|Family Crisis Service Center|
The Family Crisis Service Center meets with each family who seeks assistance from Longview Community Ministries. Requests vary but include: food, rent, utilities, transportation, fans, blankets, medical assistance as well as free basic life and job skill training classes.
Volunteer interviewers identify families who would qualify for established community/state programs (i.e. sliding scale low/no cost health insurance for children, further nutritional guidance for women and children, parenting programs, etc...) and refer them to the appropriate agency for on-going assistance.
Requirements for Financial Assistance
Typical Requests for Assistance
Funding for emergency rental assistance is limited and available to families on a one time only basis who can provide proof of a Longview address and meet certain criteria. Families must have signed separate documentation (LCM will provide the correct form) indicating evidence of paying full market rent. If the family has not received emergency rental assistance within the last two years, they may be eligible for the Incremental Housing Assistance Program (IHAP) (click here for brochure). IHAP requires clients to attend one class per month for the duration of 4 months to qualify for increments of $200; $150; $100 and $50 per month toward rent.
Emergency Rental Assistance Requirements
Calls for rent appointments are accepted on the 20th of the month for assistance for the next month. Please call and LEAVE A MESSAGE as early as possible on the 20th.
All paperwork must be filled out BEFORE scheduling your appointment. After paperwork is completed, call the Assistant Director at 903-753-3561, ext. 205 to schedule an interview. NO WALK IN INTERVIEWS FOR RENT.
Utility assistance is limited to a maximum amount of the last fifty dollars of a gas or water bill, or last hundred of an electric bill. The bill must indicate the name of the person requesting aid; who in turn must not have received such funding within the last two years.
Prescription drug assistance may be provided with proper financial documentation. Clients must already have their prescription in hand and LCM may seek to find the best prices available to help fill that need, up to approximately $60.
Dental assistance will be provided as a one time only service - for extractions only. With the development of the Longview Emergency Dental Outreach at Alpine Church of Christ and the participation of volunteer dental professionals, additional opportunities to serve more people who are suffering may become available. To assess financial need, LCM volunteers will conduct interviews and make referrals to the LEDO program.
Any resident of Longview can receive emergency food once a month. There is a form to be filled out at the Longview Community Ministries Office to gather information so the correct amount of food is given; those with larger families need more.
Fans, blankets or heaters are available to the elderly, disabled, or families with infants in the home.