Buchanan County Office

Organization: Operation Threshold

1827 1st Street West, Independence, IA, USA

Phone 3193346081 | Fax 3193349289


Program: Early Head Start

The Early Head Start (EHS) program is for low-income infants, toddlers, pregnant women and their families. EHS programs promote children's physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development, support parents' efforts to fulfill their parental roles, and help parents move toward self-sufficiency.

Services:

  • Provide early, individualized child development and parent education services through home visits and group settings in the community as well as the Early Head Start Center.
  • Provide early opportunities for infants and toddlers with and without disabilities to grow and develop together in nurturing and inclusive settings.
  • Connect with other service providers to provide support through health, nutrition, and other services.
  • Coordinate with local Head Start and other child development programs when the child is 3.

Eligibility:

Families with children ages birth to 3 years of age. Must meet income guidelines. Federal poverty guidelines are used.

Intake Process:

Applications can be completed online, or in person. Appointments can be booked online or via phone.

Have the following information ready when applying:

  • proof of family income (for 1 year)
  • child's birth verification
  • record of recent physical exam for the child
  • record of the child's lead test
  • the child's immunization card
  • record of recent dental exam for the child.

Payment:

No Cost to Participant

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Appointment Needed: Yes

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Healthy Opportunities for Parents to Experience Success – Healthy Families Iowa (HOPES-HFI) follows the national Healthy Families America evidence-based program model. HOPES-HFI is a home visiting program and serves families with young children. The program goals are to promote child health and development, improve family relationships, and encourage positive parenting and family relationships.

Services:

  • Advocacy and linking families to appropriate community services.
  • Teach, demonstrate, and coach parents on how to care for their child.
  • Cultivate and strengthen nurturing parent-child relationships.
  • Teach and model appropriate parent behavior and methods of discipline.
  • Provide prenatal information and support.

Eligibility:

Families must enroll while pregnant or at the birth of their child.

Intake Process:

Call for information.

Payment:

No Cost to Participant

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Appointment Needed: Yes

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The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a federally-funded program by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) designed to assist low-income families meet the cost of home heating. LIHEAP provides a one-time payment to the heating utility department.

This program is not designed to pay a household’s total energy costs, but to provide assistance in the payment of residential heating costs for eligible households. Households who reside in subsidized housing that are individually metered and responsible for paying their primary heating costs are eligible. Subsidized households that are master metered are usually not eligible to receive assistance benefits

Services:

  • Utility payment assistance

Eligibility:

A household may qualify for assistance if the household’s income falls under 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.

Intake Process:

Applications are accepted on a first come/first served basis at a local community action agency from November 1 through April 30 (October 1 for households with elderly/disabled member). Complete the application and return it to the local community action agency. Applications may be available to be completed online through the local community action agency. Applicants must provide proof of income, Social Security numbers for each household member, and the household's most recent heating or electric bill.

Payment:

No Cost to Participant

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Appointment Needed: Yes

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Program: Nest Program

This is an educational incentive program. Participants earn points for healthy behaviors and encouragement to receive early and regular prenatal medical care. The points are redeemed for needed baby items.

Services:

  • Parenting support
  • Parenting education
  • Baby supplies
  • Encourage baby and maternal healthcare

Payment:

No Cost to Participant

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Appointment Needed: Yes

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The Partners for Healthy Families (PHF) program is an early childhood home visitation program that builds on the best of Early Head Start and Parents As Teachers programs. The PHF program provides families with home visits, child development screenings for children, and an active resource network for participants.

Services:

Topics discussed during home visits include, but are not limited to:

  • Age appropriate child development
  • Child development observations
  • Parent concerns
  • Child development activities
  • Parent child interaction

Eligibility:

Families with children under the age of five.

Payment:

No Cost to Participant

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Appointment Needed: Yes

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The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) is a program established to help reduce the heating and cooling costs for low income persons, the elderly, disabled, and children, by improving the energy efficiency of their homes. The program also fixes certain health and safety problems in the client's homes, maintains affordable housing for low-income persons, reduces utility cost, and reduces environmental pollution.

Services:

  • Insulation in attics, walls, and foundations
  • Furnace or venting repairs, and replacements
  • Thermostat repairs
  • Refrigerator or freezer replacement
  • Water heater or venting repairs, and replacements
  • Energy efficient lighting
  • Other eligible repairs

Eligibility:

Households with an income at or below 200% Federal Poverty Level. If the household is receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Family Investment Program (FIP) Assistance, the household is eligible to receive Weatherization services, regardless of income.

Intake Process:

Applications are accepted year round at local community action agencies. Applications for LIHEAP are automatically sent to the Weatherization program. Applications are prioritized based on need. Not every application for LIHEAP will receive services from the Weatherization program.

Payment:

No Cost to Participant

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Appointment Needed: Yes

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