• Family Intake, Assessment & Referral
Community Service Representatives (CSR) are housed in all eight EMAA Outreach offices. CSR’s analyze each household member’s individual needs as well as the family as a whole. Referrals are made to EMAA programs as well as community partners and local resources based on identified needs.
Southeast Economic Development Fund Inc, (SEED$) was established by East Missouri Action Agency (EMAA) in 2014 to be a local resource for entrepreneurs. SEED$ offers micro loans up to $100,000, technical assistance, and individualized services based on the needs of the clients.
SEED$ is actively involved in the economic development and chambers of commerce in the 8 counties of the EMAA service area and strives to bring successful small businesses to the communities. Located in Park Hills SEED$ staff are easily accessible and will often meet clients where they are which provides a opportunity to see their businesses first hand.
This program helps low-income families overcome barriers to achieve success by providing support and bundled services. This program is a combined effort between all EMAA departments.
• Emergency Food and Rental Assistance
Emergency food is distributed primarily through a network of food pantries established by local churches and organizations in cooperation with EMAA and the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP). EFSP funding is also utilized to assist in emergency situations with rent.
• Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
This is a federally funded program. The LIHEAP program has two components: Energy Assistance (EA) and Energy Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP). EA is a onetime benefit designed to assist low-income people with their heating bills between October 1-May 31. To qualify applicants must meet income guidelines and be responsible for their heating bill. ECIP is designed to alleviate a crisis. To qualify, applicants must be in disconnection threat, low on propane or wood.
Community Services also administers privately funded emergency energy programs such as Dollar More, Dollar Help, Round-Up, and Liberty Utilities. Funds are limited and certain restrictions apply.