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COVID-19 Relief Programs

here for you.

Since 1965, whether it’s providing food, transportation, assisting with a rent or mortgage payment, keeping the lights on, the water running or providing Pre-K education, we have been here providing self-sufficiency programs and essential services to struggling individuals, families and children in our community. 

We know the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic have made the last several months incredibly difficult for everyone living in our community. Below you’ll find the services available during this uncertain time. For questions please call our office at 269.673.5472.

Q-Care Kits

Q-Care Kits are available if you or a family member are in quarantine or isolation because they have tested positive for COVID-19, are waiting for test results, have been exposed to COVID-19, are vulnerable, a senior or are immune compromised to COVID-19. A Q-Care Kit provides Quarantine Boxes with food and/or household/hygiene items to families that are below 200% FPL (Federal Poverty Level).

For more information if you or your family can receive a Q-Care Kit please contact us at 269-673-5472 ext. 261.

When you call please have your name, address, contact phone number, number of family members living in the household, and income for the family members.

Housing services

This program provides water repairs to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 by ensuring low-income households have access to clean water for washing and disinfecting surfaces. It is available for clients who receive a water bill or clients on a well/septic system.

Who qualifies?
– 200% of Poverty
– If you can answer “NO” to any of the following:

  • Do you have access to running water?
  • Do you have access to hot water?
  • Are you using a toilet in your home?
  • Are you able to take a shower or bath in your home?
  • Can you use your laundry tub?
  • Are you able to wash your hands in your bathroom sink?
  • Are you able to use your kitchen sink to wash your dishes
  • Does wastewater regularly drain from your house?
  • Is your well currently functioning?

– OR if you can answer “YES” to any of the following:

  • Are you manually turning your water on and off at the main valve?
  • Is there necessary well treatment or maintenance that hasn’t been completed?
  • Is there necessary septic tank or field treatment/maintenance that hasn’t been completed?
  • Does your septic tank need to be pumped?

If you are unable to pay your utilities, we may be able to offer financial assistance. To learn more please click here or call our office at 269.673.5472.

If you are unable to pay your property taxes, mortgage or rent we may be able to offer financial assistance. To learn more please call our office at 269.673.5472.

Homeowners as well as renters with owner approval may be eligible. After certification of eligibility based on household income and number of household members, each home is assessed by Community Action of Allegan County (CAAC) to determine the appropriate services.  Professional, bonded and insured contractors perform the actual services. Each completed job must pass a final inspection for materials and workmanship by CAAC. Dwellings are prioritized for services based on winter energy consumption, elderly or disabled household members, and other factors.

If you are interested, please complete the required program forms and return with required documentation to 323 Water Street, Allegan MI 49010 attn: Weatherization. Not sure if you qualify or need assistance? Please fill out the interest form below or call (269) 673-5472.

food commodities

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) is a Federal program provided by Community Action of Allegan County that helps supplement the diets of individuals and families experiencing income challenges, by providing emergency food and nutrition assistance at no cost. This assistance is provided every 3 months to eligible households and typically includes a provision of two common grocery bags filled with non-perishable food items that cover the major food groups. Our next upcoming distributions are:

November 19th at Community Action Allegan, 323 Water St, Allegan 10am-2pm

senior services

The Home Delivered Meals Program provides well-balanced meals for seniors who are unable to prepare meals for themselves. Hot, cold and frozen meals are available based on the dietary needs of each client. Meals are delivered to seniors’ homes. Meals will continue to be delivered as scheduled during the current Stay at Home order.  Home Delivered Meals are provided to eligible seniors without charge.

We are doing senior transportation for Life-sustaining activities.  Seniors will be asked a series of questions to ensure that the health of the senior and the driver are protected.

The Commodity Supplemental Food Program works to improve the health of low-income elderly persons at least 60 years of age by supplementing their diets with nutritious USDA Foods. CSFP food packages provide a good source of the nutrients.  Distribution will be Thursday April 2 at CAAC Main Office from 9-Noon and 1:30pm-3:00pm

Early education

CAAC Head Start is excited to announce three different high-quality program options for the 20/21 school year! Our goal is to support as many families as possible, while following all safety and health guidelines and recommendations. What are the options?

  • Head Start Hybrid Learning – a combination of center based and virtual learning.
  • Distance Learning – virtual only option with an assigned Early Education staff member.
  • Home Based – weekly home visit/virtual visit with an assigned Early Education Home Visitor

Staff will reach out to families with completed applications to give more information regarding these options and be available to answer questions!

To enroll your child in Head Start or Early Head Start please visit helpmegrowallegan.org

Bridging the digital divide

Provides resources for connection to the internet and technology for those who fall below the 200% FPL in Allegan County by distributing MiFi’s for internet connection and tablets, each with approx. 1-year subscription of internet connectivity. Please call 269.673.5472 for more information. 

 

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