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Help is out there

Help is out there

Christina Stoutenburg


College finical aid isn’t the only assistance available to students.

With gas prices hovering around $4 a gallon for the Port Huron area, according to michigangasprices .com, and U.S. heating oil and propane prices rising, according to the Energy Information Administration(EIA), those in need do have places they can turn to.

The Michigan Department of Human Services has information individuals in need can review about different programs available, ranging from food assistance to child care help, available on their website, www. michigan. gov/dhs.

A link available on the DHS website will also forward individuals to mibridges. michigan. gov, where they can check eligibility, apply for benefits and view cases as advertised on the homepage.

Bridge Cards are a thing of the past, as the DHS has stated in that college students will not be able to receive help unless there is a “true need.”

But other programs remain the same.

Women, Infants, and Children’s Supplemental Food and Nutrition Program, or W.I.C., offers specialized assistance to pregnant women and/or children under 5, according to Kelly Hand, clerk typist.

Being a full-time student does not affect your eligibility. Hand said, “It seems like a lot more are going to college now.”

For eligibility Hand said, “We would either go by their income, or if they have Medicaid insurance they automatically qualify.”

Students may also find more localized help.

Mid-City Nutrition soup kitchen, which provides two hot meals a day on weekdays, and one a meal a day on weekends, according to their description, is just one of the programs on needhelppayingbills .com, under the “St. Clair County” section.

Need Help Paying Bills lists helpful information such as shelters, where to find help with food, prescriptions, health and human services, as well as legal assistance.

Phone numbers are also readily available on the site for all organizations listed to assist with obtaining more information directly from the organizations.