Monday, July 12, 2010

Where to Get Assistance

Now that our unemployment checks are no longer coming in, do you need assistance? If you are still receiving unemployment benefits, does that check stretch far enough for you?

We are all in the same boat.

Thanks to @Boiling_Skies, and @dedanna1029 for sharing some links to websites that can help put food on the table, keep your electric/natural gas on, etc. All the websites are national, you can find out where to go, who to call in your state from them.

If you belong to a church, don't try to be so proud that you can't ask for help. Some churches have food banks.


Renters Assistance

http://www.grantfreedom.com/
other assistance can also be found here

Housing Assistance

http://www.affordablehousingonline.com/section8housing.asp

What is Section 8?

Section 8, or the Housing Choice Voucher Program, is a Federal housing program which provides housing assistance to low-income renters and homeowners. This assistance comes in the form of rental subsidies, limiting the monthly rent payment of the assistance recipient.

Homeless Prevention & Rapid Re-Housing Program

http://www.hudhre.info/hprp/ Note: this is a one time deal for help

On February 17, 2009, President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which includes $1.5 billion for a Homelessness Prevention Fund. Funding for this program, called the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP), is being distributed based on the formula used for the Emergency Shelter Grants (ESG) program.

For additional information on the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), please visit HUD's ARRA page, or www.Recovery.gov.

Energy Assistance

http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ocs/liheap/

Food Assistance

Wic Program

http://www.fns.usda.gov/wic/

This program is for Women, Infants and Children.

WIC provides Federal grants to States for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk.

Feed America

http://feedingamerica.org/

America's Second Harvest

The Nation's Food Bank Network and Hormel Foods Corporation Forge Partnership to Fight Hunger and Raise Awareness

Article is old, but check out the press release and links.

http://www.csrwire.com/press_releases/23315-America-s-Second-Harvest-The-Nation-s-Food-Bank-Network-and-Hormel-Foods-Corporation-Forge-Partnership-to-Fight-Hunger-and-Raise-Awareness

Bridging the Gaps

Your child doesn't need to go hungry

http://strength.org/

From my blog on July 6th, 2010

When You are Hungry, It is Time to Do Something About It

In these hard times, some families, single parents, and single people need help. At this website - http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=618 - Food Stamps On-Line: A Review of State Government Food Stamp Websites, you can find out about the Food Stamp Program in your state. The website has not been updated since December 18, 2009 but it will provide where to call about assistance. We are proud people who have worked hard all our lives but if you're hungry - get the help you need.

If you should call them, ask about other services too!

In my internet travels, I found another list which tells about other free services. Please visit the Unemployed Workers Action Group for it. Click here.

If any of you know of any other agencies that can help, please post them in comments or dm with the website address @ElaineM925.

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