The following is a news release from the Missouri Department of Social Services:
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - The Missouri Department of Social Services (DSS) is partnering with two St. Louis area not-for-profit organizations to administer the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program in metropolitan St. Louis and the City of Wellston for the federal fiscal year 2012, which begins Oct. 1.
“The Missouri Department of Social Services is committed to ensuring that those most in need have the resources available to work their way out of poverty. Once we learned that our previous partner in these efforts was unable to continue, we worked swiftly to find new organizations that could carry on this work efficiently and responsibly,” said Brian Kinkade, DSS interim director.
The Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis will administer the Missouri Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which helps low-income Missourians pay their heating bills during the winter months and prevents their electricity from being turned off during times of extreme summer heat. Last year, more than 17,000 households in St. Louis and Wellston participated in the LIHEAP program.
The Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis is a 501(c)3 organization that has been providing social services to the residents of metropolitan St. Louis since 1918. The Urban League is dedicated to helping their clients achieve self-reliance, social equality and civil rights.
“I appreciate the willingness of the Urban League to step up and ensure that low-income citizens in St. Louis are able to pay their heating bills as we head into the winter months,” continued Kinkade.
The Urban League will begin accepting LIHEAP applications on Nov. 1 so that citizens in St. Louis and Wellston have access to LIHEAP services heading into the winter months. In the meantime, citizens in St. Louis and Wellston can access the LIHEAP application at http://www.dss.mo.gov/fsd/liheap.htm and mail it to: Family Support Division, Attn: LIHEAP, P.O. Box 2320, Jefferson City, MO 65102-2320.
“I am pleased that the state has chosen the Urban League to provide services to its LIHEAP constituents. We are looking forward to expediting the process in order to better serve the St. Louis and Wellston communities,” said James H. Buford, president and CEO of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, Inc.
Meanwhile, the Community Action Agency of St. Louis County (CAASTLC) will administer the CSBG program until a new, permanent community action agency can be established within metropolitan St. Louis. The Missouri Department of Social Services is currently working to establish a new community action agency within metropolitan St. Louis.
The Community Service Block Grant program funds efforts aimed at reducing poverty, revitalizing low-income communities, and empowering low-income families and individuals to become fully self-sufficient.
Community Action Agency of St. Louis County, Inc. (CAASTLC) is a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit corporation that has provided services for more than 30 years. Community Action Agencies were created by the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 to administer various programs on community levels to assist low-income people out of poverty conditions.
“We are committed to ensuring that the St. Louis metropolitan area has a new Community Action Agency within the city limits as soon as possible. As we begin this process, we are thankful that the St. Louis County Community Action Agency will administer this grant program in the city so that the citizens of St. Louis and Wellston have access to these services.” Kinkade said.