OACAA Briefing: The latest news from OACAA and Ohio's CAAs

November 2022
Photo: Ross county resident Brooks Q. looks at a photo of his old furnace that had a crack in the heating element before being replaced by Ross County Community Action Agency. See "Network News" for more.
2022 Exemplary Program Awards: Deadline Approaching
The 2022 Exemplary Program Awards application submission deadline is 5:00 pm EST, December 1, 2022. The nomination form can be found on our website.

The OACAA website contains details about the program, guidelines, scoring rubric, and information on how to develop and submit program nominations.
Ashtabula County Community Action Agency Weatherization Event: A Frightening Success

Ashtabula County Community Action Agency’s (ACCAA) recent Halloween-themed weatherization event was a treat for families who were made aware of the program that can help them overcome all the tricks the winter season has in store. >>> READ BLOG
Ross County Community Action Agency’s weatherization program saves family in more ways than one

When Brooks inherited a small house a few years ago, he knew there was a lot of work that needed to be done. As a single father with handy experience, he was ready to tackle the repairs and make a safe and affordable home for himself and his four children. Little by little, he made changes and updates. >>> READ BLOG
2021 Annual Report and Companion Toolkit Released
The 2021 Annual Report highlighting the network's accomplishments is available on OACAA's website. This year, the report contains 11 programmatic and customer success stories.

Also available is the 2021 Annual Report toolkit with ready-to-share graphics. Check out both today!

Upcoming Events
2022 History of the War on Poverty

Date: December 6-8, 2022
Time: Varies
Where: Virtual
2023 Winter Legislative Conference

Date: January 25-27, 2023
Tracks: Fiscal/Human Resources, Hot Topics, Core Essentials, Low-income housing
Where: Columbus Hyatt Regency
Agency opens new training center in Dayton to offer weatherization program for low-income residents
(Source: Dayton Daily News, Article by: Parker Perry, Photo by: Jim Noelker)

Miami Valley Community Action Partnership has teamed up with another agency to open a new training center in Dayton to teach employees how to go out and check the energy efficiency of homes for people whose incomes are at or below 200% of the federal poverty level.

The Southwest Ohio Training Center, outside the MVCAP offices on Stout Street, will make it easier for locals to get specialized training so they can inspect homes and determine what weatherization services are needed, Miami Valley Community Action Partnership CEO Lisa Stempler said. >>> READ MORE
Great Lakes Community Action Partnership program helps veterans facing homelessness

(Source: TiffinOhio.net)

Tiffin, Ohio — Just this week, Great Lakes Community Action Partnership’s (GLCAP) Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program assisted a veteran who needed help with housing expenses after her husband passed away. SSVF will cover current housing expenses while she is on a waiting list to move to more affordable income-based housing.

It’s one of many cases seen by GLCAP’s SSVF staff whose job is to ensure that veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness have access to safe, affordable housing. In 2021, GLCAP assisted 170 veteran families through SSVF, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA). GLCAP partners with FrontLine Services in Cleveland to provide SSVF in a ten-county northwest Ohio region.

Brown Announces $735,000 for rural development in southern Ohio

(Scioto Valley Guardian)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Mutual Self-Help Housing Technical Assistance Grants program has awarded two grants totaling $735,000 to the Community Action Commission of Fayette County, which serves Clinton, Fayette, Greene, Highland, and Ross Counties, for their Self-Help Housing Program. The funding will help 20 low- and very-low-income applicants build homes.

Community Action Commission of Fayette County’s Self-Help Housing program helps build safe, permanent, and affordable housing and promotes sustainable rural community development.


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