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post #141 of 412
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Originally Posted by Satori View Post
The car counts as assets, I know in CA if the car has more then $3000 in equity then they can't help you until you get rid of the car. Your not allowed to have more then $3000 in assets. So it means your either stuck paying car payments on a good car or stuck with an old clunker.
Actually, this is not true. One vehicle is exempt from being counted as an asset. My van was paid for in cash & is worth $9000. Our other assets total less than $3000, so we qualify for assistance.

http://www.dss.cahwnet.gov/foodstamps/PG841.htm#res
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Excluded Resources – Resources which are excluded are the home and surrounding property, vehicles, household goods, personal effects, resources with an equity value of $1500 or less (excluding financial instruments), and resources with a cash value that is not accessible to the household (such as irrevocable trust funds, security deposits on rental property, etc.)
post #142 of 412
Wanted to add that regardless of value, the house that you live in cannot be counted against you in CA, either.


http://www.dss.cahwnet.gov/foodstamps/PG841.htm#res
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Excluded Resources – Resources which are excluded are the home and surrounding property, vehicles, household goods, personal effects, resources with an equity value of $1500 or less (excluding financial instruments), and resources with a cash value that is not accessible to the household (such as irrevocable trust funds, security deposits on rental property, etc.)
post #143 of 412
ok I need help. Right now, beyond the seven of us that already live in my home we have a single mom with three kids living in a tent in our backyard. She needs housing but there is a waiting list. do any of y'all have experience with housing, and if so is there any way to speed up the process, before we go nuts.
post #144 of 412
magentamomma, i don't know what state you are in, so i really don't know what to tell you. i'm in WI and we were on the waiting list for almost 2 years. most states have an emergency housing voucher program, however, so all i can suggest is that you check with your county office and see if there is anything that can help her. good luck!
post #145 of 412
well, we need to prepare for the worst. As of the end of August, DH has NO job. He'll have unemployment, but I don't know how much it will be, I know it will not equal his usual pay, right?

So we need to go for medical assistance, and energy assistance, and I'm wondering if we can get TANF or food stamps. Should I go through the WIC office about these things, or should I have DH go through his Union?
I also was thinking that if we apply now, things might move faster, or must we wait until after the formal termination date?

There's a possibility that he would get hired by the end of August by a different school district, but things would need to move VERY fast.
post #146 of 412
Thread Starter 
to heidirk and magentamomma!

magentamomma -- have there been any breakthroughs for your friend who's living in your backyard?

heidirk -- all I can say is to check with the various offices. I don't know for sure, but I'm guessing that your dh would actually have to lose his job before you could apply for assistance. Someone else may know more about it than me, though.

post #147 of 412
Update...i went to apply for medicaid and FS today...i got the medicaid with no problem...i even stated that i'm having a homebirth and wont be using the pregnancy medicaid and she went ahead and gave me regular medicaid...well because of my no income status. That is wonderful....then i waited for the FS interview and that was a whole nother story. They did not count the value of the house. They did ask how much my mortgage payment was and how i was paying it...living off of a line of credit right now. Only problem i did have was the vehicles in my name. I have a 2005 Nissan SUV and you are allowed one vehicle..to be exempt..yipee as that vehicle is paid for...then your allowed one other vehicle under $1500 to not be counted...well my sis has a car and it's in my name ...and it's under the $1500 limit...so i was ok. Well my DP 's friend owed DP some money and gave us this beat up car. It's in my name and i cant sell it for the life of me. It's an auction car and it's scratched to pieces. I drove it for awhile...anyways the tax value on it is around $4300...it's so not worth that...and i cant get FS until i prove through a dealer that the car is only worth $1500 or less. So now i have to take it to a dealer and hope that they appraise it for less than $1500. If i wouldnt of not had that stupid mustang..then i would of been eligilbe for emergency FS and got it in 7 days...now i have to wait the 30 days...if i can get a dealer to do that for me. Ughhh...but at least i still have some what of a chance to get them.
post #148 of 412
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I hope you get them soon!
post #149 of 412
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Originally Posted by Mamato3wild ponnie View Post
Update...i went to apply for medicaid and FS today...i got the medicaid with no problem...i even stated that i'm having a homebirth and wont be using the pregnancy medicaid and she went ahead and gave me regular medicaid...well because of my no income status. That is wonderful....then i waited for the FS interview and that was a whole nother story. They did not count the value of the house. They did ask how much my mortgage payment was and how i was paying it...living off of a line of credit right now. Only problem i did have was the vehicles in my name. I have a 2005 Nissan SUV and you are allowed one vehicle..to be exempt..yipee as that vehicle is paid for...then your allowed one other vehicle under $1500 to not be counted...well my sis has a car and it's in my name ...and it's under the $1500 limit...so i was ok. Well my DP 's friend owed DP some money and gave us this beat up car. It's in my name and i cant sell it for the life of me. It's an auction car and it's scratched to pieces. I drove it for awhile...anyways the tax value on it is around $4300...it's so not worth that...and i cant get FS until i prove through a dealer that the car is only worth $1500 or less. So now i have to take it to a dealer and hope that they appraise it for less than $1500. If i wouldnt of not had that stupid mustang..then i would of been eligilbe for emergency FS and got it in 7 days...now i have to wait the 30 days...if i can get a dealer to do that for me. Ughhh...but at least i still have some what of a chance to get them.
They also do not count vehicles that are not running. We have a truck that isn't running & we just had to sign a statement saying that it didn't run & it didn't count. Good luck. DH has a quad that has severe damage & we had to get a letter from the dealer stating what they would pay for them, which was nowhere close to what the bluebook on it was. Good luck!
post #150 of 412

THIS is why our system doesn't work...

So I've mentioned I work as a BF Peer Counselor at WIC. We get paid $8/hr + .45/mile for mileage. One of my coworkers agreed to a regular scheudle of 20 hrs/wk for Aug & Sept to help out with our budget. We're really behind because a bunch of people have quit this year & being the state if we have funds we don't use this year we won't get that money in next year's budget.

She agrees to work, making a whopping $640/mo plus mileage, so maybe $700/mo if she's lucky. Well, like a good girl she calls DSS to report her income change. Now, keep in mind this is temporary, and will be done by October 1st. They yanked her housing subsidy, her electric & phone assistance, & decreased her food stamps each month. : This lady is a young, uneducated, single mama. There are only her & her 2 yr old DD living a home. No other income of any sort! This doesn't all factor in now having to travel about 20 min each way to pick up & drop off her DD from a friend's house.

This just makes me so MAD! Luckily, her parents agreed to help her out for the next 6 wks until she can reapply.

I'm telling you, there is NO incentive to better yourself. When I said that to my DH he said, "Well, there is still your pride." To which my response was, "Yeah, but *pride* won't pay your rent or feed your kid." He couldn't argue that one!
post #151 of 412
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Originally Posted by heidirk View Post
well, we need to prepare for the worst. As of the end of August, DH has NO job. He'll have unemployment, but I don't know how much it will be, I know it will not equal his usual pay, right?

So we need to go for medical assistance, and energy assistance, and I'm wondering if we can get TANF or food stamps. Should I go through the WIC office about these things, or should I have DH go through his Union?
I also was thinking that if we apply now, things might move faster, or must we wait until after the formal termination date?

There's a possibility that he would get hired by the end of August by a different school district, but things would need to move VERY fast.
Well, that just stinks.

I would call, but am guessing they'll need the paperwork from the unemployment dept before they can process you for any benefits. Generally they need your last 4 wks of paystubs.

You DH should contact his Union about filing unemployment. Has he heard anymore about his appeal?
post #152 of 412
Thanks for the info, Janerose. That's the kind of thing I needed to know.
He's not heard anything new, although the president of the Union called him to see if he needed anything, and told him not to attend the hearing this month, because if he does it would be tatamount to agreeing with the termination. I was helping him polish up his written rebuttal for presentation to the District, and I realised that DH actually may have a chance. When it's all down on paper, there are a whole bunch of concrete things that the school district either did wrong or didn't do at all. It really looks like they were trying to make it impossible to succeed.

So I'm hopeful. DH has also started checking about unemployment. He's agreed that it's worth it to pay out of pocket for the birth center, even though it will clean us out.

I'll probably be checking feul assistance now. I should have done it last year, but there's my stubborn pride in the way.
post #153 of 412
Good news to share...I applied for FS this past tuesday and was denied emergency fs because i have one to many cars...so i was told to get one of the cars appraised for less than $1500 and i would be eligilbe for regular fs..and it would take 30 days before i get my card. Well today in the mail i got a letter saying that i was approved for emergency FS for the next 3 months...yipeee i'm so excited. It will help out so much..the card should be here in a few days. I was not looking to get help for another 30 days and i'm getting it now.
post #154 of 412
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Oh, I'm so glad for you! :
post #155 of 412
I got my WIC today and was tickled pink to fill out my "big one" since I had next to nothing in my house to eat. Tomorrow will be food pantry day, which isn't government assistance but is still public.

Right now I'm pretty grateful to public assistance, and I've been utilizing it as much as possible. Any programs for low income? Hi, that's me!

Since I'm in the bracket, I no longer feel the shame in asking for it and doing the work involved to get it.
post #156 of 412
Yes, the food bank has been a life saver for us since we started it.


I have good news! My Birth Center is contracted with Medicaid!!!!!
The nurse who does all the insurance stuff is going to help me fill out the paperwork in two weeks, and she'll mail it and everything!

I can hardly beleive I can still have by Birth Center birth even in the midst of all this mess!

PTL!:
post #157 of 412
heidirk...that is awesome. I have 2 choices for my birth...go to the hospital because it will be free or pay out of pocket for a homebirth. This is my last baby and i really want a homebirth...or even go UC...which i dont feel comfortable with. So it's paying for a homebirth...but that is ok...considering it's my last baby.
post #158 of 412
heidirk...that is awesome. I have 2 choices for my birth...go to the hospital because it will be free or pay out of pocket for a homebirth. This is my last baby and i really want a homebirth...or even go UC...which i dont feel comfortable with. So it's paying for a homebirth...but that is ok...considering it's my last baby.
post #159 of 412
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happyhats and heidirk -- I'm so happy for you guys!

Mamato3wildponnie -- we paid out-of-pocket for our homebirth, too. We used our tax-return. I'm excited for you! Have you had any other babies at home? We've only had our 2nd at home.

If we're blessed to get pregnant again, we're actually thinking of going unassisted. We weren't comfortable with that last time -- but something about homebirth makes it all seem so much less complicated.
post #160 of 412
We paid out of pocket for all ours. Ourmw were willing to trade for part of it. Our twins were paid for with fire wood, and i doulad for my son. I believe it is worth it and I long for the day when all state medicaid programs will realize how much money they would save tax payers if they allowed women the option of midwife care. I can dream.
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