Residents Can Get Free Tax Help at Get Your Refund
Owners/agents of Multifamily-assisted housing are encouraged to let residents know about the online tax filing tool GetYourRefund where they can get free tax help from IRS-certified volunteers.
As a reminder, the Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit are large tax refund payments that people can receive when they file a tax return. The 2021 American Rescue Plan expanded who can receive these payments and increased the amount of money available to many families and individuals. These tax credits are not income. Receiving these benefits will not impact eligibility for other federal benefits.
Department of Mental Health Rental Assistance Program
DMH’s Rental Assistance Program will have funds available in August to assist eligible households with rent and utilities in arrears, or with move-in costs to improve housing. An eligible household must have at least one member (adult or child) who is getting behavioral health services from an agency that bills DMH for the services and has a household income at or below 50% of AMI.
Please see the program web page for more information: https://dmh.mo.gov/housing/unit/rental-assistance
Contact Lacey Thompson at 573-635-4480 ext. 2506 if interested.
Ameren Clean Slate Program
Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer program
The Missouri Department of Social Services would like to remind low-income Missouri families to apply for the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer program, a one-time food assistance benefit. The program helps families of students with an income of up to 185 percent of the federal poverty level who qualify for free or reduced-price meals with the cost of the meals they provided for children while they remained away from schools during the months of March, April and May.
Applications may be found at www.emergencymealsurvey.com/MO or obtained by calling 1-855-373-4636.
Free ABC Mouse
Message from HUD’s Community and Supportive Services Youth Lead –
Interruptions in learning due to unanticipated events such as school closures can have significant negative impacts on children’s academic growth and development, as well as on their need for stability and consistency. Particularly when in-school learning isn’t possible, using research-based digital education programs at home can help children stay engaged, provide them valuable learning experiences, and allow them to maintain some continuity in their lives. Age of Learning is providing free home access to ABCmouse, Adventure Academy, and Reading IQ for all affected families in the U.S.
Our partner, Age of Learning, is providing free home access to ABC mouse, Adventure Academy, and Reading IQ to help the tens of millions of families in the U.S. whose schools are closed due to the coronavirus. Our PHAs can provide free accounts to children in their areas to continue learning at home during this period of school closures by visiting www.AgeofLearning.com/schools. There they will be asked to fill out a form where they’re then asked a few questions. Although the form is designed for schools, PHAs can now use this “school” form to obtain the code needed for families in their local areas.
For the “School District” field, enter the name of your county.
For the “School Name” field, enter the name Jefferson City Housing Authority.
Once you submit the form you will be emailed a “parent letter” containing a unique access code that you can provide all families in your local area. Note, the codes are specific to each locality. Provide this code and corresponding URLs (see below) to families in your locality to provide them full access to each of ABC mouse, Adventure Academy, and Reading IQ. The same unique local access code is used for each product.
ABCmouse.com® Early Learning Academy, for preschool through 2nd grade students, is a comprehensive, research-validated, award-winning curriculum for preschool through second grade, available on all major digital platforms and used by tens of millions of children to date. Redeem code at www.ABCmouse.com/redeem.
Adventure Academy™, for 3rd through 8th grade students, the first-of-its-kind educational massively multiplayer online game (MMO), serves elementary- and middle-school-aged children with thousands of literacy, math, science, and social studies learning activities in a fun and safe virtual world. Redeem code at www.AdventureAcademy.com/redeem.
ReadingIQ®, forpreschool through 6th grade students, is an award-winning digital library and literacy platform for children 12 and under designed by reading experts to improve literacy skills, with many thousands of expert-curated books from leading publishers. Redeem code at www.ReadingIQ.com/redeem.
Again, we encourage you to visit www.AgeofLearning.com/schoolsto obtain your unique code to provide free access to Age of Learning programs for families in your locality. Get these codes into your families in your area so they can make the most of these valuable digital learning resources.