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VERMONT EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND DISASTER RESPONSE

Vermont 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/

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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: ALL DISASTER RELATED NOTICES ARE NOW LOCATED ON OUR “VERMONT EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND DISASTER RESPONSE” PAGE!

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Encore Entrepreneur webinar August 3

The Small Business Administration and AARP have teamed up to present Encore Entrepreneur, a training program to assist individuals over 50 looking to start a small business.

Learn the basics during an Encore Entrepreneur webinar at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 3 and turn those interests, hobbies and skills into a small business.

Topics include financing options, market research, business plans and other resources available to launch a small business.

To join the webinar, log onto http://www.connectmeeting.att.com and use the meeting number 8882948505 and the code 6168414. To access the conference call, dial toll free 1-888-294-8505, when prompted enter the access code of 6168414.

Participants are encouraged to access the webinar five minutes prior to the start time.

For more information, email chris.herriman@sba.gov or call (802) 828-4422 Ext. 206.

UPDATED 07-27-16
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Vermont Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
Managing Agency Department of Health (VT) http://www.vermont.gov

Program Description
Vermont WIC, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, helps pregnant women, new mothers and young children eat well, learn about nutrition and physical activity, and connect to health care and other programs and services. Our goal is to improve health and prevent chronic disease by helping women meet their breastfeeding goals, informing families about good health practices and providing nutritious foods to eligible Vermont families. The WIC program in Vermont is administered by the Vermont Department of Health.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Vermont; a pregnant, breastfeeding and/or postpartum woman; an infant or child up to 5 years of age; live in a household with income below 185 percent of the Federal poverty guideline OR be enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Medicaid. Benefits are based on an individual nutrition and health assessment.

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.

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://healthvermont.gov/local/district/district_office.aspx#find

Program Contact Information
For more information on the WIC program of Vermont, visit their website at: http://healthvermont.gov/wic/index.aspx
You can also call the Vermont Department of Health toll-free from within Vermont at: 1-800-464-4343
Or locally at:
802-863-7333

You can also write to:
Vermont Department of Health
WIC Program
PO Box 70, 108 Cherry Street, Drawer 34
Burlington, VT 05402-0070

Updated 01-06-14

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VERMONT FESTIVALS AND FUN TIMES:

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Vermont School Breakfast and Lunch Program
Managing Agency Vermont http://www.vermont.gov

Program Description
The School Breakfast Program provides funding that makes it possible for schools to offer a nutritious breakfast to students each day. Similarly, the goal of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is to protect the health and well-being of the nation’s children by providing nutritious school meals every day. NSLP provides funding that makes it possible for schools to offer a nutritious school lunch. Schools receive Federal funds for each breakfast and lunch served, provided that the meal meets established nutrition standards.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the State of Vermont 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://education.vermont.gov/new/html/maindirectories.html

Program Contact Information
For additional information on the programs, please visit the Vermont School Nutrition Programs web site at: http://education.vermont.gov/new/html/pgm_nutrition/school_nutrition.html
For more information on who to contact within the Vermont Child Nutrition Program office if you have questions: http://education.vermont.gov/new/html/maincontact.html
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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Vermont Seasonal Fuel Assistance
Managing Agency Vermont http://www.vermont.gov

Program Description
The Vermont Seasonal Fuel Assistance can provide any eligible person physically present in a living unit in Vermont with fuel assistance by paying their heat directly to a fuel supplier, or by giving assistance to people whose rent includes the cost of heat, $50.00 for people who rent a room in someone else’s home, or $5.00 for people whose rent includes the cost of heat AND who live in public, subsidized, or Section 8 housing.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Vermont 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
The application for Vermont Fuel Assistance can also be found at the following location:
http://dcf.vermont.gov/mybenefits/apply_for_benefits

Program Contact Information
You can receive an application by calling the Fuel Office at: 1-800-479-6151
or 802-241-1165
Applications (pdf) for Vermont Fuel Assistance can also be found online at: http://dcf.vermont.gov/mybenefits/apply_for_benefits

Updated 09-03-13

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Vermont Summer Food Service
Managing Agency Vermont http://www.vermont.gov

Program Description
The Vermont SFSP was created to ensure that children in low-income areas could continue to receive nutritious meals during long school vacations, when they do not have access to school lunch or breakfast.
The program reimburses contractors who serve approved meals to qualifying children aged 18 and under. Additionally, contractors are reimbursed for meals served to individuals aged 19 and over if those individuals participate in a public or nonprofit school program and have been determined by a public educational agency to be mentally or physically handicapped.

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

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://education.vermont.gov/new/html/directories/su_sd_A_C.html

Program Contact Information
For information about the Vermont Summer Food Service Program please visit: http://education.vermont.gov/new/html/pgm_nutrition.html

If you have questions regarding the SFSP, please call the Vermont Department of Education-Child Nutrition Programs office at: 802-828-5154

Updated 08-20-13

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Vermont Weatherization Assistance Program
Managing Agency Vermont http://www.vermont.gov

Program Description
The mission of the Weatherization Program of Vermont is to reduce the energy costs for low-income families, particularly for the elderly, people with disabilities, and children, by improving the energy efficiency and comfort of their homes while ensuring their health and safety. The program is administered by the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO).

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Vermont and your annual income must meet established guidelines. Please visit the following website to determine if you are eligible based on income:
http://dcf.vermont.gov/oeo/weatherization/income_eligibilty

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://dcf.vermont.gov/oeo/weatherization_offices

Program Contact Information
To learn more about Vermont’s Weatherization Assistance Program, please visit our website: http://www.dcf.state.vt.us/oeo/weatherization

Updated 06-29-12

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Vermont Head Start
Managing Agency Vermont http://www.vermont.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 Vermont, 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 Vermont Head Start Collaboration Office at (802) 241-2705 or visit: http://www.vhsa.net/stateco.html#

Posted 04-09-12

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Vermont Dr. Dynasaur (SCHIP)

Managing Agency Vermont http://www.vermont.gov

Program Description
Vermont’s Dr. Dynasaur offers health care insurance for eligible Vermont children, teenagers up to 18, and pregnant women.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of Vermont, under 19 years of age, not covered by health
insurance (including Medicaid), a U.S. national, citizen, legal alien, or permanent resident, or pregnant, and you must have an annual
household income before taxes of less than $46,800 if two people live in the household; $57,600 if three people live in the household;
$68,400 if four people live in the household; $80,400 if five people live in the household; $91,200 if six people live in the household;
$103,200 if seven people live in the household; $111,400 if eight people live in the household; and $122,400 if more than eight people
live in the household. For larger households, add $11,000 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 Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process
The application for this program can be found at the following website:
http://dcf.vermont.gov/mybenefits/apply_for_benefits

Program Contact Information

To learn more about Vermont’s Dr. Dynasaur program, please visit:http://www.greenmountaincare.org/vermont-health-insurance-
plans/dr-dynasaur

Or please call toll-free to get more information about Dr. Dynasaur: 1-800-250-8427

You can also contact your local Department of Prevention, Assistance, Teens under 18, and Pregnant Women (PATH) district office.
District offices can be found at:http://www.dcf.vermont.gov/esd/contact_us/district_offices

06-03-11

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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/vermont/education

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Program Description
Medicaid is a government health insurance program for Vermonters. It’s for eligible seniors 65 or older, people who are blind or
disabled, children, pregnant women and parents. Medicaid covers most medical care and services, such as doctor visits, hospital
care, prescriptions, vision and dental care, long-term care in a nursing home or at home, physical therapy and more.
General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Vermont, a U.S. national, citizen, permanent
resident, or legal alien, in need of health care/insurance assistance, whose financial situation would be characterized as low income
or very low income. You must also be either pregnant, a parent or relative caretaker of a dependent child(ren) under age 19, blind,
have a disability or a family member in your household with a disability, or be 65 years of age or older.

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 learn more about Vermont Medicaid, please visit:
http://www.greenmountaincare.org/vermont-health-insurance-plans/medicaid

You can call the Prevention, Assistance, Transition, and Health Access (PATH) hotline toll-free at:
1-800-250-8427

If you have a hearing disability, please call the TTY number:
1-888-834-7898

Or you can contact your local PATH office:
http://www.dcf.vermont.gov/esd/contact_us/district_offices

Managing Agency
Vermont
http://www.vermont.gov

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Program Description
Food stamps are benefits you use when you shop for food. You use a Vermont Express electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card to
spend your food stamps. You can use a Vermont Express card at most stores that sell food. You use food stamp benefits — in
addition to other food money– to buy more and better food.

If you are 65 or older or have a disability, you may be able to get your benefits deposited directly into your bank account. If you do not
have a bank account, you can use food stamp benefits on a Vermont Express card like cash.
General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the State of Vermont 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
In Vermont you get food stamps through the Department of Prevention, Assistance, Transition, and Health Access (PATH). To find
out if you are eligible, a PATH worker will review your situation and your resources and income. The worker will also tell you what
documents you may need to provide to verify this information.

You may also visit the Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger website to get more information:
http://www.vermontfoodhelp.com

The only way to find out if you are eligible for food stamps is to apply. Call, write, or visit the PATH office nearest you. Don’t know
which PATH district office serves your town? Click here to find out:
http://www.dcf.vermont.gov/esd/contact_us/district_offices

or call:
800-287-0589

Managing Agency
Vermont
http://www.vermont.gov

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Program Description
The Special Milk Program provides milk to children in schools, childcare institutions, and eligible camps that do not participate in
other Federal child nutrition meal service programs. 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 Vermont, 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.education.vermont.gov/new/html/pgm_nutrition.html

Program Contact Information
You can also contact your local school district to learn how to receive Vermont SMP benefits.

If you have questions regarding the Special Milk Program, please call the Vermont Department of Education-Child Nutrition
Programs office at:
802-828-2447

Managing Agency
Vermont
http://www.vermont.gov

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