The VITA program has now opened for calendar year 2017. The federal government funded program, formally known as Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, allows Americans with an income of less than $55,000 or so to file their taxes for free. Note the income ranges can vary slightly by local community. Since the census bureau states that the median household income in this country is about $50,000, this means that roughly 50%+ of Americans could qualify for VITA. So say goodbye to costly TurboTax, H&R Block services, and all those fee based providers!
It is very unfortunate, but the fact is that there are an estimated 500,000 people homeless each and every night in America. The shelter system, while it is comprehensive, can’t house them all. There is an even greater demand placed on the local shelters during hot summer months or cold winter nights, and they just can’t keep up. Below are some suggestions on what to do.
The Emergency Room is ready 24 hours a day to handle a medical emergency or health crisis, oftentimes diagnosing complex, critical conditions in a fast-paced setting. This can be used by the low income as well as families that do have have health insurance. ERs can also be used by patients who only have coverage from the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare.
Retailers, such as Wal-Mart, have put out lists of what they expect to be the top-selling toys for the upcoming 2016 Christmas season. There are some programs that can provide some or all of this stuff for free to kids under the age of 13, we think this could really benefit parents that are struggling to pay the bills on a daily basis.
With the school season resuming for the 2016 – 2017 calendar year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that up to 50% of students are eligible for either free or reduced priced meals. This means that they come from homes in which the total household income is below what the USDA considers to be an adequate level that is needed to feed the entire home, including the student.