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“Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program Applications Being Accepted”

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This November 8, 2014 Levittown Now article offers information about the Pennsylvania LIHEAP program and includes links to information about where to apply.

Assurance Wireless free and low-cost cell plans



Assurance Wireless is similar  to the SafeLink program, but is maintained by Virgin Mobile.  The required qualifications for the low-income program are also comparable to SafeLink.  If you receive Foodstamps or are enrolled in a program such as Section 8, LIHEAP, or other low-income program, and need a low-cost cell phone, this might be worth looking into.



“Budget cuts victimize the disabled”

This article excerpt found in the January 26, 2010 Philly Daily News and can be read in full at this address …. http://www.philly.com/dailynews/opinion/20100126_Budget_cuts_victimize_the_disabled.html

“If $5 and $10 cuts don’t seem like much, consider this: People who are “totally and permanently disabled” – physically unable to work at all – get no more than about $700 a month in federal SSI payments, and many get less. (That’s at least $2,430 lower than the federal poverty line of $10,830 a year for an individual.) In that world, $5 means a lot – the copay on necessary drugs, for example, or the last few dollars for the electric bill or the rent.”

“Money Monday” Announcement

This is a new series I plan on doing on a monthly basis each post will be on the last Monday of the month so folks on Social Security can better plan for trying things I post in this series.  I decided to call it “Money Monday” not because I’m giving any money away, but because I’m offering things that I’ve tried and found they not only worked but saved me mony and the post is on the last Monday so I came up with “Money Monday”  I’ll add a hint as to what the topic is in the subject so folks have an idea what they’ll find in the post.

So, starting on Monday, April 27, 2009 … you’ll start seeing my “Money Monday” posts

Why am I doing this?  Well, I am on Social Security Disability, SSI and receive Foodstamps.  It’s something I would rather not do, and I have tried to work many times.  I know how difficult it can be sometimes having to choose between food and cleaning supplies or deciding which bill can be put off so other more important bills can be paid.  I don’t have all the answers and am not a financial expert, but I can share what I have discovered works for me, and maybe you’ll find something that will help you or someone you know whether you are on Social Security or simply a member of the working poor the decisions can be tough at times.

I know that cleaning tips and money saving tips aren’t exactly mental health issues, but I know from experience they can effect your mental health took a long time for me to realize that, but over the past 5 years I’ve become more aware of it.  The effect can be positive or negative, and the things I’ll offer are things that have had a positive effect on my mental health.

So, look for Money Monday” posts to see if you find something of use to you in improving your mental health 🙂

Safelink – Free cell phone

Before you write this off as a scam, it isn’t, I looked into it for myself and learned it is indeed a free program available to most people who qualify for food stamps or have an income of less than $26,000 per year.  The program is through a joint effort of the federal government and Tracfone.  They offer a free cell phone and free airtime each month.  If you should need more airtime then what they offer, you can buy more minutes to add to your phone by purchasing Tracfone cards.  depending on which plan you choose, unused minutes will rollover into the next month so if you don’t use all your time you won’t lose any minutes you don’t use, they will be added to the next month.

The downfall is that while it is available in Pennsylvania, it isn’t available in all parts of Pennsylvania.  I live in a rural area and it isn’t available in my area yet, but they plan on expanding the program over time.

If you think you might qualify or want mor information here’s how to get it …

Call: 1-800-Safelink (1-800-723-3546)

Visit: The Safelink website

** Note: Post updated on 8/29/2012 due to a nasty typo on my part, many thanks to the reader who brought the phone number issue to my attention!  My most sincere apologies to anyone who dialed the number on this post prior to the date of the update **

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