In our seven county areas, service centers operate to provide the agencys GRASS ROOTS contact with the less fortunate. OCAP provides programs which help low-income, disabled, elderly and unemployed persons to meet their basic needs when they have no available means for themselves. Trained personnel provide these persons with necessities such as food, clothing, shelter, energy assistance, referrals to other OCAP program and referrals to other agencies when OCAP does not meet their needs. Workshops and counseling services are provided to help low income persons make better use of their available income.
LOW INCOME HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a program in which OCAP helps low-income households meets the cost of heating their homes in the winter and cooling their homes in the summer.
EMERGENCY, FOOD AND SHELTER
Through funds awarded by the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program, OCAP provides emergency assistance to unemployed, under-employed, and less than fully employed people. These individuals are without means to provide for themselves when funds are available, OCAP can make a one-time rent/mortgage payment to prevent eviction and a one time utility payment to provide persons with assistance through crisis times in their life.
Weatherization assists in achieving a healthy living environment and to reduce energy consumption in the dwellings of low-income persons, particularly for the elderly and handicapped, and to aid those households least able to afford high energy cost. Besides our seven (7) county service area, we serve Barbour, Henry, Houston, Coffee, and Geneva counties.
HOUSING PRESERVATION GRANT
The Housing Preservation Grant will provide home repairs/rehabilitation to very low-income homeowners living in our services area with funds from the USDA Rural Development Office. The USDA funds will be leveraged with other OCAP funds such as Weatherization, Centsable Energy Use Program and Energy Counseling to provide greater impact of home improvements.
The Head Start Program provides underprivileged and special needs children of preschool age with nutrition, education, and medical services in the counties of Bullock, Butler, Coffee, Conecuh, Crenshaw, Dale, Monroe, and Pike. Students are taught preschool subjects to help them fulfill their developmental potential. Each child is considered a unique person, with previous experiences, current needs and potential for future growth. In addition, students are served two balanced meals a day and are involved in a comprehensive health program including medical and dental examinations.
FATHERHOOD INITIATIVE PROGRAM
The Pike County Fatherhood Initiative is funded through a partnership with the Department of Human Resources and the State of Alabama Department of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Children's Trust Fund. The program promotes healthy relationships between fathers and their children by educating, supporting and empowering men to be responsible parents. Men will be referred to the program through the Child Support Court system and the Department of Human Resources.
Provides comprehensive counseling and intervention services that may assist consumers in improving their housing conditions and meet the responsibilities of home ownership and tenancy. In FY 2011-2012 OCAP received $20,500 from HUD to adminsiter a Comprehensive Housing Counseling program. A total of 100 households were assisted (pre-purchase 6, delinquency 24, post-purchase 12, rental 44, homeless 14).
ALABAMA BUSINESS CHARITABLE TRUST FUND
The purpose of the Trust is to assist low-income families who need assistance in paying their utilities. The two programs include Emergency Energy and Emergency Cooling. ABC Trust also provides assistance with home repairs in coordination with our weatherization program.
MULTI-FAMILY/ ELDERLY AFFORDABLE HOUSING
With funding from the HUD HOME project, OCAP now has developed 8 projects (372 units) designed for low to moderate income families. The projects are located in Butler, Conecuh, Dale, Pike, Houston,a nd St. Clair Counties.