Social Service - Southeastern Vermont Community Action (SEVCA)
Southeastern Vermont Community Action is an anti-poverty, community based, nonprofit organization serving Windham and Windsor counties since 1965.
Our mission is to enable people to cope with, and reduce the hardships of poverty; create sustainable self-sufficiency; and reduce the causes and move toward the elimination of poverty. SEVCA has a variety of programs and services to meet this end. They include: Head Start, Weatherization, Emergency Services (i.e., fuel/utility assistance, food, shelter), Crisis Intervention, Parent Education, Micro-Business Development, Individual Development Accounts, VITA Tax Preparation, Housing Stabilization, Working Bridges, Emergency Home Repair, and Thrift Stores.
In the community of Hartford we have provided the following services during FY10:
- Weatherization: 24 homes (39 people) weatherized at a cost of $126,718
- Emergency Heating Replacements: 4 repairs / replacements at a cost of $16,454
- Head Start: 14 families (61 individuals) received comprehensive early education and family support services valued at $8,109 per family for a total value of $113,526
- Individual Development Accounts: 1 individual received $90 in matched savings and services valued at $483
- Tax Preparation: 21 households (42 people) received refunds and tax credits totaling $31,608
- Thrift Store Vouchers: 19 households (41 people) received vouchers for furniture, clothing or housewares, valued at $1,441
- Family Services: 209 households (507 people) received 1338 services (including fuel/utility and housing assistance, financial counseling, crisis intervention, nutrition education, referral to and assistance with accessing needed services)
- Fuel / Utility Assistance: 201 households (545 people) received services valued at $64,274
- Housing & Other Assistance: 104 households (268 people) received services valued at $117,659
- Housing Stabilization Services: 2 households (4 people) received intensive intervention services to help stabilize and maintain their housing and prevent homelessness, valued at $1,953
- Emergency Home Repair: 10 homes (23 people) received services including roof repairs, structural work, plumbing, skirting, venting of moisture and misc. repairs, valued at $16,476
- Training Programs: 6 people received training in energy efficiency installation techniques, business and financial management, customer service, and leadership, valued at $2,623
Community support, through town funding, helps to build a strong partnership. The combination of federal, state, private and town funding allows us to not only maintain, but to increase and improve service. We thank the residents of Hartford for their support.
Stephen Geller, Executive Director
The Hartford Housing Authority | Windsor County Partners | Health Care & Rehabilitation of Southern Vermont | Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) | Southeastern Vermont Community Action (SEVCA) | The Upper Valley Haven, Inc. | Women's Information Services (WISE) | The Vermont Center for Independent Living | Vermont Adult Learning | Visiting Nurse Alliance of Vermont and New Hampshire, Inc. | The Family Place | Headrest | Bugbee Senior Center | Advance Transit