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We struck a deal so that the tax return should be used for the back rent, but now I'm under the impression that we won't get a tax credit for having DS because he was born in August and, therefore, living with us for less than half the year.

Here's some good news for you As long as the baby exits your body in full by 11:59pm Dec 31 of 2008 you can claim it on your taxes in Jan The 6 month thing applies for the next tax year based on who had the child the longest during the year.
post #163 of 311
Thanks! I have heard that from several people now, so I'm not as worried about that anymore, at least. All of this tax stuff can get confusing, even with help. I've never had problems with it before, but since this is the first time when I'm really counting on the return, I may be starting to over think it.
post #164 of 311
Hi everyone - room for one more? I spent 4 hours at the DHS office with my kids today (had already done the app, I was just waiting to get in with a counselor to show them all of my paperwork), only to be told that they didn't have time for me today, and that I have an "open appointment" for anytime tomorrow.

I did a little digging, and realized that DHS isn't over section 8/public housing in our city. All of the section 8/housing voucher waitlists in my county are closed right now. My kids and I have been living with a relative, but because of part of a divorce decree (not my divorce), the house has to be sold. Thus, we have to go.

However, depending on how much assistance DHS is going to be able to give us, I don't see how I can afford anything. I work from home, but just started the business a couple of months ago, so I'm not making a ton of income right now. (The DHS counselor that I spoke with on the phone after I did my application said that that DOES count as working, so I would qualify for Families First/welfare, theoretically.)

Even if I give plasma at the max every month, that would only about cover 50-75% of the average rent that I've found for apartments/houses in my area. (One br's run, on average, $400/month. 2BR's tend to fall in the $500-$600 range. I really do need at least a 2BR, because my business takes up a lot of space.) And that's before electric, gas, insurance, food, water, trash, etc. The only childcare I pay for right now is Parent's Day Out, two days a week. I could put my oldest in preschool on the sliding scale at the YMCA, but that would still leave me paying for childcare for my youngest. So if I go get a 9-5, most of my income would go to childcare (and then the sliding scale at the Y would be worthless. I have a 3 year old and a 10 month old. Which equals a LOT of money for daycare.) No child support, by the way. And none coming for at least another 3 years. Don't ask.

What exactly am I supposed to do when the section 8 housing lists aren't taking applicants, even for the waitlist? Ideas/guidance/advice appreciated.
post #165 of 311
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I'm in a weird place right now. My regular unemployment check was going to run out on December 21. So I went online to apply for the extension. I received a notice denying the extension because my original claim was not yet expired. Well, a couple days later I received my final check and a note saying my claim HAS expired. I called the EDD yesterday and today and the service keeps hanging up on me as they are overloaded with calls.

Without my unemployment check, we now qualify for WIC, foodstamps, and energy assistance. As of right now, we're living off of fil SS and pension and I don't know if I will get my unemployment extension. I'm calling today to sign up for the programs but do I need to tell them that I may be getting an extension? I want to be honest but not if it means I'll get denied again. I tried applying last year but our household of 3 did not meet the income guidelines. Everyone said to try again once I birthed the baby. Well, baby is coming and right now, I have no unemployment check so I am more anxious.
I'm a worker in CA. Go apply now. You will have to apply for extended benefits and provide proof you did. You can apply online instead of calling, just make sure you print the confirmation page showing that you did apply. Will make your application go faster since you have to provide proof you applied and if you apply by phone you have to wait for them to mail you something. We can look in the state system and see that your unemployment is exhausted.

PM me if you need anymore help. I'm working OT tomorrow since we are so backlogged but I can help over the weekend if you need it
post #166 of 311
Joining in. DH has been out of work since the middle of last month, and will not be going back until the 19th. There was a major screwup with his unemployment, and he has not recevied any money from them yet. We are seriously in a bad spot right now. I have a tooth infection that will require me to visit the ER tomorrow... but I have no health insurance. Is there anyway to get approved for medicaid quickly? I *need* to see an oral surgeon as soon as possible.
post #167 of 311
Does Medicaid in your state pay for dental expenses? In my state, vision and dental are only covered for kids. If dental is covered, it's possible that they will make your Medicaid effective date retroactive to 1/1/09 which would cover you. Good luck. I need some dental work too and plan to sign up for Delta Dental.
post #168 of 311
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Hi everyone - room for one more? I spent 4 hours at the DHS office with my kids today (had already done the app, I was just waiting to get in with a counselor to show them all of my paperwork), only to be told that they didn't have time for me today, and that I have an "open appointment" for anytime tomorrow.

I did a little digging, and realized that DHS isn't over section 8/public housing in our city. All of the section 8/housing voucher waitlists in my county are closed right now. My kids and I have been living with a relative, but because of part of a divorce decree (not my divorce), the house has to be sold. Thus, we have to go.

However, depending on how much assistance DHS is going to be able to give us, I don't see how I can afford anything. I work from home, but just started the business a couple of months ago, so I'm not making a ton of income right now. (The DHS counselor that I spoke with on the phone after I did my application said that that DOES count as working, so I would qualify for Families First/welfare, theoretically.)

Even if I give plasma at the max every month, that would only about cover 50-75% of the average rent that I've found for apartments/houses in my area. (One br's run, on average, $400/month. 2BR's tend to fall in the $500-$600 range. I really do need at least a 2BR, because my business takes up a lot of space.) And that's before electric, gas, insurance, food, water, trash, etc. The only childcare I pay for right now is Parent's Day Out, two days a week. I could put my oldest in preschool on the sliding scale at the YMCA, but that would still leave me paying for childcare for my youngest. So if I go get a 9-5, most of my income would go to childcare (and then the sliding scale at the Y would be worthless. I have a 3 year old and a 10 month old. Which equals a LOT of money for daycare.) No child support, by the way. And none coming for at least another 3 years. Don't ask.

What exactly am I supposed to do when the section 8 housing lists aren't taking applicants, even for the waitlist? Ideas/guidance/advice appreciated.
Sometimes you can get a list of low income apartment complexes that will put you on their list when sec 8/emergency housing is full... they usually tell you it will be 1-2 years but I have heard of people getting called after a few months. You never know. You could also try another county if it isn't too far away for you. I'm in the same position there right now.

As far as paying for childcare -- since you're qualifying for FS then you'd qualify for state child care assistance which would leave you paying only 20% of your children's care. When I had two in daycare I was paying about $130 to $140 per month for both.

You can get WIC for each child under 5 years old -- this really helps stretch out the FS since you won't need to buy so much milk, eggs and cheese.
post #169 of 311
I have some questions again DH found out earlier this week that he'll be losing his job soon. No exact date, but around March sometime. He gets 8 weeks pay plus 2 weeks vacation pay after that. Beyond that it's unemployment unless he can find something faster. My question: I did the "what benefits may you qualify for" thingie on the Florida state website. It asks about assets. DH has a 401K, but obviously if we touch it, we'll be hit hard at tax time, so much so we can't afford to do that And it isn't all that large to begin with. DH also owns and is paying on his truck. We owe more than we could get out of it if he sold, plus he needs it to find a job and get to work. So with either of those assets it says we won't qualify for any assistance no food stamps, no medicaid for our kids or anything when he goes on UE. Does that sound right? I got medicaid for pregnant women with no issues as a secondary insurance, but we'll use it as primary soon until baby is born of course. But my other two children (ages 2 and 4) won't qualify for medicaid apparently, which I just can't understand If DH gets the max UE offered (which I expect) he'll be getting $1100 per month. If we let his truck go back and our credit cards go, then yeah, we could get by on it, but we really are hoping to avoid that. But should we apply anyway and see where things go? If we could just get medicaid for the boys I would be THRILLED! I hate to think of them not having insurance, not worried about DH and I we'll deal. There's no way we could afford private insurance once DHs is gone either. We own our home, so no payments there either (thankfully! the one thing we do have going for us).
post #170 of 311
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Originally Posted by elephantine View Post
Sometimes you can get a list of low income apartment complexes that will put you on their list when sec 8/emergency housing is full... they usually tell you it will be 1-2 years but I have heard of people getting called after a few months. You never know. You could also try another county if it isn't too far away for you. I'm in the same position there right now.

As far as paying for childcare -- since you're qualifying for FS then you'd qualify for state child care assistance which would leave you paying only 20% of your children's care. When I had two in daycare I was paying about $130 to $140 per month for both.

You can get WIC for each child under 5 years old -- this really helps stretch out the FS since you won't need to buy so much milk, eggs and cheese.
Finally had my appointment today, but they wouldn't take empty shot records with a religious exemption attached as a form of "ID" for the kids, so I have to bring in a copy of their entire medical record. Oy. I don't understand why they can't look at all of our birth certificates, and see that MY name is on THEIR birth certificates, and count that as ID.

My counselor actually told me that if I don't plan on getting them vaxed, that it would be best to go down to the DMV and get them state ID cards, because everyone asks for a form of ID for the kids. Because I have nothing better to do than go wait at the DMV, and pay for two IDs, when I've spent two days waiting at DHS to even get IN with a counselor. (Only 2 hours of waiting today, after four hours of waiting yesterday and not even getting in.)

I found out that I am NOT eligible for Medicaid because I am still married, and I own my car outright, and it's worth more than $3,000. If I was SINGLE (which I will be...once the divorce gets finalized, which, even if it were "finished" tomorrow, it is still 90 days before it would be finalized), I would qualify. I get no money from my husband, I don't know why it should matter. I'm just happy that the kids qualify, since our insurance was supposed to be extended through May of this year and then...wasn't.

I brought him all of my spreadsheets from my business, and he said he's going to have to input a bunch of stuff in, which he can't do until he gets the ID/med records for the kids, before he can figure out if we are actually eligible for food stamps. He says he thinks we are, because my business is still technically operating at a loss, but he's not sure. He also said that owning the car is a factor. (What am I supposed to do, sell my perfectly fine car that I've never had a problem with, and worked hard to pay off, and then buy one that is worth less than $3,000? That makes no sense to me.)

We've got WIC, thank God. It does really help a lot.

But as for housing, the Section 8 waitlist is closed, and they don't expect it to open up again anytime soon. There are a few apartment complexes in the area that do a sliding scale based on income, but there's just no way I could live in that part of town, by myself with two small children. If I go to surrounding counties, that means losing the fantastic Parents' Day Out program that we use now (the only childcare I have), and my counselor said that would also mean I'd have to reapply for benefits in that county. Plus, we're on the TN/GA line, and a lot of people live in GA but work in TN, but then I'd have to reapply all over again in Georgia, and the rent costs are only slightly cheaper, which I'd probably makeup for in gas prices and income tax. I'm just going to have to find something that will work. :
post #171 of 311
AlwaysByMySide, that sucks. The system is SOOO screwed up!
Our Section 8 waiting list was closed from 1994-2008!!!! Then, they suddenly opened it up May of 2008, so I called in late for work and went and signed up.
I'm number 4,018 on the list, only 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 years to wait

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single mama to: Amber 16yo (eek), James 15yo, Sam 11yo-till 1/13/09, and Michaela 4yo-till 1/11/09
post #172 of 311
Does anyone in CA know what welfare would do to my cash aid if I manged to find a job bringing home $400-500 a month? I know I don't have to even bother reporting until QR7 time unless I make over $1900 mo then I have to report within 10 days. I don't want to shoot myself in the foot and bring in income only to find that they will reduce my grant by the same amount! Bringing in $300mo would meet our needs exactly but $400 would give us breathing room for little extra's. Not much but we'd be able to not panic over every single $

I have no idea what I could do but right now I need to do something and soon or were going to be up a creek without a paddle.
post #173 of 311
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Does anyone in CA know what welfare would do to my cash aid if I manged to find a job bringing home $400-500 a month? I know I don't have to even bother reporting until QR7 time unless I make over $1900 mo then I have to report within 10 days. I don't want to shoot myself in the foot and bring in income only to find that they will reduce my grant by the same amount! Bringing in $300mo would meet our needs exactly but $400 would give us breathing room for little extra's. Not much but we'd be able to not panic over every single $

I have no idea what I could do but right now I need to do something and soon or were going to be up a creek without a paddle.
I don't have an answer for you, I'm sorry -- but I have been wondering how much is CA cash assistance?? In Virginia for me and my 2 kids it was over $400 and in LA we get only $240... it is a joke to live on here too, my apartment costs about the same as one I could have gotten in VA.
post #174 of 311
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I don't have an answer for you, I'm sorry -- but I have been wondering how much is CA cash assistance?? In Virginia for me and my 2 kids it was over $400 and in LA we get only $240... it is a joke to live on here too, my apartment costs about the same as one I could have gotten in VA.
1 adult and 2 kids usually gets $689 cash + $440 I think it was in FS. Mine is adjusted a little different though because of medical issues they reduced our FS a bit and increased the cash a tiny bit.

You have to remember though our cost of living in insane. Average rent for a 2 bedroom apt with no amenities is $650, up in Fresno for a 2 bedroom in the Ghetto where I had drug dealers and gang bangers hanging out on my pouch and I was afraid to open the door was $715mo again with no amenities. Here I managed to cut a deal for a decent 2 bedroom in a decent neighborhood that's quiet and 1 block from a decent ele school (we ended up HS'ing though) decent sized back yard and large front yard we share (wish it was fenced in) with W/D hookups for $583mo which is a fantastic deal around here. Water/trash is included and gas/elec run around $50 together. The downside is you have to drive an hour to do anything but small mountain community where we don't have to many problems and I grew up here so I don't think twice about needing to drive 45+ miles for groceries for the month.
post #175 of 311
I pay $635 per month for a two bedroom... electric averages $140 to $160 per month and it isn't nice or large...no yard, parking lot all around, so my kids are stuck inside all day now that i am on bedrest. A similar place right in the ghetto where I would literally fear for our lives every night might cost $500.... yet welfare is $240 for a family of three.... just don't get it. you'd have to cram a couple families into a studio to even begin to get by on that. $600 isn't great either, but I really think 'the program' really needs to reevaluate cost of living for this state.
post #176 of 311
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I pay $635 per month for a two bedroom... electric averages $140 to $160 per month and it isn't nice or large...no yard, parking lot all around, so my kids are stuck inside all day now that i am on bedrest. A similar place right in the ghetto where I would literally fear for our lives every night might cost $500.... yet welfare is $240 for a family of three.... just don't get it. you'd have to cram a couple families into a studio to even begin to get by on that. $600 isn't great either, but I really think 'the program' really needs to reevaluate cost of living for this state.

Sounds like it, our utilities would be much higher but we have CARE which is a 20% discount for low income then we have Medical Baseline which gives us a really high baseline so we NEVER go over baseline and into a higher bracket. Between the 2 our bill was literally cut in half.
post #177 of 311
I finally bit the bullet and picked up a food stamp application. I'll fill it out later today and drop it off on Monday. I hate to do it but I have no way of knowing when/if my extended-extended unemployment benefits will kick in. My car is on it's very last legs, I'm afraid, so I'm hoping that I can find a job soon. I've got child care for my little one (as long as I work over 30 hours) and my son's preschool is free (Yay Pre-K/Head Start) and equally wonderful. I've got a college degree and this job hunt is really frustrating. Especially since I'm much rather be at home.
post #178 of 311
Lets have some good news shall we!? (not trying to minimize others, just thought we need some positive on this thread right now)

I have had an interesting couple of weeks. Yesterday I got a check in the mail I was not expecting! I was sure I was not getting Fin Aid at school this semester so I didn't even bother registering except for 1 class that was a filler to get me to full time status (it fills up within 1-2 days of opening) that I registered for long before the term ended. Bad news is I have to drop that class, $234 would not buy me the new computer I would need to take the class. They decided this semester they would require students to have Word 2007 and I only have 2003 and my computer barely runs it its so old (plus there using a new text book and software which is $110, that's just way to much $$$ on a typing class I took as an easy A filler course.). So I got on the wait list for 2 other classes, hoping I get into those or else I will have to return the money but its nice to know I have a chance at getting fin aid this semester.

Its tax time! I project my budget a year at a time and I'm always adjusting it when money changes so I can see how it impacts me short and long term (I love excel!) I totally did not input a tax return into my numbers, I'll only get about $1k but that will cover the car stuff for a couple of months which is a HUGE relief for me.

My xmas present from my dad came and I got the new couch cover I wanted Mine was old and worn and looked really bad. Now I have a lovely chocolate suede cover with separate seat cushion that looks nice and all it needs is some pillows which I can make

We got adopted by a kitten (see this thread) I totally didn't think about the tax return, I need to run the numbers but we might be able to use the money from the tax return to pay the deposit. Plus a friend who is a total cat person is coming over next week to see the kitty, he might take it but I'm thinking we will keep Friz. Its had an unexpected effect in the house. Its CALMER! My 8 yr old thrives on conflict and LOVES to pick fights and torment the 2 yr old it seems. She has redirected her energy to the kitten, she is pretty much NEVER without the cat now to the point I have to enforce rest, food & potty breaks for the poor kitten. She treats that thing like her little baby, wraps it up like a baby, wears it around her neck like a shawl, carries it every where around the house (seriously the cat is fine with it all), it acts more like a lap dog then a cat. She just pets and snuggles that thing all day long. Bad news is, it appears I have developed a cat allergy, all hail Claritin!

She's had some major attitude changes as well, I finally got her to take a B complex for almost 2 weeks since she seems to have gotten the majority of my health issues one of which is multiple deficiencies of B vits due to Celiac (which she also has) and she's really much calmer all around and not so moody, I don't know if its the cat, the b complex or a combo or both. All I know is the peace is nice I mean there's still problems but no where the level before. Now its the 2 yr old causing problems! She was used to her sister always focusing on her and now she's not and now she's bored So now she's taken to learning preschool stuff with a vengeance. At this rate she will know all her letters, numbers, colors and shapes in another week or two

I'm hoping to install a back yard with my tax return! I just want to put in gravel but right now the thing is a mess of weeds, leaves, and mud with patches of grass trying to come up. Nothing I want the kids playing in. Project should cost around $60 based on the numbers I got this morning. I just checked with the rental agency and there going to check with the owner Monday but they don't see a problem with my doing it. Especially when I pointed out the fact if I install a lawn its going to jack up HIS water bill (water is included in the rent). I have a yard and I want to use it! I think that will really help having a place I can safely send the kids out to play without worry of them disappearing or running into the street.

A few other things have happened but I'm drawing a total blank!
post #179 of 311
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Does Medicaid in your state pay for dental expenses? In my state, vision and dental are only covered for kids. If dental is covered, it's possible that they will make your Medicaid effective date retroactive to 1/1/09 which would cover you. Good luck. I need some dental work too and plan to sign up for Delta Dental.
Yes, it covers vision and dental for adults. I turned in my paperwork yesterday, so I'm hoping I can get an answer by the end of this month.
post #180 of 311
Hi there! I have been a bit absent for the past few weeks or so, but I am still here. I have a big appointment with Reach Up (Vermont's version of welfare) next Thursday. I am pretty sure I will have one almost two year old, and possibly two to wrangle while I am there, which I am trying really hard not to think about.

If I am accepted, (which I can't see them rejecting my application), I will be finally getting my car fixed, which will be a lifesaver, I will be able to buy a couple of new shirts and maybe a pair of pants to wear at my new job (which starts in 10 days!), and I will also be able to possibly get a little cash assistance to help give us a bit more breathing room while I am waiting for my hours to increase at the new job. They will also help with career counseling and they will pay for some of my son's tuition at his new preschool as well (where I will be working). I am looking forward to the appointment, but am nervous as well.

I feel like if I am not accepted, we will be in a super duper hard spot for quite a while. Having a dead car in the dead of winter is so hard. The bus runs pretty much to my house, but it is a spotty schedule at best, and it takes about an hour to get anywhere, which is very hard on a nearly 2 year old. He loves the idea of the bus, but sitting there for an hour is asking a lot. Plus, grocery shopping is pretty much impossible. I have a friend who is willing to come pick us up, but I feel badly about calling her up to ask for the ride. I did manage to get to the food pantry on Thursday with DS in a stroller and our groceries in a huge backpack, but it was definitely not a fun time. I ended up yelling at DS while we were there. He was running around like a crazy man, pulling everything off the shelves, and I just couldn't keep track of him, and lost him twice. I was ready to just throw down everything and leave, but we desperately needed the groceries, so I got them, grabbed him and high tailed it out of there.

One small piece of good news for the day for us. Not that it really has anything to do with receiving public assistance, but I went to our local Salvation Army thrift store, and found DS a bunch of clothes in the next size up for a quarter a piece! Woo Hoo!!!

Oh, and welcome to all the newbies!
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