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in response to daisylucas71... California is a hard place to live, expensive. With your troubles in housing on top of that I know its got to be difficult finding help. the living conditions sound deplorable. Have you tried going through the housing authority to file an official complaint? Is by any chance the home you are living in a HUD home? If it is, then you can definitely file a complaint, here is the link for your city.
grateful to you for telling me about these programs. I will be in contact with my Congressman tomorrow. I hope that everything is going well for you. It is obvious that you have really done alot of research to help people. With all my heart i thank you. My prayers will include you tonight. I believe that God puts people in your path to help you, and i am so grateful that you have helped me.
GovBenefits.gov helps provide personalized access to government assisted programs. This online program is free and confidential. All you have to do is answer a series of questions about yourself and then GovBenefits.gov will provide you with a list of government programs you may be eligible to receive along with application information. The site will provide both state and federal programs to assist you. Contact: 800-FED-INFO;http://www.govbenefits.gov/govbenefits_en.portal.
BenefitsCheckUp is a service of the National Council on the Aging helping Americans connect with government programs. This online database searches federal, state, some local and public benefits for adults 55 years old and older. It contains over 1,100 different programs and on average there are 50 to 70 programs available to individuals per state. The online questionnaire is free, confidential and takes about 30 minutes to complete. If you want to find all of the
benefits you qualify this is a great place to start. For information contact BenefitsCheckUp,http://www.benefitscheckup.org/.
Low income veterans who are permanently or totally disabled or 65 years old may be eligible for pension benefits from the US government. The military also offers survivor benefits for surviving spouses and unmarried children of deceased veterans with wartime service. There are some restrictions so you will need to apply to the Veterans Administration. Contact: Veteran Benefits, 810 Vermont Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20420; 800-827-1000;http://vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp/main.asp.
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State Money Programs
Every state government has dozens of money programs that help people pay their expenses. The problem is that there is never one central place to look. You have to go agency by agency, or department by department and search for what is available. Some good departments to start are health, agriculture, commerce, and social services. You can find them by dialing 411 and asking for your state capitol operator or by going to the web athttp://www.govengine.com/ and clicking on your state. When I looked at Ohio, I scrolled down to the Executive Branch and looked at the Department listings. I saw Department of Job & Family Services and saw what they had to offer. Many of the state programs are offered at the local and county levels, and they can direct you to the correct resource.
There are a number of national volunteer organizations around the country that offer grants and other free services to solve problems for people in their community. Find your local club for each of the organizations below and contact them for information on their programs. These organizations run programs that offer money for: -day care services -summer camp -scholarships -travel -free eye glasses -cataract surgeries -health problems -medical equipment, and -money for emergencies
Kiwanis International 3636 Woodview Trace Indianapolis, IN 46268-3196 317-875-8755 http://www.kiwanis.orgfind a local Kiwanis club http://www.kiwanis.org/FindaClub/tabid/84/Default.aspx/
United States Junior Chamber P.O. Box 7 Tulsa, OK 74102 1-800-JAYCEES http://www.usjaycees.org/ find a local Jaycees chapter http://www.usjaycees.org/index.php? option=com_mtree&task=listcats&cat_id=95&Itemid=177
Lions Clubs International 300 W 22nd Street Oak Brook, IL 60523 630-571-5466 ext 356http://www.lionsclubs.org/ 630-571-5466 ext 356 find a local lions clubhttp://www.lionnet.com/united_states.html
Catholic Charities USA 1731 King St., #200 Alexandria, VA 22314 703-549-1390http://www.catholiccharitiesinfo.org/NetCommunity/Page.aspx?pid=1174
Over 14,000 local organizations offer a variety of services for many different community problems including child care, elderly services, emergency financial services, rental assistance, and more. To find an office near you go to their main web site and see Find Your Local Catholic Charities Agency and put in your state.http://www.catholiccharitiesusa.org/NetCommunity/Page.aspx?pid=292
Salvation Army National Headquarters 615 Slaters Lane P.O. Box 269 Alexandria, VA 22313 703-684-5500http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/www_usn_2.nsf
Families in need can receive a wide range of services including utility assistance, transitional housing emergency food, clothing, and more. For an office near you, contact the headquarters above.
United Way of America 701 North Fairfax St. Alexandria, VA 2314 703-836-7112 http://www.liveunited.org/?
To find a local chapter go to the web site and enter your zip code in the upper left corner. The United Way is a national organization that raises money for thousands of local non-profit organizations who offer money and services to people in their community. Your local United Way can identify non-profits in your area that may offer the resources or services you are looking for.
The Department of Health supports Safety Net Dental Clinics, which usually see patients that do not have other access to dental care. The dental treatment is either done for free or a sliding scale is offered. Each program has its own limitations and availability of appointments, so call first to find out the requirements of a clinic near you; http://www.padental.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Find_Free_Reduced_fee_Dental_Clinics1&Template=/TaggedPage/TaggedPageDisplay.cfm&TPLID=6&ContentID=3000 for more information, call: 1-877-PA-HEALTH
Income Eligibility: Determined on a case-by-case basis.
Money for a Car to Get to Work - 4/25/12
There are federal programs as well as state programs to help people with limited incomes keep their vehicles on the road so that they can get back and forth to work, focusing on those trying to get off welfare. Some states will even give you money for driver's education or to pay for a driver's license. The issue, like the programs for free cars, is to help people make it to work. These programs are organized like a patchwork quilt in most areas involving federal, state, county and non-profit organizations.
To start looking for programs like this in your area, contact your local congressman's office (http://www.govengine.com/), your job service office (http://www.servicelocator.org/) or your local Social Services (http://www.aphsa.org/Links/links-state.asp). They won't know about all the programs, but can probably give you some starting places. Most branches of the Goodwill Industries have a Wheels-to-Work program. Other programs can be found by typing in the keywords “Wheels-to-Work” in an Internet search engine. These programs are obviously only for those who live in the area.
Here is just a sampling of the Wheels-to-Work programs that we found:
Sioux Empire Wheels to Work, 805 Pam Road, Sioux Falls, SD 57105 ; 605-941-4318; http://www.wheels-2-work.org/
Bucks County Housing Group, Inc, 2324 2nd Street Pike, Suite 17, Wrightstown, PA 18940, 866-WLZ-2WRK, ext. 15, (866-959-2975, ext. 15); http://www.bchg.org/programs/w2w/
Goodwill Industries of North Carolina, 1235 S. Eugene St. , Greensboro , NC 27406-2393 , 336-275-9801, Fax: 336-274-1352; http://www.triadgoodwill.org/
Here Are Some Other Ideas
Vehicles for Change - They work with your local United Way to help people find vehicles for low-cost. Here is the website and contact details: http://www.vehiclesforchange.org/ and 800-835-3821
Help to Get to Work – If you are looking for transportation assistance to help you get to work, check out the Jobs Category: http://www.lesko.com/business.php?cat_id=5
Wheels-to-Work – Most branches of the Goodwill Industries have a Wheels-to-Work program, which helps keep your car on the road so you can get to work. Enter your zip code to find a program in your area: http://locator.goodwill.org/
Ways to Work – This is a loan program that provides small, short-term, low-interest loans to working poor families with challenging credit histories. They help families remain in or move forward in a job. To find a loan office in your area, go to: http://www.waystowork.org or call: 866-252-7171
Working Cars for Working Families – More than 120 non-profit organizations work to ensure that low-wage, working families are able to get a car in order to find and keep a job. Enter your zip code to see if there is a program near you: http://www.workingcarsforworkingfamilies.org/find/application.html
Good News Garage – This non-profit repairs donated cars and trucks and provides them to low-income families and individuals. They focus on maintaining people's ability to get to work. This is only available to residents in MA, NH, VT, and CT. Contact your local branch for more details: http://www.goodnewsgarage.org/about_us/locations/
Community Action Agency - These are local experts that can help you identify programs that might assist you with paying your living expenses: http://www.communityactionpartnership.com/index.php?option=com_spreadsheets&view=search&spreadsheet=cap&Itemid=188 (put in your state and county)
United Way Hotline – Be sure to call 211 and investigate other potential sources of help in your area. To find your local office, go to: http://211.org/ (put in your zip code)
Area Office on Aging – 800-677-1116 or go to: http://eldercare.gov/Eldercare.NET/Public/Index.aspx
You can look for additional help through non-profits that offer help for your specific needs. You can find non-profit foundations using two different online databases: The Foundation Center (http://foundationcenter.org) and GuideStar (http://www2.guidestar.org). These databases allow you to search for assistance by your topic areas.
I am a little confused by your story. Maybe there are holes in it, but it seems inconsistent. When I was looking for resources for you, you said your husband is an independent contractor and worked in Iraq but you never hear from him due to the phone lines, its once every other month but now, its 2 weeks from that very post and he is home being threatened with a shovel? And now your husband is out of work?
The other thing I don’t quite understand is you said the landlord let a woman with her 5 kids move in and there were 12 people in the house, but now there are her 6 children and 2 of her spouses?
I know you said you have no family In the states yet you are renting from your mother? Is she and the landlord one in the same? Im sorry but the story makes no sense, the more you write the more it changes and people are going to be reluctant to help if the facts aren’t adding up.
If your story is real then maybe clear up the missing or inconsistencies so that people who are able to help you will do so without feeling like they are being scammed with a sad story.
I know many here are suffering and Im not condemning you, I just wonder if other people are reading this and asking the same questions and maybe that’s why you haven’t gotten any assistance here.
Out of curiosity, if you have no family here in the states, wouldn’t it be easier to try to relocate where there are people around that may be able to help you out?
There is a state program in Tennessee giving out free cars and even a free year's worth of insurance coverage. Pennsylvania gives out free cars but makes you pay for the insurance. North Carolina makes you pay $50 a month for only one year. That is only $600 and you get a great car. Some programs even provide free AAA service for tows and jump starts. Such programs are normally called "Wheels To Work" and they are popping up all over the country. The government knows that working parents cannot drop off a child at day care, pick up food at the store and get back and forth to work and school on time by using public transportation. To start looking for programs like this in your area, contact your local congressman's office or your local social service agency. You can also check your state Department of Transportation located in your state capitalhttp://www.govengine.com or search "Wheels to Work" on your internet browser.
Contact Your Local Community Action Agency
These are local experts that can help you identify not only help with your home but other programs that might help with paying your daily expenses. The best way to get help is to make an appointment for an interview http://www.communityactionpartnership.com/index.php?%20option=com_spreadsheets&view=search&spreadsheet=cap&Itemid=188
Free Emergency Food
The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) is a Federal program that helps supplement the diets of low-income needy people, including elderly people, by providing them with emergency food and nutrition assistance at no cost. States provide the food to local agencies that they have selected, usually food banks, which in turn, distribute the food to soup kitchens and food pantries that directly serve the public. Contact Food and Nutrition Service, USDA, Food Distribution Division, 3101 Park Center Drive, Alexandria, VA 22302; 703-305- 2888; Fax: 703-305-2420; http://www.fns.usda.gov/fdd/programs/tefap/ To learn how to apply and eligibility go tohttp://www.fns.usda.gov/fdd/programs/tefap/tefap_eligibility.htm
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Free Extra Food
The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) works to improve the health of low-income pregnant and breastfeeding women, other new mothers up to one year postpartum, infants, children up to age six, and elderly people at least 60 years of age by supplementing their diets with nutritious USDA commodity foods. Food packages include a variety of foods, such as infant formula and cereal, non-fat dry and evaporated milk, juice, farina, oats, ready-to-eat cereal, rice, pasta, egg mix, peanut butter, dry beans or peas, canned meat or poultry or tuna, cheese, and canned fruits and vegetables. Eligibility varies by whether children are in the home and for the elderly. To check eligibility and availability contact Food and Nutrition Service - USDA, Food Distribution Division, 3101 Park Center Drive, Room 504, Alexandria, VA 22302; 703-305-2888; Fax: 703- 305-2420;http://www.fns.usda.gov/fdd/programs/csfp/