Buchanan County

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About WIC

Operation Threshold provides Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) services in Benton, Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Chickasaw and Grundy Counties.  WIC is a federally funded program that has been providing food assistance, nutrition education and referrals to other social services agencies since 1974.

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Affordable Housing

Operation Threshold offers Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) to help families and individuals find safe, decent and affordable housing.  The agency also owns and manages rental units in both Independence and Waterloo.

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Buchanan Outreach Program

Operation Threshold’s Buchanan County Outreach office provides a number of services to residents of Buchanan County. Services provided out of the Buchanan County office include many of those provided in Black Hawk County , including Energy Assistance (LIHEAP), Crisis Assistance, Weatherization, WIC, Housing and Fair Lending Services, and Family Development Services. Other programming/services available to Grundy County residents specifically include:

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Early Head Start

Early Head Start is a home visitation program for low-income families with infants and toddlers and pregnant women. Its mission is to promote healthy prenatal outcomes for pregnant women, to enhance the development of very young children, and to promote healthy family functioning. The program is available for families in Buchanan and Grundy counties.

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Energy Assistance

Operation Threshold’s Energy Assistance programming (including the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program [LIHEAP]) is designed to assist low-income families meet the cost of home heating.

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Family Development

The mission of the FaDSS program is to improve the lives of families at risk of long-term welfare dependency or family instability by creating opportunities for self-sufficiency.

The Family Development and Self-Sufficiency Program (FaDSS) is an intensive, voluntary, one-on-one case management program to assist families with transitioning from welfare to work.  The program assists families through intensive case management including home visits, support (referrals, groups, linkages, and advocacy), assessment (identifying and building upon strengths), and goal setting.

Families receive personal case management services designed to identify family strengths and needs.  Family Development Specialists provide referrals and support while families work toward  the goals of employment and self-sufficiency.

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Housing & Fair Lending Program

Operation Threshold is an HUD-approved counseling agency.  The Housing and Fair Lending program offers comprehensive financial and homebuyer classroom education services and individual counseling services.

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2015 – 2016 LIHEAP Application

LIHEAP supplements the high cost of winter heating for low-income households, provides emergency furnace repairs or replacement for income-qualifying homeowners and offers assistance with telephone costs to those that qualify.  Households with income levels at or below 175% of the poverty level are eligible for benefits.  Eligible income amounts may be increased for households with significant medical expenses.

Last year, we processed more than  6,000 applications in Black Hawk, Buchanan, and Grundy counties! New applicants represented 16% of those applications.

In 2015-2016 we anticipate another busy year.  Applicants are served on a first-come, first serve basis, so apply early!

For the 2015-2016 application year, it is anticipated that the last day applications will be accepted will be April 30, 2015. The application will be available online after November 2, 2015.  After that time you will be able to print out and complete the application.  Once you have done so, you may bring the completed application, along with any other required documents, to your local Operation Threshold office.

Nest Program – Buchanan County

The Buchanan County Nest program is an incentive based parent education programs for income-eligible families.  Nest is available for pregnant women, post-partum mothers, and their children up to 5 years of age.  Participants earn incentive points for healthy behaviors such as keeping doctor appointments and attending parent and preventative educational classes. The points are then redeemed for incentive items such as diapers and wipes.

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Operation Santa Claus

Operation Santa Claus is a toy program for low-income families. Toys are donated by local community organizations, families, churches, and individuals. In FY 2007, Operation Santa Claus assisted 373 children from 172 families.

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School Supplies

Prior to the start of the academic year, school supplies are collected and distributed to qualifying families. Please call for a list of school supplies.

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Share the Warmth

Share the Warmth is a winter coat distribution program. New and gently used coats  are collected and distributed to children and adults in need. Donations of children’s coats are particularly appreciated!

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The Weatherization Program provides energy efficiency-related home maintenance assistance to low-income homeowners and renters. Available Weatherization benefits include the installation of insulation, furnace repair or replacement, water heater repair and/or replacement, safety checks for gas leaks, and/or replacement of old refrigerators and freezers.

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