Head Start

The Head Start Program provides professional comprehensive quality services to preschool children, families, staff and communities. CSRA EOA, Inc. currently has Head Start programs in Bulloch, Burke, Columbia, Emanuel, Jefferson, Jenkins, Lincoln, McDuffie, Richmond, Screven, and Warren Counties.

For more information, please visit the CSRA EOA Head Start website or call 706-722-0493.

Weatherization

The Weatherization Assistance Program’s (WAP) provides free energy conservation measures to income eligible households.

Since its inception in 1976, more than 5.5 million households have experienced energy-efficiency, financial, and health and safety gains through the Program.

The Program specifically focuses on assisting low-income people—income cannot exceed 200% of the federal poverty income guideline level.

Preference is given to the elderly, people with disabilities, and families with children.

For more information about the Weatherization Assistance Program, contact Keesha Johnson at 706-945-1616 or kjohnson@csraeoa.org

Download a brochure about the Weatherization Assistance Program.
Download an application for the Weatherization Assistance Program.

Energy Assistance

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a Federally-funded program that helps low-income households with their home energy bills.

LIHEAP can help you stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer. By doing so, you can reduce the risk of health and safety problems (such as illness, fire, or eviction).

The federal government does not provide energy assistance directly to the public. Instead, LIHEAP operates in the 50 States, the District of Columbia, Indian tribes or tribal organizations, and the U.S. territories.

*NOTE: The availability of LIHEAP assistance is not guaranteed. Often most of the Federal LIHEAP funds are spent during the winter.

For more information about the LIHEAP program, please contact Patricia Johnson at 706-724-0701 or pjohnson@csraeoa.org.

Supportive Housing

Providing subsidized housing and support services to homeless families in an effort to help them achieve self sufficiency and permanent housing. Supportive services include: childcare, transportation, employment assistance, life skills, etc. Homeless families and individuals with disabilities are served through the Shelter Plus Care Program, which provides permanent housing and support services that assist them in maintaining their independence and housing.

The families are provided transitional housing, case management, and other supportive services up to 24 months while they strive to achieve economic self-sufficiency and gain access to permanent housing.

Families are referred for the program from local homeless shelters and social service agencies.

To be eligible for participation, families must be documented as homeless according to the guidelines of the Department of Housing and Urban Development and must pass a drug screen and police background check.

For more information on the Supportive Housing Program, please contact Mary Harrison at 706-724-8588 or
mharrison@csraeoa.org.

For more information on the Shelter Plus Care Housing Program, please contact Maria Beard at 706-724-8588 or mbeard@csraeoa.org.

Neighborhood Service Centers

CSRA Economic Opportunity Authority, Inc's Neighborhood Service Centers (NSCs) provide emergency assistance to meet urgent needs of low-income individuals and families, including food, eviction prevention, utility assistance, landlord mediation, personal care items, and resource locating/referrals. Staff members coordinate and establish links to social service programs to assure effective delivery of services for the low-income population.

Some services are only offered when funds or items are available. Some services may not be available in all areas.

For more information, call our Central Office at 706-722-0493, to be directed to the Neighborhood Service Center for your area.

Prescription Assistance

CSRA EOA, Inc provides free or low cost medications for uninsured participants who meet certain agency and pharmaceutical company guidelines.

For more information on the Prescription Assistance Program, please contact Yvonne Bush at 706-733-3152 or ybush@csraeoa.org.

The "Way Home" Program

A matched savings program for first-time home-buyers in Burke, Columbia, Richmond, McDuffie, Warren, and Wilkes counties. Eligible participants attend Home Buyer Education and Home Maintenance Training while earning a $2 match for every earned $1 saved toward down payment and closing costs.

For more information about the "Way Home" Program, contact Christel Jiles at 706-364-6548 or cjiles@csraeoa.org

Home Ownership Planning Education (HOPE)

1) Home Buyer Education Workshops and One-on-One Pre-Purchase Counseling are designed to educate families about the process of buying a home. Workshops are 6-8 hours each and are available in our 13-county service area. Local speakers, such as bankers, real estate agents, and EOA staff present information on budgeting and money management, credit and credit reports, the mortgage loan process, first time buyer programs, and responsibilities of homeownership. Participants receive a certificate of completion that meets the home buyer education requirements of DCA and HUD. Participants requesting individualized assistance receive one-on-one pre-purchase counseling sessions as a follow up to the group workshops.

2) Foreclosure Intervention Counseling is designed to assist homeowners in danger of foreclosure due to delinquent mortgage payments. In one-on-one sessions, counselors explore the reasons for default, verify arrears, conduct a budget analysis with the homeowner, and serve as a liaison between the homeowner, their mortgage company and their loan servicer in attempt to resolve the delinquency. Assistance in applying for workout options (such as loan modifications) and financial assistance through programs such as HomeSafe Georgia is also provided.

3) Financial Literacy/Budgeting/Credit Counseling includes educational workshops, individual computer curriculum, and 1:1 budget counseling to assist persons in becoming more aware of financial matters, decreasing the likelihood of predatory lending and identity theft, and improving the participant’s ability to manage resources to increase self-sufficiency.

For more information or to participate in any of the HOPE Programs, please contact Christel Jiles at 706-364-6548 or cjiles@csraeoa.org.

Foreclosure Prevention

Foreclosure continues to plague homeowners all over the country and the 13 counties we serve have not been immune.

The Foreclosure Prevention Program assists homeowners in working with their lender for workout options due to delinquent payments. A trained counselor assists the homeowner in gathering all pertinent information required by the lender for most workout options. Workout options can include loan modification, repayment plan, special forbearance, short sale, and deed-in-lieu. While the process of achieving a solution can take quite some time, our foreclosure counselors have been very successful in helping homeowners keep the dream of home-ownership alive.

For more information about how CSRA Economic Opportunity Authority, Inc. Foreclosure Prevention program can help, please contact Christel Jiles at 706-364-6548 or cjiles@csraeoa.org.

Veteran Services

The mission of the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program is to provide supportive services and limited financial assistance to very low income veteran families.

  • All clients served must be residents of the following counties: Burke, Columbia, Glascock, Jefferson, Jenkins, Lincoln, McDuffie, Richmond and Warren.
  • Clients must be in jeopardy of losing their housing or currently homeless to receive this assistance or in need of assistance in applying for VA benefits and services or mainstream benefits.
  • Clients must be at or below 50% of Area Median Income (AMI) and able to maintain stabilization of the household after receiving SSVF assistance.
  • All clients served must have an honorable discharge status verified by the VA.
For more information, please contact Deborah Jones at 706-364-6548 or djones@csraeoa.org.