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WASHINGTON STATE 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 MATERIALS CAN NOW BE FOUND ON OUR “WASHINGTON STATE EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND DISASTER RESPONSE” PAGE!

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Join us for a cup of coffee as we chat about how to finance your small business…

Wednesday, April 20th from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
Thurston County Chamber of Commerce
809 Legion Way SE | Olympia, WA 98501

Learn about the SBA loan program and other financing options from local lenders and alternative financing representatives. Topics covered include:

Uses for SBA loans
What lenders look for and the 5 C’s of credit
Alternative financing options
How to find the right lender and financing options for you
Free resources to help you prepare

There will also be plenty of time for Q&A
Coffee & Cash is hosted in Olympia at 8:30 a.m. on the third Wednesday of even months (April, June, August, October). Click here to view a full list of Coffee & Cash workshops and register for a different date.

https://www.eventbrite.com/d/wa–olympia/%22olympia-coffee-and-cash%22-sba-seattle-district-office/?crt=regular&slat=47.0379&slng=-122.9007&sort=date&view=list

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Your Business – Market Smart
Thursday, April 21
6 to 8 p.m.

South Hill Pierce County Library
15420 Meridian Ave. E
Puyallup, WA 98375

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/south-hill-your-business-market-smart-tickets-20155627023

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Washington Weatherization Assistance Program
Managing Agency Washington http://www.access.wa.gov

Program Description
Weatherization is the application of energy efficiency measures to a home. These include ceiling, wall and floor insulation; closing heat-escaping gaps by caulking, weather stripping, or broken window replacement; and heating system improvements. The measures are done according to established technical specifications, cost-effectiveness tests, and relevant building codes.

The Department of Commerce contracts with a statewide network of 25 local agencies and five tribal organizations that do weatherization and consumer energy conservation education, and it manages four fund sources for the weatherization program.

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

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.

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:
https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=201986809066899614561.0004d7225cb9137bbda1a&msa=0

Program Contact Information
For more information on Washington WAP, please visit: http://www.commerce.wa.gov/Programs/services/weatherization/Pages/default.aspx
You may contact Julie Palakovich of the Department of Community Trade and Economic Development to inquire about the program: 360-725-2948
Or via e-mail: julie.palakovich@commerce.wa.gov

Updated 12-27-13

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Washington Head Start and Early Head Start
Managing Agency Washington http://www.access.wa.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 tribal, 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 Washington, 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 Washington Head Start Collaboration Office at 360-725-4423 or visit: http://www.del.wa.gov/partnerships/head-start/

Updated 12-10-13

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Washington Summer Food Service
Managing Agency Washington http://www.access.wa.gov

Program Description
The Washington Summer Food Service program provides nutritious meals to children who would normally receive free or reduced price meals when school is in session. This 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 meal service is combined with learning and recreational activities for the children.

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

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.k12.wa.us/maps/SDmainmap.aspx

Program Contact Information
For information about the Washington Summer Food Service program please visit: http://www.k12.wa.us/ChildNutrition/programs/SummerPrograms/SimplifiedSummerFood.aspx
If you have questions or would like to apply for the SFSP, please contact:
Jennifer Mitchell
360-725-6056 jennifer.mitchell@k12.wa.us

Updated 12-05-13

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Washington Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
Managing Agency Washington http://www.access.wa.gov

Program Description
The Washington Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps low-income individuals and families obtain a more nutritious diet by supplementing their income with SNAP benefits.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the State of Washington and 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
Online applications are available for this benefit by visiting:
https://www.washingtonconnection.org/home/

You may also contact your local SNAP administering agency to apply for this program by visiting:
https://fortress.wa.gov/dshs/f2ws03apps/caofficespub/offices/general/OfficePick.asp

Program Contact Information
For further assistance, please visit our website at: http://www.foodhelp.wa.gov
or call:
Phone: 877-501-2233
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. PST, Monday-Friday

Updated 12-05-13

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Washington WorkFirst
Managing Agency Washington http://www.access.wa.gov

Program Description
WorkFirst is Washington State’s temporary cash assistance program. The goals of the WorkFirst Program is to help low-income families stabilize their lives, so they can go to work and take better care of their families. Parents who can work will work, parents who cannot work will be supported, and parents who choose not to work will be held accountable. Washington initiated the WorkFirst program in August 1997 to help low-income families become self-sufficient by providing training and support services necessary for parents to get a job, keep a job and move up a career ladder.
Under WorkFirst, welfare assistance in Washington State is no longer an entitlement. Cash assistance is limited to a maximum of 60 months (five years) in a person’s lifetime. During that time, the person must be involved in the WorkFirst program and working or actively looking for a job. However, benefits may be extended beyond 5 years for parents who continue to abide by the rules and seek work. Adults who are unable to participate will continue to receive assistance.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of Washington, either pregnant or responsible for a child under 19 years of age, a US national, citizen, legal alien, or permanent resident, have low or very low income, and be either under-employed (working for very low wages), unemployed or about to become unemployed.

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

Application Process
You may confirm you eligibility and apply online at:
https://www.washingtonconnection.org/home/

Or you may apply at a local Department of Social and Health Services office. To Find the office nearest you:
https://fortress.wa.gov/dshs/f2ws03esaapps/onlinecso/findservice.asp

Program Contact Information
To read more about the Washington WorkFirst program, please visit: http://www.workfirst.wa.gov/
Or you can contact WorkFirst program representatives: http://www.workfirst.wa.gov/feedback/default.asp

Updated 12-05-13

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WASHINGTON STATE FESTIVALS AND FUN TIMES:

Washington State

Updated 10-21-13

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Washington School Breakfast and Lunch Program
Managing Agency Washington http://www.access.wa.gov

Program Description
The Washington School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the School Breakfast Program (SBP) are designed to promote the health and well-being of children by providing nutritious meals to children in public and private schools and residential child care institutions (RCCIs).

There are currently 379 school food authorities (SFAs) in Washington State that participate in the NSLP/SBP which includes 277 public school districts, 46 private schools, and 56 residential child care institutions. Both programs are administered by The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the State of Washington 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.k12.wa.us/maps/SDmainmap.aspx

Program Contact Information
For additional information on these programs, please visit the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction at: http://www.k12.wa.us/ChildNutrition
A school district directory is available for Washington residents to search for their local school online: http://www.k12.wa.us/maps/SDmainmap.aspx

Updated 10-18-13

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Washington Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
Managing Agency Washington State Department of Health http://www.doh.wa.gov/

Program Description
The Washington Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is a public health nutrition program that helps pregnant women, new mothers, and young children eat well, learn about nutrition and stay healthy. WIC provides you with monthly checks for up to $100 worth of healthy foods when two people in your family enroll in the program. Each person gets checks for up to $50 worth of healthy foods. The program also provides nutrition tips and breastfeeding support. Many WIC clients are from working families or families in the military. And, getting WIC does not affect your immigration status. The Washington State Department of Health administers the program.

General Program Requirements
To qualify you must be a resident of the state of Washington; a pregnant, breastfeeding and/or postpartum woman; or an infant or child under age 5.

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.

If you or someone in your family participates in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicaid or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), you are income eligible for WIC.

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

Application Process
To apply, you can call one of over 200 local clinics and make an appointment. To find a clinic near where you live call 1-800-322-2588 or use the WIC Clinic Search tool.

Program Contact Information
For more information on WIC in Washington, visit: http://www.doh.wa.gov/YouandYourFamily/WIC.aspx
If you have questions about the WIC program, call toll-free at: 1-800-841-1410

Updated 07-25-13

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Washington Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
Managing Agency Washington http://www.access.wa.gov

Program Description
Washington Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) services are provided to the public through a network of 26 local community-based nonprofit organizations and local municipalities. Services include energy assistance, client conservation education, furnace repair and replacement, and weatherization. Energy assistance benefits are paid directly to energy providers and are based on a portion of a household’s annual home heating costs.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Washington and your household must pay for home heating costs (either directly or through rent).

In order to qualify, you must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:
Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $13,963
2 $18,913
3 $23,863
4 $28,813
5 $33,763
6 $38,713
7 $43,663
8 $48,613
*For households with more than eight people, add $4,950 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 a Washington LIHEAP benefit, please contact your local agency at the following website:
http://liheap.commerce.wa.gov/Page.aspx?nid=12

Program Contact Information
For more information on Washington LIHEAP, please visit the Washington Department of Commerce website or call (360) 725-2857.

Updated 05-07-13

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Home Accessibility Modification Program

Provides grants for up to $5,000 for low- to moderate-income tenants to make changes to their rental units. Tenants living in apartments or leased single-family residential homes can apply. These grants are not loans and do not have to be repaid.

GO TO: http://www.kingcounty.gov/socialservices/Housing/ServicesAndPrograms/Services/HousingRepair/HomeAccessibilityModification.aspx

Updated 02-27-13

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Washington Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

Managing Agency Washington http://www.access.wa.gov

Program Description
The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is a non-entitlement program in Washington state. Eligibility is determined using the same rules as Medicaid for children, except with higher income standards. Children who are eligible for Medicaid, or who have any “creditable health coverage”, cannot be eligible for CHIP. (“Creditable health coverage” means coverage under a group health plan or other health insurance that provides access to physicians, hospitals, laboratory services, and radiology services).

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of Washington, under 19 years of age, not covered by health insurance (including Medicaid), and a U.S. national, citizen, or legally present alien. You must have an annual countable household income of less than $43,716 if two people live in the household; $54,936 if three people live in the household; $66,156 if four people live in the household; $77,376 if five people live in the household; $88,596 if six people live in the household; $99,816 if seven people live in the household; $111,036 if eight people live in the household. For larger households, add $11,200 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
Online applications are available for this program at:
http://hrsa.dshs.wa.gov/applehealth/apply_now.shtml

You may also print an application and mail it to the address listed at the end of the application:
http://www.dshs.wa.gov/pdf/ms/forms/14_380.pdf

Program Contact Information

For more information about CHIP, please visit our website at:http://hrsa.dshs.wa.gov/applehealth/

Or call: 1-877-543-7669

Updated 09-08-11

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Seattle Lighthouse for the Blind

Provides employment, support and training opportunities for people who are blind, deaf-blind and blind with other disabilities. Services include in-house sign language interpreting, mobility instructors to teach independent travel with a white cane or dog guide, and more than 100 adapted computer workstations for people with visual impairments.

For more information visit https://www.disability.gov/state/washington/employment.

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Provides year round instruction in outdoor recreation for people with physical, developmental and sensory disabilities. Activities include snowboarding, snowshoeing, cross country and downhill skiing, cycling, hiking, river rafting, canoeing and kayaking, day camps, water skiing,
rock-climbing and camping.

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

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Program Description
Washington Medicaid is a joint Federal/state program established to pay for medical services for people with disabilities, people 65
years and older, children and their caretakers, and pregnant women who meet the program’s financial requirements. The purpose of
the program is to provide reimbursement for and assure the availability of appropriate medical care to persons who meet the
criteria for Medicaid.
General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Washington, a US 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
Please visit the Washington Medicaid web site for more information on the program:
http://hrsa.dshs.wa.gov/HRSAClient.htm

Or you can the Customer Service Center to learn more about Washington Medicaid:
800-562-3022

Managing Agency
Washington
http://www.access.wa.gov

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Program Description
The Special Milk Program (SMP) provides milk to children in schools and childcare institutions who do not participate in other
Federal meal service programs. The program reimburses schools for the milk they serve.
Schools in the National School Lunch or School Breakfast Programs may also participate in SMP to provide milk to children in half-
day pre-kindergarten and kindergarten programs where children do not have access to the school meal 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 Washington 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.k12.wa.us/ChildNutrition/programs/SpecialMilk/default.aspx

Program Contact Information
To visit Washington Special Milk Program (SMP) on the web, please visit:
http://www.k12.wa.us/ChildNutrition/programs/SpecialMilk/default.aspx

If you have questions regarding the SMP, please call the Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction at:
360-725-6000

Managing Agency
Washington
http://www.access.wa.gov

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