The Family Service Center meets with each family who seeks assistance from Longview Community Ministries. Requests vary but include: food, rent or mortgage, utilities, prescriptions, heaters, fans, dental extraction and medical screening as well as free basic life and job skill training classes. Volunteers work to identify families who qualify for LCM food and financial assistance programs.
LCM provides emergency food once monthly to families in need. Individuals requesting a food box at LCM must show proof of Longview residency and fill out a Food Form and USDA Form when they visit the Family Service Center. All members of the household must be listed on the forms. Food box recipients who are able to cook in their home may pick up a box of food once a month. Homeless individuals and families may pick up 2 transient bags per month per household member. The goal of the food pantry is fighting hunger so we provide Outreach Bags to anyone in the community who would like to volunteer and give a bag of food to panhandlers, people living on the street or anyone who is unable to access LCM’s food pantry.
* DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE *
Proof of Longview residency
Photo ID (head of household)
Proof of income or assistance for entire household
Social Security cards for all members of household
Funding for emergency rental assistance is limited. Families must have LCM documentation completed by their landlord/owner prior to coming in for an interview. IHAP (4 month rental assistance with LCM class requirements) rental assistance may be available two years after emergency rental assistance. *Families receiving subsidized city housing, living in tax credit properties or paying rent that is less than market value (rent based on income) are not eligible.
LCM offers financial assistance to help pay utilities for families in crisis. These funds are available to those who have a bill within five days of the due date or disconnect date. Utility assistance is provided with proof of payment for the remainder of bill. Assistance may be for electricity ($100 max), water ($50 max), gas ($50 max) and spaced at least two months apart. Utility assistance is limited to a maximum of 3 assists per utility (every 2 years), for a total of 9 utility assists in a lifetime. The bill must be presented, and must be in the name of the person requesting the assistance. Attendance of LCM’s financial management classes is required after the 2nd and 3rd utility assistance, in order to receive further financial assistance of any kind.
LCM may provide assistance for medication for an acute illness. Prescription assistance is limited to a maximum of $100 per household every two months. Attendance of LCM’s Medication Education class is required after a 2nd Rx assistance, in order receive continued Rx assistance. Rx assistance may resume after completion of required class.
(No pain or mood altering medications.)
Each adult in a household may receive one dental extraction every two years.
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Items such as steel toed boots, birth certificates, or other work related necessities may be provided with appropriate documentation from employers. Transportation provided for documented out of town medical appointments. Also, fans and heaters for elderly (65+) or disabled, and families with children 12 years or younger may be available every two years.
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Classes at LCM guide and teach clients healthy life skills, computer skills, and money management.