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May 11, 2012
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Gordon Anderson (512) 475-4743

State awards $125,000 to regional nonprofit helping
lift farmworkers into self sufficiency

(AUSTIN) — The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) today announced a $125,000 award to a Levelland-based nonprofit organization working to reduce the number of migrant farmworker households living in poverty and help them transition toward greater self-sufficiency.

South Plains Community Action Association will use the funds to provide clients vocational development skills and training, including assistance with tuition, textbooks, supplies, and immunizations; rent, security and utility deposit assistance; food and other household items; and transportation assistance, including vehicle repair, fuel, and bus tokens.

The organization provides a wide range of services to low income clients living in Bailey, Cochran, Crosby, Dickens, Floyd, Garza, Hale, Hockley, King, Lamb, Lynn, Motley Terry, and Yoakum counties designed to foster self-sufficiency.

“Helping Texans transition out of poverty and toward self-sufficiency is a critical component of TDHCA’s mission,” noted TDHCA Executive Director Tim Irvine. “Migrant farmworkers have unique needs that might otherwise go unmet, making it more difficult for these individuals to ever achieve self-reliance. Through partnerships with organizations like South Plains Community Action, we can soon measure success not by the number of people we help, but by the number who longer depend on our assistance.”  

The award was part of a $676,600 discretionary fund award under the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Program and represents a portion of the state’s $32.4 million annual allocation from the federal government.

In addition to the South Plains Community Action Association, also awarded discretionary funds to one county and two nonprofit organizations serving migrant farmworkers; and both the Texas Homeless Network and Texas Association of Community Action Agencies, two statewide organizations providing technical assistance and training to TDHCA funded homeless services providers and to CSBG eligible entities.

The CSBG Program assists households earning no more than 125 percent of the federal poverty guideline, which equals an annual income of $28,812.50 for a family of four. Funding for the program comes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and supports a variety of direct services in addition to helping maintain the core administrative elements of local partner organizations.

About the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs
The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs is committed to expanding fair housing choice and opportunities for Texans through the administration and funding of affordable housing and homeownership opportunities, weatherization, and community-based services with the help of for-profits, nonprofits, and local governments. For more information about fair housing, funding opportunities, or services in your area, please visit www.tdhca.state.tx.us or the Learn about Fair Housing in Texas page. 

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