July 2024 Newsletter July 2024 Newsletter


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LIHEAP SEASON ENDS


Community Action of Eastern Iowa was able to assist 7,888 families with their winter energy bill for the 2023-2024 season. The LIHEAP season runs from November 1st until April 30th each year. Qualifying families receive a lump sum payment to their heating account and moratorium protection from disconnection until April 1st.

 

We would like to thank our partners for allowing us to visit and take applications in the community. If you are a part of an organization that would like to host an open house for us to take applications between November and April you can start a conversation with your organizations name here.

 

EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE

 

Community Action of Eastern Iowa assists with a wide range of needs in the community. From diapers, to help with electric bills, to disaster assistance, we strive to give assistance to those who need it in our community. Below are some numbers for our programs from October 1st, 2023 until July 1st, 2024:

 

- 75 Window AC units provided to families.

 

- 88 Furnaces repaired or replaced with our emergency repair/replacement program.

 

- 1289 families reconnected to their utilities or were assisted in stopping a disconnect.

 

- 25 Households were assisted with an emergency fill of propane.

 

Each of our programs are run based on funding available. To see what programs we have available currently or to get information on other programs available in your community visit our website at caeiowa.org.

 

 

 

 

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GET TO KNOW OUR OTHER PROGRAMS!

 

WEATHERIZATION

 

Community Action of Eastern Iowa Weatherization Program helps households to lower their energy bills by using different Energy Conservation Measures along with some health and safety measures. Our program looks at a home and tries to find where energy might be lost such as leakage through holes in the foundation, attic(s) and walls. We install insulation to keep the warm air in the home in the winter, along with installing weather strips around doors to stop the air from coming in.

 

Our goal is to lower the energy burden so the utility bills will be lower.

 

We also check to make sure that the furnace and water heater are working properly so that as we address the air leakage in the house, there are no indoor air quality issues.

 

We have closed 41 houses so far this year. With funding this year, we are projected to close around 100 homes.

 

HEAD START

 

Head Start is a preschool program for children ages three to kindergarten. Early Head Start is a free program that can begin as early as pregnancy and provides preschool for infants and toddlers.

 

FAMILY DEVELOPMENT AND SELF-SUFFICIENCY PROGRAM

 

Families that receive Family Investment Program benefits or are below income limits can enroll for Community Action’s FaDSS program. Families enrolled meet with a caseworker who helps them complete family assessments, set goals, and access community resources.

 

CHILD CARE RESOURCE AND REFERRAL

 

Child Care Resource and Referral of Southeast Iowa celebrated Provider Appreciation Day in May! Child care programs across Iowa help keep children safe and healthy while allowing parents to work and go to school. Child care is a necessary infrastructure to create the workforce for communities and businesses to be successful and thrive. We are proud of the child care providers in our region and appreciate the hard work they do every day to help children grow and learn.

 

Community Action of Eastern Iowa received a new contract to continue Child Care Resource and Referral services in southeast Iowa over the next six years. We are excited to continue our work with child care providers and communities to enhance the quality of child care and advocate the importance of affordable, accessible child care in all communities. Child Care Resource and Referral offers free training and technical assistance to childcare centers and homes on many topics and areas of support! Check out the statewide website for more information about our services www.iowaccrr.org.

 


Community Action of Eastern Iowa respectfully partners with people to improve their health, finances, and education.

 

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