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Housing Assistance In Seminole County
Recently, a shortage of homes and a high demand for them is causing a severe increase in housing costs. Statistics show that "1 in 3 households are cost-burdened," meaning they pay more than 30% of their household income, when affordable housing is defined as being below 30%. With the ever-rising costs of living, sometimes residents may not know where to turn, but in Seminole County you can find assistance at the Seminole County Community Assistance program. Seminole County Community Assistance will provide an orientation to all customers applying for financial assistance services for rental/mortgage, utility, dental, rental and utility deposits, and training. Orientations are scheduled every Monday and Wednesday at 8:15 AM except for Seminole County observed holidays that fall on those days. Click here to find the Financial Assistance Application that needs to be completed, along with all applicable additional forms and gather additional information as requested in the application prior to the orientation. If documents are missing or not completed the application process will not be able to be completed at orientation. Screening appointments will be provided to the first 24 applicants attending the orientation that day. Along with this, they also have a Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) which provides financial assistance up to $5,000 for training program tuition, books, and training supplies.

The Seminole County Legal Aid Society also assists with certain housing issues. Each week, staff attorneys provide free legal assistance to low income residents of Seminole county, who have concerns regarding pending evictions and security deposit matters.  The staff attorneys also provide legal assistance to low income senior citizens with foreclosure issues. To obtain an appointment or for further information, please call our office at 407-834-1660.

Written by Carolina Hernandez
Basic Education Advocacy Presentation
                           
Law Student Charles Richards and Attorney Silvia McLain provided a Basic Education Advocacy Presentation to participants of the Guardian Ad Litem program at the community center of the Seminole County Sheriff office in July of 2018.  The presentation included information to enhance the ability of guardian ad litem to assess the foster youth’s educational needs.  A review of 504 plans, individual education plans and graduation requirements of students enrolled in Seminole County Public Schools were provided.  The attendees  were also reminded of the importance for appointments of parent surrogates when the disabled student’s parents are not involved with the child and the child resides in a group home.

Written by Silvia McLain
Welcome Our New Intake Coordinator
This August we had the pleasure of adding a new member to the SCBALAS team. Genesis Lenis is our new Intake and Volunteer Coordinator. She is a student at UCF majoring in Psychology and plans to become an Organizational Psychologist. Her passions include studying organizational behavior as well as applying these theories to everyday problems. She is a research scholar and is involved in multiple Honor Societies at UCF. Genesis will be helping applicants schedule appointments, handling referrals, as well as keeping applicants updated with their application status. You can reach Genesis by calling the offices main number 407-834-1660.
Program Spotlight: Primrose Center
This month, we had the pleasure of learning more about the Primrose Center.  This center, while located in Orange County, assists over 300 individuals from both Orange and Seminole County. The programs within the Primrose Center are designed to support clients representing a wide range of disabilities including:  Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, Prader-Willi Syndrome, Phelan McDermid Syndrome, Down Syndrome and Asperger Syndrome. They focus on programs that are aimed at developing independence, productivity, and participation in community life. They work on a three-tier platform with an Employment Program, Residential Program, and a Training Program. Their Employment program assists individuals with disabilities find work. They pair up the individual with a Job Coach who assists them with training classes, career planning, employer consultation, and more. Their Residential program assists individuals with tools for independent, healthier living. They work with Supported Living Coaches who help with grocery shopping, money management, paying bills, cooking, and much more. The Residential Program also provides transportation to meet the varied needs of the people who live in the homes. Their last program is the Training program.  Some trainings include Adult Day Training, Therapeutic Activity Program, Behavioral Services, Primrose Industries, and Work Enclaves. Primrose also offers transportation services to people who have no other means of transportation to the Adult Training Program.

Written By Carolina Hernandez
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Upcoming Events:
  • September 12, 2018: Sealing and Expungement Workshop
    • 10AM-12PM Sanford Job Connection Center 4516 W State Rd. 46 Sanford, FL
  • September 13, 2018: Free Legal Advice Clinic for Veterans
    • 1-4PM Seminole County Public Library, 215 N Oxford R, Casselberry FL

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