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Assistance for Seniors

The following organization may be helpful for seniors and individuals with disabilities in the Hattiesburg & Gulfport, MS areas who are in need of assistance: Assisting 15 county and 37 municipal governments, the Southern Mississippi Planning and Development District is one of the largest and most diversified regional planning entities in the United States. Over the years SMPDD has continually evolved to meet the needs and maintain the integrity of the environment and overall quality of life for the residents of South Mississippi. Through the Area Agency on Aging (AAA), SMPDD works in conjunction with MDHS' Division of Aging and Adult Services to develop and implement comprehensive and coordinated home and community based care services and programs to meet the needs of the aging population. These services and programs include: Adult Day Care Case Management Congregate Meals Family Caregiver Support Program Home Delivered Meals Homemaker Service Information Assistance & Referral Long Term Care Alternatives Long Term Care Ombudsman MICAP Outreach Senior Centers Senior Community Service Employment Program Senior Companion Program Transportation Services Valley Pak Meals To qualify for AAA services through SMPDD, individuals must meet the requirements established by MDHS's Division of Aging and Adult services. SMPDD service area includes: Covington, Forrest, George, Greene, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Davis, Jones, Lamar, Marion, Pearl River, Perry, Stone and Wayne Counties. For more information about their services or to receive assistance, call (601) 545-2137 or (228)0868-2311.

Southern Mississippi Planning and Development District Area Agency on Aging
Hattiesburg:
700 Hardy Street
Hattiesburg, MS 39401
Tel: (601) 545-2137
Gulfport:
9229 Highway 49
Gulfport, MS 39503
Tel: (228) 868-2311

If you or a loved one has a disability and are in need of 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.

Feeding the Community

The following organization may be helpful for families and individuals with disabilities in the Birmingham, AL area who are in need of food assistance: Although it's hard to imagine, there are many people in the Birmingham area who go hungry every day. Recognizing this need, Community Kitchens of Birmingham is dedicated to feeding anyone who is hungry. Through two locations, Community Kitchen serves lunch 365 days a year to those in need of food. Individuals are not required to pay or meet any requirements to be served and no one is turned away regardless of race, religion, disability, gender or any other criteria. For over 30 years they have been providing food to anyone in the Birmingham area including the homeless, the working poor, those who are unemployed, those with disabilities, families on welfare, veterans and the elderly. By providing meals to the hungry, Community Kitchen is allowing individuals and families to put their income toward the other basic essentials that they need. In addition to providing hot meals, individuals who eat with Community Kitchen can also receive referrals to other community agencies that can assist them in meeting housing and other various needs. Below are the address of the two Community Kitchen locations: Southside Location: Community Kitchens at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church 1024 South 12th Street Birmingham, AL 35205 Tel: (205) 251-3569 Meals are served weekdays and Saturdays at noon in the church parish hall. Sunday sack lunches are served from the UAB parking lot on 11th Avenue South and 11th Place. Woodlawn Location: Community Kitchens at Grace Episcopal Church 5712 1st Avenue North Birmingham, AL 35212 Meals are served daily at 12:45 pm in the church parish hall. For more information about Community Kitchens of Birmingham call 205-251-3569. If you or a loved one has a disability and are in need of assistance in applying for Social Security disability benefits, contact The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers at 1-800-THE-FIRM. We are available day or night to help you receive the Social Security benefits that you deserve.

Fayette Cares

The following organization may be helpful to individuals or families in the Memphis, TN area who are in need of emergency assistance: Holding true to its name, Fayette Cares is a community-supported organization that serves the residents of Fayette County, Tennessee. The goal of Fayette Cares is to provide those in need with assistance, hope, independence and lasting solutions. Fayette County was once considered to be one of the poorest counties in the Nation; however it is now a fast growing county with the help of Fayette Cares. Through a variety of services and programs Fayette Cares helps individuals and families increase their self-sufficiency. These services include: Homelessness prevention and intervention

  • Emergency shelter and supportive housing
  • Case management
  • Life skills classes for money management, job readiness, wellness, parenting and more
  • Domestic Violence Intervention

  • 24 Hour Hotline
  • Emergency shelter
  • Court accompaniment
  • Safety planning, security systems and emergency cell phones
  • Aid for families in financial crisis

  • Rent and utility funding
  • Emergency food
  • Clothing, house wares and school supplies
  • Life skills class for money management, job readiness, wellness, parenting and more
  • If you are in need of assistance and would like to learn more about Fayette Cares, call (901) 465-3802. If you or a loved one has a disability and are in need of 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. Click for more information about Social Security disability lawyers in Memphis, TN.

    Foreclosure Prevention

    The following program may be helpful to individuals with disabilities or families in the Cincinnati, OH area who are in experiencing or pending foreclosures: As the economy tries to rebuild itself, many American's are faced with the troubling issue of foreclosure. Whether it's due to unemployment caused by a disability (http://www.cochrannation.com/disability-benefits-for-good-work-history-1545233.html ) or having to pay many other pending bills, foreclosure typically waits for no man. The United Way of Greater Cincinnati (UWGC) has provided some information that can help prevent foreclosures. The organization also recognizes that some individuals may already be in the foreclosure process and need help getting through it. 313291_for_sale_sign.jpg The United Way suggests that the first step to foreclosure prevention is not ignoring letters from your lender. If you are late or behind on your mortgage payments UWGC encourages you to call your lender, or the company servicing the loan, as soon as you can to update them on your current financial situation. UWGC also encourages you to try avoiding collection agencies and work directly with your lender's "Foreclosure Prevention" or "Loss Mitigation" department. They suggest that you ask the departments to send you a "work out" package. If you qualify for a work out plan, various options may be available for you. In order to qualify you will be required to update your financial information. Therefore you should be prepared to provide financial information such as your monthly expenses and income. Another important activity that UWGC suggests is to seek professional assistance. Housing counselors are available to provide you with assistance and offer free mortgage tips. In addition to working with you, housing counselors can also talk with your lender about establishing a work out plan to prevent or stop foreclosure. Counselors may also be able to help you obtain emergency mortgage assistance that can temporarily assist you. The United Way warns that there are several organizations out there that try to take advantage of people in dire foreclosure situations. If your home has been classified as foreclosed, your information has been filed with a court, which makes it a public record. Unfortunately, this means you might receive mail and phone calls from solicters who are trying to get you to refinance your mortgage, pay fees for foreclosure assistance, or sell your home to them and then pay "rent". Please be aware and stay clear of scams such as these! If you have any questions about an agency, contact a housing counselor. Below is a list of organizations provided by UWGC that can assist you with your mortgage situation. Contact one of them today to help you stay in your home:

    For more information call United Way 2-1-1 by dialing 2-1-1 from a landline or visit www.uwgc.org/toolsfortoughtimes-foreclosures

    If you or a loved one are unable to work due to a disability and have been denied Social Security Benefits, don't give up! We can help! If you need assistance in filing your Social Security Disability claim, 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.

     

    Stopping Hunger Before it Starts

    The following organization may be helpful to individuals with disabilities or families in the Dayton, OH area who are in need of grocery assistance:

    The Foodbank has served as the link for food relief throughout the Dayton, OH area. As the only organization in the area of its kind, The Foodbank strives to provide healthy and nutritious meals to individuals and families throughout the community. The Foodbank offers several programs and services to those who are in need throughout Montgomery, Greene and Preble counties. Two of the programs provided include the Kids Café program and the Good-to-Go Backpack program. Each of these programs address and strives to prevent childhood hunger throughout the Dayton community.

    The Kids Café programs provide free meals and snacks to eligible children of low income families. The Kids Café program is provided through various community organizations such as churches and after school programs where in addition to food, children are provided with a safe place to get involved with recreational, social and educational activities.
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    Through the Good-to-Go Backpack program, children who receive free or reduced cost lunches at school are provided with nutritious food for the weekend. Throughout the school year eligible children are provided with Good-to-Go Backpacks each Friday. All the food provided in the backpacks are kid friendly, easy to open and easy to prepare. The goal of the program is to alleviate the high risk of going hungry when children are not in school. The program is offered through various schools and organizations throughout the Dayton area.

    In addition to the Kids Café and the Good-to-Go Backpack programs, The Food Bank provides food assistance for those in need through several agencies in the Dayton area. For more information about The Foodbank or to receive assistance, contact them at 937-461-0265.

    The Foodbank
    427 Washington Street
    Dayton, OH 45402


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