The non-profit Community Action Partnership (CAP) is an organization that has operated since 1964. The center provides urgent basic services for citizens in need in the counties of Butler, Darke, Greene, Miami, Montgomery, Preble and Warren Ohio in the Greater Dayton Area. With a key focus on both strengthening families and offering qualified low income clients self-sufficiency, their services range from emergency assistance such as free food, clothing, financial assistance, rental help, and emergency shelter to homeownership and foreclosure assistance. Other services provided include tax preparation, job, education and computer training and energy and weatherization assistance. They also offer assistance to veterans and their families that live in the Dayton Ohio region.
The Benefit Bank, which operates across the state, is a free internet service that helps to connect low- and moderate-income families with available public and government benefits. CAP staff work with clients to help to remove barriers to accessing these benefits by converting the complex eligibility process into easy-to-answer questions and solutions. Government benefits available in Ohio may include food stamps, home energy bill assistance, child care subsidies and children’s health care insurance. To find out more on what may be available or to schedule an appointment, call (937) 341-5000.
The non-profit has information on federal government benefits. Some of those that are supported include Energy Assistance and Weatherization Programs include HEAP Winter and Summer Crisis Programs and PIPP Plus. Call Community Action Partnership of the Greater Dayton Area to apply or learn more.
The Winter Crisis Program generally begins in November and runs through March or until funds are depleted. Applications are processed by the Community Action Partnership. Grants for paying heating bills are offered on a first come and first serve basis. This program provides eligible households with a one-time payment for a utility emergency and additional funds may be available for bulk fuel or to pay for heating oil.
Another option is the the Summer Crisis Program, which begins in July and ends August 31, 2013, or until funds are depleted. When this program runs, it provides eligible low income households with electrical bill assistance or an air conditioner for those with medical needs. Seniors may receive a free fan as well.
Another option is the state of Ohio Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP) Plus, which allows eligible customers to pay 6% of their total household monthly income or $10 a month, whichever is greater, for both gas and electric utilities. This is available across Ohio, including in counties such as Montgomery.
Weatherization, which is a free service, is available to eligible homeowners and renters to reduce heat loss and air infiltration in their homes. It will save them money, make homes safe, comfortable and energy efficient. Also included is free consumer education and advice to help them reduce their energy bills. To learn more on any of these resources, call the non-profit at (866) 504-7379.
The Community Action Partnership of the Greater Dayton Area Individual Development Account (IDA) Program is to help first-time homebuyers. Program participants will be provided up to a $2,000 match to their $1,000 savings. All money saved and matched needs to be used for a down payment on a home. Any Dayton Ohio area first-time homeowners and those who have not owned a home in the last 3 years are eligible to apply and enroll in the IDA. To learn more, dial (937) 341-5000.
The community action agency Homeowner Foreclosure Assistance Program offers assistance to people who are behind on their mortgage and/or are in jeopardy of losing their homes. Their housing counseling services are free to homeowners that qualify and can help prevent foreclosure or eviction. Staff can even negotiate with lenders or a bank on your behalf. Please call (937) 341-5000 to schedule an appointment or learn more.
Housing assistance, such as the Harding Plan, which is a Transitional Program, is open to individuals who are homeless, unemployed or underemployed. Those who qualify will be offered up to an 18-month stay at the housing center. The residents are also offered case management, financial literacy training, employment assistance, core life skills and other support services to help them achieve self-sufficiency. Get information on resources to pay the rent or deposit on a new home when ready to leave.
Job and Employment assistance includes free Computer Literacy Training for Microsoft Word, internet and email basics. Call (937) 341-5000.
Ohio and the Community Action Partnership of the Greater Dayton Area offers help to veterans and their families. Those that need assistance re-entering the workforce may be eligible for resources such as the Ohio Vocation, Education, Training & Service (Ohio V.E.T.S.) program, based on their total household income level. This program will assist veterans and military members with obtaining education, school supplies, training, work clothing, bus tokens and gasoline cards.
Other assistance for veterans is utility bill payment assistance and weatherization services. V.E.T.S. has also partnered with many other local and state of Ohio organizations to assist veterans to become self-sufficient. For more information or to enroll, call (937) 341-5000.
Work PAYS is one of the main employment readiness program that assists low-income and unemployed persons to enter the workforce by creating an Individual Employment Plan. This will help them identify their core strengths and skills, coaching and job search assistance. The staff from the agency will also help to locate affordable food, housing, and clothing.
Staff and volunteers also provide the Income Tax Preparation services include the VITA program that offers free tax help to low- to moderate-income individuals and seniors to prepare their own tax returns. Tax assistance is also offered at the Ohio Benefit Bank to eligible residents to help claim federal government tax credits such as the Earned Income Tax.
Locations of Community Action Partnership of the Greater Dayton
Supports for Low-Income Families (SELF), Butler County , 1790 S. Erie Hwy.,, Suite A-C , Hamilton, OH 45011, (513) 868-9300
Community Action Partnership, Darke County, 1469 Sweitzer Street, Greenville, OH 45331, (937) 548-8143 or (937) 459-5476
Community Action Partnership Greene County, 1855 Bellbrook Avenue, Xenia, OH 45385, (937) 376-7747
Community Action Partnership, Montgomery County, 719 S. Main Street, Dayton, OH 45402, (937) 341-5000
Community Action Partnership, Preble County, 308 Eaton-Lewsiburg Road, Eaton, OH 45320, (937) 456-2800
Warren County Community Services, 570 N. St. Rt. 741, Lebanon, OH 45036, (513) 695-2100. Or dial in Cincinnati (513) 925-2100, Middletown (513) 261-2100 or Dayton/Franklin (937) 425-2100.
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