Mississippi County, Arkansas, Economic Opportunity Commission Inc.
Through the neighborhood services centers and special projects, MCAEOC provides a community-based system of service provision to and advocacy for the poor to meet their needs and to enhance the quality of lives, regardless of race, religion, sex, age, disability or national origin. MCAEOC provides some services directly and refers people to other available services. Some of MCAEOC’s activities focus on meeting the immediate and basic needs of the poor (e.g., food and shelter); other activities facilitate long term effects (e.g., education and employment).
Eligibility is primarily determined by income guidelines established by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. MCAEOC staff will assist families and individuals in determining their eligibility.
MCAEOC is a non-discriminating, non-profit organization which receives local, state, federal, and foundation funds.
HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Depending upon the availability of funds, payments are made on a one-time basis to energy suppliers to assist low-income households in paying their energy bills.
EMERGENCY FOOD AND SHELTER
Provides funds to low-income families in emergency situations to assist in obtaining food, shelter, and other necessities for a limited period of time.
Employment counseling and workshops, job referrals, employer contacts, and follow-up activities are provided to those seeking employment.
SERVICES FOR THE HOMELESS
This program is geared toward homeless or displaced families and individuals. Food, shelter/housing, transportation, emergency medical supplies, and/or basic necessities are provided, as circumstances warrant. Referrals for assistance in employment, income maintenance, medical treatment, and other transitional support services are also provided.
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
The Early Childhood Education Department provides child development services and activities, health services, nutrition assistance, special services for children with disabilities, parental involvement, volunteer participation, staff training and other social and support services to over 1,000 children and their families.
Counseling sessions and workshops on income utilization issues, such available services as: planning nutritious and economical meals, family budgeting, managing utility costs, etc., are provided.
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program free tax assistance to people who generally make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns.
MISSISSIPPI COUNTY CANCER COUNCIL
Mississippi County Cancer Council is committed to helping reduce cancer health disparities and providing cancer education in the community
Low-income persons are assisted in participation on boards and in local community activities. Individuals are encouraged to become active volunteers.
MCAEOC operates a Housing Rehabilitation Program and provides affordable rental housing for low income individuals. It also develops new multi-family units by using the HOME Program, low-income tax credits, and the Housing and Urban Development Program (HUD) as well as new single-family Housing Down Payment Assistance.
Provides assistance to low-income home owners through USDA Housing Preservation program to bring houses up to 502 Standards.
The primary focus of healthy start is to reduce infant mortality, pre-term births and low birth weights in Mississippi County. Healthy Start aids in improving the health of mothers and children before, during, and after pregnancy, up until the age of two. Healthy Start builds a foundation at the community level to assist women, infants and their families in reaching their fullest potential.
GOOD SAMARITAN FUND
Good Samaritan Fund is an Emergency Assistance Demonstration Program funded by Blytheville First United Methodist Church. The funds are used to provide assistance on a case-by-case basis to alleviate emergency needs of residents of the Greater Blytheville area.
SMALL BUSINESS LENDING PROGRAM
MCAEOC operates a micro-lending program for small business development and expansion in the Mississippi County Enterprise Community.
COMMODITY FOOD DISTRIBUTION
Surplus foods such as rice, honey, beans and selected can goods are distributed to help supplement the diets of needy persons in eligible households. These foods are made available by the USDA and distributed periodically at various authorized sites.