Economic Opportunities Council of Indian River County, Inc. - Community Action Partnership - America's Poverty Fighting Network - Helping people. Changing Lives.

Community Services

LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program)

  • Provides eligible households assistance in meeting the cost of home energy & helps resolve a home energy "crisis"
  • Must meet household poverty income guidelines of 150%
  • Household is eligible for benefits once a year
  • Funding priorities are a disconnect notice or final notice received. Priority target groups include: age 60 or over; and/or disabled person and disability income is main household income source, and/or at least one child under 5 in the home

 

What happens after I return my application form?

Once you have completed your application and obtain your documents from the list below please call for appointment availability. (772) 569-1030.

Required documents, if applicable:

  • Last 30 Daysof paycheck stubs
  • Self-employed individuals must provide monthly income with job log showing work performed & payments received for the past 3 months
  • Individuals with no income and not receiving SNAP benefits must provide proof of how they are supporting themselves & paying for basic needs
  • Current social Security, SSI or SSDI income printout/proof of application
  • Current retirement/pension income printout
  • Veterans income printout
  • Child support printout for the past 30 Days
  • Any stipends
  • Unemployment printout showing start date and weekly amount
  • Current Workers' Compensation which indicates benefits for past 30 Days
  • Proof of gambling/lottery winnings
  • Proof of grants/scholarships
  • If family/friends help support you, provide a notarized letter showing monthly amounts
  • Picture ID for all household members 18 and over
  • Current SNAP (food stamp) or Sun Cap benefit printout
  • Current TANF (Cash assistance) benefit printout
  • Social Security cards or INS documentation for all household members
  • Documentation that the applicant is a US citizen or an alien who is eligible for Federal benefits (documentation of SNAP (food stamps) for the household meets this requirement)
  • Documentation that all individuals listed on the application reside in the household which may include a lease agreement, notarized letter from landlord, or mortgage statement for homeowners.
  • HUD lease if receiving Section 8 or HUD Housing
  • Energy bill showing kilowatt usage for current month
  • Proof of legal custody for all minor children in your household that are not legally yours
  • If your name is not the name on your electric bill, you will need a notarized letter from the account holder stating they are allowing you to use their name on your bill and allowing EOC to access the account for commitments. If the account holder is deceased, bring their death certificate.
  • If you own additional properties, bring proof of rental income.
  • Proof of crisis: loss of income, unexpected expenses

Emergency Assistance (Rental, Food, IDENTIFICATION)

To be eligible for Emergency Rental Assistance you must:

  • Meet household poverty income guidelines of 125%
  • Have a documented "crisis" of why rental assistance is needed (i.e. medical expenses, lost job, car repairs, etc)
  • Be able to sustain rent once crisis has been alleviated by the agency
  • Have lived in your home at least 6 months
  • Complete paperwork & provide documentation of income
  • Not be receiving Subsidized Housing
  • Have not received assistance with any other local agency in the past 2 years

To be eligible for Emergency Food Assistance you must be applying for SNAP (Food Stamps) for the first time in a 3 year period; re certification clients are not eligible. You must:

  • Meet household poverty income guidelines of 125%
  • Bring proof that a SNAP (Food Stamp) Application has been made
  • Complete paperwork & provide documentation of income

In order to obtain Agency services a valid Florida ID is required. The Agency may be able to assist in obtaining a valid Florida Identification card.

REACH (Rewarding Education through Action in Community & Home) FSSP (FAMILY SELF SUFFICIENCY PROGRAM)

Through education, the REACH/FSSP Program is designed to assist motivated adults to achieve self-sufficiency.

Eligibility:

  • Head of household must be 18 or older
  • Indian River County resident
  • Meet income requirement of 125% of poverty guidelines or less
  • Must demonstrate initiative to obtain vocational training, education, and employment

To enroll Participants must:

  • Complete an application
  • Provide required documentation
  • Provide 2 professional letters of recommendation
  • Maintain ongoing progress plan

Enrollees Receive:

  • Financial assistance towards vocational training and/or education
  • Case Management (counseling)
  • Support for barriers toward employment
  • Referrals to other community services
  • Educational workshops on budgeting/money management, job readiness, parenting, and other important daily living skills
  • Develop an Individual Self-Sufficiency Plan (ISSP) with personal goals