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SEK-CAP is a non-profit social service agency, dedicated to eliminating the causes of poverty in Southeast Kansas since 1966. Our services are developed to address the following specific community needs: housing, utilities, transportation, employment, medical care, child care, education, nutrition, and community resource awareness.
Early Childhood Services:
Head Start- is an early childhood education program serving income eligible families with children zero to five. Services are available to pregnant women from conception to birth. The Head Start program provides opportunities for families to experience developmentally appropriate educational activities with their children and strengthen their involvement in their child’s education from the beginning. Head Start is funded with federal assistance through the Department of Health & Human Services and through state funding provided by the Department of Social Rehabilitation Services. There is no monetary cost to eligible families.
Family & Community Services (FCS)- provides advocacy, referrals, and services to low-income customers, helping them achieve self-sufficiency. Helping people help themselves and each other is the Promise of Community Action, so we work to help individuals and families examine their needs, and then together, develop workable self-sufficiency plans.
The STAR Program (Shared decision making Targeted to Achieve Results) – is our responsive case management and service coordination strategy
Successful applicants work with our STAR specialist to assess their strengths, establish outcomes, and develop strategies to achieve their self-sufficiency goals.
SEK-CAP Housing and Weatherization Services- assist low and moderate income individuals and families obtain and maintain safe, affordable housing. These programs also may help address the high cost of housing by such services as rental assistance and weatherization services to make homes more energy efficient.
To qualify for any of the services available, applicants must meet income guidelines and qualifications.
SEK-CAP Housing Services – provides two types of rental assistance – HUD Section 8 Vouchers and Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA). We use several different income guidelines to determine eligibility for services, please see website for eligibility information.
HUD Section 8 Vouchers- This program may provide long-term rental assistance to families based on their income. Families are expected to contribute 30% of their monthly, adjusted income for rent, and HUD subsidizes the remaining portion using federal program dollars. The amount contributed by the family is reassessed if they should experience a situational change, such as unemployment, employment, increase or decrease in number of people in the family, among others. Families are responsible for locating the property they would like to rent, and SEK-CAP staff will then inspect the property to ensure it meets the minimum HUD Housing Quality Standards.
Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA)- This program is designed to assist people who are homeless, or about to become homeless, through no fault of their own. TBRA may help families for one year, at which time they would ideally transition to the HUD Program, if needed. SEK-CAP accepts TBRA applications based on the amount of funding we have available. Along with rental assistance, security and utility deposits may be paid using TBRA funds, including deposits for families on the HUD Program. Due to state regulations, families with TBRA rental assistance are not able to rent a SEK-CAP owned rental. SEK-CAP employees are not eligible for this program, also due to state program regulations.
Transportation – Our General Public Transportation offers rides to anyone in Southeast Kansas and covers the counties of Allen, Bourbon, Cherokee, Crawford, Labette, Linn, and Montgomery. The requested donation per ride is $2.00, however no one is refused service for lack of payment. Within the City of Pittsburg, we operate the Pittsburg Area Community Transportation, or P.A.C.T. bus. This is a standard, fixed route bus which stops at popular retail, educational, and service locations throughout town. In addition, Pittsburg State University students have access to Safe Ride, a demand responsive service designed to transport students to their homes safely when they have no other options.
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