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Income limit raised for some LCCAA programs


More Lorain County residents will be eligible for some LCCAA programs under new eligibility rules announced by the federal Department of Health and Human Services and the Ohio Office of Community Assistance.


In response to the COVID-19 Crisis, income limits for programs funded by the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) have been raised from 125 percent of the Federal Poverty Line to 200 percent. For a family of four, the new upper limit is $52,400.


This change affects eligibility for LCCAA’s By Car, Tech Connect and Getting Ahead programs, said Planning and Community Services Director Frank Prihoda.


“This change will make many more people eligible for these programs,” Prihoda said. “Anyone who has recently lost their job or who previously applied and was found over-income is encouraged to apply.”


To verify eligibility, residents need to supply just the last 30 days of their income. That change is also in response to the crisis, Prihoda said. Furthermore, the stimulus payments prompted by the crisis are not considered income for these programs.


“Many affected by the crisis are finding themselves in new territory,” he added. “These updates will make help available to them.”


President and CEO Jackie Boehnlein said the agency often turns away people who don’t qualify under the lower income limit but who are still desperate for help.


“The limit of 125 percent is too restrictive and doesn’t reflect the struggles of Lorain County residents,” she said. “The new threshold is much more appropriate.”


During the COVID-19 crisis, the By Car program is available. Applicants can apply and save. A financial literacy class is required and will be offered in a safe manner. LCCAA’s next Tech Connect class is currently scheduled for August. Getting Ahead classes are now being offered online. For a full list of requirements for each program, please visit www.lccaa.net.


For more information on By Car or Tech Connect, contact Colette Park at 440-204-3151 or cpark@lccaa.net. For information on Getting Ahead, contact Amy Steele at 440-204-3121 or asteele@lccaa.net.




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