LCCAA announces plan
for CARES funding
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES) allocated funding to
Lorain County Community Action Agency (LCCAA), which is
creating three new programs and expanding others.
The funds were added to LCCAA’s Community Services Block
Grant (CSBG) and will be used to create an Eviction
Avoidance Program, provide assistance with water bills, create a
community garden and more. For all CARES-funded programs,
residents must be living at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty
“We know many are struggling to meet their basic needs,” said
President and CEO Jackie Boehnlien. “The CSBG CARES
funding that came to Lorain County will predominately be used to
help residents with the essentials of housing, running water and
LCCAA is partnering with Lorain County Urban League to
create the Eviction Avoidance Program. Rent assistance is part
of the process. However, landlord and tenant mediation are also
involved. LCCAA and Urban League will make sure tenants’ legal
rights are protected as renters get back on track with their
To be eligible for the Eviction Avoidance Program, residents
must have been current on their rent as of March 1, 2020.
Funds are limited and being distributed throughout the county.
The tenant must be named in the lease. Payment will only be made
to the landlord at the address of record listed in the lease.
Eviction Avoidance began Aug. 10.
Water bill assistance will be administered through LCCAA’s HEAP
department. The program will begin Sept. 1 and additional
details will be forthcoming.
Next spring, LCCAA will partner with Our F.A.M.I.L.Y. to
create a community garden on land the agency owns on Huron
Street in Elyria. Initially, the garden will contain 20 plots
leased to community residents.
“Community gardens are a source of nutritious seasonal food for
households experiencing food insecurity,” Boehnlein said. “The
gardens become a safe gathering place where neighbors support
each other and strengthen community.”
CSBG CARES funding will allow the expansion of LCCAA’s
partnerships with local food pantries. Since 2013, LCCAA has
granted CSBG funds to dozens of food pantries in the last months
of the year. The CSBG CARES funds make these awards last the
entire year. The majority of LCCAA’s Food Pantry Partners are
also charity partners with Second Harvest of North Central
Ohio. Second Harvest will collaborate with LCCAA to put the
CSBG CARES funds directly into partner accounts each month and
keep the funding flowing throughout the year.
will also be expanded thanks to CARES funding. The program
provides free winter coats to children ages 0 to 18. The
partnership between LCCAA, Lorain Metropolitan Housing and Head
Start will be expanded to include the Timber Lake Apartments in
Avon as well as all home-based Head Start students.
Funds will be used to purchase additional equipment needed to
administer CSBG programs in a safe manner. This will include
technology that can be loaned to participants in the Youth
Services, Getting Ahead and BYCar programs for remote
programming. A second van for transporting Youth Services
participants will also be purchased to accommodate the increased
number of trips that will be required as well as allowing for
the vehicles to be pulled out of service for regular sanitation.
“The CSBG CARES funding was approved at the end of March. Since
then, as the funding made its way through the allocation and
approval processes, we have been working to make sure every
dollar would do the most good,” Boehnlein said. “Our mission is
to serve and empower Lorain County residents in need. This
funding will help us do that for many people who never thought
they’d need us.”
For complete details on LCCAA’s CSBG CARES programs, please
www.lccaa.net. For more information on the CARES Act, visit: