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General Overview

Five County Association of Government’s Community Action Partnership (CAP) stabilizes and empowers low-income households in moving towards self-sufficiency. This is done by leveraging Community Service Block Grant (CSBG) funding with other federal, state, and private funding sources to build partnerships with faith-based, public, non-profit, and for-profit entities; identify and meet changing community needs; and engage community members (including through volunteerism).

A large portion of CAP funding is passed through to other public agencies and non-profit partners in the region, however, some programs and direct assistance are offered directly through the Five County CAP. Programs and funding are based off community need assessments and oversight by the Five County Human Services Council (a tri-partite board consisting of equal representation of elected, private-sector, and low-income representatives)

Programs Administered:

Information and Referral

Partners with United Way of Central and Southern Utah and United Way Dixie to provide 211 Information and Referral via a mobile app.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program / Earn It, Keep It, Save It

Provides free income tax assistance services for low and moderate-income families, back returns, and year-round financial resources for building assets and eliminating debt.

Rapid Re-housing / Homeless Case Management

Moves homeless adults and families from shelter into housing as fast as possible in a way which is fair to client and landlords. Provides intensive case management stabilize and work towards self-sufficiency.

Transportation

Supports transportation programs for seniors and persons with disabilities. Also provides transportation assistance for employment by providing bus passes and gas voucher reimbursements (flexible gas vouchers).

Youth Volunteer Corps

Engages youth 11-18 in service learning activities, including anti-poverty projects. It also includes youth court, a diversion program for 1st-time and minor offenders. YVC volunteers provide peer mediation and support.

Court Ordered Community Services

Helps individuals avoid incarceration and large fines while supplying non-profit and governmental agencies hundreds of volunteer hours. (This program has an administrative fee)

Employment Supports

Providing employment supports such as birth certificates, ID’s, and vouchers for job training when other employment resources have been exhausted.

Emergency food and shelter support

Coordinates food pantry and shelter funding, reporting, and monitoring for twelve food pantries, two homeless shelters, and two domestic violence shelters in Southwest Utah. Provides DBA FacsPro training and technical support.  Operates the Hurricane Valley Food Pantry directly.

Housing and Utility Deposit Assistance

One time housing and/or deposit assistance for families at or below 125% poverty guidelines who show the ability to pay affordable rent (preferably around 30% of monthly income). Also includes renter toolkit and a move-in box from the Utah Food Bank.

Regional AmeriCorps Direct Service Coordination

Coordinates with non-profit and public agencies seeking AmeriCorps members for direct services relating to Economic Opportunity, Health, and Education.

*Please note that programs will change based on community need and funding resources. *

Applying for Assistance:

The application for Community Action services may be found on our WordPress site at fivecountycap.wordpress.com.

Eligibility for many of these programs are at the 125% federal poverty guideline. Please check our WordPress site for specific program eligibility. For instance, food pantry and VITA assistance have much higher income eligibility than transportation, housing, and employment support assistance. Some programs are open to all, such as Youth Volunteer Corps and Court Ordered Community Service.