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Letter to the Editor - Community Support During the Holidays

February 13, 2015

To The Editor,
The Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC) has served as the County‚Äôs official anti-poverty agency since 1979.  Each year our Agency serves over 8,000 clients many of which are unable to provide for their families during the holiday season.  As we look back on the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays we would like to thank the hundreds of County residents who volunteered their time and made contributions to help their less fortunate neighbors.
Through their generosity needy residents were provided with over 600 Thanksgiving dinners and over 1,200 children received Christmas gifts which they may not have otherwise received.  These efforts were made possible by cash/toy donations valued at $162,000 and over 180 volunteers.  100% of every dollar contributed went directly to purchasing toys and preparing meals. These overwhelming efforts are truly a tribute to the caring and generosity of County residents.
Unfortunately, the need for our services continue long after the holiday season ends.  Last year our weatherization program replaced over 90 heaters for families and seniors who had no functioning central heating system.  Each night over 350 individuals, children and seniors reside in our emergency shelter and transitional housing facilities.  Every evening, 365 days per year, over 50 churches, mosques, and synagogues prepare and serve 200 meals to needy County residents at the Life Center of Eastern Delaware County in Upper Darby.  Our Veterans programs served over 125 Veterans who were facing homelessness.  Our housing rehabilitation program replaced roofs, heaters and made other health and safety housing repairs.  The majority of the repairs were for seniors with insufficient resources to make the repairs and faced becoming homeless or living in hazardous conditions.
These are only a few of the challenges we face each day to attempt to keep families intact and to keep our seniors, children and veterans from homelessness.
Our Agency will continue to aggressively pursue all available resources continue these programs.  We will also continue to design programs to encourage self-sufficiency such as our Welfare to Work, Case Management, Child Care, Financial Literacy and Energy Conservation initiatives.
We would like to thank all of our partners who support our efforts and encourage the community to remember the ongoing needs of their less fortunate neighbors now that the holiday season has passed.
Please visit our website at caadc.org or call 610.891.5101 to assist with our efforts.
Edward T. Coleman, Chief Executive Officer
Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc.

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October 30th is National Weatherization Day

MEDIA- October 30th is National Weatherization Day.  Weatherization provides a cost-effective permanent solution for reducing the heavy energy burden on low-income Americans.  As the cold weather approaches, most families across the country are turning up their thermostats to combat dropping temperatures.  For low-income families, however, cranking up the heat is not always an option.  These families pay 14.4% or more of their annual incomes for energy compared with only 3.3% for other non low-income families. The Weatherization Program is available to help make low-income households more energy efficient. 

The Weatherization Assistance Program in Delaware County is administered by the Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC).  The program provides quality energy education and home conservation modifications.  On average, the program reduces heating bills by 20-30%.  All services are free of charge.

Edward T. Coleman, Chief Executive Officer of CAADC, urged, “This program can make a real tangible difference immediately to those already on a strained budget and continue to help them in the future.  This is an excellent time to call and get fast service before winter arrives and the program gets very busy.”

Annual income guidelines currently are:
Family of 1: $23,340
Family of 2: $31,460
Family of 3: $39,580
Family of 4: $47,700
Family of 5: $55,820
Add $8,120 for each additional family member.
Funding for this program is provided by the PA Department of Community and Economic Development.  To apply for the Weatherization Program or for additional information, residents can contact CAADC at (610) 521-8770

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New Program Supports Veterans Having a Housing Crisis

Media - Edward T. Coleman, Chief Executive Officer of Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC), announced that the Agency is beginning a new program in partnership with the Salvation Army- Chester Corps to support Veterans having a housing crisis.  CAADC was funded for a Supportive Services for Veteran Families program through the Federal Department of Veteran Affairs.  The goal of the program is to provide supportive services for Veteran families living in or transitioning to permanent housing.

The program begins on October 1st and income eligibility requirements do apply.  The program though is looking for Veterans to call now so that they can be ready to enter into the limited number of slots.  CAADC will be providing services to Veteran families with children.  Families facing a housing crisis should call Danita Miller at CAADC at (610) 874-8451.  The Salvation Army will serve Veteran individuals (no children in the household).  Individuals facing a housing crisis should call Harry Dorsey at the Salvation Army at (610) 874-0423.

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CAADC, Inc. Undertakes Weatherization in Tri-County Area

Media - CAADC has been a long-time provider of Weatherization services in Delaware County.  The goal of the Weatherization Assistance Program is to help low-income families permanently reduce their energy bills by making their homes more energy efficient.  The program is designed to keep residents warm in the winter, cool in the summer, and safe all year long.  Weatherization provides a cost-effective permanent solution for reducing the heavy energy burden on low-income Americans.  The majority of Weatherization funding comes from the Federal Department of Energy.

Federal resources for Weatherization services have decreased dramatically.  Edward T. Coleman, CEO of CAADC, has been involved with Weatherization for the last 37 years.  Mr. Coleman started the Weatherization program in Lackawanna County in 1976 and has been involved ever since.  Mr. Coleman said “In all the years I have been involved with Weatherization we have never faced such a critical loss of resources.  It is unfortunate since job creation and energy independence are national priorities.  Weatherization effectively and efficiently focuses on both of those priorities.”

As a result of the funding reductions, the Agency providing service in Chester, Lancaster and Lebanon Counties notified the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) that they could no longer provide services to these counties.  The PA DCED asked CAADC to assume responsibility for administration in these counties in addition to Delaware County. 

Lynette Praster, Director of the Center for Community Services within the PA Department of Community and Economic Development which administers the Weatherization program in Pennsylvania, said “CAADC now covers not only Delaware County, but also Lebanon, Lancaster and Chester Counties.  This was done through a combination of existing hires, subcontract agreements with neighboring Community Action Weatherization providers and additional subcontractor staff.  Thus far, it has worked out very well.”

CAADC began providing services in September of 2012 and to date 169 households have received services in Chester, Lancaster and Lebanon Counties.  This Tri-County partnership has been able to avoid a gap in services for this part of Pennsylvania while operating the program in a cost efficient and effective manner.  Residents interested in applying for services from these counties or Delaware County should call (610) 521-8770.

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Community Action Agency CEO Receives Workplace Safety Award

Media - Edward T. Coleman, Chief Executive Officer of Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC), recently received an award for contributions to workplace safety.  Mr. Coleman received the 2013 Distinguished Service Award for “Outstanding Contributions, Dedication and Support of the Workplace Safety Committee Training Initiative.”  The award was presented at the 17th Annual Workplace Safety Committee Training Seminar held at the Drexelbrook Conference Center in Drexel Hill, PA.  The award was presented to him by former NFL and Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworski and Pat Larkin from Arthur J. Gallagher & Company. 

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Program Can Help During Tough Financial Times

Delaware County - There are many families in Delaware County that cannot afford to sufficiently provide a healthy and nutritious diet for their children.  There are also many seniors that cannot make ends meet anymore during these difficult financial times.  They often do not realize, especially families that are working, that they may be eligible for Food Stamps, also now known as Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP).  SNAP nationwide helps put food on the table for over 44 million Americans each month.  The Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC) continues to help these families through the Food Stamp Participation Project.  The Project annually helps over 600 families register for assistance. 

The Project is an outreach program to assist low-income individuals and families in understanding and applying for participation in the Food Stamp/SNAP Program.  Eligible applicants do not even need to go into the Welfare Office to apply but can do it through CAADC’s Program.  Many people who would be eligible for the Food Stamp Program do not apply because they believe that they have to be on Welfare to be receiving Food Stamps or because they do not want to use paper Food Stamps at a grocery store.  However, participants do not have to be receiving Welfare benefits to be eligible.  In addition, participants now use a card similar to a bank ATM card instead of paper stamps.
 
Edward T. Coleman, Chief Executive Officer of CAADC, stated, “Many families pay so much towards rent, utility costs and gas that they can’t afford a healthy and plentiful diet.  Food Stamps can help them reach this vital goal for themselves and their children.”

For a confidential screening to find out if you qualify please call Marilyn Sileo at 610-874-8451, ext. 1015.  Ms. Sileo is also available to speak to community groups about the program.

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Weatherization Program Can Lower Your Bills All Year Round!

MEDIA - With the continued increase of many energy related costs, families are looking for ways to reduce these bills.  Weatherization can help lower your bills during the hot months just as well as the cold months.  The goal of the Weatherization Assistance Program is to help low-income families permanently reduce their energy bills by making their homes more energy efficient.  The program is designed to keep residents warm in the winter, cool in the summer, and safe all year long.  Weatherization provides a cost-effective permanent solution for reducing the heavy energy burden on low-income Americans. 

The Weatherization Assistance Program in Delaware County is administered by the Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC).  The program provides quality energy education and home conservation modifications up to $6,500.  On average, the program reduces heating bills by 31%.  All services are free of charge.

Edward T. Coleman, Chief Executive Officer of CAADC, urged, “This program can make a real tangible difference immediately to those already on a strained budget and continue to help them in the future.  This is an excellent time to call as we are not as busy once the weather gets warm.”

Annual income guidelines currently are:
Family of 1: $22,980
Family of 2: $31,020
Family of 3: $39,060
Family of 4: $47,100
Family of 5: $55,140
Add $8,040 for each additional family member.
To apply for the Weatherization Program or for additional information, residents can contact CAADC at (610) 521-8770.

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Free Program for Families Can Remove Lead-Based Paint from Homes

Media - Edward T. Coleman, Chief Executive Officer, announced that the Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC) is now accepting applications for the Lead Hazard Control Program.  This free program typically provides new windows and doors to replace older ones that contain lead paint.  Many homes built before 1978 have lead paint, which can cause a wide range of negative health effects, from behavioral problems and learning disabilities, in children under six years old. 
CAADC’s program is designed to remove lead-based paint hazards from the homes of income-eligible families with children under the age of six.  The Agency can spend up to $5,000 per house and all services are free pending proof of eligibility.  Applicants must be a homeowner (renters are not eligible at this time) and be a resident of Delaware County except residents in Upper Darby, Haverford, or Chester. 

Services typically include replacing doors and windows, installing new drywall, replacing trim and moldings, etc.  Please call Community Action Agency at (610) 891-5101 for an application and more information about income guidelines. 

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CAADC Accepting Referrals for Home Repair Program

Delaware County - Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC) is now accepting applications for the Homeowners Energy Efficiency Loan Program (HEELP).  HEELP is an affordable loan program designed to help homeowners make their homes more energy-efficient.  This program offers a great way to reduce high energy bills and make home improvements at a very affordable rate.
 
HEELP offers loans between $1,000 and $10,000.  The loans have a fixed interest rate of 1% for the 10-year term with no prepayment penalties.  Allowable uses of the loan proceeds include insulation and ductwork, new energy-efficient windows and doors, energy-efficient heating and cooling systems, hot water heaters and roofs. Other permissible work includes repair of interior damage from roof leaks, electrical repairs as well as any repairs that permit weatherization work to take place.

HEELP loans are more affordable than you may think.  A $5,000 loan would have only a $44 monthly payment.  The maximum loan amount of $10,000 would have a monthly payment of only $88.  For more information, call CAADC at (610) 891-5101 and ask about the HEELP Program.  Income limits apply.  For example, the maximum allowed annual income for a family of four is $53,300.

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Weatherization Available to the Public with Revenue Supporting CAADC

MEDIA - Edward T. Coleman, Chief Executive Officer, announced that the Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC) has a new opportunity available to home owners, landlords and business owners to help them save on energy costs.  CAADC has been providing Weatherization services to eligible low-income families for thirty (30) years.  Now CAADC is making this service available to the public at a very affordable cost.  A portion of the revenue will support the Agency’s social service programs which helps over 30,000 needy individuals each year.

By sealing gaps in a property and insulating attics and roofs, Weatherization can save a household up to 30 - 35% during the winter and the summer.  Potential improvements include attic insulation and venting, sidewall insulation, furnace repair or replacement, heating duct insulation, replacement of damaged windows and doors, and air sealing of windows, doors and other air gaps in a home. 

Mr. Coleman stated “We are excited to take our years of experience providing this service and make it available to the general public and local businesses.  We will help them to save money while also generating funds to support our Agency.” 

Financing options are available including home loans as low as 1%. CAADC will help customers through the application process.  Interested residents and businesses should call 610-521-8770 to schedule an initial Home Energy Audit or for more information.  With the selection of the recommended energy saving measures, the fee for the Home Energy Audit (valued at $350) will be waived.  CAADC"s Weatherization crews are certified by the State of Pennsylvania and the Environmental Protection Agency. 

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