Most states open up their 2017 low income home energy bill assistance programs (LIHEAP) in September or October. Applications can normally be processed at this time, though the exact date will depend on the state where you live and the guidelines in place.
When a hurricane hits, there are several charities you can turn to for assistance. These will be in addition to government agencies such as FEMA, or Federal Emergency Management Agency. Find what agencies such as the Salvation Army, Red Cross, or even the United Way (among many others) may be able to do to help during a hurricane.
While there are many large, national charities agencies in the United States, the Salvation Army may be one of the biggest as well as most popular. They operate across the country in sites ranging from thrift stores to churches, community centers, summer camps, rehab centers, and dozens of other locations.
There tends to be higher demand for assistance during certain seasons of the year. The key periods of time include at Easter, back to school season, Thanksgiving, as well as Christmas. Many low income families struggle to cover the extra expenses that they are faced with during those times of the year.
Families shopping for school supplies can save money for their household by making the purchase during the 2017 sales tax holidays. There are several states that still operate these programs, and while the list changes from yer to year, it may be possible for you to save tens or hundreds of dollars per year.