Energy & Housing Services
The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) at CAP St. Joe offers crisis assistance payments to families whose utilities have been shut off. We process more than 1,500 applications each winter. LIHEAP is a federally funded grant that provides money to help low-income households make home heating more affordable and avoid shutoff of utility services during the winter. We also work closely with local utility companies to meet more than 3,000 requests for basic utilities assistance each winter – for families who would otherwise have to choose between heat or food, for example.
The Weatherization Program assists homeowners by providing energy conservation services customized to meet their specific needs. Eligible applicants receive a comprehensive energy audit performed by CAP St. Joe, to determine where energy escapes and the most cost-effective way to correct energy use problems.
Weatherization services include, but are not limited to:
- Repair or replacement of furnaces and water heaters
- Repair of windows and doors
- Caulking, weather stripping and installing insulation to sidewalls and attics.
Projects are funded by the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act, U.S. Dept. of Energy and the program is administered by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources
To date, the Weatherization program has completed 120+ homes in the city of St. Joseph and has on average savings of $430 per household served.
Finding safe, decent and affordable housing is a serious challenge for low-income families. In partnership with the Missouri Housing Development Commission, the City of St. Joseph and area private developers, CAP St. Joe is removing housing as a barrier to ending the cycle of poverty. Since 1999, we have participated in the development of more than 400 new housing units, partnered with developers to create more than 400 housing units, including apartments and single family homes, for low-income families. people at or below the poverty level. We continue to develop housing projects in St. Joseph, Mo.,with plans for additional housing projects throughout in our four-county service area and Northwest Missouri.
Community research within our four-county service area, especially in the rural communities, consistently reveals a significant serious need for safe, decent and affordable two and three-bedroom housing units for low-income families, especially in rural areas, Therefore, the agency has made this a top priority with plans to pursue several new housing development projects over the next five years. This is becoming a top priority for the agency, along with financial literacy and home ownership education courses.