2020-2021 CARES/CSBG Assistance: 9 Education Clients Served 7 Employment Clients Served 43 Housing Clients Served 2020-2021 CARES Assistance: 5 Dental/Medical Clients Served 7 Home Repair Clients Served 396 Food Program Clients Served 726 Cleaning/Hygiene Clients Served LIHEAP Spring 2021 Subsidy Program: 2,876 Clients Served 2019-2020 Client Assistance: 10,136 Households Served $1,920,124 in Assistance $70,476 Emergency Assistance Provided 181 Households Receiving Emergency Assistance 2019-2020 Health Insurance Assistance 3,107 New Medicaid Applications 30 New Individual Health Plans 2019-2020 Meals Served 48,429 Adult Meals Served 73,180 Child Meals Served 2019-2020 Public Transportation 155,334 Units of Transportation Services 2019-2020 Senior Citizen Services 40,810 Senior Citizen Center Meals Served 7,619 Home Delivered Meals Served 4,526 Preventive Health Services Provided 2019-2020 Weatherization Services 44 Homes Weatherized 27 New Heat Pumps Installed 2019-2020 Workforces Services 1,070 Clients Services Provided 208 Job Placements
2019-2020 Client Assistance: 10,136 Households Served $1,920,124 in Assistance $70,476 Emergency Assistance Provided 181 Households Receiving Emergency Assistance 2019-2020 Health Insurance Assistance 3,107 New Medicaid Applications 30 New Individual Health Plans 2019-2020 Meals Served 48,429 Adult Meals Served 73,180 Child Meals Served 2019-2020 Public Transportation 155,334 Units of Transportation Services 2019-2020 Senior Citizen Services 40,810 Senior Citizen Center Meals Served 7,619 Home Delivered Meals Served 4,526 Preventive Health Services Provided 2019-2020 Weatherization Services 44 Homes Weatherized 27 New Heat Pumps Installed 2019-2020 Workforces Services 1,070 Clients Services Provided 208 Job Placements

Community Services

Community Collaboration for Children

Northeast’s Community Collaboration for Children (CCC) services are designed to be community-based services that promote the safety, well-being, strength and stability of children and families; while focusing on increasing the awareness and preventing child abuse and/or neglect. These services address the children’s physical, mental, emotional and educational needs in addition to helping families move toward healthy long-term safety and stability.

CCC staff conduct parenting classes and provide in-home services. Because participation in the program is voluntary, following a discussion with the referral source about the program’s services, the family needs to consent to participate. The CCC In-Home Specialist, together with the referral source, will work with each family to help meet their specific goals. Such services may include:

  • Improving parenting skills
  • Reduced parent stress and isolation
  • Encouraging parent involvement in children’s learning
  • Providing greater access to resources
  • Improving family communication
  • Decreasing risky behavior in children

Northeast’s CCC program strives to make an already a difficult situation as easy as possible by treating each party with respect and assisting in any way we can to help meet their case goals. Our staff provides coaching and mentoring for parents in all areas of need to ensure family stability. Meetings are held in the least intrusive environment for the family, such as the family’s home, church, library, a friend’s home, or schools. The in-home services goal are met through meeting with the family for two to three hours per week for an average of eight weeks, based on interventions that are aimed at assisting families in learning to live together in an environment that is safe and nurturing.

Referrals can be made by any community partner, DCBS, or a family can refer themselves to the program.

Along with services, CCC requires a Regional Network in each service area. The Regional Network has established goals of child safety and family stability and is comprised of community partners and parents who work together to reduce the risk of child abuse and neglect. The primary responsibility of the network is to reach out within local communities to build the awareness of the importance of preventing the abuse and/or neglect of children.

All services are provided in the FIVCO Region of Northeast Kentucky and include Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Greenup, and Lawrence counties.

Contact: Miranda Boggs, Regional Network Coordinator for more information miranda.boggs@nkcaa.net

CSBG

The Social Services Program is administered through the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) funding. The funding allows Northeast to operate six offices in the agency‟s five-county service area. Each county takes applications, makes referrals, and provides services to the low-income individuals in the area. We are looked upon as the agency most able to provide assistance during crisis situations. The CSBG offices administer the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to help families who meet income guidelines to obtain assistance with the high costs of heating bills. The staff works closely with the local utility providers to insure that no family is without adequate heat.

Columbia Gas Energy Assistance Program (EAP)
Columbia Gas of Kentucky’s Energy Assistance Program (EAP) is designed to supplement the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). EAP works by providing participants with a subsidy each month of the winter heating season (November-March). The subsidy is credited to the participant’s Columbia Gas account each month. This program is only available in Boyd, Greenup and Lawrence Counties.

Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)
In collaboration with American Electric Power, a Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) was started as the result of a rate settlement case with the state of Kentucky. Income qualifying American Electric Power households receive credit applied to their electric bill seven months out of the year.

LIHEAP (Low Income Housing Energy Assistance Program)

This is an income based program. Based upon population and the percent of poverty, state funding allows each Community Action Agency to assist families to pay utility bills. The program primarily pays heating bills, but during times of extreme temperatures, funds may be allocated to assist with cooling costs. The program is divided into three phases: Subsidy, Crisis, and Summer Cooling.

Subsidy – Based upon family size and income, households receive pre-determined amounts that are sent directly to their utility provider to assist with heating costs.

Crisis – Households who are assisted in this program have to be in or will soon be facing a heating crisis. The household must be within 48 hours of having their utilities disconnected or within four days of being without coal, wood, propane, or kerosene.

Summer Cooling – During periods of extreme summer temperatures, funds may be allocated to assist with cooling costs of low income households.
For more information, contact csbg@nkcaa.net

Links:
KY Assoc. of Community Action Agencies www.kaca.org
KY Cabinet for Health & Family Services www.cfc.ky.gov

Weatherization

The Weatherization Assistance Program enables low-income families to permanently reduce their energy bills by making their homes more energy efficient. Funds are used to improve the energy performance of dwellings of needy families using the most advanced technologies and testing protocols available in the housing industry. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) provides funding to states, which manage the day-to-day details of the program. These state governments, in turn, fund a network of local community action agencies, nonprofit organizations, and local governments that provide these weatherization services in every state, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories, and Native American tribes.

For more information, contact: weatherization@nkcaa.net

Links:
KY Assoc. of Community Action Agencies- http://www.kaca.org
KY Housing Corp – http://kyhousing.org

WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act)

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) program is implemented through a variety of service structures to youth and adults in Carter, Elliott and Lawrence counties. By partnering with individual job seekers and employers to provide the best possible outcomes, one of WOIA’s goals is “Jobs for People and People for Jobs”. WIOA is funded by Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program (EKCEP, Inc.), through allocations from the United States Department of Labor, of the Kentucky Education Cabinet, Division of Workforce Services. WIOA now operates and delivers services under the umbrella of the Kentucky Career Center system which provides comprehensive offerings in partnership with the Office of Employment and Training, Vocational Rehabilitation, Office of the Blind and Adult Education. Centers that operate through NKCAA and funded by EKCEP are uniquely named Kentucky Career Center Jobsight. Our staff in each county works closely with Community Partners and Economic Development entities to insure a positive impact and outreach within our local areas.

Adult Program – Many customers come to our Kentucky Career Centers to receive comprehensive Job Seeker services, which include career advising sessions. These sessions include interest and skills assessment, development of an Individual Employment Plan, resume’ preparation, interview skills coaching, job search, job referrals and job application assistance. Clients served through the Adult Program and who have an interest in furthering their education through college, technical school or short-term specialized training may receive financial assistance for tuition costs based on funding levels.

Incumbent Worker – Incumbent Worker Training is specifically designed to be an employer service, and as such is inherently different from job seeker services. Included in this division are On-the-Job Training options.

Work Experience – As funding is available, paid Work Experience services are provided for eligible individuals. Participants earn minimum wage (or in some cases the normal base pay that would be offered by the employer) while they learn new work skills, develop a sense of self-esteem and apply learned values and ethics.

Dislocated Workers – WIOA assists Dislocated Workers to find new employment for those who have lost their jobs. Career Advisors provide assistance for clients in identifying specific needs for upgrading their skills to qualify for new and optimistically better jobs. Funding for training, travel, and relocation may be provided as well.

In-school Youth Program – WIOA operates the Xcel Youth Program which offers comprehensive services to high school seniors, age 16 years and older. These services provide career, education and leadership opportunities to students and serve as a springboard into the world of independence.

Out of School Youth Program – This program serves Out-of-School youth ages 16-24. Those served may be high school graduates or drop-outs who are seeking employment assistance or training to enable them to obtain full-time sustainable employment. Work Experience placement or short-term certification training for individuals are provided for enhancement of employability enrichment and preparation for the workforce. Supportive Services are provided based upon established need and available funding.

Kentucky Career Center Jobsight Locations – WIOA Career Resource Centers are located in Grayson, Olive Hill, Louisa and Sandy Hook. These centers provide in-depth services and are available to the public. Staffed by Global Career Development Facilitators,they offer education and career development information and assistance. State of the art technology provides the public and WIOA clients with access to the internet for Job Search and many other career development tools and methods.

Job Clubs – A job club is a group of job seekers who meet weekly with local workforce professionals to improve their job search and employability skills. The group members provide support for each other while networking and learning techniques for improving their job searches from the workforce professionals, area partners and invited guests. This combination of support, networking, and job-search education makes job club members remarkably more successful at getting a job than job seekers who search alone.

In addition to the Job Club meeting, each member is assisted by a personal Career Advisor who first enters individual information into “Focus Career”. Focus Career is a state system that connects job opportunities to match the member’s skills interests and experience. It is a resume’ builder and job matching tool for our job seekers and a registration for job posting and resume’ search tool for employers. Each Job Club attendee leaves their first meeting with job leads in hand, a basic resume’ and a scheduled appointment to return for individual assistance with a Career Advisor who will provide services to meet their specific career, job search and employability needs.Those services are accomplished in a timely manner to engage the job seeker in productive activities that may lead to employment. All services are provided at no cost to the member.

Employers – Kentucky Career Center Jobsight also streamlines many front-end human resources tasks, links employers with the right employees through its Employer Services, helps with finding, screening and testing job applicants, provides research on the local labor pool or economy and offers facilities for interviewing applicants. Employer Account Representatives and Career Advisors partner to provide these services and also assist with developing customized or On-the-Job Training (OJT), Internships and Apprenticeship programs.

For more information, contact wia@nkcaa.net

Links:
Eastern KY Concentrated Employment Program www.ekcep.org
Job Sight Information for Eastern KY www.jobsight.org

Wintercare

This is an income based program. Wintercare is a program whereby utility companies accept donations from their customers. In collaboration with Community Action Agencies across the state, households are then screened and approved for payments of their utility bills from the donations received.

For more information, contact karen.mosier@nkcaa.net

Links:
KY Assoc. of Community Action Agencies – www.kaca.org
KY Cabinet for Health and Family Services – www.cfc.ky.gov