West River Head Start
Community Action Program
2105 Lee Ave
Services include the following:
The Community Action Food Pantry provides food baskets to income qualified clients and families in need. Clients need to call the CAP office at 258-2240 to make an appointment. The Food Pantry is stocked primarily through donations. Food baskets are generally filled with enough food to last approximately 4 - 7 days, depending on our funding and donations received.
Sportsman Against Hunger
Sportsman against Hunger (SAH) is a statewide venison donation program to help low income individuals meet their basic food needs. Community Action agencies along with sportsmen groups, service clubs and other sponsors assist with fund raising for processing venison and goose to be distributed throughout the state of ND to food pantries and emergency food outlets.
Self Reliance Program
This program is designed to help individuals and families become economically self-sufficient. A case manager assists program participants on a one- to-one basis in setting goals and achieving them.
Energy Share is a cooperative effort of Community Action Agencies in North Dakota, utility companies, and private donors to help eligible households prevent electrical shutoffs. Assistance is provided when the situation has been deemed an emergency, and all other resources have been exhausted.
Energy Efficiency Programs
Energy Efficiency Programs included are Weatherization, Emergency Furnace Repair/Replacement, Residential Energy Efficiency Program, Cooling Program.
The Weatherization Program provides energy conservation services to low-income homeowners and renters to make their homes more energy efficient. The program helps to increase energy efficiency and reduce heating bills by concentrating on the problems of heat loss and air infiltration. Weatherproofing repairs such as insulation, caulking, and weather-stripping are provided to income eligible households.
Emergency Furnace Repair and Replacement Program assists households with repair and replacement of unsafe heating systems. Clients must be eligible for the Fuel Assistance Program and may be required to make a co-payment.
Clothing Closet/Donation Center
Clothing, household items, and furniture are available free of charge to eligible households.
Tri-State HELP (Housing Environment for Living Positively) HOPWA (Housing Opportunities for Persons With Aids) is a needs-based program for low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families who live in North Dakota, Montana or South Dakota and need housing assistance and/or related services.
Shelter Plus Care
The Shelter Plus Care program provides rental assistance in connection with supportive services to homeless persons with disabilities in North Dakota. The primary target populations are homeless people who have serious mental illness; and/or HIV/AIDS.
Individual Development Accounts (Saving our Cents)
The Individual Development Accounts program is a special savings program for limited income families and individuals. An IDA participant will save a minimum of $25 per month. Upon withdrawal, the amount saved is matched by public and private funds for a 2:1 match. If $25 a month is saved, it will be matched with $50 for a total savings of $75 each month. The funds can then be used toward one of these goals: homeownership, starting or expanding a small business, or post-secondary education.
Backpacks for Kids
Backpacks for Kids was developed to address the need for food for children identified as being homeless. Children identified as being homeless are defined as children who are living in overcrowded housing, staying with family or friends, staying in hotels/shelters, or sleeping in vehicles.
Backpacks are filled with "kid-friendly" foods such as cereal, granola/yogurt bars, fruit cups, applesauce, pudding, canned dinners, peanut butter, jelly and bread. Backpacks are delivered to the schools on Friday or the last day of each school week. The school distributes them to children in need and the children return the backpacks to the school the following week to be refilled. Community Action works together with the schools to determine who is in need of the backpacks.
HOME Rehabilitation Program
The HOME Rehabilitation Program is a program that receives HUD funding which is distributed through the North Dakota Department of Commerce, Division of Community Services. This funding is used to help bring existing single-family, low to moderate income, owner-occupied homes up to Section 8 Housing Quality Standards and the North Dakota HOME Program's Rehabilitation Standards so that the home is decent, safe, and sanitary.
The Helping HAND Program funds received through the ND Housing Finance Agency are for the purpose of supporting new or existing single or multi-family rehabilitation programs. Community Action Program uses these funds for a number of things including emergency repairs, handicap accessibility, and to support our other rehab programs.
Assistive Equipment Program
The Assistive Equipment Program receives donated assistive equipment such as walkers, shower chairs, canes, grab bars, crutches, wheelchairs, etc. These items are available free to anyone who may need them and cannot afford to buy new equipment.
Past Due Rental Assistance
Past due rent is funded by the Emergency Solutions Grant Program. To qualify for assistance, you must have an eviction notice and cannot be on any other rental assistance programs. Income guidelines apply. This grant is a one-time assistance program to help avoid an eviction notice.
Tenant Based Rental Assistance
The goal of Tenant Based Rental Assistance is to assist individuals and families to increase their housing stability, increase their skills and/or income; and obtain greater self-sufficiency.