The leading non-profit in Yuma, Mohave, and La Paz Arizona is WACOG, or the Western Arizona Council of Governments Human Services. The agency can help low income families that meet guidelines. Assistance is for seniors, entire families, immigrants, children, the disabled, and others that are struggling and that need support.
The community action agency encourages active participation and self-sufficiency for those facing poverty and people in a crisis. Staff provide caring social services to those that require a hand up and not a hand out.
Case management services are widely available. Clients will be assigned a specialist to review and find housing, gain economic stability, and meet other lifestyle goals. A plan will be created between the WACOG Case Manager and the local household.
Families that participate in this case management program are usually working poor, disabled, or elderly. They struggle to pay the bills and to meet the most basic of needs. Their crisis can be caused by issues such as an unexpected medical bill, car repair, or reduction in work hours. The services provide advice and try to enhance the clients ability to pay for food, shelter, rent, and/or utilities.
Case management is also a form of stability used to assist low-income households that are in a crisis situation. For those households eligible, appropriate services and/or government benefits are identified and applied for. Specialists can help individuals apply for Arizona or federal government assistance as needed. Follow-up is provided where and when appropriate by WACOG.
The Western Arizona Council of Governments Human Services is a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) approved Housing Counseling agency. Specialists can offer Yuma and Mohave County residents with free Mortgage Delinquency/Default Resolution, information on Reverse Mortgage, Financial Management such as credit counseling, Post-Purchase Non-Delinquency and more. Counselors can also help borrowers sign up for programs such as the federal government HAMP, or Home Affordable Modification program. Several other loan modifications and debt reduction plans are administered.
The Arizona Telephone Assistance Program was created by US West Communications, the Western Arizona Council, as well as the Department of Economic Security, Corporation Commission. The program provides for telephone assistance for low-income persons in Yuma and La Paz with a medical need. The telephone program provides discounts for the monthly basic rate and assistance with paying for installation costs if needed.
Homeless prevention is for low income residents and is part of the case management services. For families that are behind on their rent or facing eviction, WACOG will partner with these tenants to find a solution. It may range from small amounts of cash assistance for rent to referrals for low income, subsidized housing.
The Western Arizona Council of Governments Human Services utility bill assistance program is for qualified low income families. There are centers in the region in which people can apply at, including in La Paz, Mohave, and Yuma Counties. Seniors or the disabled that are homebound may receive hands on assistance. Funds can help pay natural gas, energy, heating and cooling bills. Note that funding for any type of financial aid is always limited.
Head Start is coordinated by WACOG and other local agencies. The community action agency focuses on child development, education, health care, and general family support. The federally funded Head Start program insures children and families receive a broad spectrum of services and effectively utilize community resources.
For more information on the resources above, the contact information is as follows.
Senior Centers are located across the region. They may serve low cost meals, coordinate recreational activities, offer seminars on government benefits such as Medicare, and offer much more.
Yuma County Senior Centers
Senior Nutrition and Adult Center, 160 East First Street, Yuma, Arizona 85364, 928-782-4489
245 S. Bingham Ave, Somerton, AZ 85350, dial 928-627-9878
790 W. San Juan Sanchez Blvd., San Luis, AZ 85349, main phone 928-627-0646
Mohave County Senior Centers
1776 ½ Airway Avenue, Kingman Arizona, 86401, dial 928-757-8150
Golden Shores Senior Center, 13136 Golden Shores Parkway, Topock, AZ 86406, (928) 768-2421
450 Acoma Blvd S, Lake Havasu City, Arizona 86406, (928) 453-0715
2275 Trane Road, Bullhead City, AZ 86442, call (928) 758-1538
La Paz County Senior Centers
Parker Nutrition Center, 1115 W 12th St,, Parker, Arizona 85344, (928) 669-9514
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