Local Head Start program facing federal budget cuts

February 28, 2013

In today’s Herald-Times: http://www.heraldtimesonline.com/stories/2013/02/28/schoolnews.head-start-other-preschool-programs-facing-cuts-mccsc-could-lose-560-000.sto

Funding for about 1,000 Indiana children in Head Start and Early Head Start could also be cut, according to the White House. Locally, the South Central Community Action Program, which operates local Head Start and Early Head Start programs, has already been operating on 19 percent less than it did last year, due to the expected sequestration.

Todd Lare, director of SCCAP, was hoping that money would be restored, but with Friday’s looming decision, he is not feeling hopeful.

“We started the year thinking the issues would all work out,” Lare said. “Now, it looks like that probably isn’t the case.”

“I think it’s easy to talk about closing a few classrooms or not providing transportation, but that’s a lifeline for many children, not only for learning, but having a routine and normalcy that builds toward their long-term school careers,” he said. “I think the impact on individuals is profound. There is no do-over.”

The timing of the cuts is also ironic, especially during a time when the importance of early education is being touted on national and statewide levels, Lare said.

“The national conversation is about extending opportunities for early childhood education,” he said. “It’s sad that (the cuts) come at time when we are actually talking about not scaling back programs.”

In addition to Head Start, SCCAP is also dealing with cuts to programs such as weatherization, community services block grant, Section 8 housing vouchers, individual development accounts and energy assistance.

SCCAP staff getting ready to help other communities start their own Circles Initiative

November 2, 2009

Friendship bread starter

Okay, it may not look delicious yet, but give it 10 days and it will be.  

The South Central Community Action Program’s Todd Lare, Linda Patton and Bonnie Vesely made the bread starter for Amish friendship bread last week. They’re making the bread –  it takes 10 days to prepare – to get ready for a conference they’ll be attending next week.

At that conference on Nov. 9-12 in Phoenix, they’ll be participating in a “train the trainer” process to help them get ready to be part of an upcoming Circles training center in Indiana. That center will help c0mmunities in Indiana who want to join the national Circles Campaign and start their own local Circles initiative.    Read the rest of this entry »

Town Hall Meeting on Affordable Housing and Emergency Shelter

October 21, 2009

The City of Bloomington Community and Family Resources Commission had a good turnout last night for its Town Hall Meeting on Affordable Housing and Emergency Shelter, filling most of the seats in the Council Chambers at City Hall.

The purpose of the meeting was to take input from the public on Affordable Housing and Emergency Shelter needs. Quite a few people, including SCCAP Executive Director Todd Lare, stood up to make statements to the Commission in what is expected to be a first step toward developing policies to be recommended to City Council. Besides having several SCCAP staff members at the meeting, there were also volunteers from the Circles Initiative who attended.  

Tuesday morning, before the meeting, Commission member Jason Carnes went on WGCL 1370 AM’s Glass in the Morning show to help encourage citizens to come to the meeting and share their experiences. You can listen to that interview here.

Lare to speak to Democratic Women’s Club on Oct. 20

October 14, 2009

SCCAP Executive Director Todd Lare will discuss current economic conditions and their affect on those in need of housing in our area, according to the Monroe County Democratic Party website.

Todd Lare on WGCL’s Glass in the Morning

October 6, 2009

Check out Todd’s interview today about SCCAP’s Energy Assistance Program by clicking here.

SCCAP to open Section 8 wait list in 2009

September 14, 2009

The South Central Community Action Program will open its wait lists for Section 8 housing vouchers for rental subsidies to add 114 households in Brown, Monroe and Owen counties. 

SCCAP will add households to the wait list in each county on a first-come, first-served basis. It will add 22 households in Brown County, 70 in Monroe County and 22 in Owen County.

Staff will be taking pre-applications in the three counties at the following times and locations: (1) Owen County applications – Spencer office, 145 N. Harrison St., on Sept. 17, 2009 from 8 to noon and Friday, Sept. 18, 2009 from 1 to 4 p.m., (2) Brown County applications – Nashville office, 168 Jefferson Street, on Sept. 23, 2009 from 1 to 4 p.m. and Sept. 24, 2009 from 8 to noon and (3) Monroe County applications, Bloomington office, 1500 W. 15th St., on Sept. 30 from 8 to noon and Oct. 1, 2009 from 1 to 4 p.m. SCCAP will stop taking applications for the vouchers once the wait list is full.

It will be the first time in more than five years that SCCAP has added households to its wait list in Monroe County. It has been three years in Owen County and two years in Brown County since households have been added to the wait list.

Section 8 is a program in which approved low-income households are given a voucher to find housing on their own. They pay 30 percent of their adjusted gross income toward their rent and utilities, and the federal government pays the rest.

“We are very pleased that for the first time in the recent past, we are able to add people to our list for this affordable housing program,” SCCAP Executive Director Todd Lare said. “With the economic recession we are in, this assistance is needed now more than ever.”

To submit a complete application, each applicant must bring: picture ID, social security card, birth certificate, proof of income (i.e. paystubs, letters from employers, TANF/SSI/Social Security award letters), transcript for adult students, and checking and savings account information. 

All Section 8 applicants must meet income guidelines that are based on the size of the household. For questions, call 829-2279 in Owen County, 988-6636 in Brown County and 339-3447 in Monroe County.

SCCAP is a nonprofit organization that serves low-income citizens in Owen, Brown, Monroe and Morgan counties. Its services include Affordable Rental Housing, Circles Initiative, Client Advocacy, Energy Assistance, Family Development, Head Start, Individual Development Accounts to accumulate savings, Section 8 Housing and Weatherization.

Mark your calendars, Aug. 20 at 1 p.m.

August 13, 2009

Hello everyone, sorry for the long break between blog posts. I’ve been out of town twice in the past couple of weeks, but will now get back to giving you regular updates on news about poverty and the South Central Community Action Program.

Here’s a heads-up for an event next week — please mark your calendars to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. The event will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. at Monroe County United Ministries, 827 W. 14th Court, which was the first location of the Monroe County CAP Program, back when MCUM was called the Christian Center.

Our program will include remarks from SCCAP executive director Todd Lare and board member Lola Debro, who has been part of the local CAP program from its beginning. We will also have remarks from representative of other local programs created by the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, including Shirley Boardman from IU’s Work Study Program and Sherry Dick who oversees the MCCSC’s Adult Basic Education Program.

In addition, the event will include recognition of the Christian Center leaders who coordinated the community’s effort in early 1965 to create the Monroe County Community Action Program. Those include Christian Center board president Florence Nebergall, who still  lives in Bloomington, and Christian Center director Marvin Jones, who passed away this summer in his hometown of Lexington, Ky. Jones was also the first local CAP director.  

Everyone is invited to attend this event. To help us plan our refreshments, we’d appreciate it if you would RSVP to me at doug@sccap.monroe.in.us or 339-3447, ext. 262.

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