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It is disturbing to hear that the system continues to beat upon someone who has suffered a severe set back. I'm sorry to hear that an $800 deposit is keeping you from staying warm this winter. Here are some sources that might be able to help. Be sure to check them all.
There are many programs around the country that help people financially and legally from having their utilities turned off. To find programs you may qualify for in your area, you must search: 1) your city or township government, 2) your county government, 3) your state government, 4) local non-profit agencies and local development corporations, and 5) as well as your utility company. Make sure you check with all of the following offices for help in locating appropriate organizations in your area: 1) your local library, 2) your local elected officials, 3) your local United Way, and 4) all housing agencies in your area. Local government offices can be identified at www.govengine.com and your local United Way can be identified at http://national.unitedway.org/myuw/.
You should also seek out your local community action agency to see if they have a program to help you. You can find your local agency at www.communityactionpartnership.com/about/links/map.asp or by contacting Community Action Partnership in Washington, DC at 202-265-7546
A lot of Local Utility Programs can be identified on the web by going to www.hud.gov, then choose your state under the title "Information by State." Most state pages have a link called "Renting Help Page." Click there even if you are a home owner. Most Rental Help pages have a link called "Help With Your Utility Bills," which describes programs for both renters and homeowners.
Listed below is a sampling of the types of programs that are available around the country.
There are a number of national groups that provide free money and services thru a network of local offices. Check each of the groups below and see what their local offices have to offer.
Over 1,000 local non-profit offices offer free money and help to improve your life in almost any area. Although these agencies do get money from the federal government, they also get money from other sources, and as a result, no two of these offices are exactly alike. But most all of them help in the area of employment, bill paying, child care and self employment. The following is a sample of programs you will find when you contact an office near you. Along with the program, we also identify the local agency providing this program. These programs are specific to these areas. Check with your local office to see what they offer.
Get a $3 grant for every $1 you saveCommunity Action Partnership http://www.managingmymoney.com/
Free Cars, if you pay repairs and registrationCAP Agency Shakopee, MN http://www.capagency.org/pages/service.htm
Free Crisis Nursery, up to 73 hours of overnight care and 10 days day careCAP Agency Shakopee, MN http:// www.capagency.org/pages/service.htm
Eviction PreventionTEAM, Inc Derby, CT http://www.teamcaa.org/housing.htm
$10,000 to start a businessCommunity Action Program, Inc of Western Indiana http://www.capwi.org/new_page_9.htm
$700 for child careCommunity and Family Services, Inc. Portland, IN www.comfam.net/pages/childcare.html
$350 for an air conditionerCity of Des Moines, Iowa http://www.ci.des-moines.ia.us/departments/CD/Comm%20Serv/L-I%20Assist%20Programs.htm
$1,000 to repair your furnaceCity of Des Moines, Iowa http://www.ci.des-moines.ia.us/departments/CD/Comm%20Serv/L-I%20Assist%20Programs.htm
To find a community action agency near you go to: http://www.communityactionpartnership.com/about/links/map.asp or contact Community Action Partnership, 1100 17th St NW Suite 500, Washington, DC 20036; 202-265-7546; Fax: 202-265-8850; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.communityactionpartnership.com
If your local agency doesn't have what you need, ask for names of other organizations that might be able to help.
You live in America and pay taxes. You have a right to know about and use these programs. If you run into a road block, don't let a little negative feedback stop you. Try the next program, and then the next. And then start looking for more. This country has so much to offer, but you have to find it.
I know I have given you a lot of sources and have probably overwhelmed you. I apologize for this. But it seems that nothing really worth doing in life is easy. There are no real secrets to most of life. The real secret is that it takes work. But as I usually say, "who cares if it takes you a few hours or even a few days or weeks." Most of us have no idea what we did in the last few weeks. Sure, nothing in life is guaranteed. But you now have the best information available on the subject, and in here can lay a fabulous opportunity to improve your life. This is your life and it is special to you and to the world. I hope what I have given you helps you grow into your full potential.
Good luck and remember that help truly is out there, it just sometimes takes the dickens to find it. Keep up the dream to improve yourself.
Matthew LeskoPresidentInformation USA, Inc.