West Central Minnesota Communities Action, Inc., a resource agency is dedicated to reducing the effects of poverty and helping people to acheive self-sufficiency, and improving the quality of rural life.
At WCMCA we have many departments to further our purpose and mission. Those departments are as follows:
Head Start : A comprehensive child development program designed for young children and their families in the areas of health, nutrition, social service, parent involvement, and education. Head Start is designed to serve low-income children and their families. Some children with special needs may be enrolled regardless of income.
Energy Assistance & Home Weatherization : These programs assist low-income households with financial help to pay energy costs, provide heating related repairs for emergencies, and provide one-time weatherization grants to reduce home heating costs.
Emergency Family Services : Family Assets for Independence in Minnesota Program in which individuals save money for home purchase, small business, or post-secondary education, with matched at a rate of three to one; the Family Loan Program designed to assist families achieve self-sufficiency through grant installment loans in partnership with McKnight Foundation which focuses on employment, continuing education, and transportation requirements; the Foreclosure Prevention Assistance Program which is mortgage foreclosure assistance; FEMA, and Transitional Housing Program to assist people in moving from homelessness to permanent housing.
RSVP : Offering people over age 55 meaningful volunteer opportunities at non-profit organizations to enrich the lives of the seniors who volunteer and to help better the communities in which they serve. WCMCA, Inc. hosts the earned Income Tax clinic and is also involved in the Group Work Camp projects.
Housing Rehab : The MURL program sells homes to first-time home-buyers who are income-eligible and are unable to secure traditional mortgage financing. MHFA Rehabilitation Program is available in Clay, Pope, Traverse, and Wilkin Counties and can finance repairs to existing owner-occupied single-family houses up to $15,000. *The Small Cities Program rehabilitates owner-occupied housing. This department also is the Lead Risk Assessor for the area and tests for lead using an XRF machine, dust, and soil samples.