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TEXAS 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 RELATED NOTICES ARE NOW LOCATED ON OUR “TEXAS EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND DISASTER REPSONSE” PAGE!

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Texas School Breakfast and Lunch Program
Managing Agency Texas http://www.state.tx.us

Program Description
The Texas Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Division administers the National School Lunch (NSLP) and School Breakfast Programs (SBP) for Public Schools. The goal of the NSLP and SBP is to safeguard the health and well being of school children by establishing good eating habits through the availability of adequate food. Public and nonprofit schools, residential child care institutions, juvenile correctional institutions, and boarding schools may participate in these programs.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Texas 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://wgisprd.tea.state.tx.us/SDL/

Program Contact Information
For additional information on the programs, please visit: http://www.squaremeals.org/
For more information regarding the programs, please call toll-free: 1-888-839-5437
Or: 512-463-2076
Or send an e-mail to: nslp@dhs.state.tx.us
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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Texas Summer Food Service
Managing Agency Texas http://www.state.tx.us

Program Description
The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) provides free, nutritious meals to children who might otherwise go hungry when the school year has ended or is closed. The meals are usually provided along with educational or recreational activities. The program reimburses contractors who serve meals that meet certain nutritional standards to children.

General Program Requirements
There are no eligibility requirements for children eating at open feeding sites in geographic areas where 50% or more of the local children are eligible for free or reduced-price meals in the National School Lunch/School Breakfast Programs. However, there are three additional types of sites that may be operated: (1) An Enrolled site where at least half of the enrolled children must be eligible for free or reduced price school meals; (2) A Residential summer camp that offers regularly scheduled food services as part of it’s organized programs for enrolled children; and (3) A nonresidential day camp that offers cultural or recreational programs for enrolled children between meal services.

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://wgisprd.tea.state.tx.us/SDL/

Program Contact Information
For information about the Texas Summer Food Service Program please visit: http://www.squaremeals.org/Programs/SummerFeedingPrograms.aspx

Updated 08-20-13

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Texas Comprehensive Energy Assistance Program (CEAP)
Managing Agency Texas http://www.state.tx.us

Program Description
The Comprehensive Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) is a utility assistance program designed to assist low income households in meeting their immediate energy needs and to encourage consumers to control energy costs for years to come through energy education. It provides relief to those low income elderly and/or disabled households most vulnerable to the high cost of energy for home heating and cooling from fluctuations in energy costs by providing financial assistance, paying up to four of the highest bills during the year. Furthermore, it provides assistance in an energy-related crisis or during severe weather or supply shortages.

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

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 $14,363
2 $19,388
3 $24,413
4 $29,438
5 $34,463
6 $39,488
7 $44,513
8 $49,538
*For households with more than eight people, add $5,025 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 services, please contact the local subrecipient agency. From a landline, call toll free at 1-877-399-8939 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The toll free number will directly connect you with the CEAP service provider in your county. Or, visit http://www.tdhca.state.tx.us/texans.htm and select “Utility Assistance.”

Program Contact Information
For more information, please visit: http://www.tdhca.state.tx.us/ea/ceap.htm
To speak with state representatives about the program, call the Energy Assistance Section of the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs at 512-475-3800.
You may also email us at: info@tdhca.state.tx.us
Or write us at:
221 East 11th Street
Austin, TX 78701

Updated 06-21-13

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Texas Weatherization Assistance Program
Managing Agency Texas http://www.state.tx.us

Program Description

The Texas Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) assists 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 26 non-profit agencies and local governments experienced in providing weatherization services. WAP services are available in all 254 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 Texas.

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 $14,363
2 $19,388
3 $24,413
4 $29,438
5 $34,463
6 $39,488
7 $44,513
8 $49,538
*For households with more than eight people, add $5,025 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 services, please contact the local subrecipient agency. From a landline, call toll free at 1-888-606-8889 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The toll free number will directly connect you with the WAP service provider in your county. Or, visit http://www.tdhca.state.tx.us/texans.htm and select Weatherization.

Program Contact Information
For more information on Texas WAP, please visit: http://www.tdhca.state.tx.us/ea/wap.htm
To speak with state representatives about the program call the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs at: 512-475-3800
E-mail inquiries about the program can be sent to: info@tdhca.state.tx.us
Or write us at:
221 East 11th Street
Austin, TX 78701

Updated 06-21-13

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Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC)
Managing Agency Texas http://www.state.tx.us

Program Description
Many Texans have trouble making ends meet each month. After paying for rent, utilities, transportation, and child care, there’s often little left over to buy nutritious food. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Each month, hundreds of thousands of families across the state turn to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) to receive help in the form of SNAP benefits to help feed their families. Read on to learn how you can receive help if you qualify.

SNAP is a Federally funded program that helps low-income families buy nutritious food from local food stores. SNAP assistance is available to qualifying families, elderly people, and single adults. Applicants must reside in Texas, and must apply in the county in which they reside.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) establishes all eligibility and certification policies. Your eligibility for benefits will depend on your situation on the following criteria:

Residence
Citizenship
Employment Services
Work Requirement (for individuals age 18-50)
Resources
Income
Social Security Numbers

While Benefits.gov has the ability to pre-screen your eligibility at a high-level, you must work with your local county Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) office to confirm your eligibility. To do this, you will need to apply for benefits and participate in an in person/by phone interview.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Texas 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
Contact your local SNAP administering agency to apply for this program:
https://www.yourtexasbenefits.com/ssp/SSPHome/ssphome.jsp

Program Contact Information
For further information about the Texas Food Stamp program, read our Frequently Asked Questions page on our website at: http://www.hhsc.state.tx.us/providers/LoneStar/EBT/EBThowto.html
More detailed information about eligibility requirements may be found on our website at: http://www.hhsc.state.tx.us/help/Food/snap.shtml

Updated 03-07-13

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Posted 12-28-12

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Texas Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
Managing Agency Department of Health (TX) http://www.state.tx.us

Program Description
The Texas Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is a nutrition program that helps pregnant women, new mothers, and young children eat well, learn about nutrition, and stay healthy. Nutrition education and counseling, nutritious foods, and assistance with access to health care are provided to low-income women, infants, and children through the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program, popularly known as WIC.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Texas; a pregnant, breastfeeding and/or postpartum woman; an infant or child up to 5 years of age; and individually determined by a health professional to be at nutrition risk.

Texas Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
Managing Agency Department of Health (TX) http://www.state.tx.us
Program Description
The Texas Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is a nutrition program that helps pregnant women, new mothers, and young children eat well, learn about nutrition, and stay healthy. Nutrition education and counseling, nutritious foods, and assistance with access to health care are provided to low-income women, infants, and children through the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program, popularly known as WIC.
General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Texas; a pregnant, breastfeeding and/or postpartum woman; an infant or child up to 5 years of age; and individually determined by a health professional to be at nutrition risk.

In order to qualify, you must also have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:
Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $20,665
2 $27,991
3 $35,317
4 $42,643
5 $49,969
6 $57,295
7 $64,621
8 $71,947
*For households with more than eight people, add $7,326 per additional person.

A person who participates or has family members who participate in certain other benefit programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicaid or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), automatically meets the income eligibility requirement.

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

Application Process
To apply, set up an appointment at the WIC clinic closest to you:
http://txhealth.ziplocator.com/

Program Contact Information
For more information on WIC, please visit the Texas Department of Health at: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/wichd/default.shtm
For more information and eligibility requirements, visit: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/wichd/gi/eligible.shtm
For general WIC information call the number below and follow the menu options: 1-800-942-3678
You can also write to:
Office of Nutrition Services
West Virginia WIC Program
350 Capitol Street, Room 519
Charleston, WV 25301-3715

Updated 12-19-12

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TexCare Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP)
Managing Agency Texas http://www.state.tx.us

Program Description
The TexCare Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is designed for families who earn too much money to qualify for Medicaid health care, yet cannot afford to buy private insurance. The parents in some of these families have jobs that do not offer health insurance for children. Other parents’ jobs offer health insurance, but the insurance is so expensive that families cannot afford it.

TexCare offers additional children’s health insurance programs through Medicaid, which is provided at no cost to qualifying children, and the State Kids Insurance Program (SKIP). If you are a state employee, you may qualify for an insurance supplement for your dependent children under age 19. Your SKIP supplement will be covered through your state insurance program.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of Texas, 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 $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.

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 benefit, visit the following site:
http://www.chipmedicaid.org/english/apply.htm

Call 1-800-647-6558 to ask questions about CHIP or to apply over the phone. Operators work between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. M-F and until 3 p.m. (Central Time) on Saturdays, except Federal holidays.

Program Contact Information
Learn more about our programs and their requirements, please visit our website at: http://www.chipmedicaid.org/english/index.htm

Updated 05-06-12

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Texas Head Start
Managing Agency University of Texas http://www.state.tx.us
Program Description
The Head Start program (for children ages three to five) and Early Head Start program (for pregnant women, infants, and toddlers) promote school readiness for children in low-income families by providing comprehensive educational, health, nutritional, and social services. Parents play a large role in the programs, both as primary educators of their children and as participants in administering the programs locally. Both programs provide pre-literacy and literacy experiences in a multi-cultural environment. Parents are also provided social services, including assistance with childcare. Services are also available to migrant and seasonal farm worker families.
General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Texas, 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
For more information on Texas Head Start, please visit: http://cli.uth.tmc.edu/our-programs/program-overview/TX-head-start/
If you would like to speak with a State representative regarding the program, you can call the Texas Head Start Collaboration Office toll-free at: 1-866-282-7780

Posted 04-08-12

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Texas Special Milk Program
Managing Agency Texas http://www.state.tx.us

Program Description
The Special Milk Program (SMP) reimburses contractors for milk that they serve to school and preschool aged children who do not otherwise participate in a Federal child nutrition meal service program. SMP clients include children who are enrolled in private nonprofit schools, child care facilities, or summer camps.

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 Texas, 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 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.tea.state.tx.us/

Program Contact Information
For information about the SMP please visit: http://www.squaremeals.org/Programs/SpecialMilkProgram.aspx

For additional information or questions regarding the SMP email:
smp@dhs.state.tx.us
For SMP forms, go to: http://www.squaremeals.org/Programs/SpecialMilkProgram/SMPAdministrationampForms.aspx

Updated 12-21-11

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Find information about programs and services for children and adults with disabilities. Includes personal and home health care, assisted living, making your home accessible and support for caregivers.

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

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Promotes the creative power in people with disabilities by working with all community members to facilitate full access to the cultural and educational arts. Offers programs, events and services in education, cultural access and inclusive arts, professional development and performances, exhibits and special events.

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

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Provides training, site visits and on-farm assessments to farmers or ranchers with disabilities. Technical assistance offered includes guidance on making a farm accessible and modifying or adapting agricultural operations, buildings, equipment and tools to accommodate a variety of disabilities.

For more information visit this link: http://www.disability.gov/state/texas/employment

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Offers people with mobility impairments the opportunity to learn the skills necessary to fully enjoy the outdoors. Activities include fishing, boating and hunting.

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

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