Community Action and Human Services' Community Service Centers provide a variety of social services to economically disadvantaged individuals and families interested in achieving self-sufficiency. These services are provided through Community Action and Human Services' Self Help Institute and are offered at various service centers throughout Miami-Dade County.
The centers offer a variety of core services:
Miami-Dade Community Action and Human Services Department’s Accion Center provides seniors with artistic outlets and creative activities. Classes are held every Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Activities include painting, crafts, knick-knacks, and light sculpture. This program is FREE for qualifying low-income seniors.
The Care to Share Program is a private donor funded program that provides assistance to low income individuals with their FPL electric bill one time a year with final notices and/or disconnections. Care to Share funds will be provided to eligible applicants who are in imminent danger of having their electrical service disconnected and have experienced a crisis within the last 30 days. The Program will pay final notices and/or disconnections for eligible individuals during the time LIHEAP is not providing this service.
Miami-Dade Community Action and Human Services Department’s Accion Center provides classes to prepare individuals going though the naturalization process for the Citizenship Test. Courses are offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The course covers American history, laws and the legal system, general knowledge, and Citizenship Test prep.
The Citizen Involvement Participation is designed to increase the capacity of the residents in 16 Community Action & Human Services targeted areas to become more empowered as stakeholders in their communities. Structured activities and coordinated initiatives are implemented to promote and foster community improvement and revitalization in neighborhoods where low income citizens reside.
With a force on community empowerment through maximum feasible participation, citizens receive support, training and assistance from professionally trained Community Organizers, in the enhancement of their roles as advocates for the targeted communities. The Division utilizes a community “grassroots approach”, which encompasses a team oriented strategy deployed by its Citizen Participation and Community Service Center Staff.
Low-income individuals who have a desire to learn about computers, or have an interest in entering the workforce in a computer-related field, are provided instruction and training in the use of personal computers, as well as training to develop basic office skills.
The Dial-A-Life Program is dedicated to collecting used, disconnected digital cellular telephones and reprogramming them so that eligible, at-risk Miami-Dade County residents, such as elderly, disabled, low-income, domestic violence victims and families with at-risk or disabled children, can call 9-1-1 for emergency assistance.
This program provides energy assistance to low income low-income households, with at least one person age 60 and older, when the households are experiencing a home energy emergency. A home energy emergency may result from a delinquent utility bill or the receipt of a disconnection notice. If you local center does not provide this service, please inquire about the LIHEAP or Care to Share programs.
The Emergency Food & Shelter Program provides assistance to customers experiencing a one-time crisis situation which interrupts their ability to pay utility bills/rent/mortgage or secure necessary food. The program also provides assistance for temporary shelter on a limited basis. The customer must be able to document the crisis and show ability to maintain expenses after the receipt of the emergency assistance.
The Employment Preparation & Training assistance is provided to low income individuals as they seek and retain employment in the public and private sector. This process includes job coaching, employability skills training, and job referrals. Job developers are available on site at several of the Community Enrichment Centers to facilitate employment preparation.
Miami-Dade Community Action and Human Services Department’s Accion Center provides English speaking classes to non-English speaking low income individuals. Currently we are providing English courses for Spanish speakers. Classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 2:00 p.m. There is a $30 registration fee. ESOL classes are available at select centers. Please call to confirm eligibility and enrollment periods.
The Family Development Project is a collaborative process between low income families and Miami-Dade Community Action & Human Services Department. Targeted families are provided with a family support system designed to identify, reduce and or remove social barriers and promote economic independence and self-sufficiency within five years.
The Farm Share Program provides food commodities to eligible needy families and/or individuals. Customers must meet the Federal HUD Poverty Income Guidelines or participate in any of the following programs: Food Stamps, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Supplemental Security income, Medicaid, or Residence in Public Housing funded by Municipal, County, State, or Federal Government.
Provide customers with food and/or clothing based on availability. Food and clothing Gift Card(s) will be utilized for emergency food/clothing assistance to customers with documented emergencies. Customers requesting emergency food or clothing assistance will be assessed by the Social Worker/Family Service Worker.
The Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Initiative in conjunction with Miami-Dade County Public Schools (MDCPS) Office of Community Services provides support services to grandparent caregivers in the South Dade County areas. A variety of activities designed to assist grandparent caregivers with special challenges including physical problems, emotional issues and difficulties obtaining benefits and services are provided. A monthly support group is also held in the Isaac A. Withers (Goulds) Community Service Center
The Housing Assistance Grant (HAG) provides a one-time relocation and utility deposit assistance to persons with qualifying low income and need. Eligible customers must meet the Federal HUD Poverty Income Guidelines.
The Housing Initiative in conjunction with the Housing Finance Authority of Miami Dade County and the Affordable Housing Foundation of Miami Dade, Miami-Dade Community Action and Human Services department provides opportunities for customers to participate in a comprehensive pre and post purcha-e homebuyer education program. Customers learn how to prepare for homeownership, how to work through the home buying process, and now to handle the responsibilities that come with owning a home. Program participants are enrolled in the Self-Help Family Development component and are provided support before, during and after the homeownership process.
Assist customers with direction on how to seek services in the areas of housing/shelters, education, employment, childcare, homelessness, nutrition, mental health, food stamps, and any other information as needed or requested.
Miami-Dade Community Action and Human Services offers the Life Support Assistance Program (LSAP) which provides assistance to residents who live in select municipalities and whose water bill is in final notice or disconnection status. Assistance is granted once annually and income limits do apply.
Provides discount in home line phone service or wireless phone service for qualifying low-income consumers to ensure that all citizens have the opportunities and security that phone service brings, including being able to connect to jobs, family and emergency services.
LIHEAP provides assistance to low-income individuals and families who are experiencing financial difficulty with paying their electric and gas utility bills.
Provide customers with free notary services by staff at select centers that are licensed by the state to perform acts in legal affairs, in particular witnessing signatures on documents.
Through the Senior Housing Assistance Repair Program (SHARP) senior citizens may qualify for a forgivable interest-free home loan of up to $40,000 to make repairs on their homes which result in safer and more sanitary living conditions.
Low-income individuals can have their 2012 taxes prepared and filed electronically.
Provides applications for customers who are U.S. citizens to obtain a voter’s registration card, in an effort to make sure all citizens of Miami-Dade County including those in low-income areas have the opportunity to vote.
Additional information regarding our Community Service Centers and the programs and services available, is available by contacting the center directly or by calling 786-469-4600.
Community Action and Human Services is committed to providing you with excellent service every day. We are here to serve you, if you have a suggestion on how can improve our services, please let us know by email or by calling us at 786-469-4669.Back to Top Page Last Edited: Fri Mar 1, 2013 10:20:04 AM
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