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TENNESSEE 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 “TENNESSEE EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND DISASTER RESPONSE” PAGE!

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December 6, 2016- 10am-Noon Fayetteville Municipal Building Free Small Business Entrepreneur Seminar. An opportunity for potential and current small business owners to learn about resources available to them

ATTENTION SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS AND MANAGERS
WHEN: DEC. 6TH, 10 a.m. till Noon
WHERE: Fayetteville Municipal Building, 110 Elk Avenue South, Fayetteville, TN 37334
3 Featured Sessions: Lending Panel – Government Contracting Session- SBA 101
RSVP to: mainst@fpunet.com Friday, December 2. (931) 433-7006
Please include name, email address, phone number and number attending.

Each of the three sessions will run at the same time so please specify which session you will be attending.

Lending Panel Session: This workshop will provide the perfect opportunity for you to speak either one-on-one with a lender or gather helpful feedback from the group’s Q &A on what it takes to be successful when seeking a business loan.

Government Contracting Session: Are you seeking ways to grow your business through federal government contracting? This workshop will provide you with the information to determine which certification is right for you.

SBA 101 Session: Want to start or grow your business? This session focuses on the 3 C’s of SBA: Counseling – Capital- Contracting

We have business specialists and SCORE volunteers throughout the State of TN who offer free, one-on-one business counseling, financial institutions throughout the nation that make start-up and expansion SBA Guaranteed Loans, and federal government contracting opportunities that will increase an operation’s cash flow. Learn how to maximize the SBA’s programs and services to prosper your small business concern.

POSTED 12-01-16
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Tennessee Festivals and Fun Times:

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Tennessee School Breakfast and Lunch Program
Managing Agency U.S. Department of Agriculture http://www.usda.gov/

Program Description
The School Breakfast and Lunch Programs are for the public school systems, charter schools, private schools, and residential childcare institutions. The programs are available to all students. The meal cost varies based on the household income. Meals must meet nutrition standards established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

General Program Requirements
The National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs are open to all students. School systems must apply on an annual basis and agree to comply with USDA Federal regulations. Households which qualify for free or reduced meals must meet the guidelines for income and size of household or participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Federal Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), or other assistance programs.

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

Contact the Board of Education Office or school office for the county or city public school system and for other school systems or contact the principal or director’s office. Request an application for free or reduced price lunches. Complete and turn into the office. A notification of approval or a letter of denial will determine the eligibility for a free, reduced or paid lunch.

Program Contact Information
To find out more about the school nutrition programs, the Tennessee School Nutrition Program office toll-free phone number is: 1-800-354-3663
The local school office also will have information about the program: http://www.state.tn.us/education/support/nutrition.shtml

Updated 10-18-13

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Tennessee Summer Food Service
Managing Agency Tennessee http://www.tennessee.gov/

Program Description
The Tennessee 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
For this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Tennessee.

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:
http://www.k-12.state.tn.us/weblinks/showmedistricts.asp

Program Contact Information
For information about the Tennessee Summer Food Service Program please call: 615-313-4749

Updated 08-20-13

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

Program Description
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is 100% Federally funded through a grant from the Federal Department of Health and Human Services. LIHEAP provides funds to the states to help meet the utility costs of low-income eligible elderly and disabled adults. The program is administered through contracts to a network of 20 established non-profit and local government agencies experienced in providing energy assistance programs. Services are available in all 95 counties. Eligibility is based on established Federal poverty guidelines. Activities consist of a special summer cooling program ($325 max. payment) and regular and emergency heating assistance ($250 max. payment). Eligible applicants can receive assistance once per year from two of the three programs. The assistance is in the form of a payment to the utility company or home energy provider.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Tennessee 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 program, please contact the local administering agency near you:
http://state.tn.us/humanserv/adfam/liheap/liheap-agencies.pdf

Program Contact Information
For additional program information please visit the following website: http://state.tn.us/humanserv/adfam/afs_hea.html

Updated 05-07-13

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Tennessee Head Start
Managing Agency Tennessee http://www.tennessee.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 Tennessee and you must be 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 Tennessee Head Start Collaboration Office at (615) 741-4849 or visit: http://tn.gov/education/headstart/

Updated 03-11-13

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Tennessee Weatherization Assistance Program
Managing Agency Tennessee http://www.tennesseeanytime.org

Program Description
The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) is 100 percent Federally funded through a grant from the Federal Department of Energy. The program provides funds to states to assist with the weatherization of the homes of low income elderly and disabled adults and families. The program is administered through contracts with an established network of 19 non-profit agencies and local governments experienced in providing weatherization services. WAP services are available in all 95 counties. Applicants must meet low-income eligibility guidelines based on established Federal poverty guidelines. Activities include: insulation, storm windows, caulking, and other related activities to reduce home energy costs and increase home energy efficiency.

General Program Requirements

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Tennessee.

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
For more information, see the Program Contact Information below.

Program Contact Information
For additional information, please contact Community Services Director Lisa Elam via email at: LElam@thda.gov

Updated 02-07-13

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Tennessee Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
Managing Agency Department of Health (TN) http://www.tennesseeanytime.org

Program Description
In Tennessee, the WIC program provides nutritious education, health care referrals, breastfeeding support and supplemental nutritious foods to nearly 150,000 women, infants, and children under the age of five through departments in 95 counties. The program services to certify participants and issue vouchers for the foods are provided at approximately 155 local health departments, primary care, and hospital sites throughout the state. Vouchers are issued in three month increments, and can be redeemed at one of the approximately 1,200 participating grocery stores in Tennessee that have contracts with the Tennessee Department of Health to redeem WIC vouchers.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Tennessee, pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum woman, infant or child up to five 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://health.state.tn.us/wic/clinics.htm

Program Contact Information
For more information on WIC in Tennessee, please visit the WIC website: http://health.state.tn.us/WIC/
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: 1-800-342-5942

Updated 12-04-12

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Tennessee Home & Community Based Services

The Home and Community Based Services Waiver provides services for seniors and persons with disabilities in their homes. Learn about eligibility requirements and information on covered services such as minor home modifications, assistive technology and personal care assistance. For more information on how to apply for this program, call toll-free 1-866-836-6678.
For more information visit https://www.disability.gov/state/tennessee/community_life.

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MSRRC is one of six Regional Resource Centers funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education
Programs. MSRRC provides technical assistance to state early intervention lead agencies, departments of education and other
related state agencies. The Centers works to make a positive difference in the lives of individuals with disabilities, birth through 21
years, and their families. Find resources for parents and educators in your state.

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

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Disability.Gov…………………

Offers services that include family support, residential living programs, job training and placement, community participation, a day
center and more for children and adults with developmental disabilities.

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

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Program Description
The Tennessee Food Stamp program, financed 100 percent by Federal funds and administered by the Department of Human
Services, provides nutritional assistance benefits to children and families, the elderly, the disabled, unemployed and working
families. Its importance as a safety net cannot be overemphasized because it provides a mechanism for stretching food dollars for
those families and individuals with insufficient income or resources to meet all of their needs. Since the nationwide implementation
of the Food Stamp program in 1964, malnutrition has been virtually eliminated; however, hunger and food insecurity continues to
exist at unacceptable levels in every state. As a result, a national campaign to end hunger has been initiated by USDA’s Food and
Nutrition Services. For Tennessee and other states in the southeast region, a goal has been set to eliminate hunger by 2005.

To receive food stamp benefits, you must first apply for benefits and participate in an interview with DHS staff. If eligible, you will
receive a Benefit Security Card or EBT Card, which allows food stamp benefits to be issued and accessed electronically.

Applying for benefits is just the first step. You will need to work with your local DHS office to confirm your eligibility.
General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the State of Tennessee 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
To apply for benefits, contact your local Department of Human Services office. A map and information on these offices is available
on our Web site at:
http://www.state.tn.us/humanserv/Office_locator.html

You may contact the Family Assistance Help-Line with questions at:
888-863-6178

Or in Nashville:
615-313-5790

Applications are available in English or Spanish that you can take or mail to your local Department of Human Services Office. The
application in English may be downloaded at:
http://state.tn.us/humanserv/forms/hs-0169.pdf

The application in Spanish may be downloaded at:
http://state.tn.us/humanserv/forms/hs-2775.pdf

Managing Agency
Tennessee

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Program Description
Families First is Tennessee’s welfare reform plan that replaced the Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) program. The
temporary cash assistance program emphasizes work, training, and personal responsibility. As part of the Families First program,
each participant must agree to follow a Personal Responsibility Plan (PRP). Unless a participant is exempt from the work
requirement, he/she must also agree to develop, follow, and complete a work plan. The work plan is based on the individual’s needs
and skills.
General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of Tennessee, under 19 years of age, not covered by health
insurance (including Medicaid), a US national, citizen, legal alien, or permanent resident, or pregnant, and you must have an annual
household income before taxes of less than $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; and $101,875 if more than 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 the Department of Human Service Adult and Family Services office near you:
http://www.state.tn.us/humanserv/Office_locator.html

Program Contact Information
Please call the Family Assistance Helpline to speak with program representatives:
888-863-6178

Managing Agency
Tennessee

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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. Schools that participate in the National School Lunch or School Breakfast
Programs, can participate in the Special Milk Program for half-day kindergarten and pre-kindergarten children who do not have
access to a school meals program. The program reimburses schools and institutions for the milk they serve.
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 Tennessee, 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 $75,388 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://snp.state.tn.us/TNSNP/

Program Contact Information
Please e-mail Sarah White, State Director, of the State Department of Education office at:

State Director
sarah.c.white@state.tn.us

Or to ask about the Special Milk program call:
615-532-4744

You can also contact your local school district to learn how to receive Tennessee Special Milk benefits.

Managing Agency
Tennessee

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Townsend, TN
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800-525-6834
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