The community action agency known as Delta Area Economic Opportunity Corporation coordinates emergency aid and self-sufficiency. Programs are available in the Missouri counties of New Madrid, Dunklin, Missisippi, Pemiscot, Scott, and Stoddard. When the non-profit can’t meet a request for help, then referrals are usually available to other programs.
DAEOC provides a number of services through the federal government coordinated Community Service Block Grant. Examples of services include free income tax e-filing, credit counseling, life skills classes, self-sufficiency, employment and GED tutoring. The program also offers guidance and assistance for people in need of emergency support. This may be free food, medicines, shelter, rental help and transportation, depending on availability of funding.
As another CSBG service, each county listed above and supported by Delta Area Economic Opportunity Corporation operates an Outreach Center that provides referrals for needed community services and resources. The agency will endeavor to connect all residents in need with appropriate services or public benefits through this referral program. They have information on charities in counties such as Dunklin, Pemiscot, Scott, and others.
Utility bills can be a challenge for anyone, in particular low-income households. DAEOC Outreach Centers administer the federally funded LIHEAP - Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program to assist struggling households with paying their utility costs. LIHEAP assistance is distributed through the following initiatives noted below.
Energy Assistance Grant - An application process is required to determine eligibility for EA. Any type of cash grants or benefits come in the form of a one-time payment made directly to the utility provider by the state of Mississippi. Dollar amounts paid out by LIHEAP will be determined according to household income levels. Under certain circumstances, payment may be made directly to the client.
The ECIP - Energy Crisis Intervention runs from October 1 through May 31 in Mississippi, and it can be used to pay for primary and secondary heating sources, for as long as funding is available. The primary heating source is fuel that is necessary for producing heat, such as electric, natural gas, or propane.
For the hot summer months, the DAEOC community action agency also offers the Summer ECIP program in counties including, but not limited too Stoddard and New Madrid. This can help pay for electric service only, such as air conditioning bills.
Another option is available in counties such as Stoddard, Scott and others. The purpose of Cool-Aide is to furnish home air-conditioners to qualified participants, such as the elderly.
Using the best and most advanced technology available, Weatherization furnishes free home alterations and additions to improve a home’s energy-efficiency and comfort year-round.
Furnace or air conditioning unit testing is a main focus, determining whether the system is emitting carbon monoxide. If and when needed, qualified contractors are called by DAEOC to repair or replace furnaces as necessary. Replacements are limited to gas units. Other specific services and alterations include door sweeps; adding weather-stripping; wall, floor insulation; caulking; new doors; and windows.
Head Start is a federal government funded comprehensive educational program for children under the age of 6. The DAEOC Program has become one of the largest rural resources in the state, and it helps over 1000 children per year. There are over 10 centers located throughout Dunklin, New Madrid, Mississippi, Pemiscot, Scott, and Stoddard Counties.
As part of the program, special emphasis is placed on ensuring that young children from low-income families receive all necessary school-preparatory services, including educational, medical care, food, and developmental support. The importance of parental involvement is one of the key concepts of Head Start, and the program recognizes that parents are important educators for the child.
Staff also work closely with parents in creating individualized written plans in regard to activities and a learning plan for all enrolled children, including those with special needs. Teachers from the centers will also make family visits at least twice during each school year.
Head Start also offers social services and assistance to parents interested in obtaining their high school equivalency certificates or in pursuing other adult educational opportunities. The program also provided free health-related services, including visits with mental health professionals, physical exams, dental exams, lead screenings, and any necessary immunizations. Children are served a nutritious breakfast and lunch during their stay in the school. If necessary, referrals to other agencies, even including pantries or clinics, are provided.
The Child Care Food Program is run in partnership with day care providers and it will offer assistance with serving children balanced, nutritious meals that meet USDA/Missouri Department of Health food standards. it is available across a wide region, incluidng Dunklin, Scott, and others.
For more information on these or other programs, Delta Area Economic Opportunity Corporation has a few centers in the region. The main ones are noted below.
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