Searching for social services (housing, food stamps, Medical etc.)? All you have to do is call 211 to be connected to the menu of all departments anywhere in the U.S. 211 recognizes caller ID and will directly connect you with the agencies in your area - or you may visit their site. I saw a MediCal worker use this resource as I sat in front of her with a family member.
"McDowell Department of Social Services...the largest expense...overall budget of $38.4 million. DSS covers $9.8 million, or 25.52 percent...next largest item in the county’s budget is the public school system...$7.9 million. McDowell DSS gets $6.8 million in federal and state revenues. So that means, the actual amount of local money going to DSS is $2.9 million...pass-through programs such as food stamps...and Medicaid are not reflected in these numbers...County Manager Chuck…
WASHINGTON -- Next month food stamp benefits will automatically shrink for all 47 million Americans enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Pamela Gwynn of Crawfordsville, Ind., heard about the cut in a letter from the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration.
Based in Virginia, Williamsburg Walk the Talk (WWTT) volunteers drive parolees to local social services department where they can receive food stamps and to the United Way “Helpline” office, which is a referral to agencies that can help find housing, medical care, clothing, and transportation.
"Pender County Commissioners on Monday largely ignored a request from the director of the Department of Social Services who said her staff needs help with food stamp and Medicaid issues stemming from glitches in the new NC FAST computer system. DSS Director Dr. Reta Shiver...."
"....Amanda Leigh Vosburg... unlawful neglect of a child....charge of fraudulently using food stamps...abandoned her.....2-year-old child at a home where two people were later arrested on methamphetamine charges....contacted a stranger through Facebook in an attempt to give the child away....receiving help from the Department of Social Services food stamp program for two children. Investigators determined one of the children was being cared for by a grandmother..."