The entire Palm Beach County region is supported by several Community Action Service Centers. The locations are focused on helping the poor, low income, and less fortunate make it through a crisis. Senior citizens and the disabled are also some key clients. The community action agency also very importantly work with clients on helping them obtain stability, employment, and education. Some examples of the resources available from them are below.
When facing a disconnection of your utility or electric service, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP, can be turned to. This program was created in an effort to provide financial relief from high priced utility bills.
There is a regular component which is available more so throughout the year, however there is a once per year enrollment date. LIHEAP in Palm Beach also has a crisis component, which can be turned to during an emergency and the application process has been streamlined.
The program known as LIHEAP provides financial assistance to households who are financially challenged by the high cost of their monthly energy bills. When found to be qualified, families or households receive a one-time payment that is applied to their bill. A focus of Palm Beach County Community Action Agency is on helping the elderly and those with special needs, such as the disabled.
Types of assistance that is generally available include a Crisis Cash Benefit-up to $600 or so which is offered at most twice a year for past due, final notice or disconnection. There is also the regular portion which is Home Energy Assistance, and this runs yearly. Florida LIHEAP also has a Weather Related Benefit, which is assistance during a natural disaster.
Often combined with this is Weatherization. Also known as WAP, it assists low income clients in Palm Beach with repairs or improvements to make their homes more energy efficient. These repairs can include Installing solar window screens, replacing doors, AC units, and/or windows, CFL bulbs, or maybe adding additional insulation to attic, floors and sidewalls where needed.
Free food, groceries, and other nutrition support is from Community Action Agency. The non-profit distributes canned goods and also non-perishable food items to low income families on a regular basis. Included items may be beans, rice, apple sauce, breads, and vegetables. During some parts of the year, surplus fresh fruits and vegetables are available.
The Community Service Block Grant (CSBG) pays for the PASS program. This is administered by the County Community Action Program. Families or individuals who are seeking to participate must meet the federal government poverty thresholds.
PASS was designed to help residents, including the under or unemployed, achieve self-sufficiency and become less dependent on public assistance. Participants will receive services that address Employment and Professional Development, Health Management, Budgeting, and Education.
Work with a case manager to identify the needs of at-risk families. This includes those facing eviction, very low income, and working poor. The Palm Beach Community Action Agency will delivers them a coordinated set of social services or financial support to facilitate self-sufficiency. Assistance may include affordable housing, child care, job training, education, budget and credit counseling, employment development and more. Emergency services, or even deferred loans, can be issued as part of funds for paying rent or other needs. (561) 355-4792.
Palm Beach CSBG - Community Services Block Grant can coordinate support for the poor and low income. It is run in partnership with other Florida agencies and charities. Clients can get help with income tax assistance or access to Free Food and Nutrition. Both of these are expanded on below. Other resources may include Job Support, money for rent and utility bill assistance, home repair loans and more.
Income Tax Assistance is part of VITA. Highly trained Community Action staff assist low to moderate income families prepare their state of Florida and federal government tax returns. IRS trained bilingual staff and a number of volunteers are available at all the community action Service Centers in Palm Beach to provide this service.
There are several sites, known as Service Centers, run by Palm Beach County Community Action Agency. The main locations are below.
Delray Beach - 610 SW 15th Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 33444. Telephone 278-8090
Pahokee center is at 380 East 5th Street, Pahokee, FL, dial 924-7232
Jupiter site is at 6415 Indiantown Road, Jupiter, Florida 33450. Call 694-5471
Riviera Beach is at 1440 Martin Luther King Blvd., Riviera Beach, FL 33404. Call 845-4670
Lake Worth, 1699 Wingfield Street, Lake Worth, FL 33460, main phone 694-5415
South Bay - 625 Martin Luther King Blvd., South Bay, Florida 33493. Main number is 996-0660
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