Summer Cool Program starts June 1

May 31, 2010

Help with summer electric bills is on the way for low-income households in Monroe, Brown, Owen and Morgan counties. 

The Summer Cool Program offered by the South Central Community Action Program will run from June 1 through Aug. 31. It will assist eligible low-income households by providing $50 toward their electric bill.

For the winter program that just ended, SCCAP assisted 5,266 households.   

All households who received Energy Assistance from SCCAP during the past winter are eligible for the $50 electric credit in the Summer Cool program. All other households must complete an application and have their income verified.

Once approved for the Summer Cool program, a member of each household can also watch a short presentation on how to conserve energy and receive at no cost a conservation kit that contains three compact fluorescent light bulbs and a furnace filter whistle that tells you when your filter is dirty and needs to be changed. The retail value of the energy conservation kit, which is provided once per year to approved households at no cost, is about $15.

In addition, a household in which a family member has a life threatening medical condition may provide written verification from a medical doctor to receive a small window air conditioner. Households are ineligible if they have received an air conditioner within the last 5 years. Clients should call the SCCAP office for details about the required documentation to claim this benefit.

SCCAP has provided energy benefits to low-income citizens for 28 years. Last year, 3,160 households received assistance through the Summer Cool Program.

SCCAP is a nonprofit organization that provides opportunities for low-income citizens to move toward personal and economic independence. Its programs include: Affordable Rental Housing, the Circles Initiative, Energy Assistance, Family Development, Head Start, Individual Development Accounts, Section 8 Housing and Weatherization.

Eligibility for the Summer Cool program is based on total household income:

Household Size – Max. Annual Income

1 – $16,245

2 – $21,855

3 – $27,465

4- $33,075

5 – $38,685

For each additional household member, add $5,610.

For appointments or additional information, the public should contact:

Monroe Co., 1500 W. 15th St.,  339-3447          

Morgan Co., 133 W. Washington, 342-15-1518                   

Owen Co., 145 N. Harrison, 829-2279

Brown Co., 168 N. Jefferson, St., 988-6636

Free household items today for SCCAP clients

May 26, 2010

Between 4 and 6 this evening (Wednesday, May 26), SCCAP will be giving away FREE items such as clothing, bedding, mini-refrigerators, futons, microwaves and various other items to clients of SCCAP.  No staff please.

Clients need to come to the Bloomington Storage facility on 17th Street, which is directly behind Hoosier Liquors & where Buffa Louie’s used to be.

If coming west on 17th Street, they will need to turn left into the alleyway just north of Hoosier Liquor.  If coming east on 17th they will, of course, need to turn right into the alley way.

The storage unit number is Z8.

Clients need to be prepared to take their items with them & to have someone with them that can lift anything heavy. Sorry, but we are unable to provide help for that.

Any questions, please get in touch with Beth Pankoski, 339-3447, ext. 233, before 3:30. After that time, Beth will be at the storage unit.

Get new skills! Earn more $!

May 21, 2010

The South Central Community Action Program is seeking individuals to participate in a new job training program. Applications are now being accepted from unemployed people who are seeking work and employed people who want to learn new skills.  

SCCAP will place program participants with employers who will hire and train them. SCCAP may pay the wages, as well as necessary expenses for training, education, child care and transportation.

There are no fees to participate in this federally funded program.

Participant requirements include:

  • The household income must fall at 200% of the federal poverty guideline or less.
  • Program participants must reside in Brown, Monroe, Morgan or Owen counties.

Those interested in participating need to contact SCCAP right away. For more information, contact Taine Watkins at 812-339-3447, ext. 235 or  

Download a copy of the application for this program by clicking here: SCCAP Jobs Application (3). If you do not have Microsoft Word on your computer, you can download a PDF version of the job application by clicking here: SCCAP Jobs Application (3)

State recommends increased funding for SCCAP to expand its service area for weatherization of homes with stimulus money

May 20, 2010

The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority is recommending that SCCAP receive $1,729,957 in the second round of ARRA Weatherization funding to serve Brown, Monroe and Owen counties.

This funding, which still has to be approved by IHCDA’s Board of Directors, would allow an expansion of the number of homes and counties that SCCAP weatherizes with these Recovery Act funds. During the first round of funding, SCCAP received $899,000 to make energy efficiency improvements to 145 homes in Monroe County. SCCAP had applied to serve Brown, Monroe, Morgan and Owen counties in the first round of funding, but was approved to serve only Monroe County.

The $1.7 million in second-round funding would allow SCCAP to make energy efficiency improvements to 275 homes in Brown, Owen and Monroe counties. This would include 55 homes in Brown County, 152 in Monroe County and 68 in Owen County.     

IHCDA’s Round 2 recommendations  for organizations across the state are provided below. There will be a public hearing at IHCDA at 9 a.m. on May 27 to discuss these recommendations. Public comments are currently being accepted and can be emailed to or may be sent to Chelsey Wininger’s attention at IHCDA.

Respondent Amount Awarded
Action, Inc. of Delaware and Grant Counties $800,000
Affordable Housing Corporation of Marion $349,000
Area IV Agency on Aging $1,074,188
Community Action of Northeast Indiana $2,888,750
Community Action of Southern Indiana $1,005,000
Community Action Program of Western Indiana $2,252,509
Community Action Program of Evansville $1,235,000
Community and Family Services, Inc. $978,359
Tri-Cap $1,928,825
Hoosier Energy Rural Electric Co-op $5,815,569
Hoosier Uplands Economic Development Corp. $1,007,000
Housing Opportunities of Warsaw $645,656
Human Services, Inc. $1,216,740
Indiana Builders Association $22,255,576
Interlocal Community Action Program $754,461
Lincoln Hills Development Corporation $1,271,781
JobSource $349,990
Mapleton-Fall Creek Development Corp. $300,000
Miami County YMCA $1,096,095
North Central Community Action Agencies $832,000
Northwest Indiana Community Action Agency $4,055,920
Ohio Valley Opportunities $1,471,277
Pace Community Action Agency $863,741
People Working Cooperatively $1,656,808
REAL Services $3,268,119
Sheet Metal Industry Admin. Services $0
South Central Community Action Program $1,729,957
Southeast Indiana Economic Opportunities Corp. $320,000
Southeast Neighborhood Development $330,000
Western Indiana Community Action Agency $861,840
Westside Community Development Corp. $250,000
Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corp. $600,000
Total $63,464,161

SCCAP seeking to help the jobless and underemployed

May 20, 2010

The South Central Community Action Program is seeking employers and potential employees to participate in a new employment and training program.

SCCAP, a nonprofit organization that serves Brown, Monroe, Morgan and Owen counties, is looking to partner with employers who will agree to hire and train workers who qualify for the program. SCCAP will subsidize wages and/or training for an agreed-upon amount of time and will tailor its program to meet employers’ individuals needs.

SCCAP is also opening the new program for applications from unemployed people who are seeking work or employed people who want to learn new skills.

In addition to placing participants with employers, SCCAP will also subsidize educational expenses to fill critical industry needs. This could include completion of GED, industry specific training certificates, or other training/education needed for employment or advancement. Childcare and transportation costs may also be subsidized.

“We are hoping move the candidates into a career pathway that will lead to self sufficiency,” SCCAP Executive Director Todd Lare said. “Our hope is that we can help build sustainable employment for our participants as well as provide a local qualified workforce for our employers.”

Participant requirements for the job training program are as follows:

  • The household income must fall at 200% of the federal poverty guideline
  • Program participants must reside in Brown, Monroe, Morgan or Owen counties.

The program is currently funded only through Sept. 30, 2010, so employers and potential employees need to contact SCCAP right away in order to participate. For more information, contact SCCAP Employment and Training Coordinator Taine Watkins at 812-339-3447, ext. 235.  

The SCCAP job training program is funded through supplemental Community Services Block Grant funds as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

SCCAP is a nonprofit organization that provides opportunities for low-income citizens to move toward personal and economic independence. Its programs include Affordable Rental Housing, the Circles Initiative, Energy Assistance, Family Development, Head Start, Individual Development Accounts, Section 8 Housing and Weatherization.

SCCAP Head Start children to celebrate end of school year with picnics and free books

May 20, 2010

Thirteen classes of children from the SCCAP Head Start program will celebrate the completion of the Head Start school year this week and next week.

The three- to five-year old children will celebrate with family picnics at various Monroe County parks and schools. The celebrations will include a book distribution made possible through the Dream RIF Giveaway, which has provided funding for SCCAP to give books to children from low-income families three times per year.

The reading theme at the end of school year picnics will be, “Fly Away with a Good Book.” The participating children made invitations themselves to encourage their parents to attend the events, which will feature free Frisbees, lots of bubbles, one free book per child and party supplies donated by the Oriental Trading Program. The free books and activities to encourage reading are part of the Dream RIF Giveaway, a program of Reading is Fundamental, a nonprofit literacy association founded in 1966. 

Most of the family picnics will be held on Thursday and Friday, May 20 and 21.

SCCAP Head Start has 169 children whose school year will end in May. Another 98 children will continue in Head Start classes through the summer.

The goal of SCCAP’s activities funded through the Dream RIF Giveway is to improve success of children from low-income families in school by having more books in their homes. This goal is accomplished through book giveaways and motivational activities.

City committee recommends $16,521 for SCCAP parking lot expansion

May 18, 2010

SCCAP has just received the official announcement that the City of Bloomington Jack Hopkins Social Services Committee has recommended $16,521 to support expansion of our agency’s parking lot. 

We are very appreciative of the committee’s decision to help us make our office more accessible and safer for clients and staff.

The committee’s recommendation still has to be approved by the City Council before it is official, but it looks like we will be able to add 15 spaces to our overcrowded parking lots this summer. The notification email from the City is provided below:  

Valued Social Services Provider —

Thank you for your application for 2010 Jack Hopkins Social Services Funding. After much deliberation, the Committee met last night to make its final funding recommendations. Your agency was one of 22 agencies granted funding.  Congratulations!  The recommendations are posted on the Hopkins website: .

The Council Office will soon be contacting you regarding the particulars of your funding agreement with the City.

Thank you for your extraordinary work and for all you do to make our community a better place.

Very best regards,
stacy jane

Stacy Jane Rhoads
Deputy Administrator/Researcher
Common Council
City of Bloomington, Indiana

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