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There are many assistance programs for people struggling with a disability–especially if your health has made an impact on your income or ability to work. Examples of resources include food pantries, public housing, TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families), and even businesses in your local area. Additionally, here are five incredible opportunities you may be able to benefit from, whether you have already received disability benefits or are still in the process of applying.
The Family Support Division
The Family Support Division helps with family care when there is a disability or a medical condition of a member of the household that cannot be managed by the primary caregiver. They are also responsible for administering public assistance programs and resources:
- Temporary Assistance
- Childcare Subsidy & Child Support
- Services for the Blind
- Finding & Keeping a Job
Other assistance can include assistance with meals and transportation to healthcare appointments, rental assistance, and cash assistance. Click Here to chat with a representative and learn what you qualify for.
LIHEAP & LIWHEAP
The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps with paying home energy bills. Some of their services include:
- Emergency lodging
- Replacing or repairing a furnace or central air
- Wood stoves
- Window air conditioners
To receive assistance, your household size and income must fall within the following limits.
Click Here for more information on how to qualify or to chat with an advocate.
Similarly, the Low-Income Weatherization Program (LIWIP) helps residents pay for home energy bills and services such as air sealing (to reduce infiltration), attic insulation, sidewall insulation, floor and foundation insulation, pipe or duct insulation, water heater blankets, energy efficient lighting replacement and heating and cooling system repair or replacement.
LIWIP is available to qualifying homeowners or to renters with their landlord’s permission. For more information on how to qualify for assistance in weatherizing your home, Click Here to contact one of their representatives.
Missouri Workforce Development
Each state has its own version of the Missouri Workforce Development. I work with clients all over the country and help connect with their local resources. Workforce development is an agency that helps people find work. If you have a disability and are struggling to perform the work that you’ve done in the past, this could be a really great opportunity to learn new skills or receive guidance in resume building and job placement.
The Missouri Workforce Development is not exclusive to people who have a disability or receive disability benefits. If you’re an individual who is struggling to find or keep work that matches your skills and abilities, they may have some great alternatives for you, such as part-time work or less demanding work. Click Here to explore your options as a Missouri resident or contact me directly for resources in your area.
Missouri Vocational Rehabilitation
This division aims to empower individuals with a disability who wish to continue their time in the workforce. If you qualify for their services, a vocational rehabilitation counselor will assess your career goals and curate a plan to get you there.
One of the primary objectives of a rehabilitation counselor is to help you make an informed decision. After assessing your needs–such as extended breaks, assistive technology, or other accommodations–they will also compare your strengths and interests with opportunities in your area. In many instances, they can also provide training, education, or advocate for on-the-job-training. So if you have career aspirations but feel like you’re stuck in your current position, a vocational rehabilitation counselor may be able to help you thrive in the workforce.
How I Can Help You as a Disability Representative
One of the most important facets of my services is that I’m directly available to you. You’ll never have to call a 1-800 number or transfer through multiple departments who don’t know anything about your situation, nor will you ever be transferred to a 3rd party. Contacting a credible disability representative is a great way to ensure that you receive trustworthy information and avoid scams.
I’ve worked with thousands of people and helped them navigate the mountains of paperwork that the SSA requires for disability benefits. So if you’re struggling with a disability, let’s chat about your goals and discuss a plan for your future. Even if you don’t plan to leave the workforce for some time, there are things that you can start doing now that will help build a clear and convincing picture of your limitations. My goal is to make your disability case the easiest one to approve.
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