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USPRESARLENEA  

HELLO THIS IS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA PRESIDENT ARLENEA BALLARD-PRES.

HELLO THIS IS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA PRESIDENT ARLENEA BALLARD-PRES. ELEC.NO.2397855491-27-74-178...PSSCDE. IT IS ILLEGAL FOR TANF TO USE GENERAL ASSISTANCE FUNDS. IN U.S CONGRESS I AUTHORIZED GENERAL ASSISTANCE TO ALL ARIZONAINS WHO DON'T HAVE A JOB AND NEED RELIEF RIGHT NOW!!! THIS SHOULD BE PUT IN PLACE NOW!!!! TO MAYOR SCOTT AND THE GOVERNOR OF ARIZONA. U.S PRESIDENT ARLENEA BALLARD.
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Aidnell  

CASH ASSISTANCE, cash assistance for low income: need cash loan while mother in hospice

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Colorado Supplement (CS) Program

The Colorado Supplement (CS) program provides cash assistance to a Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipient who does not receive the full SSI benefit.

What are the Benefits of the Colorado Supplement Program?

The goal of the CS program is to provide financial assistance to meet the SSI benefit standard.

To qualify for CS, the applicant must be receiving SSI and their income must be under the current maximum monthly SSI benefit. If SSA is recovering any portion of the recipient's SSI benefit due to overpayment, that amount will not be supplemented.

Financial Benefits: The CS program provides financial benefits up to $637 per month beginning January 2009 for individuals who are receiving SSI because of a disability or up to $637 per month beginning January 2009 if the SSI is received due to blindness. Any other income such as wages, Social Security benefits (SSA), Veteran's Assistance, etc. may reduce the amount of the CS payment. The CS benefits are prorated the first month of application based on the date all eligibility requirements are met.

Medical Benefits: Individuals who are receiving SSI also receive Medicaid benefits. There are no additional medical benefits provided by the CS program.

Eligibility Requirements

To qualify to receive CS benefits you must meet all eligibility criteria. The complete rules and eligibility requirements may be found in 9 CCR-2503-1 - Staff Manual Volume 3 at Section 3.400.3. The following is a summary of the eligibility requirements and some, but not all, acceptable verifications.

1. Age: You must be under 60 years old to qualify for the CS program.

Verifications accepted:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Baptismal Certificate
  • Statement from Social Security
  • Driver's License
  • Picture Identification Card
  • Military Discharge Papers
  • Alien Registration Card
  • Naturalization Papers

2. Residency: A CS applicant/recipient must be a Colorado resident.

Verification accepted:

  • Client Statement
  • Rent Receipt
  • Lease Agreement
  • Mortgage Statement
  • Voter Registration
  • Utility Bill
  • Phone Bill

3. Citizenship: A CS applicant/recipient must meet the citizenship requirements. He/she must be a citizen of the United States, a naturalized citizen, or an eligible legal resident.

Verification accepted:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Baptismal Certificate
  • Naturalization Papers
  • Passport
  • Alien Registration Papers

4. Income: A CS applicant/recipient may be eligible to receive up to $637 per month beginning January 2009 for individuals who are receiving SSI because of a disability or up to $637 per month beginning January 2009 if the SSI is received due to blindness. Other income may offset the maximum CS payment. Income is considered as anything that can be used to meet expenses such as for food, clothing, or shelter. Some types of income are Social Security benefits, SSI, Veteran's Assistance, retirement pension, disability benefits, wages, etc.

Verification accepted:

  • Earned Income:
    1. Check Stubs
    2. Letter from Employer
    3. Tax Return
  • Unearned Income:
    1. Copy of Check
    2. Statement from Social Security
    3. Award Letter

5. Resources: An CS applicant/recipient may have countable resources up to a maximum of $2,000.00 for an individual or $3,000.00 for a married couple. Some types of resources are cash (not spent in the month you receive it), checking or savings accounts, certificates of deposits, vehicles, boats, motor homes, stocks and bonds, life insurance, burial contracts or policies, and secondary property, etc.

Verification accepted:

  • Bank Statement or Letter from the Bank
  • Vehicle Registration
  • Letter from the Broker
  • Life Insurance Policy or Letter from Life Insurance Company
  • Burial Contract or Policy
  • Tax Return
  • Letter from the Assessor's Office

Some resources may not count toward the maximum resource limit. Do not wait to apply if you do not have all verifications needed. You can gather needed information after your application has been received.

How to Apply

To apply for CS, you must complete an application. If you need assistance filling out the application, you can go to your local County Department of Social (Human) Services to have someone assist you. You can:

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Adams County, Colorado Listing Of Resources For Low Income

Aid To The Blind (AB)
303.227.2348
Provides a public assistance grant without Medicaid to clients age 18 or older, legally blind by Colorado statutes.  Income and resource guidelines must be met.

Aid To The Needy Disabled (AND)
303.227.2348
Provides a public assistance grant without Medicaid to clients 18-59 years of age, considered disabled by Colorado statutes. Income and resource guidelines must be met.

Burial Assistance
303.227.2348
Provides a public assistance grant for burial, funeral and cremation services to recipients of most financial and medical assistance programs.  Income and resource guidelines must be met.

CHOICES Program
303.227.2168
The goal of the Career & Household Opportunities for Income and Community Services (CHOICES) Program is to increase the household income of lower income working families in Adams County through training and resource connection.  CHOICES provides up to 12 months of free training and resource connection for eligible Adams County participants.  Services assist participants to earn and save money.  Individual training arrangements and "worksite training options" (for interested employers or organizations) are available.  Eligibility requires: Adams County residency, a working household member, a dependant child under age 18, an annual household income less than $75,000, and a valid Social Security Number for the participant or a U.S.-born child.

Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP)
303.604.1043
Provides child care assistance to participants who meet income eligibility guidelines and are in an eligible activity/program.  Licensed or unlicensed care may be subsidized depending on compliance with state rules and regulations.  Participants are given referral information on child care providers as well as guidelines on choosing a child care provider.

Child Support Enforcement (CSE)
303.227.2233
Establishes and enforces court ordered child support obligations that require non-custodial parents (parents who are out of the home) to help pay for the financial and medical support of their children. CSE Services are available, free of charge, to current and former public assistance and Medicaid recipients to eliminate or reduce the need for public assistance and help repay the Public Assistance Fund. Federal statutes also require CSE services to be available to non-public assistance recipients for a fee ($20 in Colorado) to promote self-sufficiency and avoid public assistance expenditures.

Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)
303.227.2332
TANF is the name of the federal public welfare program. In Colorado, TANF is also called Colorado Works. TANF provides temporary cash assistance, and other assistance options to families with children under age 18 who meet the requirements of the program. TANF is not an entitlement program and is subject to availability of funds. Participants are subject to a 24-month time limit to be engaged in a work activity as well as a 60-month lifetime limit, and are required to enter into an Individual Responsibility Contract with the County that specifies the terms and conditions under which they may receive assistance. Grandparents or other relatives may receive TANF cash assistance for children under their care through a program called Child Only TANF.  Income and resource guidelines must be met.

Employment First (EF)
303.453.8675
Is a program that helps Food Assistance work registrants find suitable employment.  The program goal is accomplished in several ways: through employment workshops which include self assessments, application and interviewing techniques, individual meetings with counselors, training and education provided by other agencies.  Emphasis is placed on participants taking responsibility for their own job search.  The program encourages participants to acquire the education and training they need and provides the job search techniques necessary for participants to become self-sufficient.

The Employment First Program also has a Workfare component, whereby Food Assistance recipients perform work in exchange for food benefits.  Workfare participants will be given job opportunities, learn valuable work habits, and obtain job experience that can be used on a resume.

Food Assistance Program (FA)
303.227.2350
Formerly known as the Food Stamp Program assists low-income households with monthly food benefits.  This program is a supplement to the household's nutritional needs for the month.  Eligibility is based upon the household's income, resources, household size, and shelter costs.  Benefits are given to eligible households through the Colorado Quest Card.  Certain food assistance recipients will be referred to the Employment First Program for assistance in employment and training needs.

Click here for information and benefit calculator.

Home Care Allowance Program (HCA)
303.227.2348
Allows for a small monthly payment to be added to a public assistance grant which can be used to hire a personal care attendant.  Financial guidelines must be met, however per State law, no new applications can be taken for HCA after July 1, 2002.

Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP)
303. 227.2378
Provides financial assistance to low income households to help pay part of their winter home heating cost.  Assistance is given to those households who pay directly to a utility company or those who have heat include in their rent.  There are other requirements for subsidized housing.  Income limits are set at 185% of poverty.  Applications are taken from November 1 through April 30.  LEAP can also assist with home heat system repairs.

Old Age Pension (OAP)
303.227.2348
Provides a public assistance grant and medical assistance (either Medicaid or the Colorado Health and Medical Program) to clients age 60 or older.  Income and resource guidelines must be met.

Supplemental Security Income/Colorado Supplement (SSI/CS)
303.227.2348
Provides a public assistance grant and Medicaid to Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients.  Income and resource guidelines must be met.

Aging and Adult Services
Adult Protective Services

303.227.2348
Receives and investigates reports of mistreatment and self-neglect of at-risk adults who are unable to protect themselves from abuse, neglect or exploitation.  Those who report mistreatment of at-risk adults remain anonymous and are immune from any civil or criminal liabiity if the report is made in good faith.

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Ramsey County, Minnesota Financial Assistance Services for Families and Homeless

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Financial Assistance Services

Financial Assistance Services provides support to low-income residents of Ramsey County. We determine eligibility for public assistance programs such as Medicaid, Food Support, General Assistance, Child Care and the Minnesota Family Investment Program.

Note: If you currently have Medicare or will qualify in the near future, you should learn about Medicare D, the new prescription drug coverage program. Go to Minnesota Department of Human Services for more information on Medicare-related programs.

New System, New Access in Community Human Services/Financial Assistance Services

CASH AND FOOD PROGRAMS

The following programs help low-income people with Cash or Food support. Click on the program links for further information about the programs. Click here for information on How to Apply for Cash or Food Support assistance in Ramsey County.

Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) - This program helps to pay childcare costs for low-income working families.

Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) - This program is Minnesota's Cash and Food Assistance program for families who need assistance.

Diversionary Work Program (DWP) - When most families first apply for cash assistance, they will participate in the Diversionary Work Program, or DWP. This is a 4 month program that helps parents go immediately to work rather than receive welfare.

Food Support Program (FS) - This program helps low-income people with their food costs.

Minnesota Food Assistance Program (MFAP) - Non-citizens not eligible for FS may qualify for the MFAP.

General Assistance (GA) - This program serves as Minnesota's primary safety net for single adults and childless couples. The GA Program provides monthly cash grants for vulnerable persons whose income and resources are less than program limits.

Minnesota Supplemental Aid (MSA) - This program is a state funded program that provides a monthly cash supplement to people who are aged, blind or disabled and who receive federal Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.

Group Residential Housing (GRH) - This program is a state-funded income supplement program that pays for room-and-board costs for low-income adults who have been placed in a licensed or registered setting with which a county human service agency has negotiated a monthly rate.

Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA) - This program coordinates services to assist refugees in making the transition to life in the United States. These services include resettlement and placement, cash and medical assistance, and employment and social services.

HEALTH CARE PROGRAMS

The following programs help low-income people with coverage for medical bills. How to Apply.

Medical Assistance (MA) - This program assists child under the age of 21, parents or relative caretakers of dependent children, pregnant women, people who are 65 or older and people who have a disability.

General Assistance Medical Care (GAMC) - This program serves low-income adults, ages 21-64, who have no dependent children under age 18 and who do not qualify for federal health care programs.

Other Health Care Programs - There are a variety of health care programs available to assist specific groups of people. These include persons in Nursing Homes, at-home care services, etc. the Department of Human Services web site is a good source of information on these programs.

EMERGENCY PROGRAMS

The emergency aid programs available in Ramsey County include:

Ramsey County Emergency Assistance (EA) - This program is for low-income families experiencing a financial crisis.

Emergency General Assistance (EGA) - This program primarily helps low-income individuals experiencing a financial crisis.

Emergency Minnesota Supplemental Aide (EMSA) - This program is only available to persons currently receiving MSA.

Emergency aide is usually provided in the form of specific payments for shelter or other emergency expenses, which cause a threat to the health or safety of the individual or family. People currently active on a program with Financial Assistance should call their caseworker to apply for emergency aide. People not currently on assistance with Ramsey County can call 266-4444 to get information on how to apply for emergency aide.

Emergency Shelter/Help for the Homeless - Ramsey County has a variety of services available to those who are homeless or in danger of becoming homeless. Intake services for homeless persons are coordinated through The Family Place. For information on what to do if you are homeless or in danger or becoming homeless call The Family Place at 651-225-9354 or 651-225-9355.

How to Apply - If you wish to apply for cash or food programs, please come to our offices at 160 East Kellogg Blvd., Government Center East, St. Paul, MN 55101.

To access application forms and get further information from the Minnesota Department of Human Services, please go to their website.

To have Ramsey County mail you an application, or for further information about applying for services or our programs, call 266-4444.

 


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Seattle, Washington Low Income Toilet Offer

For Low Income Homeowners and Multi-family Housing Providers

Toilets are the biggest water-user in most homes and multi-family buildings. Replacing old toilets with new, water-efficient fixtures will save money on your utility bills and conserve water for the Puget Sound region.

Seattle Public Utilities is offering FREE water-saving toilets, efficient showerheads and faucet aerators for qualified low-income homeowners and low-income multi-family housing providers. Based upon individual needs, qualifying customers may receive additional assistance with installation and other water conserving fixtures such as high efficiency clothes washers.

What are the qualifications?

How do I apply?

Homeowner program information is available in several languages. Free Water Saving Toilets (PDF).

Homeowners - please call (206) 448-5751

Multi-family Housing Providers – please call (206) 233-3839 or e-mail tracey.rowland@seattle.gov to request an application packet.

Utility Assistance Program Links
Utility rate discounts for seniors, the disabled, and/or low income households and emergency assistance to help prevent utility disconnection is available. Information is available in several languages on the
Seattle Human Services Department website.

Conservation Links
Conserve Inside the Home

WashWise Clothes Washer Rebates

Housing resources for low income households
Low-cost home repairs

HomeWise Weatherization and Home Repair

Affordable Housing Provider Information and Resources
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Arizona - Cash Assistance

The Cash Assistance program provides temporary cash benefits and supportive services to the neediest of Arizona's children and their families. The program helps these families meet their basic needs for well-being and safety and serves as their bridge back to self-sufficiency. Of particular importance for a parent(s) receiving cash benefits is completing and signing a Personal Responsibility Agreement with the Department that specifies their willingness to engage in work activities that will lead to employment and to comply with child support establishment and enforcement, if applicable.

The Cash Assistance program also provides income assistance to families in which the dependent child is being raised by relatives or a legal guardian in order to provide the child with family stability. The Cash Assistance application form serves as an application for Nutrition Assistance (formerly known as the Food Stamp program) and AHCCCS medical insurance. In this way, families provide information only once to determine if they are eligible for these services.

 
Eligibility

The following individuals may be eligible for Cash Assistance:

  • Parents with dependent children under age 19 who are in their care.
  • Specified relatives (grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc.) with dependent children under age 19 who are in their care (Kinship Care).
  • Pregnant women in their last trimester. The last trimester begins with the third month before the expected delivery date.
  • Parents of a child who receives Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
  • Individuals in the Kinship Foster Care Program. Participants in this program are referred by the Division of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF), which shares information with the Family Assistance Administration (FAA) to expedite an eligibility determination.

Eligibility factors include:

  • Resident of the state of Arizona.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or Qualified Noncitizen to be included in the cash grant.
  • Complete and sign a Personal Responsibility Agreement that specifies compliance with the Jobs Program and the Division of Child Support Enforcement (DCSE), as well as ensures that children are immunized and attending school. 
  • Meet income eligibility.  Countable income may not exceed 36 percent of the 1992 federal poverty level, as required by state law.  This means that for a household of two, that pays no rent or mortgage, the countable income may not exceed $275 per month and for a household of three, $347 per month.
     
Applying For Services
Apply for benefits on-line at www.HealthEArizona.org or complete the Application for Benefits (FA-001) form and return it to the local office that serves your ZIP Code. When renewing your benefits, complete the shorter Renewal Assistance Application (FA-001-M) form  (145 KB DOC). Applications may be obtained at any Family Assistance Administration (FAA) local office or on the DES Digital Library. To locate the FAA office closest to your residence go to the FAA Office Locator.    
Fees

There is no fee to apply for cash assistance.
 

Common Myths
 
Myth: Cash Assistance recipients have large families.  Myth: People on welfare receive benefits for a very long period of time.
Fact: The statistical data consistently proves that this perception is not true.  The most recent data available for Arizona indicates that the average number of children per case is 1.64.  Fact: Currently, the average length of time an adult receives Cash Assistance is 9.5 months.  In addition, the federal government has instituted a five-year time limit on Cash Assistance benefits.  Initial data shows that very few recipients are approaching the time limits or have had their case closed because of time limit expiration.
 
More Information Contact

Contact the FAA Customer Service Unit at (602) 542-9935 (area codes 480, 602, 623 and out-of-state). The number for all other Arizona area codes is (800) 352-8401.
 

Appeals

All Cash Assistance application denials, benefit reductions or terminations may be appealed through the Fair Hearing process. The Fair Hearing process allows an impartial Administrative Law Judge to review the determination to ensure correct application of Arizona law and FAA policy. Requests for a Fair Hearing must be completed within 30 days of the mailing date of the decision notice.

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Iowa Medicaid for Employed People with Disabilities (MEPD Program)

Website Location

Medicaid for Employed People with Disabilities (MEPD) is a Medicaid coverage group implemented to allow persons with disabilities to work and continue to have access to medical assistance. A brochure of the following text in PDF format may be downloaded by clicking here.

Are You Eligible?

To Qualify

  1.  
    • Social Security Disability; or if your
    • Social Security Disability benefits have stopped due to earned income but you continue to be eligible for Medicare.
    •  If you are not receiving these benefits you may also qualify as disabled if your disability meets the medical criteria used to establish disability for benefits administered by the Social Security Administration. The Department of Human Services will make a determination about your medical impairments.
  2. You must be disabled. If you receive the following you will be considered disabled for MEPD:
  3. You must be under age 65.
  4. You must have earned income from employment or self-employment.
  5. Monthly net family income must be less than 250% of the federal poverty level for your family size. 250% of the federal poverty level for a family size of one is currently $2,167 per month. Net income is your gross family income less exclusions and disregards
  6. You will be required to pay a monthly premium when your monthly gross income is above 150% of the federal poverty level (currently $1,300). (Premiums are calculated based only on the gross income of the MEPD member.) Premiums must be paid before you can receive Medicaid.
  7. Your countable resources must be $12,000 or less for an individual and $13,000 or less for a couplet

Some resources are exempt from consideration for all SSI-related Medicaid coverage groups.

There are additional resources owned by the MEPD applicant or MEPD member that are exempt from consideration for eligibility for MEPD. They are:

  • Retirement accounts such as simplified employee pension plans, self-employment pension plans, Keogh plans, individual retirement accounts, Roth individual retirement accounts, savings incentive matched plans for employees and similar plans for retirement.
  • Funds in assistive technology accounts, which are funds saved for the purchase, lease or acquisition of assistive technology, assistive technology devices, or assistive technology services. To be exempt a physician, certified vocational rehabilitation counselor, licensed physical therapist, licensed speech therapist, or licensed occupational therapist must establish the need for such technology and that the technology can reasonably be expected to enhance the individual's employment.
  • Funds placed in a medical savings account that is exempt from federal income taxation pursuant to Section 220 of the United States Internal Revenue Code (26 U.S.C. � 220).

7. You must meet all other eligibility criteria for SSI-related Medicaid.

8. You will receive a Notice of Decision that will tell you the amount of your premium and the twelve-month premium period.

9. A set premium amount is established for twelve months at a time.

  • The premium amount cannot be increased due to an increase in income in the twelve-month period.
  • The premium amount can be decreased if income goes down.

What happens when I have to pay a premium?
A billing statement will be sent to you with all months for which you have been approved and there is a payment due.

What happens when I do not pay the premiums?
If you do not pay an ongoing month premium by the due date, your eligibility will be cancelled. You will have to file a new application to get eligibility again.

Premiums may be paid in advance.

How do I find out if I qualify?
To find out if you qualify for this coverage group, you must file a Medicaid application at your county Iowa Department of Human Services office and complete the application process.

To find out the amount of premium you would be expected to pay, total your gross earned income and your gross unearned income and compare the amount to the chart below.

Remember that if you are required to pay a premium, your premium must be paid by the due date in order to receive Medicaid coverage.

 

MEPD PREMIUM CHART - (Revised 8/01/2009)

If monthly gross income of the disabled person is above:

The monthly premium is:

 

150% of federal poverty level ($1,354)

$25

180% of federal poverty level ($1,625)

$40

220% of federal poverty level ($1,986)

$55

250% of federal poverty level ($ 2,256)

$70

280% of federal poverty level ($2,530)

$85

310% of federal poverty level ($ 2,800)

$100

340% of federal poverty level ($3,070)

$120

370% of federal poverty level ($ 3,340)

$140

400% of federal poverty level ($3,610)

$165

430% of federal poverty level ($3,880)

$190

460% of federal poverty level ($4,152)

$220

490% of federal poverty level ($4,423)

$255

530% of federal poverty level ($4,784)

$295

575% of federal poverty level ($5,190)

$340

620% of federal poverty level ($5,596)

$390

670% of federal poverty level ($6,047)

$452


This chart is a guide only. Federal poverty levels are determined on an annual basis and changes in the poverty levels will change the income range for premiums.

 

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Oregon-Temporary assistance for needy families (TANF)

http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/assistance/cash/tanf.shtml

Click the link to access the information below.

DHS Offices Closed Friday, March 19

Note: DHS closed Nov. 27

Due to state budget reductions, the Department of Human Services (DHS) and most other state offices will be closed on Friday, March 19. DHS offices will re-open on Monday, March 22. We apologize for the inconvenience.

State offices closure list for 3/19/2010

The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program provides cash assistance to low-income families with children while they strive to become self-sufficient. The program's goal is to reduce the number of families living in poverty, through employment and community resources

To qualify for TANF, families must have very few assets and little or no income. The current maximum monthly benefit for a family of three is $528.

 

Applying for TANF

 

You can apply for TANF by downloading an application and instructions below.  You will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader software to view these PDF files. You can download the free software at http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html

 

These application forms should be printed and filled out by hand and then brought or sent to a local DHS Self-sufficiency office.

 

Other services

 

Many families in the TANF program receive help with needs such as employment, housing, child care, domestic violence and other factors that affect family stability.

 

Pre-TANF

 

The intent of the Pre-TANF Program is to provide initial screening and case management to families applying for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. This may include cash assistance as necessary to complete the plan and meet basic living expenses when other resources are not available.

 

Before Pre-TANF Program services begin, an assessment of the immediate unmet needs and strengths of the whole family is completed, eligibility is determined for Food Stamps and TANF-related medical benefits, and TANF eligibility factors are reviewed for presumed eligibility. A family may remain in the Pre-TANF program for as little as one day or up to 45-days, depending on the family's situation.

 

Pre-TANF includes an orientation on activities and services available in the local area. Case workers and other agency partners will assist clients in identifying family strengths as well as needs.  While in Pre-TANF clients will:

    *
      Learn about other resources that may be available, like child support or SSI (Social Security)
    *
      Use job search and job readiness activities to find and prepare for work.
    *
      Learn more about how to get the job they want.

In Pre-TANF, DHS can help pay for childcare and transportation while clients look for work. DHS can also help pay for items needed to start a job. Examples include uniforms, special tools and car repairs.

 

Post-TANF Program

 

The goal of the Post-TANF program is to provide parents who become ineligible for TANF due to income, a monthly grant of $100 for up to one year.  Post-TANF clients must stay employed and work a minimum number of hours per week.  This grant will help families with transitional expenses of employment.  There is an income cap of 250% of the federal poverty level.

 

Some other services that may assist families are:

    * Family Support & Connections
    * Alcohol or drug assessment and treatment
    * Child care
    * Domestic violence
    * Disability benefits
    * JOBS employment and training program
    * Housing
    * Mental health assessment and treatment
    * Medical care

The TANF program is administered by the Children, Adults and Families (CAF) Division of the Department of Human Services (DHS). All services are provided through local DHS offices.

 

Child support from absent parents

 

In addition, the Department of Human Services (DHS) works with the Department of Justice (DOJ) to help clients obtain child support from absent parents.  For help getting child support payments, contact Department of Justice.

Also see:  

    *
      Oregon Helps, a Web site that can help you find out if you might be eligible for several programs that serve families and children.
    *
      Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Policy
 

 

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Goodhue County, Minnesota General Assistance (GA) Program

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The General Assistance (GA) Program serves as Minnesota’s primary safety net for single adults and childless couples. The GA program provides monthly cash grants for vulnerable persons whose income and resources are less than program limits. GA participants are also eligible for help with medical costs through the General Assistance Medical Care (GAMC) or the Medical Assistance (MA) programs and Food Support.

 

Eligibility requirements

Program participants must fit at least one of the 15 categories of eligibility specified in state statutes. Eligibility categories are primarily defined in terms of disability and unemployability. Most applicants and recipients are required to apply for benefits from federally funded disability programs for which they may qualify, such as Retirement, Survivors, and Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income. In addition, the person or couple must have income and resources less than program limits. The resource limit for all units is $1000. After subtracting certain income disregards, a single person must have net income less than $203 per month, and a couple must have net income less than $260 per month.

Monthly benefits
The maximum benefit for a single adult is $203 per month and $260 per month for a married couple. Special funding is available for emergency situations when a person or family lacks basic need items, such as a lack of shelter or food, and that lack threatens the person’s or family’s health or safety.

Program funding
During state fiscal year 2009 (July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2009), GA served an average of 19,092 people monthly. The total amount of GA benefits issued in fiscal year 2009 was approximately $45.2 million. Program costs are funded entirely with state funds.

Applying for GA
To apply for the GA program, you must contact your county human services agency. You may also access county information at the State’s NorthStar web site.

You may also download a Combined Application Form (CAF) (DHS-5223-ENG). The completed CAF can be mailed or taken to your local county human services agency. For security reasons, you can not apply for assistance online.

 

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Phoenix, Arizona - St. Vincent de Paul Aid to Stranded Travelers

Website Location

9 a.m. - noon, Monday - Thursday
Closed on holidays
(602)261-6852

The Transient Aid Center provides services to nonresidents who find themselves stranded, in crisis situations, in the Phoenix area. The Transient Aid Center provides services to nonresidents who find themselves stranded, in crisis situations, in the Phoenix area.

For assistance, the client:

  • Must have a picture ID
  • Will have been in the Phoenix area four weeks or less
  • Has a support system elsewhere in the country, usually a family member or employer, who is able to commit to housing and food upon the client's arrival
  • Custodial evidence required for any children traveling
  • License, registration and insurance required for gas assitance

Through intake and assessment, the TAC Vincentians:

  • verify a support system at the destination
  • attempts to establish co-funding so St. Vincent de Paul and the support system share expenses
  • give the client a bus voucher, gasoline voucher or debit cards for car travel
  • provide showers, clothing (Ministry to the Homeless), and travel food (SVdP pantry)

If TAC is unable to provide assistance, Vincentians provide referrals such as other SVdP ministries, employment services, day labor agencies, shelters, or other area services.

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Minnesota - Cash Supplemental Aid

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Minnesota Supplemental Aid (MSA) is a state funded program that provides a monthly cash supplement to people who are aged, blind or disabled and who receive federal Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. Some recipients who do not receive SSI because their other income is too high may still be eligible for MSA if they meet MSA eligibility criteria and their income is below the MSA standard. MSA participants are also eligible for help with medical costs through the Medical Assistance (MA) program and for Food Support. Applications for MSA must be made through your local county human services agency.

Eligibility
MSA is available to Minnesota residents who are recipients of SSI, or

• are eligible for SSI except for excess income and whose net income is less than the MSA standards
• age 65 or older
• blind or have severely impaired vision, or
• disabled according to the criteria used for Retirement, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (RSDI) and SSI and be between the ages of 18 and 65. Disability for non-SSI recipients is determined by the State Medical Review Team.
Recipients must have resources that total no more than:

• $2,000 for an individual
• $3,000 for a couple.

Monthly benefits
MSA standards are adjusted annually by the amount of the cost of living adjustment (COLA) in SSI. The monthly MSA grant is based on the difference between the recipient’s monthly income and the appropriate MSA standard. Monthly MSA standards for 2010 are:

• Person living alone - $735
• Person living with others - $542
• Married couple living alone - $1,102
• Married couple living with others - $738
• Personal needs allowance (people in certain non-medical congregate care facilities) - $89
MSA also allows special needs payments to qualified MSA participants for representative payee services, guardian or conservator service fees, necessary nonrecurring home repairs or replacement of household furniture and appliances, shelter costs for clients relocating from an institution into the community or who receive Medical Assistance home waiver services.


Program recipients and costs
In state fiscal year 2009 (July 1, 2008, through June 30, 2009), total annual payments were $31million. In the same period there were 28,219 recipients per month on average, with an average monthly payment of $91.45 per recipient.


Applying for MSA
To apply for the MSA program, applicants should contact their county human services agency. County information can also be accessed by visiting the state’s NorthStar Web site. Applicants may also download a Combined Application Form (CAF) (DHS-5223-ENG). The completed CAF can be mailed or taken to the local county human services agency. For security reasons, applicants cannot apply for assistance online.

 

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Minnesota - General Cash Assistance Program

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The General Assistance (GA) Program serves as Minnesota’s primary safety net for single adults and childless couples. The GA program provides monthly cash grants for vulnerable persons whose income and resources are less than program limits. GA participants are also eligible for help with medical costs through the General Assistance Medical Care (GAMC) or the Medical Assistance (MA) programs and Food Support.
Eligibility requirements
Program participants must fit at least one of the 15 categories of eligibility specified in state statutes. Eligibility categories are primarily defined in terms of disability and unemployability. Most applicants and recipients are required to apply for benefits from federally funded disability programs for which they may qualify, such as Retirement, Survivors, and Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income. In addition, the person or couple must have income and resources less than program limits. The resource limit for all units is $1000. After subtracting certain income disregards, a single person must have net income less than $203 per month, and a couple must have net income less than $260 per month.

Monthly benefits
The maximum benefit for a single adult is $203 per month and $260 per month for a married couple. Special funding is available for emergency situations when a person or family lacks basic need items, such as a lack of shelter or food, and that lack threatens the person’s or family’s health or safety.

Program funding
During state fiscal year 2009 (July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2009), GA served an average of 19,092 people monthly. The total amount of GA benefits issued in fiscal year 2009 was approximately $45.2 million. Program costs are funded entirely with state funds.

Applying for GA
To apply for the GA program, you must contact your county human services agency. You may also access county information at the State’s NorthStar web site.

You may also download a Combined Application Form (CAF) (DHS-5223-ENG). The completed CAF can be mailed or taken to your local county human services agency. For security reasons, you can not apply for assistance online.

 

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Oregon Low Income Weatherization Assistance

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The Low-Income Weatherization Assistance Program provides weatherization and energy conservation services at no cost to households below 60 percent of Oregon statewide median income. Primary funding for the program is from the U.S. Department of Energy with other funds from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, utility companies and the Bonneville Power Administration.

pdf file Get Assistance by County
pdf file Program Factsheet
Guidelines for households applying for weatherization 
Guidelines for contractors 
   
Eligibility Requirements / How To Apply
To be eligible, a household's income must be below 60 percent of Oregon´s median income. Income is based on all income in the household, for all members of the household, before payroll deductions.
 
A qualifying household must apply through a local  Community Action Center (.pdf), and be placed on a weatherization waiting list. The waiting period varies with each local agency depending on the area need. Households with senior and disabled members, and households with children under six years of age are given priority.
 
Once a home is scheduled for weatherization, the applicant is contacted and an energy audit is scheduled. An energy audit determines the appropriate measures to be initiated based on the existing condition of the home and the funds available.
 
Completed work is inspected by the local agency to ensure compliance with program standards.

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2009 Poverty Income Guidelines
Contigous U.S. Grantees
Effective January 23, 2009
Income Levels
Size of
Family Unit
 
Annual Income
Threshold 200%
Monthly Income
Threshold 200%
1 $21,660.00 $1,805.00
2 $29,140.00 $2,428.33
3 $36,620.00 $3,051.67
4 $44,100.00 $3,675.00
5 $51,580.00 $4,298.33
6 $59,060.00 $4,921.67
7 $66,540.00 $5,545.00
8 $74,020.00 $6,168.33
Each additional member add $7,480.0 $97.25
 
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East Lansing, Michigan Tax Help & Hardship Assistance

Tax Help

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Municipal (Local) Hardship Provision - State Property Tax Law requires all municipalities (local governments) to have a provision for low-income hardship cases. The local unit can only grant hardship for the current year. If you are experiencing hardship, call your local assessor. If you are an East Lansing resident call (517) 319-6880 for more information or to request a hardship application.

  • State of Michigan Homestead Property Tax Credit - filed for all years (2005-2008). If unsure of prior filing, call Michigan Department of Treasury at (517) 373-3200. This document should be filed every year - if a property owner and inhabitant has no income, he or she can file Form MI-1040R Michigan Homestead Property Tax Credit Claim only (this form can stand along - it is not necessary to file State of Michigan 1040 Income Tax Return Form).
  • Capital Area Community Services (CACS) - connects you to organizations and agencies that best fit your needs and circumstances. Some services offered by CACS are year round income tax preparation, property tax assistance as well as money management, debt reduction and credit repair. Call (517) 393-7077 (or 1-800-649-3777).
  • Capital Area United Way - A 24 hour confidential resource hotline. Specialists can refer you to agencies best able to help with your specific needs. Call 2-1-1 (or 1-866-561-2500).

 

 

Assistance for Financial Hardship

  • Department of Human Services (DHS) - The DHS may be able to assist with mortgage payments, property taxes and home insurance for people in danger of losing their homes. There is a $2,000 lifetime limit for home ownership services. Eligibility is based on numerous factors including income, group size, household's past history and housing affordability. To request an application, please contact Ingham County Department of Human Services at (517) 887-9400 or visit the office between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  • www.holdontoyourhome.org - Ingham County has compiled www.holdontoyourhome.org that includes information on mortgage and tax foreclosure prevention and how to hold on to your home.

 

Other Possible Sources of Funding:
A. Veteran's Administration - If the taxpayer is a veteran or a widow of a veteran, he or she may qualify for an emergency grant of $500. Please contact the Veteran Administration office at (800) 827-1000.
B. Low Income Elderly - The Tri-County Office on Aging has a crisis center which may have emergency funding available. Please contact their office at (517) 887-1440 or (517) 483-7205 (after normal business hours). They can help you find certified housing counselors to discuss financial options, including reverse mortgages.
C. Religious Groups - Many local houses of worship and spiritual groups have funding available to assist members in crisis. Please contact your local spiritual advisor to discuss the situation.
D. Hardship Pension Withdrawals - Many contributing pension plans have provisions for emergency hardship withdrawals. Please contact your provider to find out if your plan has this type of provision.
E. Local Utility Assistance - The Board of Water and Light (517) 702-6006 and Consumers Energy 1 (800) 477-5050 have programs to assist residents with the payments of their utility bills. If you are a Consumers Energy user, are 65 year or older and head of a household, you may qualify for lowering your billing rates.
F. Legal Assistance - Legal counseling and referrals for homehowners who may need legal advice to resolve problems with lenders or title to the property may want to contact Legal Services of South Central Michigan at (517) 394-3121 for assistance. The Sixty Plus Elderlaw Clinic may also be available to help qualifying individuals. Their phone is (517) 334-5760.

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Pima County, Arizona CASH ASSISTANCE Programs

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EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE

For eligibility information and to schedule an intake appointment, please contact one of the Emergency Services Network Providers.

If you are unsure of which agency to contact, please call the Community Action Agency for additional information:
Norma Gallegos, Program Manager
Pima County Community Action Agency
Kino Service Center
2797 E. Ajo Way
Tucson, AZ 85713
520.243.6700
Medical Prescription and Supplies
Prescription medication and medical supplies assistance may be provide to low-income individuals and families. For more information please contact one of the following agencies:
  • St. Elizabeth Health Center
    140 W. Speedway Blvd.
    Tucson, AZ 85705
    520.628.7871
  • El Rio Health Center
    (must be a patient of El Rio ONLY)
    839 West Congress
    Tucson, AZ 85745
    520.792.9890

        Rental/Mortgage Assistance

Assistance is provided to residents of Pima County who are in need of temporary assistance with rent and/or mortgage payments to avoid eviction or foreclosure and to prevent homelessness. Assistance is restricted to one-time only per year. For eligibility information and to schedule an intake appointment, please contact an Emergency Services Network Provider.

         Special Needs

Assistance is provided to individuals in order for them to secure or maintain employment. Services may include eyeglasses, dental care, and car repairs. Household income requirements and other restrictions apply.
For additional information and/or a list of service providers, please contact:

Pima County Community Action Agency
Phone: 520.624.3479

       Support Services

Assistance to low-income individuals and families may include, but are not limited to clothing, hygiene items, gasoline, bus passes and food vouchers.
For eligibility information and to schedule an intake appointment, please contact one of the Emergency Services Network Providers.

      Food and Nutrition

Through local and rural nonprofit agencies, the Community Action Agency provides funding for services such as food boxes, congregate/home delivered meals, and food pantries, on a limited basis. For a list of Food and Nutrition providers, please refer to the Support Services list of providers.

UTILITY ASSISTANCE

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

LIHEAP is a combined heating and cooling assistance program designed to help qualified low-income individuals pay their utility bills. LIHEAP benefits can be used to pay for the current or a past month’s electric or gas bill, as well as late fees and reconnect fees. Water payment assistance is provided only from May to October (Can only be paid for evaporative cooling). LIHEAP is a federal emergency assistance block grant funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Assistance is restricted to one-time per year. For eligibility information and to schedule an intake appointment, please contact one of the LIHEAP providers if you live in the county.

City residents, please contact the Tucson Urban League at 520.791.9522.

City of Tucson Environmental Services Low-Income Assistance Program (administered by the Community Action Agency)

Assistance may be provided to help with water bills for residents who receive water from Tucson Water only. This program is for eligibility information and to schedule an appointment, please contact:

Community Action Agency
Water Assistance Hotline
520.243.6770
Utility Repair, Replacement, and Deposit Program (URRD)
URRD provides eligible individuals who are in a crisis situation with emergency assistance in making utility deposits, repairs, and/or replacement of heating and cooling related appliances and systems owned by therecipient. This may include utility-related water and sewer systems and appliances. For eligibility information and to schedule an appointment, please contact:

Community Action Agency, Hotline
520.624-3479

ADDITIONAL SERVICES

Community Services Block Grant (CSBG)

The Pima County Community Action Agency is responsible for the administration of CSBG funds. This grant is intended to provide a range of services and activities that have a major impact on poverty. For further information on these programs, please contact Norma Gallegos, Program Manager at 520.243.6700.

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Colorado CASH ASSISTANCE For Help With Food For Low Income

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To see if you qualify for food assistance, a pre-screening tool is available on line.
Click www.foodstamps-step1.usda.gov

This pre-Screening tool is not an application for Food Assistance.
An application for Food Assistance must be provided to your local Food Assistance Office. Applications are accepted in person, by mail, or by fax.

To find the address and general phone number for your Department of Human Services http://www.cdhs.state.co.us/servicebycounty.htm


Most low income households can get food assistance.

Below are some of the basic rules and a list of verification
that you might need to bring to your interview.

Identity:  The identity of the person applying must be verified.  Identity may be verified through a variety of documents, including but not limited to, Department of Motor Vehicles ID or drivers license, work or school ID, voter registration card or birth certificate. 

Citizenship Status: U. S. citizens and many non-citizens are eligible for the program. For a complete list of the special requirements for non-citizens, go to the USDA's website on immigrant policy. Even if some members of the household are not eligible, those who are may be able to get food assistance benefits.

Social Security Numbers: Everyone in the household that is applying for benefits must have or provide proof of application for a Social Security number.

Resources: Bank accounts, cash, real estate, personal property, vehicles, etc. are considered in determining whether a household is eligible to get food assistance benefits. Some resources are counted toward the allowable limit and some are not. The food assistance worker will explain which are counted. All households may have up to $2,000 worth of countable resources and still be eligible. Households may have up to $3,000 and still be eligible if at least one member is age 60 or older, or disabled.

Income: Under Food Assistance Program rules, almost all types of income are counted to determine if a household is eligible. Most households must have income at or below certain dollar limits before and after deductions are allowed. However, households in which all members are getting public assistance or SSI do not have to meet the income eligibility tests.

 

Household Size Maximum Gross Monthly Income Household Size Maximum Net Monthly Income
1 $1174 1 $903
2 $1579 2 $1215
3 $1984 3 $1526
4 $2389 4 $1838
5 $2794 5 $2150
6 $3200 6 $2461
7 $3605 7 $2773
8 $4010 8 $3085
Each Addl. +$406 Each Addl. +$312

 

You must provide proof of the income of all household members. Examples of proof include latest pay stubs or a statement from your employer, or benefit letters from Social Security, Veterans Administration, unemployment compensation, or pensions.

Deductions: After adding all of your household’s countable income, the food assistance worker will subtract certain deductions. The income after deductions must fall below a certain dollar amount for your household to get food assistance benefits. This dollar amount will depend on the number of people in your household.

Work Rules: All individuals who apply for food assistance in Colorado and who do not meet federal exemption criteria must register for work, accept an offer of suitable work and take part in the Employment First Program. The activities in the Employment First program include: workfare, adult basic education, GED preparation, literacy, college, vocational training, vocational rehabilitation, job search classes, and part-time work.

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Examples of verification that you might need to bring to your interview.

These are examples only and the items may vary depending on your household.

Proof of:
Documents
Identity

Driver’s License , ID Card, Birth Certificate or any
document that verifies your identity

Residence

Rental Agreement, Mortgage Statement, Driver’s License, Rent Receipt, Utility Bills

Social Security Number

Needed for all household members applying for food assistance or proof of application for a social security number.

Immigration Status
Legal Permanent Resident Card, I-94
Monthly Income


For all applying for food assistance

Paycheck Stubs(for the last 30 days), Benefit Award Letters from Social Security or Veteran's Assistance, Unemployment Insurance Check Stubs, Pension Information

Out-of-Pocket Child Care Expense
Cancelled Checks, Bills, Receipts
Court Ordered Child Support Payments Court Order, Stub with Garnished Wages
Monthly Shelter Costs

Lease or Mortgage Payment Book, Homeowner’s Insurance Bills, Proof of Property Taxes, Utility Bills

Out-of-Pocket Medical Expenses If You are:

Elderly or Disabled

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Monthly Benefit Amount

Many factors are considered in determining your monthly allotment. If you meet all the eligibility rules, the Food Assistance worker will determine your monthly food assistance benefit allotment. This is based on the size of your household and your monthly net income after deductions. The chart below lists the MAXIMUM ALLOTMENT for each household size.

 

Effective October 2009 - September 2010

Size of Household
Maximum Monthly Allotment
1
$200
2
$367
3
$526
4
$668
5
$793
6
$952
7
$1052
8
$1202
Each Additional Person
+150

 

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Wyoming Severe Crippling Malocclusion Program

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The Severe Crippling Malocclusion Program will cover eligible children in need of orthodontic treatment (ages 12 - 18).  Eligibility is dependent upon financial need as well as medical necessity.  This program is designed to meet the orthodontic needs of children with severe handicapping conditions which clearly impact function.

There are several types of congenital craniofacial anomalies which severely affect dental occlusion and function. The most common of these is cleft lip/cleft palate, which affects approximately one in 450 newborns each year. Nearly all of these children will require comprehensive orthodontic treatment as part of their overall rehabilitation.

Application Process

  • The program receives the application, verifies income for financial and age eligibility
  • Applicant is added to the program waiting list

Exam Process

  • An authorization to complete an exam and record is sent to the orthodontist who provides with this program in your area
  • Applicant receives a letter from the program stating the authorization has been sent to the orthodontist in their area, the parent/guardian will need to make the appointment with the orthodontist indicated in the letter
  • After the exam has been completed the orthodontist will forward the records to the Program Administrator/Team for review

Approval Process

  • If the records are approved by the Program Administrator/Team, the program will authorize the orthodontist to complete the treatment
  • If the records are not approved, the program only covers the expense of the records and the file is closed

To apply for this program you may obtain an application from your Public Health Nursing Office, by contact the program at 307-777-8946 or click here for a downloadable .pdf file. 

Parents must fill out one application per child and attach a referral from their regular family dentist.

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Illinois CASH ASSISTANCE Food Programs For Low Income

Hungry people need food. Illinois has many programs that can help.

  • Link Benefits - The Illinois Link card provides cash and SNAP benefits electronically.
  • Emergency Food - Helps supplement the diets of low-income needy people by providing food at no cost.
  • SNAP (Formerly Food Stamps) - Helps low-income households buy the food they need for a nutritionally adequate diet.
  • Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) - A food assistance program for Women, Infants, and Children. It helps pregnant women, new mothers and young children eat well and stay healthy.
  • WIC Farmer's Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) -A food assistance program for Women, Infants, and Children. Can provide special checks to buy fresh, nutritious fruits, vegetables, and herbs from farmers' markets and roadside stands.
  • Homeless Youth Services strives to meet the immediate survival needs (food, clothing, and shelter) of youth and assist them in becoming self-sufficient.

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Illinois CASH ASSISTANCE For Help With Child Care For Low Income

The Illinois Department of Human Services works hand-in-hand with local communities throughout Illinois to provide low-income, working families with access to quality, affordable child care.  DHS contracts with over 100 child care providers to give quality care for your child(ren) in a safe and healthy environment.

Child Care

  • Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) provides low-income, working families with access to quality, affordable child care that allows them to continue working and contributes to the healthy, emotional and social development of the child.  Families are required to cost-share on a sliding scale based on family size, income, and number of children in care. Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) Eligibility Calculator
  • Migrant Head Start office provides child care and a comprehensive program of health, parent involvement, and social services for preschool children (under 6 years of age) of low-income migrant and seasonal farm workers. 
  • Head Start State Collaboration office is a federal-state partnership organized to support and encourage collaboration with Head Start and various other state and local stakeholders that serve low-income families with young children. 
  • Healthy Child Care Illinois provides a network of registered nurses who help child care workers provide quality care for the well-being of Illinois children.

Early Intervention

  • Early Intervention - To help children (ages 0 to 3), with disabilities or delays, to learn and grow. 

More Information & Resources 

Billing Information

Payments

  • Child Care Payment Inquiry - a toll-free number that child care providers can use to check if their child care certificate has been entered for payment and an approximate mail date.
  • Child Care Payment Rates - Rates apply to all child care except the adult/teen/child care disregard.
  • Parent Co-Payment Information - What the parent pays once they have been approved for child care benefits.
  • The Illinois Debit MasterCard® card is a fast, convenient and secure method of receiving your payments. DHS offers this program for licensed and licensed-exempt home Child Care Providers.

Reports/Plans/Staffing Surveys

Publications

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