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May is National Community Action Month

MEDIA, PA - Flags will be flying on State Street in Media during the entire month of May as the Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC) celebrates National Community Action Month.  National Community Action Month highlights Community Action Agencies’ work helping millions of families and individuals escape poverty and achieve economic stability each year.  CAADC is one of over 1,000 Community Action Agencies across the country that are helping low-income people change their lives and embody the spirit of hope.  Agencies in almost every community in America are carrying out the Promise of Community Action to Help People and Change Lives.  Community Action Agencies have been supporting their local communities for over 52 years.
 
“Community Action Month is a wonderful time to honor and celebrate the impact Community Action has in the lives of families and communities across the country,” said Edward T. Coleman, Chief Executive Officer of CAADC.  “Agencies are successful every day in helping families achieve economic security.”  Last year CAADC helped over 8,000 individuals with assistance in Delaware County.

CAADC, a non-profit corporation, has been Delaware County‚Äôs designated anti-poverty agency since 1979.  The non-profit agency provides a wide range of services aimed at encouraging self-sufficiency for low-income individuals and helping families facing an economic crisis.  CAADC’s website is http://www.caadc.org and residents can call (610) 874-8451 for assistance.

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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 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 46 million Americans annually.  The Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC) continues to help these families through the SNAP/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 SNAP/Food Stamp 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 SNAP/Food Stamp Program do not apply because they believe that they have to be on Welfare to be receiving SNAP/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.  SNAP/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 Ebony Faulk at 610-874-8451.  Ms. Faulk is also available to speak to community groups about the program.

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Healthy Homes Program Available in Delaware County

MEDIA - Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC) operates the Lead and Healthy Homes Program in Delaware County.  The program strives to reduce illness and injury incurred by home health hazards such as lead, asthma triggers, and fire and fall hazards.  The main activity of this program is to provide free primary prevention home visiting services to reduce the risks associated with unhealthy homes. 

Participating households receive:
- In-home environment assessment conducted by a trained professional
- In-depth healthy homes education
- Healthy home supplies as needed such as household cleaning goods, childproofing kits, pest control traps/baits, etc.

To be eligible the households must have an expecting mother and/or a child under 18 years of age.  In addition, the household should have either a member that has asthma, be at-risk for lead-poisoning (i.e. living in a pre-1978 household with chipping or peeling paint), or faces other home health hazards.

To determine eligibility and for a free home visit including free healthy home supplies please contact Janine Lee at CAADC at (610) 521-8770 Ext. 100 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

The Lead and Healthy Homes Program is supported by the National Nursing Centers Consortium and funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

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MLK Day “Hoops From the Heart” Benefits CAADC

Media - Basketball players across the county will drive to the hoop on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to raise funds and food donations for the Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC), the county’s anti-poverty agency that helps families and individuals to move toward self-sufficiency.

Called “Hoops From the Heart,” the MLK Day of Service initiative was started in 2002 and has since raised over $90,000 for Community Action Agency programs that serve low-income residents in Delaware County.

Four basketball clinics will be held from 9 a.m.-noon Monday, Jan. 18th, at Cabrini College in Radnor, Haverford College in Haverford, Neumann University in Aston, and Widener University in Chester.

The clinics, open to boys and girls in grades one through eight, will cover all aspects of fundamental play. Each player will get a complimentary T-shirt.  Cost for the clinic ranges from $20 - $30, depending on which school is hosting the clinic. Proceeds from the annual event will benefit the Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. which provides services to needy families in our own communities. 

The athletic staff at each school will conduct the clinics.  Bobbi Morgan, the women’s basketball coach at Haverford College, was one of the people who created the Hoops from the Heart program.

All proceeds raised benefit CAADC programs, which include emergency housing, social services, employment training and life skills training. In addition to operating shelters and daycare facilities for individuals and families, the CAADC also provides many vital services including welfare-to-work programs, and food and fuel assistance. 

In addition, each athlete is asked to donate a non-perishable food item that will go to the Life Center of Eastern Delaware County, one of CAADC’s emergency housing programs. The Life Center is located at 63rd and Market streets, Upper Darby, and houses 50 homeless individuals and serves over 150 residents each year.  The Life Center also operates a feeding program that serves 200 - 250 people daily.

For information about the 15th Annual “Hoops From the Heart” event, contact Debbie Brodeur at CAADC at (484) 802-7708. 

To register, online forms are available at each school’s website, or by calling:
- Haverford College/Haverford Recreation Dept.: 610.446.9397 (Coach Bobbi Morgan)
- Neumann University: 484.840.4711 (Athletic Director Chuck Sack)
- Widener University: 610.499.4476 (Coach Alisa Kintner)
- Cabrini College: 610.902.1016 (Coach Kate Pearson)

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Boeing Supports Community Action Agency

Media - Edward T. Coleman, Chief Executive Officer, announced that the Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC) recently received a $30,000 donation from The Boeing Company to support its Youth Launch Project.  The Youth Launch Project provides low-income and vulnerable youth in Delaware County with job readiness skills, assistance with securing employment, job-related counseling, career counseling, financial literacy instruction, assistance with establishing a savings account including providing a match of $100 and exposure to post-secondary educational opportunities.  Edward T. Coleman, CAADC CEO, stated “The Boeing Company is helping to break the cycle of poverty for these youth by providing them with opportunities to succeed.  We are truly grateful for Boeing’s support and their dedication to our community.”

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Wells Fargo Supports Community Action Agency

Media - Edward T. Coleman, Chief Executive Officer, announced that the Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC) recently received a $5,000 donation from Wells Fargo to support its Case Management Program.  CAADC provides intensive case management to families in crisis in its three homeless shelters, transitional housing programs, employment and training programs, etc.  Case Managers help families and individuals to develop goal plans and move toward self-sufficiency.  Mr. Coleman stated, “Wells Fargo has been a great supporter of our homeless efforts in Delaware County.  They are helping homeless and low-income families with finding housing, securing employment, and developing financial literacy skills.” 

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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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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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