Welcome to Community Services

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Community Services is funded by the Community Services Block Grant. Initiatives are designed three-fold, fostering self-sufficiency for families, creating positive impact on communities, and sustaining the agency. Programs and projects are identified through the Community Needs  Assessment performed every three years. This process identifies what needs are prevalent throughout the communities in MOCA’s service area and what gaps there are in services for low-income or near low-income families.

Email: communityservices@mocacaa.org

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A guide to available resources within your county.

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Welcome to Weatherization

Weatherization is a program that helps low-income families become more economically secure by offering a hand-up, not a handout. The purpose of Weatherization is to increase the energy efficiency of dwellings owned or occupied by low-income persons, particularly elderly people with disabilities, families with children, by improving the energy efficiency of their homes, insuring their health and safety, and reducing their residential expenditures.

Typical weatherization measures include installing insulation, air-sealing tactics like caulking, weather-stripping, and replacing primary windows and doors. Funds are also used to perform basic heating tune-ups and repairs. After weatherization to the home is completed, clients receive instructions on the proper use and maintenance of the installed weatherization measures.

Weatherization works to provide long-term solutions to energy problems; improved health and safety conditions, increased comfort for the occupants, reduction of homelessness, and extended lifetime of affordable housing. MOCA's Weatherization Assistance Program delivers results for low-income families and communities.

For More Information Call:  573-765-4146

Email: weatherization@mocacaa.org

Weatherization Application

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Welcome to Section 8 Housing

Housing Choice Voucher Program

MOCA’s Housing Choice Voucher Program administers housing assistance programs for Camden, Laclede, Miller, and Pulaski Counties.

• The Housing Choice Voucher Program is the federal government’s major program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market. Participants are able to find their own housing, including single family homes, townhouses, and apartments.

• The Housing Choice Vouchers are administered locally by public housing agencies (PHAs) who receive federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

• A family that is issued a housing voucher is responsible for finding a suitable housing unit of the family’s choice where the owner agrees to rent under the program. Rental units must meet minimum standards of health and safety, as determined by the PHA.

• Eligible families may be assisted with a portion of, or all of their rent depending on income levels.

• A housing subsidy is paid to the landlord directly by the PHA on behalf of the participating family. The family then pays the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord and the amount subsidized by the program.

• Eligibility for a Housing Voucher is determined by the PHA based on the total annual gross income and family size and is limited to US citizens and specified categories of non-citizens who have eligible immigration status.

• If you are interested in applying, please call 573-765-4509 to request an application.

• In addition to the Housing Choice Voucher Program, MOCA administers the Shelter Plus Care and Rental Assistance Program funded by Department of Mental Health. Please call 573-765-4509 if you are homeless and disabled and we will give you the contact information to apply for this program through Department of Mental Health.

• The Housing Choice Voucher Program has a very long waiting list, so if you are interested in the program we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

Email: housing@mocacaa.org

PHA Administrative Plan

PHA Annual and Five Year Plan

HUD Application

UtilAllowance 2016

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  Welcome to Low-Income Home Energy Program (LIHEAP)

We have programs to help with the unusually high cost of energy bills:
Our Low-Income Home Energy Program (LIHEAP) provides energy assistance to low-income families. The Energy Assistance (EA) program is available to any household that meets income requirements once a year. The Energy Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP) program is available to families with an energy crisis (i.e., an electric or natural gas disconnect notice or <20% in propane tank). This assistance is available more than once a year, as long as the family meets program requirements. Eligibility is based on household size, income and availability of funds.
 LIHEAP provides energy assistance to low income families. The Energy Assistance portion of the program is for any household who meets the guidelines and is available once a year.         

LIHEAP Information

LIHEAP Application

Energy Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP) is available to families who are in an energy crisis, have a disconnect notice and are unable to pay the bill. This assistance may be available more than once a year.

The eligibility for both programs are based on income and household size.

Email: liheap@mocacaa.org

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Welcome to MOCA Head Start

Head Start is a comprehensive child development programs which serve children ages 3 to age 5 years and their families. It is a child-focused program having the overall goal of increasing the social competence of young children from low-income families. By "social competence" is meant the child's everyday effectiveness in dealing with their present environment and later responsibilities in school and life. Social competence takes into account the interrelatedness of social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development.
Head Start services are also family-centered, following the tenets that children develop in the context of their family and culture and that parents are respected as the primary educators and nurturers of their children. Head Start offers family members opportunities and support for growth and change, believing that people can identify their own strengths, needs, and interests and are capable of finding solutions.
To support the overall goal of improving social competence, Head Start embraces a core set of values, including commitments to: