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ESC Annual Report 2018

HOUSING & ENERGY

HOUSING & ENERGY SOLUTIONS Keeping Southwest Missourians Warm & Safe WHO ARE THE MOST VULNERABLE? They are young children, elderly and people with disabilities. • Of the 7,326 households who have received Utility Assistance through the Energy Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP) in the past five years, only 4.15% received funds in every year, which is lower than the State of Missouri’s average of 4.4%. • Of the 4.15% who received funds every year (during the last 5 years), 60% were disabled households. 79% were “Vulnerable” households. • Statewide, more than half of households, 57%, received ECIP benefits in only one of the five years (steady), Economic Security Corporation of the Southwest Area had 58%, receive ECIP benefits in only one of the five years. More than half of the benefits received are one time users within the last 5 years. • The vast majority of households, 80%, accessed the program for short term situations, receiving benefits in only one or two years (approximately the same as 2015) Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LiHEAP) Missouri Energy Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP) Five-Year Usage by Recipient Households FY2012 through FY2016 Abc Agency ESC Of Households Participating in Five of the Last Five Years 65 21.38% 467 6.37% 304 4.15% 239 78.62% 720 9.83% Household Status Elderly, Disabled, or Young Children Other Households Of the 7326 unique households who received assistance, the vast majority (80%) accessed the program for short term situations, having received benefits in only one or two of the past five years. Only 4% of households received ECIP funds every year. Of these households, 79% are considered vulnerable, with disabled, elderly, or children under the age of 5 in the household. Most (60%) of the vulnerable households included members who are disabled. 1,581 21.58% Years Accessed (of Last 5 Years) 1 of 5 Years 4 of 5 Years 2 of 5 Years 5 of 5 Years 3 of 5 Years 4,254 58.07% 18

HOUSING & ENERGY SOLUTIONS The State of Missouri was allocated just over $73 million for utility assistance programs in 2017. This resource is utilized for the families who struggled with energy burden due to older housing stock, including heating systems. Most of these resources reduce heating and cooling costs for the most vulnerable Southwest Missourian. Over 5,089 vulnerable households utilized the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program’s Energy Assistance. These funds are designed to provide relief to low-income households who experience high usage energy during the winter and summer bill cycles, thereby reducing their risk of health and safety problems. The majority of the households targeted are considered to be very low income with 52% of households having incomes at or below 75% of the Federal Poverty guideline. For example, a household of one would be making less than $735.62 gross income per month. The Homeless Coalition’s Continuum of Care which Economic Security Corporation of SW Area (ESC), Missouri Department of Mental Health and the Jasper County Public Housing Agency are working in partnership by creating permanent supportive housing opportunities in Jasper and Newton Counties. The partnership includes: The Homeless Coalition, Missouri Department of Mental Health, Jasper County Public Housing During the winter, households were also assisted through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program’s Energy Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP). These funds are designed to be used with households with imminent threat of shut-off of their primary heating system. In the summer months funds are available to help with cooling bills. A majority of these utility customers were seniors or those suffering from medical conditions that require air conditioning. A total of 4,333 households benefited in the winter and summer with help from the Energy Crisis Intervention Program. In addition, to utility assistance payments, Economic Security Corporation of Southwest Area (ESC) was able to provide 17 furnace repairs or replacements to qualifying clients under the ECIP program. This alternative allocation of funds was extremely helpful to the families who received them because replacing or repairing a furnace can be very expensive. Agency and public landlords. Permanent Supportive Housing offers housing solutions for persons who are homeless and have a long term disability. All families or individuals pay 30% of their income towards their rent, which we refer to as their “fair share.” Then ESC provides the rental gap between the family or individual “fair share” and what the rental unit’s fair market rent is, which ensures a safe, secure and adequate home for the family We went to a MOBILE APP this year! Repairing or replacing a unit can often increase energy efficiency which can result in lower utility bills for the family. These are federal funds that keep the most vulnerable neighbors warm and safe, provided through the Department of Health and Human Services, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Permanent Housing for the Homeless, Ending Homelessness or individual. All of this happens while other community agencies provide resources and networking opportunities to maintain their health and wellness. These families may also be working part-time jobs; in many cases they are unable to maintain a full-time job due to their disability. ESC impact with this project is that 85% of 65 homeless individuals remain housed after one year, creating neighborhood stability. 19

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