A long-standing and valued area nonprofit organization, Johnston-Lee-Harnett Community Action, has received a $20,000 grant to improve housing and help those in emergency living situations. The organization was founded in 1966 and has been an important contributor to the quality of life in Lee County for over forty years. The organization has multiple programs that include:
-Head Start and Early Head Start: A developmental program that helps serve women and their young children by providing tools that are essential for mothers and children starting school.
-Successfully Transitioning to Achieve Real Self-Sufficiency (S.T.A.R.S): Promotes unity by bringing together family members and sets goals to help eliminate issues in lives.
-Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program: Encourages services for the homeless by re-housing and re-stabilizing them. The program can provide from short to medium term rental relocation and services.
-Weatherization: Using grants from the U.S Department of Energy, low-income families can reduce their energy bills by making their homes more energy efficient.
The re-housing program has procedures that it must follow in order to re-house an individual, “We will put them before a committee and the committee will decide if we are going to house them,” said the JLHCA case manager, Jeff Rawlings. JLHCA not only wants to provide housing, but place them in a home where they will thrive and learn to think on their own.
The program is currently operating from grants but there are more families that need re-housing than the fund allows. Individuals can help change a family’s life by donating to the program to JLHCA at P.O Box 1061, Sanford, NC 27330.