eligible
uninsured pregnant women, parents, and children up to age 19 with comprehensive health insurance coverage.
General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of Rhode Island, under 19 years of age or be a primary care giver
with a child under the age of 19 or be pregnant, not covered by health insurance (including Medicaid), a US national, citizen, legal
alien, or permanent resident, and you must have an annual household income before taxes of less than $27,075 if one person lives in
the household; $36,425 if two people live in the household; $45,775 if three people live in the household; $55,125 if four people live in
the household; $64,475 if five people live in the household; $73,825 if six people live in the household; $83,175 if seven people live in
the household; $92,525 if eight people live in the household. For larger households, add $9,350 for each additional person in the
home. 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 StepsThe 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:
http://www.pparx.org/resources/2007-04-11.Rhode_Island.RIteCare.773.pdf

Program Contact Information
To learn more about Rhode Island Rite Care, please visit:
http://dhs.embolden.com/People/FamilieswithChildren/HealthCare/RIteCare/tab…

You can ask questions about Rite Care, have the application form sent to you or apply by phone:
1-800-880-5305

TTY users can call:
401-462-3363

Managing Agency
Rhode Island
http://www.ri.gov/index.php

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Program Description
The Department of Human Services (DHS) Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps single adults, couples, children
and families, who may be working but are still struggling financially, to buy food and provide nutritional meals for themselves. The
program, the largest food and nutrition support program in the state, is a partnership between the Federal Government and the state.
The Federal Government pays the full cost of an individual’s SNAP benefits and approximately half of the state’s cost to administer
the program. Like several other DHS programs, adults qualify to receive SNAP benefits based on their income, the resources they
have and the number of individuals in their household. SNAP is an important part of the services offered by DHS, but individuals do
not need to be participating in other DHS programs, including the Family Independence Program, to receive SNAP benefits. They can
be unemployed, working, preparing for work, or receiving a pension to qualify for SNAP benefits. Homeless individuals can also
qualify to receive SNAP benefits. Additional eligibility criteria will also be taken into consideration including the amount of resources
an individual/household owns (e.g., cash, stocks, bonds, checking/savings accounts, automobiles, etc.) before eligibility is
determined.
General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the State of Rhode Island 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 StepsThe following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.
Application Process
To apply for this program, fill out the application and make an appointment to speak with a representative at your local county office:
http://www.dhs.ri.gov/tabid/833/Default.aspx

You may also apply online at the following location:
https://www.foodstamps.ri.gov/admin/login.cfm

Program Contact Information
For more information about SNAP call the DHS office at 401-222-7276 or visit:
http://www.dhs.ri.gov/FamilieswithChildren/FoodAssistance/tabid/824/Default…

Providence and East Bay area residents:
401-222-7276

Northern RI area residents:
401-235-6300

Warwick and South County area residents:
800-282-7021

US Department of Agriculture (USDA):
800-221-5689

Or visit the USDA Web site:
http://www.usda.gov/

Managing Agency
Rhode Island
http://www.ri.gov/index.php

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