A network of non-profit organization across Texas, including the Nueces County Community Action Agency, try to help the low income and assist families with breaking the cycle of poverty. A wide range of assistance programs are administered by the centers. Some of them are financial in nature, and can provide funds for paying rent, security deposits, or expenses such as utility bills. When applying be prepared to prove your hardship and need.
Other community action programs are more focused on self-sufficiency and offering stability to Nueces County residents. This can be educational resources such as Head Start or information on federal government job training and WIA services.
Weatherization is the region’s primary conservation program. Among other things it helps homeowners lower the amount of unnecessary use of fuel and energy costs. The program is for low income households, seniors, and families with young children. The Weatherization program performs the following home improvements and modifications in order to prevent the loss of energy. They can be additional Caulking, Weather stripping, Appliance testing, replacing broken windows and doors, extra free insulation and modifications to a home. All updates are focused on improving efficiency. Call (361) 653-3093 for details.
Financial aid and extra conservation measures are also part of the CEAP, or Comprehensive Energy Assistance Program. For information, dial (361) 882-4193. The state of Texas and Nueces County Community Action Agency can help low income and working poor individuals and families. Grants and credits are focused on people that have the highest need for utility bill assistance. The highest priority for aid is given to those households of the disabled, elderly and those with children under the age of six.
Among other things, CEAP may help with the payment of a qualified families utility bill, repair or replacement of a furnace or appliance. Or the agency may simply help by giving individuals the resources to become self-sufficient sometime in the near future.
Community Services and Emergency Financial is a part of Nueces County Community Action Agency (NCCAA), however it is limited. The organization works to provide the low income with a wide variety of assistance programs to eligible, low income individuals and families.
-Housing expenses, including rental assistance, funds for security deposits and help with utility bill expenses.
-Emergency food and groceries in rural areas.
-Weatherization of homes, per above.
-Cash assistance in the form of short term loans.
-Referrals and information, including on government programs such as SNAP food stamps or section 8.
NCCAA Early Head Start is for younger children and they may be able to enroll into Head Start in the future, as they age. The educational development programs focus on Family Partnership Development, Community Involvement, and Child Development. The objective is to ensure children from lower income families are provided an opportunity to grow and learn.
A number of services are offered as part of Early Head Start to children and families. They revolve around the areas of health, child development, disability services, family support services, free meals and nutrition, parent involvement and mental health.
It can lead to Head Start, which is another comprehensive program designed to foster the healthy development of slightly older three, four, and five year-old children. This will offer many of the same assistance programs and resources to children and their parents. Meals, snacks, reading, writing, and other topics are available. Transportation may even be offered to schools in some parts of Nueces County.
Social Services, Family and Community Partnership offer assistance to Family Advocates who are in charge of conducting Home Visits and who are also involved in initiating Individual Family Partnership Agreements. Teachers from the community action agency along with Social Service Coordinator keep Advocates abreast of what is taking place within the community. Parents may get linkage and referrals to many valuable resources throughout the eastern Texas community, such as employment and job training centers. The agency and their Family Community Partnership Coordinator is constantly networking with other agencies and charities in order to help qualified Head Start families.
Head Start Disability Services will help children with disabilities or a mental illness. These specialized services are provided through partnerships with local schools and education and private companies as needed.
There are multiple service centers in Nueces County. This can make services accessible to a wide range of people. The main NCAA office is at 101 South Padre Island Drive in Corpus Christi, Texas 78405. Phone (361) 883-7201. Note that eligibility for any type of aid or support is based on income and specific criteria.
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