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The Foundation for Rual Housing is Improving the Homes of Older Adults

Rural Housing-Picture-Couple at RampA home repair and improvement pilot program designed to help older adults stay in their homes is being piloted by the Foundation for Rural Housing, Inc. The program provides older adults the opportunity to match their repair needs with the best financing and contractor.

The program, called OAHIP, for Older Adults’ Home Improvement Program, is a collaborative effort of the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Eagle Country, the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Green Lake, Waushara and Adams counties, Summit Credit Union and Rural Housing. It also includes others in each County who wish to be involved from volunteers to Community Action Agencies, Community Development Block Grantees, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Habitat for Humanity. Local aging offices are the main contact point. Continue Reading

Community Action, Inc.: The Brotherhood of Fatherhood

Antonio Hickman (left) and Erick Williams (right), Fatherhood Initiative.

Antonio Hickman was 18 years old before he ever met his dad. His grandmother called him to the front door one day, where he found a man he’d never seen. His father.

“I just got out of jail,” the man said.

“Why?” asked Antonio. His father jabbed a finger at him: “You.” “Me?!” The man nodded.

“He said it was something to do with child support,” Antonio explained, shaking his head. “That was the first and last time I met my dad. I vowed to never be that person to my kid.”

Antonio first found his way to Community Action in 2012, when he was a participant in the Fatherhood Initiative. Since 2007, the program has helped hundreds of men—fatherless fathers, many with criminal histories, or unemployed, or behind in child support and out of touch with their kids—to get back on track.

Several times a year, about a dozen men go through the months-long Fatherhood Initiative program, showing up at Community Action’s Pathways Center at 8 a.m. sharp, Monday through Friday, to learn about parenting skills, relationships, fatherhood, nutrition, budgeting, setting up a household, getting a job, maintaining a job, catching up on fees. Meditating and mindfulness, even. Putting things back on track. Righting their lives. It becomes more than just a program about parenting or a seminar on interviewing skills. The men bond, there’s a camaraderie. Continue Reading

West CAP Celebrates Community Action Month by Recognizing Success

May was national Community Action Month, and West CAP, which is an abbreviation of West Central Wisconsin Community Action Agency, Inc., once again celebrated that fact by recognizing success at their annual meeting in Menomonie on Monday, May 11, 2015. As has been the agency’s tradition, West CAP presented three awards: a Client Achievement Award, a Volunteer Award, and an Outstanding Partner award.

On behalf of West CAP Board Chair, Paul Streif, and Executive Director, Peter Kilde, West CAP’s Client Achievement Award was presented to Tanya Beyer of Spring Valley. Tanya and her family hit hard times financially when Tanya’s husband was injured and lost his job. With some assistance from West CAP’s Low-Income Weatherization Program, the family cut their heating costs. But more importantly, Tanya, with a little help from West CAP’s Skills Enhancement Program and a lot of determination, was able to go back to school at Chippewa Valley Technical School and earn an associate degree in Nursing. She has since has gone on to get a good job as a Registered Nurse and is supporting her family financially. We congratulate her success! Continue Reading

NEWCAP to Begin Operation of Tenant-Based Rental Assistance in Rural Brown County

NEWCAP, Inc. has announced that it has been given authority from the State’s Division of Housing to provide short-term housing to homeless families and individuals in Brown County (excluding the City of Green Bay).

According to Debbie Bushman, NEWCAP’s Housing Director, the program, called Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA), is currently serving people in nine other northeast Wisconsin counties and will now be able to address a definite need in Brown County, as well.

Individuals in the TBRA program can receive up to twelve (12) months of rental assistance after committing to working on a program of self-sufficiency. Each participant will be assigned a NEWCAP Case Manager who will work out a mutually acceptable plan to reach designed goals.

To be eligible for the program, the person – or family – has to be: (1) literally homeless at the time of application; (2) at imminent risk of being homeless; or (3) currently residing in a homeless shelter. Preference is given to applicants who have a disability, with those suffering from mental illness topping the eligibility preference list.

The intake process involves rating applicants, based on a certain critical hierarchy of need called the Vulnerability Index – Service Prioritization Decision Assistance Tool, or VI-SPDAT. Those scoring the highest on this intake application receive preference for program services.

According to NEWCAP’s CEO, Robert Koller, the TBRA program “… is another effective tool in helping homeless people move from a status of helplessness to one of hope.”

Individuals interested in applying or in getting more information should contact NEWCAP at 1.800.242.7334 and ask for information and help with emergency housing.
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The Wisconsin Community Action Program Association (WISCAP) is the statewide association for Wisconsin’s sixteen (16) Community Action Agencies and three single-purpose agencies with statewide focus. Read more

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