Self-Sufficiency & Emergency Programs
Community Connection has a full range of programs to assist households with their rent and utility needs; eligibility-criteria are different for each program. Please be aware that funding is limited and we are not able to serve everyone who applies. In all cases, payments are issued to the landlord or to the utility company.
- Self-sufficiency programs assist households with security deposits and partial rental payments; some programs require a copayment from the tenant. The adults must participate in monthly meetings and trainings designed to make the family self-supporting.
- Emergency programs provide rent, motel and utility assistance including security deposits. The goals are to prevent evictions, to prevent utility shut-offs and to establish permanent housing in addition to emergency lodging. Assistance is usually limited to one time a year per household.
- Energy assistance programs are designed to help low-income households with their home heating costs, particularly their winter heating burden. In most cases, a single payment per year is all that a household can receive although in rare cases a second payment may be justified. Some programs also include energy conservation education.
Applicants may apply for these programs at the local Senior Center office that serves their county of residence.
When you apply, take with you:
- Information for all household members, including, but not limited to: name, date of birth, and social security number
- Proof of income for the last 30 days for all household members 18 and over
- Copies of your rental agreement and eviction notice, if you have one
- Copies of your utility bill and shut-off notice, if you have one
Notice to Clients of Uses & Disclosures
Our agency enters personal and demographic information about you into a computerized record-keeping system. Information you provide will be used for administrative and operational purposes to improve, provide & coordinate services that can be offered to you.
- Information you provide will be used for functions related to payment or reimbursement for services, monitor program effectiveness, and to prepare reports and statistical information without personal identifying information.
- If you have safety concerns, you may not want personal information entered into the system, you should discuss this with a staff member.
- Personally identifying information may be seen by staff members who provide you with services, select community service providers when appropriate, and a small number of people (i.e. system administrators or program funders) who maintain the computerized record-keeping system, except as required by law.
- You will not be denied services if you refuse to consent to share data.
- You have the right to see your record and to ask that it be corrected if need be.
- You have the right to file a grievance if you feel you have been harmed in some way by the use of the computerized data system.