Nicholas County Community Action Agency Partnership programs.

Both emergency aid and other support services from Nicholas County Community Action Partnership can help low income and working poor families. The non-profit organization partners with many other West Virginia agencies to offer these resources. Call them for the latest information, and some of the possible solutions are noted below.

Emergency Assistance is a resource that provides financial help for low-income families in a crisis. The aid paid out is for people that are encountering difficulties in paying their utilities, rent, or heating bills in a timely manner. The applicant generally needs to be under the threat of eviction or termination of service. Any financial assistance from the agency in paying utility costs is available for both families and income qualified individuals, and in some cases a short term loan may be issued for those needs. The main office is 1205 Broad Street, Summersville, WV 26651, Telephone number is (304) 872-1162.

While in high demand and limited, emergency financial assistance from NCAP is also available to avoid eviction from rental property or apartments providing that a Nicholas County court-ordered eviction notice can be produced by the applicant.

Funds are paid out in partnership with multiple local and state of West Virginia agencies, including but not necessarily limited to the Salvation Army, churches, West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Faith and Works Mission charity group, local ministerial associations, Love Works, Inc. and the not for profit Richwood Food and Clothing Pantry.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and Free Income Tax Preparation Services are from the Nicholas County Community Action Partnership (NCAP). The agency uses IRS trained and certified employees. Working with residents, they will help them prepare tax returns free of charge through VITA. These state and federal income tax returns are filed electronically. Trained employees look for all credits and deductions and also assist clients in minimizing their tax burden. The goal is to hopefully maximize a clients refund.

Conservation and Weatherization reduces energy bill for low-income families. Nicholas County Community Action Partnership and its contractors improve the efficiency of your homes. The program prioritizes services to persons with disabilities, elderly and families with children. Note that due to funding and demand issues, applicants have approximately an eighteen to twenty-four month waiting period from the time of application.




The program is available for multi-family dwellings, condo, single-family homes, and mobile homes in Nicholas County West Virginia. Contractors that are trained will install, for free, cost-effective measures to reduce the clients total home energy consumption during both cold and warm seasons of the year. Weatherization will also have other benefits such as ensure the safety of your heating system.

Contractors that work with the community action agency utilize energy audits to determine which energy efficiency measures are most cost-effective and appropriate for each home. Typical updates and measures to the home can include reducing air infiltration, installing insulation, performing tune-ups and coordinating free repairs to heating and cooling systems. Other support is for replacing some appliances to improve efficiency and safety, and replacing incandescent lighting with compact fluorescent bulbs.

Nicholas County Community Action Partnership focuses on helping seniors in the region too. Some of the highlights of the programs for them and their caregivers are below.




-Medicaid Program will offer clients with grooming, personal hygiene items, non-technical physical assistance, nutritional and environmental support.
-Homemaker is for participants and will help them live in their West Virginia home. The program will offer them personal care, non-technical physical assistance, transportation needs, access to community activities, and nutritional support.
-Respite Program is a form of relief for primary care-givers.
-The Lighthouse resource offers participants with personal care items.
-Federal funded Food and Nutrition Program is for anyone 60 years and older. It is assistance that is for people regardless of income. They are invited to eat at the Nicholas County Community Action Senior Centers. All meals served will meet or exceed USDA guidelines for nutritional content.
-Non-Emergency Transportation is accessible for resides to places such as doctor's appointments, physical therapy, x-rays, or lab tests.

Head Start is for income qualified, pre-kindergarten children in Nicholas County. If qualified, your child will learn skills that are specific to his/her needs and are appropriate for his/her age. These can include nutrition skills, social, cognitive, emotional, and health care needs. Meals, rides, and other aid is offered too.


By Jon McNamara

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