HEAP Energy Assistance and Head Start Programs Underway


TRANSCRIPT:
REPORTER:
It may be warm right now but there are still three months of winter ahead of and the folks from the Community Action Agency are here to let you know that they are ready to help. Joining me here this morning we've got Diane and Renee to tell us all about this.

Diane, we are going to start with you. Tell us a little bit about the Home Energy Assistance Program and how it really helps the community.

DIANE:
So, the Home Energy Assistance Program is a program designed to help those who fall within the 175% of the poverty guideline to be able to assist them with those huge bills that are coming. We're having warm weather right now but we know the cold weather is coming. So our program is designed to help those individuals. It is based on their income. And so If you qualify for the program we may be able to help with a disconnect to stop that disconnect for the next 30 days. And then we can put you on a program which is called PIP Plus PIP Plus is a fantastic program. If you work the program the program will work for you.

REPORTER:
I love it!

DIANE:
So what that program does is that it allows...even if you owe Duke Energy about $300, if you qualify, your payment monthly may only be $60 a month. If you pay up on time every month for 12 straight months then that whole back bill goes away. The program works if you work the program.

REPORTER:
I love that. I love that so much. 

Renee, you are with Head Start. Tell us a little bit about what you guys do?

RENEE DANIEL: 
We are an Early Childhood Program and we serve children from birth...actually, we serve pregnant women, infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. They have to be income eligible, but we accept applications from all families, because we do have it where you can be 10% over income. We have 6 sites where we can have children go to within our program.

We do everything from nutrition to help finding a medical home. We have an incredible parent program where we help parents become really involved with the program. Parents actually make decisions about the program It's really a wonderful early childhood opportunity for children and families.

REPORTER:
Absolutely!

Brining both of them together, that's really what this Community Action Agency is all about: Making your community stronger

RENEE & DIANE:
Definitely! 

REPORTER:
Absolutely!

So the Community Action Agency is located on Langdon Farm road in Bond Hill. To learn more about the HEAP program or Head Start openings you can go to cincy-caa.org.