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  • Monday, February 05, 2018 12:46 PM | Anonymous

    Homer IL Advocate David Lewis wrote the an editorial for the Homer News that we have posted below.   Check out our LInks page to access the DHSS Disaster Preparedness Toolkit.

    In the wee hours of January 23rd we were rudely awaken by a pretty big shaker if that wasn’t bad enough it was followed by the Tsunami sirens going off. Listening to KBBI I heard that we were to evacuate if we lived below Pioneer Ave.  I’m 105 feet above sea level but on the bottom side of Pioneer, what do I do? I stayed, I watched many in the neighborhood leave, saw some with to go bags and others with none. Next the police came through with sirens blaring and lights flashing telling people to leave. We sat (the cat, dog and myself), watched all of this happen and we stayed by choice. Others may have stayed because they had no choice.

    We have people in Homer who are elderly, those with disabilities, and those who just don’t have personal transportation, what do they do? The State of Alaska has a book out called “GET READY” Alaska’s emergency preparedness toolkit for people with disabilities. This 60+ page booklet helps individuals plan for the next emergency.

    When setting up a disaster plan the individual must take the first step themselves. They must recognize that they need a plan and that they may need help when it comes setting up and executing the plan. The individual may need to rely on friends, neighbors, local churches or non-profits. First responders will be dealing with whatever the emergency/disaster is: so you may not be able to count on them.

    The main thing to realize is you don’t need to reinvent the wheel. “GET READY” has it all laid out. All you need to do is get and read the booklet. To find this booklet you can stop by The Independent Living Center in Homer at 265 E. Pioneer Ave, we have a few. We have a link on our web site www.peninsulailc.org or you can go to http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/wcfh This is something we all need to think about and we should all have a plan.

    David Lewis

    IL Advocate

  • Thursday, January 25, 2018 12:53 PM | Anonymous

    The Homeless Connect event in the Central Peninsula was a big success.  Read the Peninsula Clarian Article A day of services, caring and support to find out more about this multi-agency service event.

  • Wednesday, January 24, 2018 8:51 AM | Anonymous

    Check out the Peninsula Clarion article on Homeless Connect !

    Homeless Connect

  • Wednesday, January 17, 2018 4:10 PM | Anonymous

    The Ninilchik Traditional Council offers the BUMPS "North Red LIne" transportation program.  They are providing bussing between Ninilchik and Fred Meyer in Soldotna and Walmart in Kenai on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.   They will stop in Clam Gulch and Kasilof along the way. The costs are $10 round trip and $7 one way.

    The Traditional Council is planning to expand the service to include Homer and the lower Peninsula communities at some point in the future.

    For more information about BUMPS please contact the Traditional Council Resource office at 567-3815 or check out their BUMPS Facebook Page.

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  • Tuesday, January 02, 2018 3:27 PM | Anonymous

    David Lewis works in the Homer ILC office as a systems advocate.  As part of his role David has been responding to public concerns about difficulty with the entry doors to the Seward Post Office.  Check out the link below to read David's letter to the editor in the Seward City News.

    Seward Post Office Access

  • Monday, December 18, 2017 1:34 PM | Anonymous

    The Homer ILC office is now able to sell local vouchers again for a limited time.   The taxi voucher program in Homer is funded by a grant from the State  Department of Transportation.  We have not been able to increase the size of this years grant but have been able to extend some of our funds.  This means that once again we can sell "Local" vouchers until our funding runs out.  We do not anticipate our funding to last all winter.

    We recommend calling ILC to see if we have taxi vouchers available before you come in to purchase them.  We will update our web page any time changes occur.

  • Monday, December 11, 2017 9:13 AM | Anonymous

    The taxi voucher program in Homer is funded by a grant from the Alaska Department of Transportation (DOT).  This grant was a smaller amount for this fiscal year than in previous years.   With this grant we have offered the "local" vouchers for short taxi trips, (up to 4 miles) and "Far Out" for longer rides such as Anchor Point and McNeil Canyon.

    Between having a smaller grant this year and the absence of CARTS program vouchers there has been a greater demand for DOT vouchers.  Unfortunately our supply of the "Local" vouchers for this fiscal year ran out on December 8th.  That means we have to discontinue selling the "Local" vouchers but we will continue to sell the "Far Out" vouchers.  

    Not all riders qualify for "Far Out" vouchers.  "Far Out" vouchers are only available for those that live out of town such as East End Road, Anchor Point or Diamond Ridge.   If we are able to identify any additional funding for "Local" vouchers we will post it here on our site.

    Please check back for more information or feel free to call the Homer ILC office at 235-7911.

  • Wednesday, December 06, 2017 9:44 AM | Anonymous

    ILC has been involved in coordinating low cost transportation options for Homer, the Central Peninsula and Seward.   See this recent Peninsula Clarion for an update about current changes in transportation programming and funding on the Peninsula.

    The Homer taxi vouchers are funded by an Alaska Department of Transportation Grant.  as stated in the Clarion article that grant was smaller this year.  As of today we are almost sold out of the local taxi vouchers for the Homer area.  We will continue to sell the "Local" vouchers this week until they are sold out.   We do still have the "Far Out" vouchers that cover longer distance rides such as Homer to Anchor Point.  We recommend calling ILC before coming in to purchase vouchers.  The Homer ILC phone number is 235-7911

    Clarion tranportation article

  • Monday, November 20, 2017 4:28 PM | Anonymous
    Check out the ILC Newsletter.    ILC is involved in a variety of services in communities all over South Central Alaska.  Take a moment to read our free newsletter.   ILC needs your support to keep on doing what we do.  Please consider joining ILC as a member or by making a donation to us.   Supporting us is easy, just follow the links on our home page, it only takes a minute.   Thanks for supporting ILC and the work that we do.     Nov. Newsletter.pdf
  • Thursday, August 31, 2017 1:30 PM | Anonymous

    Upcoming Developmental Disabilities Individualized Supports Waiver (ISW)

    Tuesday, August 29, 2017 11:25 AMAnonymous

    Alaska Senior and Disability Services issued the following information this week:

    "The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Senior and Disabilities Services (SDS) is seeking federal approval to establish a new home and community based Individualized Supports waiver (ISW) to serve up to 600 people who experience Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. This new waiver will target both individuals who are currently receiving services from the Community and Developmental Disabilities Grant (CDDG) program and individuals without supports on the Developmental Disabilities Registry and Review (DDRR). The scheduled go live date for the ISW is January 1, 2018."

    ILC STAR staff can help consumers and families get ready for this change in services.  We can help with the following steps:

    1.  Apply for and clarify the status of DD eligibility with Senior and Disability Services.

    2.  Facilitate the Registration and Review (DDRR) required to be on the list of applicants for the new Individualized Supports Waiver (ISW)

    3. Provide resources and referrals to service providers in your area.

    If you have questions contact the STAR representative for your area.  You can find out more about  ILC STAR Services on our web page.
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