Multi-County CSA offers an array of services to assist individuals to become self-sufficient
LOW INCOME HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (LIHEAP) helps keep families safe and healthy through initiatives that assist families with energy costs. We provide federally funded assistance in managing costs associated with home energy-related minor home repairs. LIHEAP can help you stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer through programs that reduce the risk of health and safety problems that arise from unsafe heating and cooling practices.
COMMUNITY SERVICE BLOCK GRANT (CSBG) authorities the specific services administered through this federal block grant program, which is the cornerstone of family based services offered by MCCSA. Through case management, CSBG assists in solving real-life problems by enabling families to attain self-sufficiency. By addressing problems in the areas of employment, education, health, housing, nutrition, and income management, the program serves a broad segment of the MCCSA target population ranging from adolescents to the elderly.
WEATHERIZATION (LHP & DOE) is to increase the energy efficiency of homes for low-income people-primarily the elderly, disabled, and families with children. The program reduces heating and cooling cost while improving the health and safety of its clients. Applicants must meet federal poverty guidelines to be eligible for assistance. A technician conducts an energy audit on single-family, multi-family, or mobile home dwellings. Diagnostic equipment is used to identify air infiltration imbalances and areas of heat loss. Technicians also evaluate related health and safety conditions, such as carbon monoxide hazards, gas leaks, or moisture problems. Weatherization crews install the most cost effective energy efficient measures, based on the results of the energy audit
PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING (PSH) is to develop and provide transitional housing; moving from homelessness to stable housing. The STEPS program offers rental assistance, housing and credit counseling, and case management among other services. To be eligible under this program , applicants must be : homeless, have children under 18 years of age, have retained employment at least six mouth prior to program application, have goal of home ownership, and be willing to enter case management. PHS also counsels individuals toward improving their credit worthiness so that they become more financially self-sufficient. We also sponsor home ownership workshops in order for an individual to receive a certificate, and become a first time home buyer
MEALS ON WHEELS (MOW) provides daily nutritionally well balanced meals to the elderly and/or disabled homebound individuals in order to assist them in leading independent, meaningful, and dignified lives in their own homes and community. The Meals on Wheels program relies heavily on its volunteers to deliver daily hot meals to elderly and handicapped homebound individuals.
FOSTER GRANDPARENT PROGRAM (FGP) provides older individuals with the opportunity to give individual attention to children with special needs. This special care helps young people grow, gain confidence, and develop needed skills. In improving the lives of the children they serve, Foster Grandparent enrich their own lives, strengthen communities, and bridge proverbial "generational-gaps" by providing services that are fiscally unfeasible relative to organizational budgets. The Corporation for National and Community Service through the National Senior Corps provides funding via match funding arrangements. Prerequisites for assistance from this program are:
- No longer be in the regular work-force
- Meet income eligibility levels
- Be physically and mentally able to work
- Serve an average of 20 hours per week
COMMIDITY SUPPLEMENTAL FOOD PROGRAM (CSFP) works to improve the health of low-income elderly persons at least 60 years of age by supplementing their diets with nutritious USDA Foods. Women, infants, and children who were certified and receiving CSFP benefits as of February 6, 2014 can continue to receive assistance until they are no longer eligible under the program rules in effect on February 6, 2014. Through CSFP, USDA distributes both food and administrative funds.
FRANCES W. DAVIDSON CENTER FOR HOMELESSNESS (FDCH) provides and / or makes referrals to those in need. Basic services include provisions for personal hygiene, meals, and temporary housing, Non-traditional services encompass employment training and case management, GED assisstance, substance abuse counseling and treatment, domestic violence assistance, medical aid, and traveler's aid. The shelter also provides emergency food boxes to low- income families in Lauderdale County. Distribution of food is made availiable through the United States Department of Agriculture and the Mississippi Food Network.
EMERGENCY FOOD AND SHELTER (EF&S) is a federal program, which provides food and/or shelter assistance to low- income families during a crisis situation in the agency's outlying counties. EF&S is a supplemental food and shelter assistance program that is designed to work in combination with other assistance programs in efforts to maximize and target limited resources.
VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who generally make $52,000 or less, persons with disabilities, and the elderly and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals. In addition to VITA, the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program offers free tax help for all taxpayers, particularly those who are 60 years of age and older, specializing in questions about pensions and retirement-related issues unique to seniors.