The resources from The Love Center start with case management. Throughout the process applicants to the non-profit can explore the other resources available, ranging from applications to government funded grants such as ESG for paying rent to foreclosure counseling. Any short term support is coordinated with information on job placement.
Applicants from Gadsden as well as Etowah County will need to take part in an outreach process. Among other things, this will help clients meet their basic needs. Assessments of an applicants financial situation is included in this program.
As part of this outreach, both short- and long-term case management services are provided. This will ensure individuals better understand and more effectively respond to their immediate emotional, physical and/or financial needs.
Another critical part of case management is financial education. One on one sessions or classes are held across the community members. They address a wide range of topics, including spending plans, improving credit, eliminating credit card debt, and avoiding high priced lenders.
Through self-sufficiency, case managers will refer people to employment and training programs as well as substance abuse counseling. For parents in job training, they can connect parents with child-care providers in Etowah County Alabama.
If found to be qualified for any financial support, immediate crisis assistance is available through The Love Center direct services. The agency operates, or is involved with administering a number of resources. There are food pantries and homeless shelters as well as low income housing.
In addition to providing its own solutions to the less fortunate, The Love Center directs clients to other local charities or non-profit agencies in the region. This will help ensure families have access to a variety of resources that can address their specific needs. The organization also helps clients apply to state of Alabama and federal government programs that provide monetary aid for essential expenses, such as food and utility bills.
Both foreclosure counseling and rental assistance is available for reducing homelessness in Etowah County. The organizations staff can direct clients to emergency financial aid or cash grants. One option is offered annually and is known as ESG. Or foreclosure assistance is arranged.
Homelessness Prevention is for clients who are in crisis as a result of court-ordered evictions or a lender sending them a foreclosure notice. Tenants and/or homeowners must satisfy several requirements in order to be eligible for any aid or loan from this program.
The Love Center works to prevent foreclosures. The agency collaborates with mortgage companies and lenders, advocating on behalf of borrowers. Furthermore, the organization coordinates financial counseling and education and helps people find a new affordable apartment in Etowah County if needed.
Weatherization helps both homeowners and renters improve the energy efficiency of their homes and reduce their heating as well as air conditioning bills. Trained personnel inspect homes and weatherize them by installing a number of features to lower the amount of waste. A focus is on families in poverty or senior citizens in the Love Center service territory.
Educational support is arranged. This is done by Head Start or by referring parents to local job training centers. This is for children from low-income families. It will prepare the youth in Gadsden for kindergarten.
Head Start emphasizes education for children as well as socio-emotional development. Additional services are also provided to the families of enrolled children. So parents can work with staff from The Love Center on finding a job or improving their financial situation.
For additional information or referrals, the main number is (256) 546-8831. Appointments are needed. The Love Center office is at 915 S 12th St, Gadsden, AL 35901.
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