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					V. FAMILY SELF-SUFFICIENCY PROGRAM

       STEPS TOWARD SELF-SUFFICIENCY
Family Self-Sufficiency Program                                2005 – 2007 Community Action Plan



INTRODUCTION

As is apparent form the 2005-2007 Community Action Plan, the major thrust of the
program is to provide financial assistance for the payment for rent or mortgage obligations
to prevent individuals and families faced with the following crises from becoming homeless
because of inability to meet these obligations:
    1. loss of job due to layoff
    2. a serious medical problem or injury which interferes with the individual ability to
       work for a period of time
    3. when there is a delay in receiving an individual’s/ family’s expected income (e.g.,
       pension, Social Security, etc.)

However, in addition to the need to maintain one’s home, there may be other needs which
an individual / family has which require additional kinds of assistance For example, the
need may be for child care, education, training, food, clothing, etc. Recognizing this, the
Community Action Agency Board recommended that the Salvation Army provide an
additional program, “Steps Toward Self-Sufficiency,” which would ensure that such
additional needs were met. The County Commission approved of this program and
included this additional service in its contract with the Salvation Army.

The following section will outline the “Steps Toward Self-Sufficiency” program.


“STEPS TOWARD SELF-SUFFICIENCY” PROGRAM


The Salvation Army will send out a release to all agencies which may be appropriate
referral sources for implementing this program and notify them of the date when the
program will begin.

Client Selection Criteria:

The selction criteria which the Salvation Army caseworkers will use for selecting
participating households include individuals and families who:
   1. are CSBG eligible
   2. appear most likely to succeed based on temperament and attitude
   3. are not yet thriving or self-sufficient
   4. need a reasonable level of help.

Day to Day Activities:

The day to day work of the program will be conducted as follows
   1. The Salvation Army Social Workers will review applicants to determine CSBG
      eligibility as well as their conforming to the other criteria.
   2. Select the participating individuals or families.
   3. Determine what the particular needs are.



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   4. Refer the individual / family to the appropriate / agencies which can meet the needs
      identified.
   5. Follow-up in a timely manner with the agencies to which referrals have been made
      to determine the outcome.
   6. If additional problems remain, ensure that these are also dealt with by making
      whatever other arrangements are necessary.
   7. Enter case notes, and outline other resources to which individuals / families were
      referred.
   8. Enter case notes regarding whether or not successful outcomes were achieved.

The Community Action Agency will monitor the Salvation Army’s activities. For this
purpose, a monitoring instrument will be developed which will require approval by the
Community Action Agency Board. On site monitoring will occur annually.

At its regular meetings, the Community Action Agency Board will review case data
provided by the Salvation Army. During the last month the Community Action Agency will
make an assessment of the program.

NOTE:
If any changes in the procedure of the “Steps Toward Self-Sufficiency” become
necessary, the professional staff will be trained in them.




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