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December/January 2016 Newsletter – Indiana Community Action Association

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IN-CAA Newsletter – December/January 2016

News

About the 2016 IIWF Legislative Public Policy Agenda
Despite an improving economy, low- to moderate-income Hoosiers still face substantial challenges to their ability to achieve and maintain economic self-sufficiency. Policymakers have the ability to address these challenges and restore opportunity to hard-working Hoosier families by providing them with a "toolbox" of reforms that restore the promise of economic mobility – read full article.

IIWF Releases SNAP Asset Limits Policy Brief
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the new name for The Food Stamp Program, is a core component of America's nutrition assistance safety net for 46.5 million Americans and about 900,000 Hoosiers. SNAP benefits are funded entirely by the federal government, and states are responsible for paying half of the administrative costs – read full article.

Events

Brightpoint Receives Nearly $1 Million from JPMorgan Chase & Co. to Offer an Alternative to Payday Lending
Brightpoint (formerly Community Action of Northeast Indiana or CANI) announced at a press conference on Thursday, Dec. 3, that it has received nearly $1 million in funding from JPMorgan Chase & Co. to expand its consumer loan program. Brightpoint received this award as part of a $5.1 million grant to the Community Loan Center™ Coalition of Texas and Indiana – read full article.

Leaders of Stonecutters Apartments Celebrate the Opening of Low-Income Senior Housing Complex
Leaders of Stonecutters Apartments held an open house event and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, Nov. 20. Approximately 300 people attended the open house held at the 30-unit senior housing complex in downtown Bedford. The complex was designed to offer safe, affordable and modern housing for seniors 62 and over – read full article.

Community Impact

Area IV Shares the Table with Thanksgiving Meal Deliveries
During the holiday season, we gather to give thanks for our blessings. Unfortunately, while we do so, there are many among us struggling with providing food for themselves and their families, proving there is still a need for fellowship in our communities. Recognizing that need was the catalyst this fall for a Thanksgiving meal-delivery program. Headed by the Organizational Payee Program at Area IV and through the support of Agency workers and volunteers, meals were delivered to more than 120 needy individuals and families in the Tippecanoe, Carroll, Clinton and White county areas – read full article.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program at CAPWI to Continue for Third Year
Community Action Program, Inc. of Western Indiana (CAPWI) is preparing for its third year offering the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. VITA is a FREE income tax preparation and filing assistance program for eligible families and individuals, including people with disabilities, the elderly and people with limited-English-speaking skills – read full article.

REAL Services Family Development Program Helps Young Woman & Her Family Achieve Self-Sufficiency
REAL Services works to assist individuals in maintaining their independence and finding meaning and satisfaction in their lives. The Family Development Program is just one of its programs that offer assistance to low-income families who are willing to move toward self-sufficiency. Laquisha Jackson is a Family Development client who has met the self-sufficiency goal, meaning she and her family are now able to support themselves – read full article.

WorkOne Helps Single Mom Achieve New Career Goals
WorkOne West Central Indiana is a program of the Community Action Program, Inc., of Western Indiana. The program provides employment assistance by serving as the single point of contact for both job seekers and employers. Here's one of their success stories – read full article.

Area IV Staff Members Helps Increase Awareness of Energy Assistance Program
The Area IV Agency on Aging and Community Programs serves four counties with Community Action programs like the Energy Assistance Program (EAP). Thanks to the hard work of Area IV staff members like Holly Conner, Area IV's EAP intake/outreach worker in Carroll County, the number of households served by the program has increased in the county for the 2015-2016 season due to increased awareness – read full article.

NWICA Restaurant Voucher Program Manager Witnesses Benefit of Program First-Hand
By: Gina Gomez, Community Services Manager
Northwest Indiana Community Action Corporation (NWICA) offers the Restaurant Voucher Program as a way to help the senior population get a heart healthy, nutritious meal. The meals are hosted at a local community restaurant where participants will feel most comfortable and encouraged to socialize. Last month, I had the pleasure of dining with our Restaurant Voucher Program participants at Niko's Restaurant in Highland, one of the program's approved restaurants. As a manager, I don't often have the pleasure of visually seeing program participants, so this visit made my day and reminded me why I work in Community Action – read full article.

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