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February-2015 Newsletter – Arkansas Community Action Agencies Association

Arkansas Community Action Agencies Association

The Action – February 2015 - The Housing Issue

See newsletter for full story on each of these items

Rebecca Reynolds Named New ACAAA Executive Director
The board of di- rectors for the Arkansas Community Action Agencies Association announced in December that Rebecca Reynolds had  been  named the association's new executive director.  Reynolds assumed the role at the close of the year, stepping into the position being vacated by departing executive director Rose Adams, who announced her retirement in the fall of 2014…

Shelter from the Storm: But for food, there is no human need so basic as that for shelter
Nor is there, short of literal nourishment, anything so deeply sustaining as the emotional reassurance of having a place safe from the world to call one’s own.  Arkansas’s community action agencies provide a spectrum of services to citizens in  need—custodial,  educational,  financial, nutritional—but surely some of the most essential guidance that they provide is in helping those who would seek it to find the consolation of what poet Robert Montgomery once called “the spot of earth supremely blessed”: home.

A Look at Community Action Housing Assistance in Arkansas – see newsletter for this feature article

Transitions
Bobbie Salter has been named the new executive director of Mid-Delta Community Services (M-DCS) in Helena. Salter has taken on the position following the retirement  of  former  director  Margaret Staub…

Other Stories

Individual Development Accounts – Imagine a magic piggy bank inside of which, every time you dropped a quarter in the slot, a dollar bill would appear instead.  The real-life equivalent to this would be an arrangement known as an “Individual Development Account” (IDA), a community action program that uses a 3-to-1 dollar match to encourage good savings habits and allow low-income families to develop assets: assets that can be applied towards home purchase…

Residential Treatment – Drug and alcohol abuse treatment facilities are probably not the first thing that leaps  to mind  when  considering the ways that community action provides housing assistance in Arkansas, but residential services—both short- and long-term—are a significant ingredient in such programs’ approach…

Weatherization – No discussion of community action and making homes more energy efficient would be complete without a mention of weatherization.  For almost forty years, the state’s agencies have been making homes in Arkansas more affordable and more comfortable—not to mention safer and healthier.  In that time, almost 75,000 homes have seen improvements, everything from patched cracks and plastered holes to new insulation and replacement windows…

Housing Numbers – see newsletter for figures from the FY2013 Arkansas CSBG IS Survey

Emergency Solutions Grants – Currently,   two   community   action agencies—Arkansas River Valley Area Council (ARVAC) and Crawford- Sebastian Community Development Council (C-SCDC)—administer the Emergency Solutions Grant for the Natural State.  The grant, which is sponsored by the U.S.  Department of Housing and Urban Development, is intended to provide assistance to the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless and, where possible, help those individuals obtain or maintain housing…

Field of Dreams – What does it take to see an empty field transformed into a new low-income housing complex?  A little good timing, a lot of hard work, and some tightly crossed fingers: BLACK RIVER AREA DEVELOPMENT CORP. is hoping that soon this will be more than just a dream…

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