The Lorain County Community Action Agency aims to reduce the incidence and impact of poverty by strengthening and empowering individuals, families and communities. We provide services to aid in emergencies and to help individuals become and remain self-sufficient.
Many of our programs are funded by the Community Services Block Grant, a remaining federal cornerstone of the War on Poverty. LCCAA’s federal funding is overseen by the Ohio Department of Development.
CSBG funding is an important resource because, while there is strict accountability for every expense, each agency is able to use the funding differently to meet unique local needs.
Funding for Head Start is separate from the CSBG dollars and but both funding streams come from the Department of Health and Human Services. LCCAA also receives funding from local corporations, foundations and individuals.
Eligible clients save their earned income toward a vehicle purchase. The grant from the Ohio Finance Fund matches their savings 2 to 1 up to a total of $3,999. Participants take financial literacy courses as well as learning the costs of owning a vehicle and its proper maintenance. Formerly the LCCAA Family Learning
The CLTC serves as a one-stop training facility for the Agency while serving as a community resource learning center. The CLTC serves family, children, and adults of all ages through collaborative partnerships that provide support services and opportunities to the community in a welcoming center equipped with today’s technology such as Wi-Fi, a projection system, and classroom computers.
Tech Connect is an eight week session that includes training on Microsoft office programs including, Word, Excel and how to create a resume. Upon completing the eight week program each participant receives a certificate and a refurbished computer.
Early Head Start is a comprehensive program for income eligible pregnant mothers and/or infants and toddlers through age three. Center Based and Home Based options are available.
Head Start is the best known and most successful national poverty program. It was originally implemented to help break the cycle of poverty and promote school readiness, with a special focus on helping preschoolers develop the early reading and math skills they need to be successful in school.
HEAP was created to provide a one-time utility payment to eligible households with disconnection or threat of disconnection to their home energy source. Winter and summer HEAP programs provide financial assistance to eligible individuals who connection to heating, air conditioning are threatened.
LCCAA is a supporting partner of the Lorain County One-Stop Employment Network. The One-Stop provides training opportunities, job readiness and job placement at no charge. It is located at 42496 North Ridge Road in Elyria.