HOUSING

WHAT IS THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT?

    The DAEOC Community Action Agency Housing Department provides affordable housing services to the low-income individuals and families of the Bootheel, which consists of Dunklin, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Scott, and Stoddard counties.
    Services are made available through federal, state, and local funding. With these funding sources, the agency provides services that best meet the housing needs of each community and/or family.

PROGRAMS OFFERED THROUGH DAEOC COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY'S HOUSING DEPARTMENT

Home Repair Program
    For the last year, DAEOC has participated in the MHDC Home Repair Program that is offered in the six county area. The basic goal of this program is to help the very low- and low-income homeowners to bring their dwellings up to standard through much needed repairs. DAEOC and MHDC have participated in the renovation of 31 homes for very low- and low-income homeowners from 2003 to 2004. DAEOC is continuing the effort of rehabilitation with funding from MHDC.

Homeless Project
    The Transitional Housing Program and the DAEOC Domestic Violence/Homeless Shelter have been encompassed to create one program, the DAEOC Homeless Project. This program is operated with funding provided by the Missouri Housing Trust Fund (MHTF) and the HUD Emergency Shelter Grant.
    Transitional Housing is defined as housing from 30 days to 2 years in which supportive services are provided to prepare homeless families for independent living and economic self-reliance. DAEOC currently operates six homes for this purpose in Sikeston, MO. A professional staff provides case management and other required intervention services linking the families occupying these homes with expensive supportive services in the community.
    The Domestic Violence/Homeless Shelter consists of six units. the shelter provides a temporary place to stay for 30 days. A professional staff provides the individual/families with support services in the area to help prepare them for independent living after their 30-day stay.

Shelter + Care Program
    The Shelter + Care Program is being administered by DAEOC by a grant obtained through the Missouri Department of Mental Health. The Shelter + Care program specifically targets the homeless and disabled. (The Department of Mental Health Housing Team operates a rental subsidy program for people that are homeless/disabled and are funded through U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.)
  
In addition to the above programs, DAEOC had helped develop, construct, and rehabilitate multi-family and elderly/handicap housing complexes.
    In April 2001, MHDC recognized DAEOC as a "Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) in accordance with requirements of the HOME Investment Partnership Act. Since then, DAEOC has engaged in capacity building activities sponsored by HUD, MHDC, CDBG, and the Housing Assistance Council (HAC).
    Services are provided regardless of race, color, gender, national origin, religion, disability or political beliefs.
    For additional information, please contact your local county outreach office or call:
                                                                                       
                                                                                       (573) 379-3851