Residents of Montgomery County can receive assistance for needs such as housing and energy bills as well as referrals. The support is available from the Clarksville-Montgomery County Community Action Agency. The non-profit is focused on helping low income and working poor families gain self-sufficiency and stability, and case managers partner with clients on this task.
Food assistance is from the USDA Commodity Program. This is federal funded, and is comprised of CMCCAA supplying free nutritional food to low-income families with distribution approximately every 3 months. The groceries from the community action agency are available on a first-come, first serve basis, as supplies last.
To help low income families save money by reducing their energy bills on a permanent basis, the Weatherization Assistance Program was created to make their homes more energy efficient. This is done through funding available from the government, and Clarksville-Montgomery County Community Action Agency is using advanced technology to support the dwellings of low income families.
As part of weatherization, the U.S. Department of Energy offers funds to various entities including the state of Tennessee. These local governments, in a reciprocal move, fund local community action agencies, charities, nonprofits and other groups to offer these weatherization services to clients. Results from this program will lower utility and even heating bills for low income families, turning their homes into a safe and healthy place for them to thrive.
Heating bill help is available from Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP. This was designed to assist eligible individuals and families with their paying their home utility bills by issuing them a grant for those expenses. All assistance is assessed and based on the need, total income and size of the household including vulnerable members (infants, elderly, frail).
Applications from LHEAP are available at the main office or through their own electric company. There is no appointment necessary for pickup. Processing for any funds may take 60-90 days, but CMCCAA can help expedite the process for residents facing a crisis.
The Clarksville-Montgomery County Community Action Agency Old Firehouse Day Shelter provides full services to homeless individuals and their families. Assistance offered, and referrals provided lead these individuals to a path of self-reliance and stability. Offerings at the shelter include clothes, free food, placement into transitional housing, job assistance and education. The shelter is located at 1498 Golf Club Lane, Clarksville Tennessee 37040, dial 931.542.0381.
Another option is Room in the Inn. This is operated just a seasonal program. CMCCAA works with local churches and various charities in the region to provide shelter for nights and evenings during the colder fall and winter months.
The Head Start program is a national service created to supplement the nutritional, mental, medical and social needs of children ages 3 years to 4 years along with their family members. This Montgomery County program is designed to allow children from low income households to thrive and put them on the right path towards a successful life. Included in this CMCCAA administered Head Start service are Special resources for children with special needs or disabilities.
Retired Senior Volunteer is one of the state's largest services. These individuals who volunteer their time are able to pick and choose when, how and where they would like to serve among non-profit agencies and organizations.
People that participate can make their own schedule, leaving them with feeling of satisfaction knowing they are supporting their community. Hours and days of services that are available are very flexible for the volunteer.
The location of the non-profit Community Action Agency of Clarksville-Montgomery County is at 150 Lafayette Road, Clarksville, Tennessee 37042. Call them at (931) 896-1800.
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