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Economic Opportunites Council of Indian River County, Inc.

Website: http://www.eocofirc.net

Vero Beach, FL - 32961
(772) 562-4177

Financial Help Provided: emergency rental assistance, LIHEAP

Full Description:

LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program)
    Provides eligible households assistance in meeting the cost of home energy & helps resolve a home energy "crisis"
    Must meet household poverty income guidelines of 150%
    Household is eligible for benefits once a year
    Funding priorities are a disconnect notice or final notice received. Priority target groups include: age 60 or over; and/or disabled person and disability income is main household income source, and/or at least one child under 5 in the home
What happens after I return my application form?
Once you have completed your application and obtain your documents from the list below please call for appointment availability. (772) 569-1030.
Required documents, if applicable:
    Last 30 Daysof paycheck stubs
    Self-employed individuals must provide monthly income with job log showing work performed & payments received for the past 3 months
    Individuals with no income and not receiving SNAP benefits must provide proof of how they are supporting themselves & paying for basic needs
    Current social Security, SSI or SSDI income printout/proof of application
    Current retirement/pension income printout
    Veterans income printout
    Child support printout for the past 30 Days
    Any stipends
    Unemployment printout showing start date and weekly amount
    Current Workers' Compensation which indicates benefits for past 30 Days
    Proof of gambling/lottery winnings
    Proof of grants/scholarships
    If family/friends help support you, provide a notarized letter showing monthly amounts
    Picture ID for all household members 18 and over
    Current SNAP (food stamp) or Sun Cap benefit printout
    Current TANF (Cash assistance) benefit printout
    Social Security cards or INS documentation for all household members
    Documentation that the applicant is a US citizen or an alien who is eligible for Federal benefits (documentation of SNAP (food stamps) for the household meets this requirement)
    Documentation that all individuals listed on the application reside in the household which may include a lease agreement, notarized letter from landlord, or mortgage statement for homeowners.
    HUD lease if receiving Section 8 or HUD Housing
    Energy bill showing kilowatt usage for current month
    Proof of legal custody for all minor children in your household that are not legally yours
    If your name is not the name on your electric bill, you will need a notarized letter from the account holder stating they are allowing you to use their name on your bill and allowing EOC to access the account for commitments. If the account holder is deceased, bring their death certificate.
    If you own additional properties, bring proof of rental income.
    Proof of crisis: loss of income, unexpected expenses
Emergency Assistance (Rental, Food, IDENTIFICATION)
To be eligible for Emergency Rental Assistance you must:
    Meet household poverty income guidelines of 125%
    Have a documented "crisis" of why rental assistance is needed (i.e. medical expenses, lost job, car repairs, etc)
    Be able to sustain rent once crisis has been alleviated by the agency
    Have lived in your home at least 6 months
    Complete paperwork & provide documentation of income
    Not be receiving Subsidized Housing
    Have not received assistance with any other local agency in the past 2 years
To be eligible for Emergency Food Assistance you must be applying for SNAP (Food Stamps) for the first time in a 3 year period; re certification clients are not eligible. You must:
    Meet household poverty income guidelines of 125%
    Bring proof that a SNAP (Food Stamp) Application has been made
    Complete paperwork & provide documentation of income
In order to obtain Agency services a valid Florida ID is required. The Agency may be able to assist in obtaining a valid Florida Identification card.
REACH (Rewarding Education through Action in Community & Home) FSSP (FAMILY SELF SUFFICIENCY PROGRAM)
Through education, the REACH/FSSP Program is designed to assist motivated adults to achieve self-sufficiency.
    Head of household must be 18 or older
    Indian River County resident
    Meet income requirement of 125% of poverty guidelines or less
    Must demonstrate initiative to obtain vocational training, education, and employment
To enroll Participants must:
    Complete an application
    Provide required documentation
    Provide 2 professional letters of recommendation
    Maintain ongoing progress plan
Enrollees Receive:
    Financial assistance towards vocational training and/or education
    Case Management (counseling)
    Support for barriers toward employment
    Referrals to other community services
    Educational workshops on budgeting/money management, job readiness, parenting, and other important daily living skills
    Develop an Individual Self-Sufficiency Plan (ISSP) with personal goals

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Tips For Prompt And Professional Assistance
1. Make an appointment - Always attempt to make an appointment. Oftentimes this will save you hours waiting in lines. When on the phone make sure you ask for the documentation needed in order to receive assistance.

2. Do not be late for your appointment - This tip should speak for itself.

3. Dress appropriately - If you want to be treated with respect, dress as appropriately as possible. We are not saying wear a suit. Just make sure you and your clothes are clean and non offensive. We have found that clients who dress in this manner have a better chance of receiving aid.

4. Bring all pre determined documentation - Bring all of the documents you were advised to bring from your appointment phone call. Without them, you will not receive aid.

Mission Statement
To help the needy find financial aid and assistance. This nation is going through tough times and providing a helping hand can help make the world a better place.