Low-income individuals usually lack the education and/or skills needed to obtain and maintain employment. Many times, these individuals do not receive jobs because they cannot pass pre-employment test, do not meet educational eligibility criteria, and lack employment competency skills. The FSSP provides a comprehensive and holistic approach to services for entire families by empowering individuals to actively pursue a better life and obtain employment that pays a living wage.
The FSSP encompasses the development of a specified case plan, tailored to each customer and designed to address barriers to self-sufficiency such as employment and education. In addition, this program teaches customers to generate more income as well as enable them to make better use of available income and other financial resources. The FSSP also helps customers prepare for the General Education Development (GED) exam, assists with enrollment and financial aid for vocational training or post-secondary education courses, provides assistance with transportation costs and secures child care for customers in order for them to complete job training. As the “War on Poverty” continues, NFCAA is committed to its mission by helping families produce outcomes and become self-sufficient, ending their dependence on outside assistance.
Individuals interested in the FSSP should contact their local NFCAA office to receive dates on upcoming orientation sessions and eligibility criteria.
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NFCAA provides emergency services such as rent and mortgage assistance, utility assistance, household food purchases, child care assistance, transportation assistance and help in securing adequate housing.
NFCAA and its financial community partners provide financial literacy training throughout Northeast Florida. In addition to this training, NFCAA partners with United Way through its Real Sense Prosperity Campaign to provide free tax preparation for its customers. NFCAA helps customers identify Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC), eliminating expensive fees paid to private tax preparers.
In an effort to increase economic independence, customers are trained to incorporate tax return dollars into their household budgets to meet living expenses and to establish saving accounts to invest toward their future.
NFCAA’s signature youth program, Data Busters, helps teens ages 14-17 to prepare for the workplace through classroom instruction and practical paid work experience. During the six-week summer program, teens receive instruction on career topics such as conflict resolution, effective communication, team building and resume writing. Additionally, participants receive life skills training on money management, critical thinking, and nutrition. Classroom instruction, held at various educational institutions, helps teens master Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, which are essential tools in business. Data Buster students also work 10 hours each week at local nonprofit organizations and government agencies, which allows them the opportunity to apply their new knowledge in the workplace and earn wages.
NFCAA is proud to have educational partners such as Florida State College at Jacksonville in Duval and Nassau Counties; St. Johns River State College in Clay, Putnam and St. Johns Counties; the Baker County School District; and the Flagler County School District, that helped ensure area youth success in developing foundational work skills and gain employment experience. Many Data Busters Alumni attribute their experiences with helping them to envision future goals, establishing skills set and means to achieve their goals.
NFCAA chooses the top performing Data Busters participants in each of its seven counties to receive a laptop and printer. The agency will also present two of these youth with a $500 Leadership Scholarship at its Annual Awards and Recognition Luncheon.
Youth interested in participating in Data Busters should contact their local NFCAA office for an application and eligibility criteria.
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LIHEAP assists low-income households with immediate and emergency home energy needs. NFCAA makes direct payments to utility companies when a family does not have the funds and is in danger of having their electricity disconnected.
Individuals seeking utility assistance must utilize NFCAA’s appointment line to schedule appointments as long as LIHEAP funds are available. Residents of Baker, Clay, Nassau, Putnam, and St. Johns Counties should contact their local NFCAA office between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on Friday of each week. The appointment line for Flagler County residents is available from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Thursday of each week. Individuals residing in Duval County should call 904-301-2812 on Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. to schedule an appointment for utility assistance. Appointments in all counties are given on a first come, first serve basis.
NFCAA also conducts outreach in all counties to provide utility assistance to the elderly, disabled, and households with children 5 and under.
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The SSVF Program addresses homelessness for Veterans and their families. NFCAA assists eligible Veterans in transitioning from homelessness to permanent housing and preventing at-risk families from becoming homeless. The Agency provides time-limited emergency housing assistance to help Veteran’s families stay in or acquire permanent housing on a sustainable basis. NFCAA also provides eligible Veteran families with outreach, case management, and assistance in obtaining VA and other benefits.
Veterans and their families interested in receiving assistance should contact the Emmett Reed Center at 904-632-1470.Top
WAP helps lower utility costs by replacing or repairing elements of the home that contribute to energy waste. This program is income based with priority given to seniors, people with disabilities and households with children.
WAP Provides weatherization services in Baker, Duval, Flagler, Nassau and Putnam Counties. The purpose of the program is to make a home more energy-efficient and reduce electric and water costs. Components of the program include testing air infiltration, improving heating and air conditioning methods, replacing or repairing insulation, among other energy-saving strategies, like replacing shower heads, insulating the floors and attic, repairing cracked ceilings and more.
Individuals interested in receiving weatherization should contact their local NFCAA office with Duval County residents contacting NFCAA’s central office at 904-398-7472.
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Barriers are eliminated to employment connecting eligible young adults to the education and training that is needed to increase economic self-sufficiency.Top
LISC and Jax Journey is a community revitalization effort provided in the North Riverside area of Jacksonville that empowers residents to own a stake in their communities and improve the conditions in which they live.Top