Crosswalk Community Action Agency offers many helpful services to the community.
Crosswalk Homeless Prevention Services are targeted toward those individuals and families who are actually homeless or are about to become homeless. Assistance could include a number of different approaches, including help with rent or mortgage payments. The intent of the program is to either assist in moving people out of a homeless situation or, if possible, prevent a homeless situation from occurring.
Homeless prevention services are provided through Illinois Homeless Services Continuum of Care. The Homeless Prevention Program provides rental assistance, utility assistance and supportive services directly related to the prevention of homelessness to eligible individuals and families who are in danger of eviction, foreclosure or homelessness or are currently homeless. The program is designed to stabilize individuals and families in their existing homes, shorten the amount of time that individuals and families stay in shelters and assist individuals and families with securing affordable housing.
The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) was created in 1983 to supplement and expand the work of local social service agencies, both nonprofit and governmental, in an effort to help people with economic emergencies (not disaster-related[fires of any kind, floods, tornadoes, etc.]) emergencies. Therefore, EFSP funds are not to be used to provide emergency assistance for circumstances that are the immediate result of a disaster situation. EFSP funds may be used to provide economic assistance in the long term, even if the current circumstances may have been impacted by an earlier disaster occurrence. The EFSP funding is open to all organizations helping hungry and homeless people. EFSP funds must be used to supplement feeding, sheltering (including transitional sheltering) and rent/mortgage and utility assistance efforts only.
EFSP is governed by a National Board that selects jurisdictions for funding. Local Boards are convened in those qualifying jurisdictions to determine the highest need and best use of funds and to select Local Recipient Organizations (LROs) that will provide emergency food and shelter services. Each year, needs are to be assessed in an effort to adapt to particular community needs.
Crosswalk CAA administers food assistance to Franklin County residents. Residents are eligible ONCE a month. Food is distributed on Thursdays ONLY from 9:00 - 12:00 and 1:00 - 3:00
For additional information on any of these programs, Contact Crosswalk Community Action Agency.
Crosswalk Community Action Agency is an equal opportunity provider and employer.