Marie Tallarico Neighborhood Center

220 South 22nd Street, Keokuk, IA, USA

Phone 3195246383 | Fax 3195243017


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: No

Website: View Website


Program: Head Start

As the nation’s leading federally funded early learning program, Head Start serves children and families in every state. Head Start’s role in each state differs based on local systems and models.The purpose of Head Start programs is to promote the school readiness of children ages 3 to 5 years. Most of these programs are based in centers. In other programs, children and families may receive services from educators and family service staff who regularly make home visits. Parent involvement is encouraged and support is offered for children with disabilities.

Services:

  • Nutrition Services
  • Preschool Education
  • Health Services
  • Mental health
  • Connection with social services
  • Parent involvement
  • Family literacy

Eligibility:

Head Start is accessible at no cost to children ages 3 – 5 for low-income families. Families and children experiencing homelessness, and children in the foster care system are also eligible as well as children with disabilities and special needs. Specific eligibility requirements are determined by each Head Start site.

Intake Process:

Application available on website. 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: No

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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: No

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Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) provides funds to assist low-income households with water and wastewater bills. LIHWAP will provide assistance in the form of benefit payments made directly to water vendors on behalf of households for past-due charges, fees, and taxes for drinking and wastewater services. The program is administered by the Iowa Department of Human Rights and locally through Iowa’s Community Action Agencies that serve all 99 counties.

The application period is open year-round. LIHWAP will run through September 30, 2023, or until funds are exhausted.

Services:

  • Utility bill assistance

Eligibility:

Total household income must be at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines, and a current water crisis must be present.

Intake Process:

Call IMPACT to complete the applications over the phone. Please call 515-518-4770 to schedule a phone appointment for Energy Assistance.

Payment:

No Cost to Participant

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Appointment Needed: No

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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: No

Website: View Website