Community Action Council assists many in need
Community Action Council's transportation program provides a coordinated human service transportation program for the elderly, people with low incomes and individuals with disabilities. (File photo)
Placement housing counseling
The placement housing counselor works with families in transition from homelessness to permanent housing. The family receives housing information and referrals, housing search and placement assistance, and follow-up services for one year.
The service-linked housing case manager provides holistic case management. In addition to regular budget reviews, the case manager guides the families toward self-sufficiency and their future ability to afford housing in the private sector.
Community housing counseling
Clients may receive prepurchase counseling, mortgage-default counseling and landlord/tenant mediation. The housing counselor assists the customer to remain in their existing home or to move to a better housing situation. Housing counseling services are also available for landlords.
Families residing in county Section 8 and public housing are eligible for the family self-sufficiency program. As they work with the case manager to increase their level of self-sufficiency, the families have the opportunity to save money that will allow them to purchase a home or automobile upon graduation from the program.
Affordable rental housing program
CAC rehabilitates properties, enabling them to be rented to low-income households at affordable rents. A requirement of this program is participation in case management.
The housing specialist guides interested families or individuals through the steps to becoming a homeowner, including budget counseling, affordability analysis and assistance in obtaining a down payment.
Housing rehabilitation loan program
The Housing rehabilitation loan program is designed to help eligible homeowners make needed health and safety-related repairs to their homes. Qualifying homeowners must be income-eligible and live outside Hagerstown city limits.
The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) provides energy-saving improvements for an eligible household. The participating household must be certified as eligible. The improvements will air-seal the dwelling and perform repairs to the heating system, thereby reducing heating and cooling costs.
The transportation program provides a coordinated human service transportation program for the elderly, people with low incomes and individuals with disabilities. The program includes disability transportation and transit to and from eligible medical appointments outside of services provided by the county’s para-transit program.