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April 21, 2011

AmeriCorps and Mutual Self Help Housing Team Up!

EICAP’s Mutual Self Help Housing Program has participants currently building in Sweet County Estates.  Progress is being made on 8 houses with a projected completion date of fall 2011.  This spring Mutual Self Help is very pleased to have a team of 10 young people from the AmeriCorps NCCC volunteering for six weeks to help complete the houses for EICAP.  EICAP is extremely lucky to have AmeriCorps chose our Mutual Self Help Housing Program as one of their 2011 projects.

The AmeriCorps program is a full-time, team-based program for men and women age 18-24. The mission of AmeriCorps NCCC is to strengthen communities and develop leaders through direct, team-based nation and community service.  In partnership with non-profits-secular and faith based, local municipalities, state governments, federal government, national or state parks, Indian Tribes and schools, members complete service projects throughout the region they are assigned.  Our group of volunteers is six women and four men based in Sacramento, California, but from hometowns in Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Jersey, West Virginia, Connecticut, Nebraska and New York.  These young men and women are all college educated and have made a 10 month commitment to the AmeriCorps, putting the pursuit of their careers on hold for that time to act upon their belief in community service to others.

Applications are currently being accepted for two locations for future houses.  One is in the Sweet Country Estates, north of Idaho Falls, next to the 8 houses currently being constructed.  The other is located in Yellowstone Crossing near the newly completed Lakeview Family Apartments in Roberts. Both locations have a limited number of lots available.  For more information call 522-5391 or visit the Mutual Self Help Housing page for an appication.

EICAP also offers subsidized rental housing to families and senior/disabled located throughout our service area.  Information for this program including property locations can be found at the link above or by calling our main office.

Community Action Agencies were established to fight the War on Poverty in 1964. Eastern Idaho Community Action Partnership, located at 935 E Lincoln Rd in Idaho Falls serves the nine eastern Idaho counties with services to help low-income individuals become independent and self-sufficient. EICAP is one of over 1,000 Community Action Agencies in the United States that provide services to every county in the nation.