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September 11, 2011

Muskogee County Community Action Foundation helps disadvantaged

Founded in 1967, Muskogee County Community Action Foundation Inc. (MCCAF), also known as Muskogee County Community Action Partnership (MCCAP), is one of 18 community action agencies serving Oklahoma. The 501(c)(3) social services agency is dedicated to assisting disadvantaged and low-income individuals to improve their quality of life, attain self-sufficiency for themselves and their families and achieve a better standard of living. MCCAF provides social services to people in Muskogee, Wagoner, Okmulgee, and McIntosh counties each year. The agency’s programs include home weatherization assistance, affordable housing development, and nutrition programs for senior and homebound individuals.

The home weatherization program helps homeowners and renters in Muskogee County improve the energy efficiency of their homes by installation of weather stripping, attic insulation, and caulking and replacement of exterior windows and doors. To receive assistance, applicants must meet household income guidelines set by the US Department of Energy. Additionally, the home must meet health and safety standards as determined by a home assessment. The assessment is also used to determine what repairs or improvements are eligible. The program provides all labor, materials and tools needed to complete the projects at no cost to the owner or renter. So far in 2011, MCCAF has provided weatherization assistance for 60 properties. The application for assistance is available on the MCCAF website www.mccafinc.com.

The housing program maintains affordable housing for low-income residents. The program provides 60 units for senior housing at Summer Ridge Apartments, 72 units for multi-family housing at Austin Heights Apartments and 44 units for multi-family housing at Hilldale Springs Townhomes. MCCAF has also completed phases 1 and 2 of the Muskogee Affordable Housing units, which enables 110 families to obtain affordable housing throughout the area. In addition, MCCAF provides social services to residents including earned income credit education, homebuyer’s education, credit counseling.

The Senior Nutrition Program contributes provides daily nutrition for individuals 60 and older. Noon meals are served at 19 congregate meal sites in the four county area, and transportation to the sites is available for those who need it. Three sites are in Muskogee: Fairhaven Apartments, Rayfield Baptist Church, and Honor Heights Towers. MCCAP also delivers hot, frozen or non-perishable noon meals to individuals who are homebound. MCCAP serves approximately 2,000 meals daily through both programs. The meal programs are funded through federal, state and local funding operations, including a grant from the City of Muskogee Foundation. Recipients of the service or their families also contribute what they can afford toward the cost of the meals. For more information about the nutrition program, visit www.mccapnutrition.com.

For more information about the Muskogee County Community Action Foundation, contact Bree Long at deputydirector@mccafinc.com.

To recommend an organization or program for an upcoming Nonprofit Buzz column reach Rebecca Walkup at rwalkup@thenonprofitresourcecenter.org or (918) 683-4600.

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