WCPO Spotlight on Head Start

Channel 9 stopped by CAA last week to learn more about Head Start - the program, the teachers and the families.

WCPO-TV and WCPO.com both featured a story on Head Start and the advantages of the program for CAA families. Watch the video below, then click here for additional video and the full story from WCPO.com.

CAA's 9th Annual Yard Sale & Head Start Open Enrollment Fair

April 18, 2016 - Join CAA for the 9th Annual Big Top Yard Sale & Head Start Enrollment Fair on Saturday, June 4th from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM! The annual event will be held at CAA in the lower level parking lot on Langdon Farm Road. To reserve a table for selling items, click here to download a registration form. All forms must be completed and returned with registration payment of $25 to Gary Frazee (569-4371) no later than 5:00 pm on Thursday, June 2nd. 

Mark your calendars and join us on June 4th for great deals, live music and lots of fun at one of the community's largest yard sales! Review the FAQ list below or call 513-569-4371 for more information.


State of Poverty in Ohio 2015

April 27, 2016 - Nearly half of Ohio households lack the liquid assets needed to stay out of poverty for 3 months, according to findings of the new State of Poverty in Ohio Report 2015 by the Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies (OACAA). The study, released today, is published to keep legislators and communities informed and allow them to work on developing ways to attack the problem in our state.

Here at CAA we are committed to understanding and reducing the causes of poverty, and providing resources to our neighbors in need. To learn more about the realities of poverty in Ohio, read the full OACAA report here.

UniverSoul Circus

April 22, 2016 - UniverSoul Circus is returning to Cincinnati! Beginning Monday, April 25th, CAA will be selling discounted tickets to select shows as a fundraiser for the agency.

To purchase your tickets, stop by CAA at 1740 Langdon Farm Road in Bond Hill, and enter through the Plaza Level. Tickets will be sold Monday-Friday from 9am-4pm.

Call 513-569-1841 for more information on CAA ticket sales.

Assistance Available For Energy Bills

April 15, 2016 - The long winter has been a drain on household budgets and many families are already seeing the high temperatures affect their summer cooling bills. Some Ohio residents may be eligible for financial relief and able to reduce their monthly utility bill payments through the Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP Plus).

PIPP Plus allows eligible households to maintain gas and electric services by paying a percentage of their household income, regardless of monthly usage. The program is a year-round payment plan that eliminates old utility debt when payments are made on time and in-full, essentially freeing the customer of old utility debt in 2 years.

Eligible PIPP Plus applicants must earn a household income at or below 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. The following are required when applying: current utility bill, proof of income for all household members for the past 90 days, a photo ID and social security cards for all household members.

Hamilton County residents may apply for PIPP Plus at the Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency (CAA), 1740 Langdon Farm Road, Cincinnati 45237. The first 40 walk-ins are accepted Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. only and appointments are scheduled weekdays through our automotive appointment line at 1-866-747-1039. Applications may also be obtained at your local library or CAA and mailed, with all required documentation, to the Ohio Office of Community Services. For more information, call toll free 1-800-282-0880 or visit www.cincy-caa.org.

Cincinnati Youth 2 Work

April 12, 2016 - The City's Youth 2 Work Program is a consortium of City departments, local nonprofits, and partner organizations working to recruit, train and employ youth on behalf of the City of Cincinnati.

The 8-week program provides job readiness and life skills training to Cincinnati youth between the ages of 14-18 through internal City Departments or outsourced organizations. Youth will work between 20-30 hours a week from June to August earning $8.10 per hour (the current minimum wage for youth in Ohio).

Employers include City departments, nonprofit organizations, and private sector partners. Youth are placed in career-oriented employment opportunities such as law enforcement, fire and safety, horticulture, recreation, art, technology and administration.

Click here to find direct links to jobs or to download a how-to guide for applying.

Deadline approaching for CAA Winter Crisis Program

March 21, 2016 - Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency (CAA) is entering the final days of the Winter Crisis Program. The program, a component of the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), provides assistance to eligible households threatened with disconnection. CAA is fully scheduled through the end of the program, so the HEAP hotline is no longer taking appointments. The agency will still be accepting the 40 walk-ins from Monday to Thursday each morning at 8:00 am. The deadline to receive assistance is March 31st. CAA will be open for the last Saturday on March 26th; you must be here by 9:00 am in order to be seen.

To be eligible, families must reside in Hamilton County, earn a household income at or below 175 percent of the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines, and provide the following documentation:

• Valid Picture ID for Applicant; (Includes all individuals listed on utility bill and those applying on applicant’s behalf. Current notarized letter is also required for individuals’ applying on applicant’s behalf);

• Current Duke Energy Utility Bill (actual bill only, no door hangers.) CANNOT be finalized bill, if moving;

• Social Security Cards for all household members (must have the actual card or printout);

• 90 days of income. If you are paid bi-weekly seven (7) stubs are needed; weekly thirteen (13) stubs are needed.

HEAP’s program is designed to assist Hamilton County residents with their utility bills and is federally-funded and administered across the state by the Ohio Department of Development. For more information on HEAP or any of the programs offered by CAA, please visit www.cincy-caa.org.