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Community Action Development Corporation has been awarded federal funding through the Community Services Block Grant to assist individuals and families in response to circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic. “A lot of people are just getting back to work, and others have special needs related to the Corona virus outbreak. Our Agency has been given the responsibility to address those issues,” stated Executive Director Brent Morey. Applications are now being accepted at CADC County offices in Jefferson, Cotton, Tillman, Kiowa, Washita, Beckham, and Roger Mills counties. CADC will be assisting with utility payments, food, rent/mortgage assistance, and other special needs on a case by case basis. Persons seeking assistance will need a legal ID, income verification such as a pay stub, deposit statement, or income tax return and proof of need such as a utility cut-off notice, a past due statement for rent, or a past due mortgage statement. Due to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases across Oklahoma, only one client will be allowed in the office at a time to meet with staff members and to complete paperwork. Participants may register at the door for assistance and need to wear a face covering or mask.
In recognition of the needs of many working families, Congress has raised the income limits to 200% of the poverty level. The guidelines are based upon the number of persons in the family residing at the same residence. The income limits are as follows:
Family Size Income limit
In order to make funds go farther and serve more families, CADC will be collaborating with local Food Banks by making a direct donation to purchase food items as long as the entity agrees to provide documentation back to CADC that individuals and families served are within the income limits. “The local food banks have the purchasing power to ensure these funds are used more efficiently and there is no need for our Agency to duplicate services. We are excited to provide the funds to initiate partnerships to reach more families”, said Morey.
Plans are also being developed to gradually re-open the Agencies fourteen Senior Nutrition Centers. “We are considering a three-phase plan for serving meals at our Centers instead of the drive-thru and home delivery method now in place. We realize seniors want to be back in their Centers and the socialization is particularly important, but we have to take precautions to do so in a manner that protects participants and our staff.” Staff members are also working on procedures to re-open Head Start and Early Head Start Centers in the seven-county area and will be making announcements soon. In the meantime, parents should complete the application process by contacting staff at the Centers or by calling the Hobart office at (580) 726-3343. An application is also available on-line at cadcconnections.com.
The Agency’s public transit program, Red River Transportation Service, is now back in full operation in 16 counties. “We are taking social distancing precautions and encouraging riders to wear a mask. This not only protects you, but also other persons that may be riding as well. We are in the process of purchasing decontamination equipment to be used not only on our 110 vans and buses, but at Head Start and Senior Nutrition Centers. If you have any questions about any of our services, please call your local CADC office or the Central Office located in Frederick at (580) 335-5588,” Morey concluded.
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