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Programs

EMERGENCY SERVICES AND BASIC NEEDS

HNS provides life-sustaining emergency and basic needs.

All services are considered on a case by case basis and eligibility is determined by HNS guidelines and based on availability of funds and resources.

  • Food baskets:  a week’s supply of groceries based on family size
  • Prescription assistance
  • Clothing & Household needs: clean, gently used and seasonal clothing and shoes, bedding, small household items and toys/books for children
  • Utility assistance
  • Gas vouchers and bus tokens for confirmable medical or job related appointments

HNS also provides services that help to support the whole person in their time of need including:

  • Holiday programs
  • Educational programs on finances, parenting skills, cooking skills
  • Shelter programs
  • Advocacy and navigation assistance
  • Special programs for children: Back-to-school event, birthday closet, Christmas store

YOUR FIRST VISIT TO HNS


What to Expect

HNS establishes and maintains a household file for every client/client family that we serve.  Your file will be created at your first visit with us.  Please read the information below about what to bring to your appointment. 

What to Bring

You will need to bring the following documentation with you to your first visit:

  • Current Proof of Address:  An official item that has been mailed to you within the last 30 days; a rent receipt or a utility bill make good address proof documents.  Remember, it must be dated within the past 30 days. (Junk mail is not considered valid proof.)
  • Current Proof of Income:  Includes any and all of the following that apply for all adults living in the household: pay stubs for the past 30 days, an award letter from SS or SSI/SSD; if you are receiving financial assistance from other people or organizations to pay your expenses, an affidavit of income assistance will be required and verified.  
  • Social security cards or birth certificates for each person in your household. Individuals may not be added to the family record without documentation.
  • A Photo ID is required for all adults receiving services.

EVALUATION & UPDATE

An evaluation and update appointment will be conducted every six months to see how our services have helped you/your family, and to identify ways to increase self-reliance.  During these visits, an HNS caseworker will ask to see all of the documents that you provided on your first visit.  This process will also verify that all members listed on the family record are still residing in the household, and if not, then the household file will be updated.


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