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Indiana County Community Action Program, Inc.
Vision, Mission and/or Purpose of Organization
ICCAP's mission is to serve as the community agency to mobilize services and resources to empower families and individuals to progress towards self-sufficiency.
History of Organization
In August of 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Economic Opportunity Act (EOA) which gave birth to the Community Action. This Act was to eliminate the causes and consequences of poverty in the United States. EOA initially provided for job training, adult education and loans to small businesses to attack the roots of unemployment and poverty. The Act established Community Action Agencies at the local level to implement such programs. Indiana County Community Action Program, Inc. (ICCAP) was designated Indiana County’s Community Action Agency by the county’s commissioners in 1965. ICCAP is one of more than 1000 Community Action Agencies in the United States and one of 43 in the state of Pennsylvania. Partnerships with state and federal Community Action Agency organizations, such as the Community Action Association of Pennsylvania and the National Community Action Foundation, provide advocates and lobbyists for low-income programs. Low-income individuals in Indiana County face many barriers to self-sufficiency due in part to the rural composition of the County and the lack of a comprehensive transportation system. ICCAP provides integrated services that compliment the workforce development and human service systems, create job opportunities, provide emergency services, assist in addressing transportation needs, create homeownership opportunities and involve communities in the design of delivery services. Today, Community Action Agencies across the United States whether they are non-profit, private or community agencies-still have the same missions they did 40 years ago-to eliminate poverty. Community Action Agencies strive to help clients reach goals that include securing and maintaining employment, income management, improving nutrition, securing adequate housing, creating linkages to other community agencies and most importantly, achieving self-sufficiency.
724.248.9555 - (24 Hour) - Pathway Homeless Shelter
724.465.5118 - FAX
Energy: Some programs may be available to assist low-income individuals with energy costs.
Pathway Homeless Shelter, located in Black Lick, PA, provides emergency shelter and support services to families and individuals. ICCAP also offers 19 units of affordable permanent housing in Josephine and Blairsville. 724-248-9555 (24 hour)
USDA Rural Development aids low-income families, without adequate housing, in solving their housing needs. Single family housing applications are packaged through USDA Rural Development Section 502 and 504 Programs. The purpose of these direct single family housing programs is to provide ICCAP's clients an opportunity to own adequate, modest, decent, safe, and sanitary homes, or improve existing housing, in rural areas.
Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency's (PHFA) Statewide Counseling Network--Home Buyer Education Seminars for pre-purchase and pre-approved borrowers in the PHFA Keystone Home Loan and Keystone Home Loan Plus programs.
Mortgage Assistance: Homeowner's Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program (HEMAP) is for homeowners who face losing their homes to foreclosure. The mortgage must be at least 60 days behind, and the homeowner must have received an Act 91 Notice from their lender (which is an action to foreclose on property) before an application can be filed. An application for mortgage assistance can be filed at ICCAP, and the agency then forwards it to the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency for review. The circumstances that caused the homeowners' financial hardship must have been beyond their control in order to qualify for a HEMAP loan. Up to 24 months of mortgage assistance can be provided. ICCAP can serve homeowners in Indiana, Clearfield, Westmoreland, Jefferson, Armstrong and Cambria counties.
Temporary financial help (rent and/or security deposits) are available to homeless or nearly homeless families and individuals through the Housing Assistance Program.
Case Management/Information/Outreach: All visitors to the ICCAP office see a case manager who assesses household needs, makes appropriate referrals to agencies and programs, then follows up to assure that services were received. Goals are developed between the case manager and household that focus on steps to self sufficiency.
Steppingstone is a Bridge Housing Program that provides low-cost, interim housing, case management and support services to homeless, single-parent families moving toward self-sufficiency.
Project Light (Life Improvement through Goals, Housing, and Transportation) assists homeless individuals and family members achieve housing stability. The project provides assistance by leasing rental units, providing case management, budgeting and providing temporary transportation to participants.
Representative Payee Program: ICCAP provides payee services to mental health comsumers, in Armstrong, Jefferson, Westmoreland and Indiana Counties, who receive Social Security, Supplemental Security Income or Social Security Disability payments. Referrals to the program come from the Armstrong-Indiana MH/MR Program, the Community Guidance Center, I&A Residential Services, Indiana County Intensive Case Management, Armstrong County Intensive Case Management, and the Family Counseling Center. Program recipients must have a diagnosed mental illness and a willingness to work with the Representative Payee Program Staff.
Work Ready Program: The Work Ready Program is a welfare-to-work program designed to help those who face multiple barriers to employment. Referrals to the program come from the Indiana County Assistance Office. A case manager provides barrier remediation services.
Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) - provides monthly distributions of food boxes to approximately 456 Indiana County residents. CSFP participants include income-eligible persons 60 or older and income/age-eligible WIC participents. ICCAP determines applicant eligibility, distributes food boxes , and provides nutrition education as well as referrals to other welfare, nutrition and healthcare programs such as food stamps, Medicaid and Medicare.
Food: The Indiana County Community Food Bank is a central warehouse from which community pantries draw food for distribution to lower income families and individuals. 18 ongoing food distrubution programs operate in various locations throughout Indiana County. A box of food is provided regularly to families to help stretch food dollars and provide good nutrition. There is an Emergency Pantry Network to help those individuals not participating in an ongoing food distribution, but in need of food on an emergency basis. Volunteers are needed to help at the pantries.
Project PHD (permanent housing for the disabled) assists homeless disabled individuals locate and maintain housing.
Kiwanis Diaper Project: Indiana County Community Action Program, Inc. is operating the Kiwanis Baby Cupboard Service that provides diapers to qualifying families of Indiana County. This project provides diapers at a reduced cost. When supplies are available. For more information contact Shirley Marshallat (724)465-2657 or email
Weatherization Program being offered now through Community Action, Inc. (Jefferson County Community Action Program). Call 814-938-3302, ext 208 or 1-800-648-3381, ext 208.
8:30 am - 4:30 pm / Monday thru Friday Pathway Shelter open 24 hours daily
Varies depending upon program or service.
Varies depending upon program or service.
How to Access Services or Schedule Appointments
Visit our website at www.iccap.net or call the ICCAP Office (724) 465-2657
Volunteers are needed in many areas, including help at food pantries.