Families that meet low income levels and need assistance, including case management, can contact the Community Action Program of Evansville and Vanderburgh for help. They are a leading non-profit that offers various support services and emergency financial aid to the poor and less fortunate in the area. The agency addresses the challenges of poverty, unemployment, and other challenges. Resources are available in Vanderburgh, Posey, and Gibson County.
Foreclosure prevention / housing counseling services can offer potential buyers with education to understand the home purchase process in Indiana. Services include including personal financial management, homeownership training, and also credit repair/establishment.
Some financial aid may be available from the various housing programs that CAPE is involved in. Emergency Rental or mortgage assistance may be available to low income qualified households according to funding availability. Eviction prevention and mediation is another service offered.
Transitional Housing is available from Community Action Program of Evansville and Vanderburgh County for currently homeless families. They can also access case management services and learn about programs that can help them pay the security deposit and first month’s rent on a new home or apartment.
Home Rehab/ Purchase/Resale program can assist potential homebuyers in securing certain rehab work on a home for which they have received prior approval for purchase from a local bank, realtor, or financial institution.
Owner Occupied Homeowner rehab is for the low income with children, seniors, and disabled. Low income eligible homeowners are provided with grants or low interest loans to pay for necessary home repairs.
Low income apartments are for seniors and those that meet pre-approved low to moderate income guidelines. The options include Paradise Estates in Evansville as well as Brumfield Place Apartments in Princeton Indiana.
Seniors check in is part of CAPE Calling. Staff or volunteers from the agency contact elderly customers to ensure their safety and well-being. This should pro-actively identify and challenges or help that they need.
Clothing banks may offer free diapers (or referrals for them), work or school clothing, supplies, and winter hats or jackets. The center can provide customers quality, gently used clothing free of charge.
Referrals to dental care and clinics in the region. The two main partners are Community Dental Clinic, 612 S.E. 4th Street, Evansville Indiana 47713 (dial (812) 435-2450) as well as KOOL SMILES Provides dentistry for children, 400 East Diamond Avenue, Evansville IN 47711, telephone (812) 461-2365.
Energy bill assistance applications are processed by CAPE. The federal program can help income qualified households with payment of natural gas, electric and bulk fuel costs. Winter heating program assistance normally is offered during the cold Indiana winter months too. Qualified customers of Community Action Program may receive one-time financial assistance for paying bills or a reconnection deposit.
Energy education is also offered as well. Families can get information on money-saving techniques and energy conservation to utilize during the winter heating and summer cooling bill seasons. Also receive a free energy saving kit, electrical outlet insulators, light bulbs and other items.
Weatherization is another key energy program in counties such as Gibson and other areas. This will assist qualifying customers in lowering home cooling and heating costs by applying energy efficient measures and products to their home or apartment.
Community Action Program of Evansville and Vanderburgh County food banks offer free non-perishable, staple grocery and food items to customers in need. There may also be moderate provisions of fruits, vegetables and non-perishable food.
Latino Community Liaison is for immigrants and Latinos. Staff will offer information, support and translation services and specific to the needs of the local Latino community.
Head Start for children from low income families can provide them with activities and education promoting the success of their families and the child too. Children between the ages of 3 and 5 years can enroll into this community action program and they can access a variety of activities that promote healthy growth and development. Growth and learning opportunities are provided to assist in social, mental, emotional and physical growth. The Head Start program offers various classroom options in Evansville and other towns to meet family needs.
Younger children can benefit from Early Head Start. This will assist children age 3 and under as well as pregnant women. It encourages overall healthy family functioning for program families. There may also be child care, free food, medical assistance and other supportive services for families.
The learning center can support Head Start qualified families and the general community. Clients can access free computer and tutorial services to improve reading and math skills, preparation for GED testing, and computer literacy sessions.
The community action agency will also offer free tutoring services. The sessions are provided by Learning Center volunteer tutors and staff. Topics cover English as Second Language, tutoring in basic math and reading skills, GED assessment, testing, and instruction. Also, on site computers can be utilized for job search assistance and learning basic computer keyboarding skills.
Child care from the Community Action Program is part of Enterprise zone. It for children ages 3, 4, and 5 years whose parents/caregivers work. Children will benefit from health growth and development as well.
Individual Development – IDA will help income qualified customers deposit earned income into a savings account. If they save money, it will be matched as well by government grants. The savings from IDA can be utilized to begin a new business, purchase a home or attendance by the customer or a dependent at an accredited institution. They can also enroll into credit counseling and debt reduction services.
The main CAPE offices are as follows.
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