Transforming Lives

The following organization exists to transform the lives of those who are struggling either emotionally or financially. If you are in need of assistance, MIFA may be your answer:

1080072 girl_in_white_holding_her_hands_upFounded in 1968 to find a solution for the poverty and racial division of Memphis, the Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association (MIFA) works to unite the Memphis community and address the challenges of poverty. Through their three main focus areas, MIFA provides services and programs for seniors, families in crisis and teens. The goal of each program is to help individuals sustain their independence, transform their lives and prepare for success.  MIFA’s programs and services include:

MIFA Meals on Wheels: Through Meals on Wheels, homebound elderly and seniors are provided with hot, nutritious lunches for each weekday. To be eligible for the program, individuals must be nutritionally at-risk seniors (over age 60) due to illness or disability and reside in Shelby, Fayette, Tipton or Lauderdale counties.

Handyman Program: This program assists low-income senior homeowners with minor but critical home repairs. Projects are conducted by staff, contractors and volunteers and may include repairs to floors, bathrooms, exterior siding, roofs, windows and doors. Projects may also include electrical, heating and plumbing systems work. For those with physical disabilities, Handyman also constructs wheelchair ramps, installs bathroom grab bars, distributes donated wheelchairs and walkers and offers education on basic home maintenance and energy efficiency.

Senior Companion: Senior Companion pairs low-income, able seniors with homebound, disabled or critically ill peers to provide respite for family caregivers and assist peers with the activities of daily living. Companions are supervised and assigned by local Memphis agencies. To be eligible for this program, companions must be over 55 years of age and complete a 40-hour pre-service training.

MIFA Housing Opportunities: The Housing Opportunities program provides homeless families with transitional housing. The program also offers life skills education, case management services, counseling, employment guidance, housing location, budgeting and debt reduction classes through its Life Skills Institute. To be eligible, applicants must be homeless Shelby County resident with children up to the age of 17. Applicants must be able to prove county residency and homelessness and be employed or employable. Applicants must also undergo background and drug checks.

Emergency Services: Through this program, assistance is provided to the working poor and seniors on fixed incomes who have experienced temporary crises with rent, mortgage payments, utilities, food and other basic necessities. Emergency financial assistance through MIFA is available only once within a 24 month period. To be eligible for assistance, applicants must be Shelby County residents and must be able to document a temporary, unavoidable loss of income or crisis in the household that prevented the ability to pay bills or afford basic necessities. Applicants must also provide the household’s utility cut-off notice, late rent or mortgage notice, proof of household income, proof of address and verification of identification for all household residents.

Emergency Housing: In an effort to prevent homelessness, this program provides assessments and referrals to emergency shelters, transitional housing, rental assistance and rapid re-housing assistance. In conjunction with the Memphis and Shelby County Emergency Housing Partnership, the program works with other agencies to provide services to assist families in gaining and retaining permanent and stable housing .

MIFA Transit: MIFA’s transit program provides seniors with transportation to and from doctor’s appointments, pharmacies, banks, government agencies and congregate meal sites. To be eligible, individuals must be Shelby County seniors with medical, nutritional or counseling transportation needs.

For more information about the programs and services of MIFA, call (901) 527-0208.

If you or a loved one has a disability and would like more information about Social Security Disability benefits or need assistance in applying for Social Security Disability benefits, contact The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers at 1-800-THE-FIRM (1-800-843-3476). We are available day or night to help you receive the Social Security benefits that you deserve.

Linking People and Resources

If you are in need of public assistance, but are unsure where to begin? The  following service can help, and is only a phone call away:1241104 old_phone_2

Finding the assistance that you need can be difficult. Thanks to Louisiana’s 232-HELP/211 system, those in need are able to obtain information on various services. 2-1-1 provides information to individuals, families and government agencies. Listed below is a list of services in which information is provided:

  • Rent assistance
  • Food banks
  • Affordable housing
  • Health resources
  • Child care
  • After-school programs
  • Elderly care
  • Financial literacy
  • Job training programs

The hours of operation are Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-4:30 pm. They also have a 24 hour on-call service center. They are located at 1005 Jefferson Street in Lafayette Louisiana. In addition to information and referral, 232-HELP/211 also offers various in-house programs, as well as maintains a resource library with videos, brochures and many publications.

For more information about the programs and services offered through 232-HELP/2-1-1, call (337) 232-HELP (4357) or 2-1-1.

At The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers we understand that for many clients, Social Security Disability benefits can't come soon enough. If your application has been denied, don't give up! Our experienced Social Security disability lawyers are extremely familiar with the Social Security Disability application process and will work hard to help you get the benefits you deserve. If you or a loved one has a disability and would like assistance with handling your claim, contact The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers today at 1-800-THE-FIRM (1-800-843-3476). We are available day or night to help you receive the Social Security disability benefits you deserve.

Making a Difference

If you are disabled and are looking for assistance, the following organization may be able to assess your needs:

Founded in 1979, ARISE, of New York exists to address the needs of people of all ages with all types of disabilities, their families, and the community. This non-profit, non-residential, community-based center for independent living strives to help promote the social, educational, economic, and individual interests of people with disabilities.  ARISE offers a wide range of services to support independent living, these services include: peer counseling, independent living skills training, information and referral, and individual and systems advocacy. The organization also offer various 834151 -diversity_4-programs beyond the core services. Listed below are brief descriptions about a few of the services and programs offered through ARISE:

Benefits Advocacy: This program helps individuals apply for and maintain benefits such as: Medicaid, public assistance, HELP, Supplemental Needs Trust, Social Security Benefits (SSI and SSDI), food stamps and Section 8.

Education Advocacy: ARISE’s education assistance helps ensure students with disabilities receive a proper education in the least restricted environment.

Health Care Advocacy: This program focuses on ensuring that people with disabilities understand their health care rights and helps them transition from nursing homes to community living by finding housing options.

Housing Advocacy, Information and Referrals: The housing program helps people with disabilities locate affordable, accessible housing. They also provide referrals to community resources.

For more information about the services and programs offered through ARISE, please call (315) 472-3171.

At The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers we understand that for many clients, Social Security Disability benefits can't come soon enough. If your application has been denied, don't give up! Our experienced Social Security disability lawyers are extremely familiar with the Social Security Disability application process and will work hard to help you get the benefits you deserve. If you or a loved one has a disability and would like assistance with handling your claim, contact The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers today at 1-800-THE-FIRM (1-800-843-3476). We are available day or night to help you receive the Social Security disability benefits you deserve.

  • Extreme Heat and People with Chronic Medical Conditions?

As the mercury rises this summer, it is important for everyone to respond accordingly to those changes in temperature. This is especially the case for Thermometerthose suffering from Chronic Medical Conditions. The following article may offer some useful tips to help when battling extreme heat.

For people with a chronic medical condition, it may be more difficult to sense and respond when temperatures change.  This could be due to a type of medication they are taking that could worsen the effects of extreme heat.  The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people in this category follow the set of guidelines below.

  • If you feel overheated, take a cool shower or bath.
  • Offer to check on a friend or neighbor, and have someone do the same for you.
  • Stay hydrated. Drink more water than usual even if you do not feel thirsty.
  • Watch your local news and weather often for up-to-date safety and health information and services.
  • Wear clothes that are light-light colored, loose and lightweight.

Listed below are some common warning signs and symptoms of  heat exhaustion.

  • Fast, weak pulse
  • Feeling faint or fainting
  • Feeling weak
  • Heavy sweating
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Pale, cold, and clammy skin

A person may be having a heat stroke if they are experiencing the symptoms below.

  • Body temperature above 103 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Hot red skin – either moist or dry
  • Rapid, strong pulse
  • Unconsciousness
  • If you or someone you know experiences any of the symptoms of heat exhaustion or stroke, seek medical care immediately.

For more information about this and many topics, you may contact the CDC by visiting their website at http://www.cdc.gov/ or by phone at 1-800-CDC-INFO.

At The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers we understand that for many clients, Social Security Disability benefits can't come soon enough. If your application has been denied, don't give up! Our experienced Social Security disability lawyers are extremely familiar with the Social Security Disability application process and will work hard to help you get the benefits you deserve. If you or a loved one has a disability and would like assistance with handling your claim, contact The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers today at 1-800-THE-FIRM (1-800-843-3476). We are available day or night to help you receive the Social Security disability benefits you deserve.

New York Free Air Conditioner Program

 Free air conditioner program for state of New YorkThe State of New York is providing free air conditioners for eligible residents.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a $3 million program providing air conditioners to low income residents who have serious medical problems and need assistance during the current heat wave covering New York.

Recently New York has experienced a strong heat wave with temperatures above normal for this time of year. The heat wave has caused several deaths across the northeast. These deaths may have been prevented with adequate air conditioning. By utilizing federal grant moneys provided through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) the state can provide relief and potentially save lives this summer.

Eligibility for the program is determined by:

  • LIHEAP low-income guidelines. (For a four-person household, the maximum gross annual income to qualify is approximately $49,500.)

  • Having at least one household member who has been diagnosed with a chronic or acute medical condition which is aggravated by exposure to extreme heat situations.

  • A doctor providing written documentation (dated within the last six months) that air-conditioning assistance is critical to prevent a heat emergency.
  • Households that have a working air conditioner or have received one from the State in the last 10 years are not eligible.

    The free air conditioner program is administered by HCR through the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA). HCR's network of 63 local Weatherization agencies will provide delivery and installation of cooling program services. The installation is also included for free. This particular grant does not include additional funding to provide for the cost of operating the new air conditioners, however some participants may be eligible for utility bill assistance through other programs.

    The best way to apply for a cooling unit is to contact a local HCR Weatherization agency in your community. A complete list of New York agencies able to assist in this program is provided below:

     

    NYS Homes and Community Renewal
    Emergency Cooling Program County Coverage
    Subgrantee Counties Served Phone Number
    Albany Community Action Partnership, Inc. Albany (518)432-4460
    Albany County Cooperative Extension Albany (518)765-3539
    Cattaraugus Community Action, Inc. Allegany (716)945-1041
    Association for Energy Affordability, Inc. Bronx (718)292-6733
    Bronx Shepherds Restoration Corporation Bronx (718)299-0500
    Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition, Inc. Bronx (718)584-0515
    Tioga Opportunities Program Inc. Broome (607)687-4222
    Cattaraugus Community Action, Inc. Cattaraugus (716)945-1041
    Cayuga-Seneca Community Action Inc. Cayuga (315)282-0531
    Chautauqua Opportunities Inc. Chautauqua (716)661-9430
    Economic Opportunity Program of Chemung and Schuyler Counties, Inc. Chemung (607)734-0795
    Opportunities for Chenango, Inc. Chenango (607)336-2101
    Joint Cncl. for Econ. Oppor. of Clinton & Franklin Co. Clinton (518)561-6310
    Columbia Opportunities Inc. Columbia (518)828-4611
    Cortland County Community Action Program Cortland (607)753-6781
    Delaware Opportunities Inc. Delaware (607)746-1690
    Dutchess County Community Action Agency, Inc. Dutchess (845)452-5104
    Neighborhood Housing Services of South Buffalo, Inc. Erie, City of Buffalo (716)837-0071
    Lt. Col. Matt Urban Human Svces. Ctr. of Western NY Erie, City/Outside of City (716)893-7222
    Supportive Services Corporation Erie, Outside of City (716)685-6252
    Adirondack Community Action Programs,Inc. Essex (518)873-3207
    Comlinks, Inc. Franklin (518)483-1261
    Fulmont Community Action Program Fulton (518)853-8359
    Orleans Community Action Committee, Inc. Genesee (585)343-7798
    Community Action of Greene County Inc. Greene (518)943-9205
    Warren/Hamilton Counties ACEO Inc. Hamilton (518)793-0636
    Mohawk Valley Community Action Agency, Inc. Herkimer (315)624-9930
    Community Action Planning Cncl. of Jefferson Co., Inc. Jefferson (315)788-4388
    Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, Inc. Kings (718)638-5705
    Crown Heights Jewish Community Council Kings (718)771-9000
    Opportunity Development Associaton Kings (718)855-8233
    Sunset Park Redevelopment Committee, Inc. Kings (718)492-8580
    Community Environmental Center, Inc. Kings (718)784-1444
    Lewis County Opportunities, Inc. Lewis (315)376-8202
    Livingston County Planning Department Livingston (585)243-7560
    Stoneleigh Housing Inc. Madison (315)697-3737
    Action for a Better Community, Inc. Monroe, City of Rochester (585)442-4160
    Pathstone Corporation Monroe (585)442-2030
    Fulmont Community Action Program Montgomery (518)853-3011
    Community Development Corp. of Long Island, Inc. Nassau (631)471-1215
    Harlem Community Development Corporation New York (212)961-4100
    Housing Conservation Coordinators New York (212)541-5996
    Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation New York (212)822-8340
    Niagara Community Action Program, Inc. Niagara (716)285-9681
    Mohawk Valley Community Action Agency, Inc. Oneida (315)624-9930
    People's Equal Action and Community Effort, Inc. Onondaga (315)470-3315
    Wayne County Action Program Inc. Ontario (315)483-8761
    Regional Economic Community Action Program, Inc. Orange (845)342-3978
    Orleans Community Action Committee, Inc. Orleans (585)589-5605
    People's Equal Action and Community Effort, Inc. Oswego (315)470-3315
    Opportunities for Otsego Inc. Otsego (607)433-0444
    Westchester Community Opportunity Program Inc. Putnam (845)279-5533
    Community Environmental Center, Inc. Queens (718)784-1444
    Hellenic American Neighborhood Action Council, Inc. (HANAC) Queens (718)626-7575
    Margert Community Corporation Queens (718)471-3724
    CEO for the Greater Capital Region, Inc. Rensselaer (518)272-6012
    Northfield Community LDC of Staten Island Richmond (718)442-7351
    Rockland Community Development Council Rockland (845)352-1400
    St. Lawrence County Community Development Program, Inc. St. Lawrence (315)386-1102
    Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council, Inc. Saratoga (518)587-3158
    Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council, Inc. Schenectady (518)587-3158
    Schoharie County Community Action Program Schoharie (518)234-2568
    Economic Opportunity Program of Chemung and Schuyler Counties, Inc. Schuyler (607)734-0795
    Seneca County Office for the Aging Seneca (315)539-4263
    Pro Action of Steuben and Yates Inc. Steuben (607)776-2125
    Community Development Corp. of Long Island, Inc. Suffolk (631)471-1215
    CACHE, Inc. Sullivan (845)292-5821
    Tioga Opportunities Program, Inc. Tioga (607)687-4222
    Tompkins Community Action Tompkins (607)273-8816
    Ulster Community Action Committee Inc. Ulster (845)338-8750
    Warren/Hamilton Counties ACEO Inc. Warren (518)793-0636
    Washington County Economic Opportunity Council, Inc. Washington (518)746-2390
    Wayne County Action Program Inc. Wayne (315)483-8761
    Westchester Community Opportunity Program Inc. Westchester (914)375-7887
    Wyoming County Community Action Inc. Wyoming (585)237-2600
    Pro Action of Steuben and Yates Inc. Yates (607)776-2125

    Questions regarding the HEAP program should be directed to local providers listed above or the NYS HEAP Hotline at 1-800-342-3009.

    Those who want to see if they qualify under HEAP’s income guidelines should visit www.mybenefits.ny.gov.

     

     


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