Katrina Networking

I am using my networking and marketing skills to pass along vital information to organizations, volunteers and survivors of the 2005 hurricane season. Grants, networking, advocating, assistance resources, articles and more. Updated regularly to better assist you.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Family Resources

Looking For Residence I didn't find any apartments in Hancock County, but did through Harrison County on this site...

12/24/07 http://www.cheapkidsclothes.com/ - I've bought from this lady and she's GREAT. The clothes are great and her prices are perfect! She takes all sorts of different payments, so anyone with internet access can use the site. It's a great alternative if you don't have any consignment shops or such around.

Reminder of Tax Deductions
MS Homestead Deduction

Tax Information - new dates! Updated in July with new deadline dates.

Car Deductions You can deduct:• 34 1/2 cents per mile if you use your car for business (IRS Publication 463, Travel Entertainment, Gift, and Car Expenses)• 14 cents per mile if you use your car during charity work (IRS Instructions for Schedule A, Itemized Deductions)• 12 cents per mile if you use your car for medical care (IRS Instructions for Schedule A, Itemized Deductions)• 12 cents per mile if you use your car to move to a new job (IRS Publication 521, Moving Expenses)
The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), also known as the Earned Income Credit (EIC) is a Federal income tax credit for low-income working individuals and families. The EITC reduces the amount of taxes owed. If the credit exceeds the amount of taxes owed, it is possible to get a refund check.
The child tax credit is a credit on your taxes up to $600 for each of your children. This will increase in stages up to $1,000 in 2010. To be able to take this credit you must meet certain requirements. The credit is limited to people with an income below a certain modified adjusted gross income level.
The Tax Counseling for the Elderly program was designed to provide free taxpayer assistance to those ages 60 and above. The staff usually consists of retired individuals associated with nonprofit organizations that receive grants from the IRS to perform this service. Often they provide counseling in retirement homes, neighborhood sites or private houses of the homebound.
These publications are free from your local IRS office, by calling 1-800-829-3676 or download from http://www.irs.gov/.

One Time Tax Credit from Phone Tax

Legal Assistance
Katrina Legal Aid (thank you Karen!)

NOVA National Organization Victims Assistance
Information and Referrals for Victims of Crime and Disaster: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week Call 1-800-TRY-NOVA (1-800-879-6682) or (703) 535-NOVA (6682)

FEMA has a new Recertification Form that applicants receiving rental assistance must fill out and return
If FEMA is trying to recoup (get back) money FEMA gave to you and FEMA sent you a bill, here's some information for you and a fill-in-the-blank appeal letter for you to use: Appeal Application Call your local Legal Aid office for help if you need it. Heather E. Godwin Staff Attorney, Louisiana License Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid, Inc. Austin, Texas

MS Center for Justice
Mississippi Center for Justice P. O. Box 1023 Jackson, MS 39215-1023 Phone: (601) 352-2269

LA Legal Assistance
The American Bar Association is offering its services for hurricane relief. In Louisiana, call 1-800-310-7029.

Capital Area Legal Service Corp (AL)
Since 1958, CALSC has expanded its service area tremendously. CALSC now serves twelve (12) parishes which include: Ascension, Assumption, East and West Baton Rouge,East and West Feliciana, Iberville, Lafourche, Pointe Coupee, St. James, St. John and Terrebonne. (Provide elderly services only in St. Charles).
200 Third Street Baton Rouge, LA

General Assistance
http://www.cheapkidsclothes.com/ - I've bought from this lady and she's GREAT. The clothes are great and her prices are perfect! She takes all sorts of different payments, so anyone with internet access can use the site. It's a great alternative if you don't have any consignment shops or such around.

6/5/06 UHaul Helping - From Leslie T
UHAUL - Free 30 Day Storage For Disaster Survivors - ((PDT))FROM THE WEBSITE: Our charitable focus is on community relations through the endorsement of social programs, agencies and events that directly serve the most basic of human needs - food, clothing and shelter. U-Haul does not have a charitable foundation or formal grant, scholarship or sponsorship program. Requests for donations and sponsorship proposals must be submitted in writing at least three weeks prior to event or need, and are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Any requests received outside of the three week timeframe will be automatically denied.
E-mail: publicrelations@uhaul.com
Mail:U-Haul Public Relations
Attn: Donation or Sponsorship
2727 North Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Disaster relief
U-Haul offers 30 days of free storage to people affected by natural disasters, such as hurricanes, tornados, floods, etc. at participating U-Haul self-storage facilities on an as-available basis. (Nationwide Plan)We believe in helping our neighbors who desperately need to evacuate or take items out of their homes while they put their lives back together. U-Haul is an integral part of each community we serve. We were built by the same people who are affected by natural disasters, and are proud to be able to give something back to the community during a time of need. For more information about our programs please contact us at 602-263-6194 or e-mail us at publicrelations@uhaul.com

3/25 Red Cross Safe and Well Site - Let Others Know You're OK
3/25 Government Benefit Search Site
3/24 Scam Ed
3/23 Pet Assistance site
3/14 AARP Family Resources
2/23 Helping Each Other General Public Assistance $1,000 While You Wait For Gov’t Money - General Public Assistance or just Public Assistance is a welfare program offered in 42 states. This is a program of last resort for people either waiting to qualify for other government programs such as disability benefits, or who do not qualify for any programs, yet need money to live. The program eligibility and benefit levels vary within and across state lines. In some states, this benefit is only available in certain areas. There are strict income and asset levels that you must meet to qualify. Contact your local welfare office, your state Department of Social Service, or your state Temporary Assistance to Needy Families office to see what your state offers and the eligibility requirements.

Job Search

3/12 Debt Reduction Counceling To make an appointment with an Operation Hope financial advisor call 1-888-388 HOPE.
Story about their work: http://www.wlox.com/Global/story.asp?S=5953113

Debt Reduction Suggestions

Stretch Your Grocery Dollar (from Karen!)

Here is a great site I belong to that helps you stretch your grocery dollars. It may seem really frugal to some, but there is some good advice and recipes to be found along the way.

Pantry Challenge

Some Tips to Reduce Food Budget

6/12 www.LivingOnADime.com
6/12 Woman's Day Mag Quiz/article on smart spending

Camp Victor - MS Only
Camp Victor has a number of services to help those displaced or otherwise effected by Hurricane Katrina.
1515 Government Street
Ocean Springs, MS 39564-3825
phone: 228-872-5745

Shared Housing - a possible option to stay in your home...
New FEMA Call Center Open
A new Mississippi Maintenance/Applicant Support Call Center has been opened by FEMA to handle FEMA trailer maintenance problems and other issues. Is exclusively for applicants residing in Mississippi. Staff is on hand 24 hours a day, seven days a week to take calls.

Junior Auxilliary of MS
Email us at: info@jagulfport.org
The Junior Auxiliary of Gulfport,
Inc PO Box 6452
Gulfport, MS 39506
Our phone is: (228) 860-4020
They Run:
The Smile
Dental Health Program
The `Special Projects' portion of the program addresses acute needs of children and families that fall outside of traditional areas
The General Welfare project

Gulf Coast Women's Center
Sandra Morrison, Director
Post Office Box 333
Biloxi, MS 39533

Another "Adopt a Family" Site to Register With Help Out A Family

Food Sources
2/3 Starting a Community Garden For You and Your Community
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;

Angel Food Ministries
Your cost - $25. Their cost - at least $75. Delivered monthly if in your area.
Second HarvestFind a food bank closest to you just select your state or zip code
Free Items - Freebie Empire
Just about everything has a free sample listed

Other Resource Pages
Education Assistance Elderly
Emotional Resources
Family Resources
Furniture and More
Grandfamily/Single Parent ResourcesGrants for Individuals - does not include homeowner or repair grants
Home/Utility LA Family Resources
Medical ResourcesMortgage Resources

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