Grant supports housing assistance program
More than 34,000 people in Sts. Joachim & Ann Care Service service area consisting of St. Charles, Lincoln and Warren counties are living below the poverty line, according to the U.S. Census.
That leaves individuals and families struggling to provide the most basic needs, such as food and shelter. A lack of both affordable housing and financial resources also poses a challenge.
Through the agency's efforts and additional funding such as a recent $7,500 Operation Round Up grant, the agency is able to house persons who were homeless, prevent many from becoming homeless, provide utility assistance or prevent disconnects.
"We have not seen a decrease in the need for services," Sts. Joachim & Ann Executive Director Jack Lipin said.
In 2018, Sts. Joachim & Ann served approximately 1,350 households (3,411 individuals) in St. Charles, Lincoln and Warren counties in the housing assistance program.
Persons who qualify for housing assistance must be homeless or in danger of becoming homeless because of eviction or mortgage foreclosure, a utility shut-off, or are in need of an emergency home repair. To qualify, recipients must meet income guidelines, at or below 50 percent of the area median income level.
Persons needing help should call 636-441-1302 or visit www.jacares.org to learn more about the services offered by Sts. Joachim & Ann.
Financial contributions are accepted throughout the year. Donations may be made through the agency's website, dropped off Monday-Friday between 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., or mailed to 4116 McClay Road, St. Charles, MO 63304.
Since 1997, the agency has received nearly $135,000 in grants from the Cuivre River Electric Community Trust Board.