JUSSC Plans Third-Annual Assistance Fair at Erie Street MarketWritten by Staff Reports | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Northwest Ohio based Joint Utility and Social Services Committee (JUSSC) will hold the third-annual Assistance Fair on Thursday, Oct. 20, at the Erie Street Market, 237 South Erie Street, Toledo. The event runs from noon to 4 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
The JUSSC is a collaboration of local support agencies and area utility companies who meet regularly to share information and pool
assistance resources for Northwest Ohio. As the poverty rate continues to climb across Lucas County, the need for social services continues to rise as well. The JUSSC Assistance Fair serves as a one-stop opportunity to learn about the assistance available from more then 15 local agencies.
Previous events have drawn crowds in excess of 1,000 area residents.
Recent census surveys show that 19.4 percent of Lucas County residents live below the federal poverty line of $21,970 for a family of four.
Additionally, 40 percent live at or below 200 percent the federal poverty line.
The number of families that require some sort of help be it food, clothing or utility assistance grows every day in our community,² says JUSSC Chairman Walden Wilson. Any many of these households are not aware help is available or don¹t know where to turn. We hope that we can put everyone in the same and show what programs are available, and allow those
in need to benefit from the opportunities these agencies provide.
Participating agencies include:
-Area Office on Aging of NOW, Inc.
-Buckeye Community Health
-City of Toledo
-Columbia Gas of Ohio
-Fair Housing Center
-Job & Family Services
-Lucas Metropolitan Housing Agency (LMHA)
-Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity
-Neighborhood Health Association
-Neighborhood Housing Services
-Northwest Ohio Development Agency (NODA)
-Ohio Benefit Bank
Additionally, several workshops will be offered, including:
12:30 p.m. – Overview of Services: City of Toledo
1 p.m. – PIPP Plus and Winter Reconnect: EOPA
1:30 p.m. – Avoiding Foreclosure: Fair Housing Center
2 p.m. – Overview of Services: LMHA
2:30 p.m. – Avoiding Disconnection: First Energy
3 p.m. – Services for the Insured and Unisured: Neighborhood
Depending on the information or assistance request, individuals may
be asked to show:
-Picture ID¹s for all adults in the household
-Social Security cards for all members of the household
-Birth Certificates for all members of the household
-Proof of pregnancy with due date if applicable
-Proof of income for the last 13 weeks
-Current electric and gas bills
For more information, please call 419-213-8930 or visit