Community Action Network Celebrates 55 years of Service

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2019 Marks the 55th year since the Community Action Network was established to help American families and communities overcome obstacles to poverty. Over 1000 agencies across the country are working every day to create opportunities and transform the lives of their neighbors making communities stronger and helping families across the US thrive. Double Mountain Outreach Services (DMOS), an agency of Aspermont Small Business Development Center, is a proud member of the Community Action Network, and is helping families throughout its service area of Stonewall, Kent, Throckmorton, Haskell, Knox and Jones counties. Each May, during Community Action Month, DMOS reflects on the impact the agency and the network has had on families. Last year alone, DMOS served over 3000 people in our service area, and the Community Action Network served 15 million across the country with immediately needed services such as shelter and food, and also long-term solutions like education and job placement. Community Action Agencies serve 99% of all American counties with life-changing services to help families achieve financial stability. All agencies are locally controlled and represented by the private, public, and low-income sectors of the community.

DMOS has 2 programs. First, the Comprehensive Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) which has a primary emphasis on meeting the immediate home energy needs of those with low incomes and high relative energy burdens, with a secondary emphasis on reducing the energy needs and cost to such households. The program consists of 2 components: 1) Household Crisis - Provides Utility assistance, service and repair of existing heating and cooling units or portable units in an energy related crisis. 2) Utility Assistance - Provides energy payments to assist low-income household to reduce their home energy needs.

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