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Richland Wateree Community Actions, Inc

Website: https://www.wcai.org/

Columbia, SC - 29209
(803) 807-9812

Financial Help Provided: Rent Assistance, Prescription Assistance, Utility Assistance

Full Description:

Funded by the US Department of Health and Human Services, the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) provides an array of funding for local community initiatives, including assistance for program-eligible households in areas such as education, employment, emergencies, housing, nutrition and health care. Community programs are intended to encourage families toward self-sufficiency. CSBG programs are administered during the year by 14 Community Action Agencies located throughout South Carolina with satellite offices in all of the state's 46 counties.
Wateree Community Actions, Inc. utilizes CSBG funds to provide the following services to the community:
    General Emergency Assistance Program (GEAP) - assists program-eligible households with emergencies such as but not limited to: utility bills, food, clothing, and medical services.
    Youth Leadership Program - provides resources that will enhance character building and life-long learning skills, encourage students to practice leadership dynamics, and study lessons in character that foster group discussions centered on buiding leadership skills.  The program is available for youth in grades 9-12.
    Youth Employment Program - provides students with an opportunity to work at neighborhood job sites within their communities during the summer.  Youth are taught employability skills and encouraged toward post-secondary education. In addition to career planning and work experience, students interact with one another and learn to address issues related to peer relationships, family, motivation, and values.
    Academic Camp - serves students in grades 6-8.  This program is a three-wek academic remediation program held during the summer school break, focusing on reading, writing, and mathematics. The TABEcurriculum is used for pre and post testing to determine each student's status of improvement.
    Health & Nutrition - provides health screenings free or at a reduced cost for individuals at-risk with health conditions and hygiene kits for needy households along with increasing health awareness.
Program Eligibility
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must have:
    Gross household income that is at or below 125% of poverty guidelines for rental services and 150% for energy services;
    Proof of income for the last 30 days (for all household members);
    SC State Issued ID; and
    Valid Social Security Card (for all household members)

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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.