The Community Services Program of EOC aims to help people alleviate their poverty and homeless situation. The agency works in conjunction with utility companies, state and federal agencies as well as private corporations to administer utility programs to make consumer payments more affordable and to help keep their service turned on. It also administers programs for families in need of rental/mortgage assistance, first time homebuyer information, opening a family savings account, and budget counseling. Community Services has a team of case managers who are trained to deliver the most satisfactory service possible.
The program aimes to aid the community in securing needs donated by the community, other agencies, and businesses around the areay. The Warren-Forest EOC does coat drives through the Operation Overcoat program in partnership with Northwest Saving bank. Coats are collect typically from Oct 19 - Nov 23 of each year and distribution starts November 1.
The operation overcoat is administered at the Faith Inn. Clients need to fillout the forms each year.
Employment and Training
The program helps participants referred by other programs overcome challenge that prohibits them from securing employment. The Work Ready program accepts participants referred by the Warren County assistance and assist them in getting ready to gain sustainable employment.
The work Ready program is run through the Faith Inn office of the Warren Forest EOC. A case worker helps participates who are receiving TANF assistance referred by the Warren County Assistance office, and engage them in core and non-core activities which may include resume building, job search, and community service work such as filing, helping out other Faith Inn caseworkers and the like, that helps them be ready for actual employment. Once enrolled in the Work Ready Program, the participant has six weeks to finish the programs and is termed successful once the six weeks of core and non-core activities are performed.
The program does budget counseling for people who wants to learn to manage their income property and help them to allocate their household resources in the most efficient way possible.
The program is administered through the Faith Inn by the housing counselor. The housing counselor schedules the participant for a face to face counseling session which helps them identify their expenses, do a better budget, and helps them towards a more efficient way of managing their finances. Most HAP clients, Faith Inn Tenants, participants referred by other agencies, and just about anybody who wants to improve their financial literacy skills in eligible for this program.
The community service department runs tow programs for this service. The first is the Homeless Assistance Program which does rental assistance for households who are homeless or is in danger of being homeless. The second one is the Veteran homelessness prevention program which partners with Chautauqua opportunities in helping out Veterans who are homeless or is in danger of being homeless gain permanent housing, and secure sustainable employment.
The Veteran Homelessness Prevention Program is administered at the Faith Inn by the Community Service Director. The Program is in partnership with the COI of New York. Veterans should have their DD 214 available when applying for the program. The Veterans should be deemed homeless based on the HEARTH definition of homelessness. HEARTH definition of homelessness is available through the HUD website. The EOC community service director does the initial intake and gathers necessary documents for such as DD214, proof of homelessness such as eviction letter, proof of foreclosure, coming out of prison, medical facility, and shelter, and proof of income and identification. The community service director forwards all necessary documents to the Chautauqua Opportunities to review, and COI makes the decision of their eligibility to be enrolled in the program. Once enrolled, the program can help them with rental assistance, utility assistance, vehicle repair, child care, and moving out expenses. The program requires a 50% below area median income to be eligible.
Foreclosure Preventions and Homeownership
The program helps households avoid foreclosure by referring them to services in and around the community, process HEMAP applications and submitting them to PHFA, conduct budget counseling sessions to help participants figure out the best way to allocate their income and avoid foreclosure situations in the future. The program also assists income eligible consumers in purchasing their home through the first time homebuyers program which could help them with down payment and closing cost.
The program assist low income consumers avail of utility assistance programs offered by the utility companies or by the state and federal agencies. It helps income eligible consumers secure grants that lower their monthly, bill and arrearage forgiveness for their utilities. Most programs are processed at the Faith Inn office and submitted to the respective agencies and programs. Caseworkers are also knowledgeable about resources available inside and outside the agency and make proper referrals to consumers.
Community Development secures funds for the acquisition, rehabilitation and construction of affordable housing in Warren and Forest Counties. The units are owned and managed by Warren-Forest Counties Economic Opportunity Council to ensure long-term affordability for the target population.
Head Start is a federally funded program for children ages 3 and 4. The program offers comprehensive services to enrolled children and families, giving priority to limited income families and children with special needs. Head Start programs offer a nurturing environment that supports the healthy growth and development of each child in the context of family, culture and community.
Head Start promotes school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children by providing educational, health, nutritional, social, and other services to enrolled children and families. Involvement is emphasized by engaging parents in their children’s learning, and helping parents in making progress towards achieveing their identified goals and needs.
Mission and Philosophy
As an early childhood development and family support program, it is the mission of the Warren Forest Counties Head Start program to promote school readiness social competency, and self-sufficiency in children and families of low income, through education and community collaboration.
The Warren Forest Counties Head Start program’s approach is based on the philosophy that all children share certain needs, realizing that each child is a unique, valuable, human being with the potential to succeed in life. We believe that a child will benefit most from a comprehensive program offering a broad range of services that fosters school readiness, literacy, physical development, and mental wellness. The child’s family as well as the community must be involved to maximize the strengths and the experiences of each child.
Family - The term “family” means all persons living in the same household who are:
PA Pre K Counts
The Housing Department of Warren - Forest Counties Economic Opportunity Council (EOC) strives to provide facilities and services to meet the needs of homeless individuals through several types of transitional housing and permanent supportive housing options. Facilities and services are made available for individuals and families who are currently homeless or facing homelessness.
Individuals or families experiencing homelessness may apply in person at the housing office located at the Faith Inn - 225 Pennsylvania Ave. West, Warren, PA 16365. For further details call 814-726-2400 Ext. 3358.
PATH Supportive Housing Description
Applications/referrals are made by human service and mental health agencies in the community. Individuals with a mental health diagnosis experiencing homelessness can call 814-726-2400 Ext. 3316 or visit the housing office located at the Faith Inn - 225 Pennsylvania Ave. West, Warren, PA 16365.
Domestic Violence Transitional Housing Programs
If you are a victim of domestic violence call A Safe Place hotline at 814-726-1030 or 1-800-338-3460.
Applications are available at the housing office located at the Faith Inn - 225 Pennsylvania Ave. West, Warren, PA 16365. For further details call 814-726-2400 Ext. 3355.
The Weatherization programs are designed to help elderly, disabled, and low-income consumers with weatherization assistance so they can conserve energy, improve safety, and ultimately reduce the expense of high energy bills in Warren, Forest, McKean, and Venango counties.