Organized Community Action Program P.O. Box 1702 Andalusia, AL 36420-1702
Covington County Administration Building 242 Hillcrest Drive (Room #181)Andalusia, AL 36420
Mission Statement: The Organized Community Action Program is a private, non-profit community based, community action agency dedicated to improving the quality of life for the population served.
Basic Purposes: The Organized Community Action Program is a self-help agency, which provides an opportunity for human dignity by providing decent housing, food, clothing, health assistance, counseling, referrals, and job placement. OCAP’s goal is to seek solutions to the social and economic problems related to poverty. It is through joint efforts among our counties of Bullock, Butler, Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Lowndes, and Pike that OCAP can provide its services.
Community Services – OCAP provides programs, which help low-income, disabled, elderly and unemployed persons to meet their basic needs when they have no available means for themselves. Trained personnel provide these persons with necessities such as food, clothing, shelter, energy assistance, and referrals to other OCAP program areas and referrals to other agencies when OCAP does not have the means to meet their needs. Workshops and counseling services are provided to help low income persons make better use of their available income.
Low Income Home Energy Assistance – The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a program in which OCAP helps low-income households meet the cost of heating their homes in the winter and cooling their homes in the summer.
Emergency Food and Shelter – Through funds awarded by the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program, OCAP provides emergency assistance to unemployed, under-employed, and less than fully employed people if they are without means to provide for themselves. OCAP can make a one-time rent/mortgage payment to prevent eviction and a one-time utility payment to provide persons with assistance through crisis times in their life.
Weatherization – Weatherization assists in achieving a healthy living environment and to reduce energy consumption in the dwellings of low-income persons, particularly for the elderly and handicapped, and to aid those households least able to afford high-energy costs.
Housing Counseling – OCAP provides comprehensive counseling and intervention services that may assist consumers in improving their housing conditions and meet the responsibilities of home ownership and tenancy.
Alabama Business Charitable Trust Fund – The purpose of the Trust is to assist low-income families who need assistance in paying their utilities. The two programs include Emergency Energy and Emergency Cooling. ABC Trust also provides assistance with home repairs in coordination with the Weatherization Program.