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Donate a Gift of Life

As Mother's Day draws near, I feel a sense of dread coming over me. May 13, 2001 will be 2 years since the death of my youngest son, Blake. On May 12th, Blake (15-years-old) and my older son Bryce (17-years-old) were involved in a car accident on the way to a high school soccer game. It was a devastating time for our community and especially for our family. That evening at the hospital, we were in shock when we were told that Blake was brain dead and would not survive. Bryce was still in intensive care and was scheduled for surgery later that night. The hospital was filled with teenagers, parents and our family. The love and support all of them gave us at the time was very comforting. It was proof that Blake had touched so many lives during his short 15 years and that Bryce would have the help he needed from all of us to recover.

When asked about organ donation, we just did not know what to do. We were not educated about organ donation and had never spoken with Blake about it. After discussing this decision with our family, we knew that we had to say yes! In life Blake was such a giving person, we knew that it would have been his choice to give in order to help others. He gave his family and friends love, laughter, friendship and joy, and we knew he would want to give someone else the opportunity to have a better life.

We have recently been in contact with one recipient, and we know that Blake's other two recipients are doing fine. That gives us some comfort in knowing that a miracle has come from our tragedy.

For the past year and a half I have been involved with our local donor service to help educate the public about organ donation, especially teenagers and their parents. Making organ donation a topic about LIFE not death is very important. Blake would have died from his injuries from the accident no matter what, but others are LIVING because of his donation.

In closing, I just want to encourage everyone that has been touched in some way by organ donation, recipient or donor family, to share their story with others. By sharing my story, I may be saving the life of a friend or family member in the future if they are ever in need of an organ transplant. I may even be saving my life or yours. Plus, how would I be able to ask someone else to say YES to donating their loved one's organs if we had not said yes ourselves?

P.S. Bryce has recovered from his injuries but our whole family is still dealing with the loss of a wonderful young man. I am so very thankful for Bryce and his sister Tricia every day.

Robin, Donor mother
Tennessee
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Get Help if Unemployed - Home Affordable Unemployment Program

If you are having a tough time making your mortgage payments because you are unemployed, you may be eligible for UP. UP provides a temporary reduction or suspension of mortgage payments for at least three months while you seek re-employment.


Eligibility*

You may be eligible if you meet all of the following:

•You are unemployed and eligible for unemployment benefits.
•You occupy the house as your primary residence.
•You make your request for help before you’ve missed three payments.
•You have not previously received an UP forbearance or HAMP modification.
•You obtained your mortgage on or before January 1, 2009.
*Eligibility criteria is for guidance only. Contact your mortgage servicer to see if you qualify for UP.

Program Availability
•More than 100 HAMP-participating servicers are required to offer UP to eligible unemployed homeowners.
•You may be required to make a partial payment not to exceed 31% of your monthly gross (pre-tax) income including unemployment benefits.
•You will be evaluated for HAMP at the end of your UP forbearance plan.
UP is not currently available for homeowners with mortgages held by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac; however, both have their own forbearance arrangements for unemployed homeowners. Please contact your mortgage servicer to see if you are eligible.

For More Information
If you have additional questions about getting mortgage help, contact one of our housing advisors at (888)995-HOPE (4673). These HUD-approved housing counselors will help you understand your options, design a plan to suit your individual situation, and prepare your application. Research shows that homeowners who work with housing counselors like these are more successful and have better long-term outcomes. There is no cost to you for this valuable, around-the-clock service. Help is available in more than 160 languages.

Program Dates
Effective Aug. 1, 2010 – Dec. 31, 2012.
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Mississippi Cash Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

The Mississippi Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, administered by the Mississippi Department of Human Services (MDHS), provides assistance for needy families with children up to age 18 years without regard to race, creed, color, gender, age, disability or national origin. Monthly TANF money payments are made for children and their needy caretaker relatives who do not have enough income or resources to meet their everyday needs by state Program standards.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of Mississippi, 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
To apply for this program, please contact the local administering agency near you:
http://www.mdhs.state.ms.us/eadirectory1.htm

Program Contact Information
To learn more about the Mississippi Temporary Assistance for Needy (TANF) Programs, please visit:

http://www.mdhs.state.ms.us/ea_tanf.html

For additional information or inquiries on TANF, please call toll-free:

1-800-948-4060
Or:

601-359-4810
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Mississippi Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

The Mississippi Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides monthly benefits that help low income households buy the food they need for good health. Eligibility criteria, income and resource limits and allotment maximums per household size are set by Federal laws and regulations governing SNAP under USDA. A person who meets one of the following criteria may qualify for SNAP:
•Work for low wages
•Unemployed or work part-time
•Receive TANF, SSI or other assistance payments
•Elderly or disabled and live on a small income
Additional eligibility requirements exist. You will need to work with the Mississippi Department of Human Services, Economic Assistance Office to determine whether you are eligible for benefits. To apply for benefits, you must submit an application to your local county Department of Human Services Economic Assistance office. After an application is received, an eligibility worker will hold an interview with you, another member of the household, or a household's authorized representative to gather information and explain SNAP. After all required verifications are completed, the household will be notified by mail whether or not they are eligible, and, if so, their benefit amount, certification period and issuance procedure. If you qualify for SNAP, the household will receive SNAP no later than 30 days from the date the office receives the application. Households with very low income and resources may qualify for expedited services receive benefits within seven calendar days.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the State of Mississippi 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
The SNAP application can be found at the following location:
http://www.mdhs.state.ms.us/ea_application.pdf
To apply for this program, fill out the application and make an appointment to speak with a representative at your local county office:
http://www.mdhs.state.ms.us/pdfs/eadirectory.pdf

Program Contact Information
For more information about this program, please visit:

http://www.mdhs.state.ms.us/ea_fs.html

Please be aware other information may be needed, as well as an in office interview to complete the application process. This application is only the first step.
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Mississippi Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

The WIC Program provides supplemental foods, nutrition education and referrals to health care, at no cost, to low-income pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants, and children up to age 5 who are determined to be at nutritional risk. To be fully eligible for the WIC Program, applicants must be determined by a health professional, at no cost, to be at nutritional risk (i.e., have certain medical-based or diet-based risk conditions).

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the State of Mississippi, pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum woman, infant or child up to 5 years of age and: (1) are individually determined by a health professional to be at nutrition risk; and, (2) meet an income standard, or are determined automatically income eligible. A person who participates or has family members who participate in certain other benefit programs, such as the Food Stamp Program, Medicaid or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, automatically meets the income eligibility requirement.

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

Application Process
To apply, set up an appointment at the WIC clinic closest to you:
http://www.msdh.state.ms.us/msdhsite/_static/19,0,166.html

Program Contact Information
For more information on Mississippi WIC, please visit the Mississippi State Department of Health (DoH) at:

http://www.msdh.state.ms.us/msdhsite/_static/41,0,128.html

Please see the following website for the income standard or maximum income limit for WIC eligibility:
http://www.fns.usda.gov/wic/howtoapply/incomeguidelines.htm

If you have questions about the WIC program call the Mississippi DoH at:

1-800-721-7222
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Mississippi Weatherization Assistance Program

The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) funds are used to improve the conditions of eligible low-income clients' homes. The program is designed to reduce home heating and cooling costs by improving energy efficiency and ensuring health and safety. Priority is given to low-income elderly and disabled individuals.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the State of Mississippi, your household's annual income before taxes must not exceed $13,538 if one person lives in the household; $18,213 if two people live in the household; $22,888 if three people live in the household; $27,563 if four people live in the household; $32,238 if five people live in the household; $36,913 if six people live in the household; $41,588 if seven people live in the household; and $46,263 if eight people live in the household. For larger households, add $4,675 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
Applications are taken at Community Action Agencies or Human Resource Agencies. All 82 counties have application sites where clients can apply. If you do not know your local agency, you may call the Community Services Line toll-free number at 1-800-421-0762 or local at 601-359-4768.

Program Contact Information
For more information, visit:

http://www.mdhs.state.ms.us/cs_info.html#eba
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Mississippi Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

The Mississippi Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides financial assistance to eligible households to help pay the cost of home energy bills and other energy related services. Benefits vary depending on the intensity level and are based on the rating tool. Households may qualify for regular LIHEAP assistance and/or the Energy Crisis (emergency) Intervention Program (ECIP) for natural gas, wood, electricity, liquid petroleum propane/butane gas, and other energy related services. The allocation of funds to subgrantees is based on the percentage of poor households in each county compared with the state's poverty level according to the current census data.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the State of Mississippi, you must not exceed $13,538 if one person lives in the household; $18,213 if two people live in the household; $27,465 if three people live in the household; $22,888 if four people live in the household; $32,238 if five people live in the household; $36,913 if six people live in the household; $41,588 if seven people live in the household; and $46,263 if eight people live in the household. For larger households, add $5,610 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
Applications are received by the Community Action Agencies or Human Resource Agencies. All (82) counties have application sites where clients can apply. If you do not know your local agency, you may call the Community Services Line toll-free number, 1-800-421-0762/local, 601-359-4768.

Program Contact Information
For more information about this program, please visit:

http://www.mdhs.state.ms.us/cs_info.html
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Pennsylvania Cash Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) provides money for dependent children and their parents or other relatives with whom they live, and for pregnant women. The Federal government and Pennsylvania fund TANF payments.

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

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

Application Process
To apply for TANF, contact the County Assistance Office in the county where you live. Phone numbers and addresses of local offices can be found at the DPW web site and in the blue pages of the phone book. You should apply even if you are not sure that you are eligible. Phone numbers and addresses can be found on the following website:
http://www.dpw.state.pa.us/findfacilsandlocs...

You may also apply online at:
https://www.humanservices.state.pa.us/compass/CMHOM.aspx

Application forms can also be downloaded from the DPW website:
http://www.dpw.state.pa.us/applyforbenefits/index.htm

Program Contact Information
For questions concerning the Pennsylvania TANF program, contact the Welfare Helpline at

1-800-692-7462
The TDD number for individuals with hearing impairments is:

1-800-451-5886
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Pennsylvania Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

The WIC Program provides supplemental foods, nutrition education, and referrals to health care, at no cost, to low-income pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants, and children up to age 5 who are determined to be at nutritional risk. The goal of the WIC program is to decrease the risk of poor birth outcomes and to improve the health of the children during critical states of growth and development. The WIC program of Pennsylvania is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Division of WIC.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the State of Pennsylvania, pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum woman, infant or child up to 5 years of age and: (1) are individually determined by a health professional to be at nutrition risk; and, (2) meet an income standard, or are determined automatically income eligible. A person who participates or has family members who participate in certain other benefit programs, such as the Food Stamp Program, Medicaid or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, automatically meets the income eligibility requirement.

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

Application Process
To apply, set up an appointment at the WIC clinic closest to you:
http://www.dsf.health.state.pa.us/health/cwp/view.asp?a=179&Q=237233

Program Contact Information
For more information on the WIC program in Pennsylvania, please visit their website at:

http://www.dsf.health.state.pa.us/health/cwp/view.asp?A=179&Q=236988

Please see the following website for the income standard or maximum income limit for WIC eligibility:
http://www.fns.usda.gov/wic/howtoapply/incomeguidelines.htm

You can also call the Pennsylvania Department of Health toll-free if you have questions about the program:

800-942-9467
If you are local, you can call:

717-783-1289
Or you can contact the department by sending an email to:

BFHcontact@state.pa.us
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Pennsylvania Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits are used to buy food and help low income households obtain more nutritious diets by increasing the food purchasing power for all eligible participants. The recipient receives a plastic card, the Pennsylvania EBT ACCESS Card that only they may use. If the household requests, an authorized representative may be given a separate card to purchase food on behalf of the household.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Pennsylvania 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
To apply for Food Stamps, contact the County Assistance Office in the county where you live. Phone numbers and addresses of local offices can be found at the DPW website and in the blue pages of the phone book. You should apply even if you are not sure that you are eligible. Phone numbers and addresses can be found at:
http://www.dpw.state.pa.us/findfacilsandlocs/hsdfcountycontacts/index.htm

You may also apply online at:
https://www.humanservices.state.pa.us/compass/CMHOM.aspx

Application forms can also be downloaded from the DPW web site:
http://www.dpw.state.pa.us/foradults/supplementalnutritionassistanceprogram/index.htm

Program Contact Information
For questions concerning the Pennsylvania Food Stamp program, contact the Welfare Helpline at:

1-800-692-7462
1-800-451-5886 TDD
For more information about this program, please visit:

http://www.dpw.state.pa.us/foradults/supplementalnutritionassistanceprogram/index.htm
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Pennsylvania Weatherization Assistance Program

The Pennsylvania's Weatherization Assistance Program is designed to help low-income residents save fuel and money, while increasing the comfort of their homes. Its mission is to insulate the dwellings of low-income persons, particularly the elderly, persons with disabilities, families with children, high residential energy users, and households with a high energy burden, in order to conserve needed energy and to aid those persons least able to afford higher utility costs.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the State of Pennsylvania, your household's annual income before taxes must not exceed $21,660 if one person lives in the household; $29,140 if two people live in the household; $36,620 if three people live in the household; $44,100 if four people live in the household; $51,580 if five people live in the household; $59,060 if six people live in the household; $66,540 if seven people live in the household; and $74,020 if eight people live in the household. For larger households, add $7,480 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 this program, please contact your local administering agency at the following location:
http://sedawx.nonprofitoffice.com/index.asp...

Program Contact Information
For more information, please visit the Pennsylvania WAP program website at:

http://sedawx.nonprofitoffice.com/index.asp
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Pennsylvania Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

The Pennsylvania Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps low income people pay their heating bills through energy assistance grants. People need not have an unpaid bill to receive energy assistance. People can receive this money without being on welfare. No lien is placed on the person's property if they receive this help. Additional money is available to individuals if they are in an emergency situation and are in jeopardy of losing their heat. Emergency situations include:
•Broken heating equipment or leaking lines that must be fixed or replaced
•Lack of fuel
•Termination of utility service
•Danger of being without fuel or of having utility service terminated
General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Pennsylvania, you must need financial assistance for home energy costs and your household's annual income before taxes must not exceed $16,245 if one person lives in the household; $21,855 if two people live in the household; $27,465 if three people live in the household; $33,075 if four people live in the household; $38,685 if five people live in the household; $44,295 if six people live in the household; $49,905 if seven people live in the household; $55,515 if eight people live in the household; and $61,125 if more than eight people live in the household. For larger households, add $5,610 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 this benefit, please visit the following website:
https://www.humanservices.state.pa.us/compass/CMHOM.aspx

Program Contact Information
For more information about this program, please visit:

http://www.dpw.state.pa.us/foradults/heatingassistanceliheap/index.htm
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Ohio Head Start

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 Ohio, you must be a parent or primary caregiver responsible for a child who is too young for public school and your household's annual income before taxes must not exceed $10,830 if one person lives in the household; $14,570 if two people live in the household; $18,310 if three people live in the household; $22,050 if four people live in the household; $25,790 if five people live in the household; $29,530 if six people live in the household; $33,270 if seven people live in the household; $37,010 if eight people live in the household; and $40,750 if more than eight people live in the household. For larger households, add $3,740 for each additional person in the home.
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
Please visit the Ohio Head Start Association web site for more information:

http://www.ohsai.org/

To speak with a State representative regarding Head Start call the Department of Education toll-free:

877-644-6338
For further information on the Head Start program or to locate a Head Start provider in your area, please visit:

http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/HeadStartOffices
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Ohio Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

WIC helps income eligible pregnant and breastfeeding women, women who recently had a baby, infants, and children who are at health risk due to inadequate nutrition. The program improves pregnancy outcomes by providing or referring to support services necessary for full-term pregnancies; reduces infant mortality by reducing the incidence of low birth weight (infants under 5 ½ pounds are at greater risk of breathing problems, brain injuries, and physical abnormalities) and provides infants and children with a healthy start in life by improving poor or inadequate diets. The Ohio WIC program is administered by the Ohio Department of Health.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the State of Ohio, pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum woman, infant or child up to 5 years of age and: (1) are individually determined by a health professional to be at nutrition risk; and, (2) meet an income standard, or are determined automatically income eligible. A person who participates or has family members who participate in certain other benefit programs, such as the Food Stamp Program, Medicaid or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, automatically meets the income eligibility requirement.

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

Application Process
To apply, set up an appointment at the WIC clinic closest to you:
http://www.odh.ohio.gov/ASSETS/046B9B8112104A73A2ADFB940857E1E4/wicclinicdir.PDF

Program Contact Information
For more information on Ohio WIC, visit their website at:

http://www.odh.ohio.gov/odhPrograms/ns/wicn/wic1.aspx

Please see the following website for the income standard or maximum income limit for WIC eligibility:
http://www.fns.usda.gov/wic/howtoapply/incomeguidelines.htm

If you have questions about the program call the Ohio Department of Health at:

614-644-8006
Or send an email to:

OHWIC@gw.odh.state.oh.us
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Ohio Financial Assistance (TANF)

Ohio Works First (OWF) is the financial assistance portion of Ohio's Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program. OWF was established to provide time-limited assistance to eligible families. OWF provides cash benefits to eligible, needy families for up to 36 months. After 36 months, a family cannot receive additional cash assistance unless the County Department of Job and Family Services (CDJFS) approves an extension of benefits. There are two kinds of extensions, hardship; and good cause. A family can receive a hardship extension any time after the 36-month time limit has ended. A family can only receive a good cause extension after a 24-month waiting period following the 36-month limit. Each CDJFS sets its own policies for hardship and good cause extensions. The emphasis of OWF is self-sufficiency, personal responsibility and employment.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of Ohio, 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
To apply for this program, please contact the local administering agency near you:
http://www.odjfs.state.oh.us/forms/interfind.asp?formnum=07200

Program Contact Information
To phone the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) about Ohio Works First, please call:

614-466-6282
TTY/TDD users can call:

614-752-3951
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Ohio Weatherization Assistance Program

The Ohio's Home Weatherization Assistance Program is a Federally funded, low-income residential energy efficiency program. The program reduces low-income households' energy use, thus creating more affordable housing for those in most need. Services include attic, wall and basement insulation; blower door guided air leakage reduction; heating system repairs or replacements; and health and safety testing and inspections. All measures are provided based on an on-site energy audit and on cost effective guidelines developed using the NEAT computerized energy audit. Individualized client education is an important component of the program.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the State of Ohio, your household's annual income before taxes must not exceed $21,600 if one person lives in the household; $29,140 if two people live in the household; $36,620 if three people live in the household; $44,100 if four people live in the household; $51,580 if five people live in the household; $59,060 if six people live in the household; $66,540 if seven people live in the household; $74,020 if eight people live in the household; and $81,500 if more than eight people live in the household. For larger households, add $7,480 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
An application for this program can be printed from the website listed below. Please complete and mail the application with the required documents to the address listed on the bottom of page 2 and mark Box 4 for the Weatherization program:
http://development.ohio.gov/cms/uploadedfiles/Development.ohio.gov/Div...

Program Contact Information
For more information, please visit the Ohio Home Weatherization Assistance Program at:

http://www.development.ohio.gov/cdd/ocs/hwap.htm

For additional inquiries, please contact the Office of Community Services at:

1-800-282-0880
Or e-mail at:

energyhelp@development.ohio.gov
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Ohio Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)

The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) is a Federally funded program administered by the Ohio Department of Development, Office of Community Service (OCS). It is designed to help eligible low-income Ohioans meet the high costs of home heating. HEAP provides a one-time payment for Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) regulated utility customers for the winter heating season. Vouchers are issued to non-regulated utility customers, master-metered and other applicants who do not have a utility bill in their name.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Ohio, you must need financial assistance for home energy costs and your household's annual income before taxes must not exceed $21,660 if one person lives in the household; $29,140 if two people live in the household; $36,620 if three people live in the household; $44,100 if four people live in the household; $51,580 if five people live in the household; $59,060 if six people live in the household; $66,540 if seven people live in the household; and $74,020 if eight people live in the household. For larger households, add $7,480 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
For more information, see the Program Contact Information below.

Program Contact Information
To learn more information about Ohio HEAP, visit:

http://www.odod.state.oh.us/cdd/ocs/regheap.htm

Call HEAP toll-free during regular business hours (8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.) Monday through Friday at:

1-800-282-0880
For the hearing-impaired with a telecommunication device for the deaf (TTD), call toll-free at:

1-800-686-1557
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Ohio Food Assistance Program

The Ohio Food Assistance Program (Federally known as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, SNAP) is designed to raise nutritional levels, to expand buying power, and to safeguard the health and well being of individuals in low-income households in Ohio. A household may consist of an individual or a group of individuals who live together and usually purchase, prepare, and eat their food together.

General Program Requirements
You may qualify for benefits if your household's gross monthly income is at or under 130 percent of the Federal poverty guidelines. Some households may qualify if they have income over the limit if someone in the household is elderly or disabled. If your household's income is under the limit, or if the limit does not apply, we then review your household expenses to determine your monthly benefit amount. The expenses we review include such things as rent or mortgage costs, gas, electric, water, sewer, phone, medical expenses, and payments for child support and child care. In determining whether you qualify, we will also look at the number of people in your household who purchase and prepare food together. In special situations, resources such as cash, savings and stocks also are considered when determining whether a person is eligible. To have 130 percent of the federal poverty guidelines means your annual household income must be 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:
http://jfs.ohio.gov/county/cntydir.stm

Program Contact Information
To learn more information about Ohio SNAP, please visit:

http://jfs.ohio.gov/ofam/foodstamps.stm

You can speak with a representative at the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services regarding the program by calling:

614-466-6282
A useful fact sheet (pdf) describing the program can be found at:

http://jfs.ohio.gov/families/food/index.stm
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NEED HELP NOW!! THIS CANT WAIT ANY LONGER!! NO WATER & POWER MONDAY!!

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Description:The Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing (HPRP) focuses on housing for homeless and at-risk households. It will provide temporary financial assistance such as rent, electric, gas, water (includes deposits), housing relocation and stabilization services.
Service hours:9:00 am to 3:00 pm MON - FRI
Eligibility:homeless or in danger of becoming homeless; if working, income must be 50% less than the area median income, documentation of circumstances
Intake procedure:telephone
Documents:Proof of income, utility bill, eviction notice; homeless individuals: call for details
Fees:none
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Services:
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