Letha Dunn, Community Services Director
The Community Services Department of MCCSA complies with the Results Oriented Management and Accountability (ROMA) requirement by implementing a customer tracking system in the nine county MCCSA service areas, designed to enact the most effective means of providing case management services to clients. The case management staff works with family clientele by taking necessary actions to resolve problems associated with socioeconomic disparities. Albeit all such “gaps” can not be mended; regarding every possible solution, the case management staff attempts to link clientele with economic relief sources. The target population for case management is consistent of critical need individuals who are under served or dependent upon government welfare programs. Being MCCSA's largest Department, The Community Services Department aids in the crisis, senior, and self-sufficiency programs via CSBG, LIHEAP, and WX.
Community Service Block Grant
The Community Service Block Grant Act of 1981 (CSBG) authorizes the specific services administered through this federal block grant program, which is the cornerstone of family based services offered by MCCSA. Through case management, CSBG assists in solving real-life problems by enabling families to attain self-sufficiency. By addressing problems in the areas of employment, education, health, housing, nutrition, and income management the program serves a broad segment of the MCCSA target population ranging from adolescents to the elderly.
Emergency Food and Shelter
Letha Dunn, Program Administrator
The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EF&S) is a federal program, which provides food and/or shelter assistance to low-income families during a crisis situation in the agency's outlying counties. EF&S is a supplemental food and shelter assistance program that is designed to work in combination with other assistance programs in efforts to maximize and target limited resources.
South Harbor Emergency Shelter Grant
Linda Grace-Jones , Program Administrator
The South Harbor Shelter provides temporary housing to those in need. Basic services include provisions for personal hygiene, meal rations, non-traditional services encompassing employment training and case management, GED assistance, substance abuse counseling and treatment, domestic violence assistance, medical aid, and travelers aid. The shelter also provides emergency food boxes to low-income families in Lauderdale county. The distribution of food is made available through the United States Department of Agriculture and the Mississippi Food Network.