How you can get help paying bills and expenses
The Mid-Sioux Opportunity Inc. Community Action Agency is a nonprofit organization that offers local families and individuals programs and resources to help them pay bills and locate other assistance. They have several services for residents, and they include the following. The office is located at 313 N Main Sioux Center, and the number is (712) 722-3611.
Emergency Grants and Outreach Services
There are a total of seven outreach offices available in the five county area (including Sioux County) operated by Mid-Sioux Opportunity, Inc. These local offices serve as a local contact point of contact for families and individuals needing assistance. Applications for nearly all of the services and programs they offer are accepted at these sites. In addition to being able to apply for programs, most of the offices also have an on site food pantry and clothing center. Government grants and local donations allow for the organization to provide emergency services such as assistance with paying rent, preventing an eviction and money for utility bills. Families and individual can also receive information on other community services offered which may also be of benefit to them.
Individuals or families in need can receive free secondhand clothing that is in great condition. Clothing centers are also located in most Mid-Sioux Outreach Offices. This program operates entirely on community support and donations.
Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
This federally funded program, LIHEAP, will help qualifying low-income Iowa households (both renters and homeowners) in the payment of a portion of their residential utility bills and heating costs for the winter heating season. Additional funds for energy services may also be available through Energy Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP) and other similar programs which are available from the Mid-Sioux Opportunity Inc. Community Action Agency.
The purpose of weatherization is to make the homes of low and moderate income households more energy efficient, therefore reducing their fuel bills by hundreds of dollars per year. The improvements made to homes are free to the homeowner.
Child Health Program
Families can even receive case management services to assist them in providing health care and well-child care for their children. Vouchers for discounted or free care are provided so families can take their children to their local physician and dentist for annual dental checkups and well-child exams. Find additional ways to get child care help.
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