Overview community action agency financial assistance programs.

Clients of Overview can get help from the agency, government resources, or local charities. There is assistance for basic needs such as food, shelter, and energy bills. Staff also help individuals find a job, gain new skills, or participate in job training. The main resources are noted below, and services are available in Wilkinson, Baldwin, Hancock, Jasper, Putnam, Washington, and Johnson.

Educational and employment resources from Overview Inc.

Head Start is the regions, state of Georgia, and federal government’s primary comprehensive early childhood development program. It was created to help with education and nutritional needs of economically disadvantaged preschool children and their families.

This federally funded program fosters the social, intellectual and emotional growth of young children, with a focus on health and self-expression. Enrolled children and their families gain self-respect, greater confidence and dignity. Head Start-eligible children must be over three years of age but no older than five, and children from low-income families in counties such as Washington or Baldwin must comprise at least 90% of enrollees. The program accommodates disabled children from the counties as well.

Overview community action provides instructional and supportive services for adults as well. The main resource available is the adult education and job development program, which helps clients become economically self-reliant by emphasizing increased job skills, career development and related knowledge.

The workshops and classes are combined with personal assessments. All of this, and more, is available from staff and counselors. This program helps clients search for employment, dress for success, draft résumés and cover letters and prepare for job interviews. In addition, tutoring in writing, math, ESL and English grammar is available in Georgia, along with classes that teach computer proficiency.

Financial support from community action in Overview

Most of the aid is part of the CSBG, Community Services Block Grant program. This was created in an effort to help needy individuals and families progress toward self-sufficiency.




CSBG services from the non-profit concentrate on the ensuring clients have shelter, skills, knowledge and motivation needed for financial independence. Low-income persons can also obtain immediate life necessities, such as funds for rent, free food, shelter, transportation and medicine, through this program. The community action agency also has an outreach office in Wilkinson and Jasper that provides information, referrals and direct assistance to the working poor. Seniors and the disabled can also enroll into the CSBG services.

Low-income families as well as the unemployed can obtain case management services via the organization’s family development program. These services provide referrals and information regarding vocational training, career guidance, education, employment, finance, affordable childcare, nutrition and time management. The family can also get referrals from case managers to government benefits such as SSI disability and others in Georgia.

Minor Home Repairs are available, and this can be either interior or exterior. The program can improve safety, livability, accessibility of CSBG eligible families, including senior citizens. Repair such as roof patching, installing hand rails, wheelchair ramps, steps and rotted columns are all provided.

Grants in counties such as Wilkinson are available from the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which helps eligible households pay heating bills and cooling costs. In order for an applicant to receive LIHEAP support, the households energy bills must be in the name of a person residing at the address.

The weatherization program helps people save money on their utilities. It is focused on income-qualified homeowners and renters and it will help them improve the energy efficiency of their dwellings.

Examples of the weatherization services available in the Overview service territory include window and door replacement, installation of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, attic and sidewall insulation and furnace cleaning and tuning. Clients of community action can expect to save money on energy-related bills and increase the comfort of their homes.





Income-eligible Georgia Power customers can also boost their homes’ energy efficiency. Under this service, qualified low income clients of this utility provider who use electricity as their primary source for home heating obtain the materials, labor and knowledge necessary to reduce energy waste.

Overview Inc. operates a free food pantry that features a nutritionally balanced stock of food. Eligible households can obtain a five-day supply of groceries, canned goods, formula, or fruits up to six times per year through the pantry.

The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) offers support to communities with high unemployment and poverty rates, including Wilkinson, Johnson, Hancock, and Baldwin. One-time financial assistance, or loans, may be paid out for rent, security deposits or mortgage payments. This aid is available to households in crisis that meet income limits.

Eligibility is based on federal government funding availability and the ability of EFSP and households to resolve crises in a positive manner, among other factors. Any funds are provided as a restricted federal grant, with funding provided by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). As such, program expenditures are limited to food, security deposits, shelter, rent and mortgage assistance, and utility bill assistance. The goal is to stop an eviction and rehouse the homeless in the Overview area. Subsequently, local boards in Georgia determine how to best use the funding within the state each year.

Home delivered meal program is for the elderly and disabled. For those that are qualified, free meals, including on certain holidays, are delivered to homebound customer's home, and they will be healthy too.

The main offices are at 120 South Jefferson Street, Milledgeville, Georgia 31061. Call 877-868-0113.



By Jon McNamara

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