News & Updates

News & Updates2017-12-22T14:48:29+00:00

Sieda Community Action’s COVID-19 Response

Letters from the Executive Director on Sieda Community Action’s COVID-19 Response May 14, 2020 With the Governor easing restrictions state wide, there may be people with questions about when Sieda Community Action will be returning to business as usual. Sieda's leadership team is currently working on a plan to reopen our offices to the public. We are examining a [...]

March 17th, 2020|Agency News|

Safe Boating from Behavioral Health & Treatment Services

Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs is a problem that plagues our nation’s roads. With warmer weather comes another issue that plagues our waterways, boating under the influence. Boating Under the Influence (BUI) is a big deal. Someone operating a boat with a Blood Alcohol Content (or BAC) of over .08% is 10 times more likely to [...]

May 27th, 2020|Behavioral Health and Treatment Services|

Energy Assistance (LIHEAP) is extended to June 30

Heating assistance is available to income-eligible utility customers through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).  Sieda will accept applications online or by phone for the general public in our seven counties. You may be able to complete your application online during the application season. Click here to apply online. This is a new online platform, so clients must [...]

May 21st, 2020|Agency News, Housing Stabilization|

Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) Available for Sieda’s Area

Sieda is taking applications for the Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) program. For anyone living in Appanoose, Davis, Jefferson, Keokuk, Mahaska, Van Buren, or Wapello counties that meets the following requirements. TBRA provides subsidized housing for tenant based housing. It is a rental subsidy that helps make up the difference between what a renter can afford to pay and the [...]

May 12th, 2020|Agency News, Housing Stabilization|

Sieda Tobacco Prevention Support of “World No Tobacco Day”

This year the World No Tobacco Day will be held on May 31, 2020. The World Health Organization (WHO) will be speaking out this year to empower and educate youth and others on the dangers of tobacco use. Protecting our youth is the main focus this year. WHO encourages all young people to join the fight and become the [...]

May 7th, 2020|Behavioral Health and Treatment Services|

Low-cost Internet Access for Families

Sieda Community Action, like many service agencies, uses the internet as a way engage and inform our clients. During the current troubles, we are even more dependent on technology to process applications, provide counseling, perform virtual home visits, and engage with our preschool students and families. Access to the internet (even high speed internet) can no longer be considered [...]

April 23rd, 2020|Family Support Services|

Help for Today, and Hope for Tomorrow from Sieda BHTS

April is Alcohol Awareness Month.  The promotion allows us the opportunity to look at our own alcohol choices and/or those of others to determine if we are experiencing drinking problems or alcoholism.  People often underestimate how much they drink or are not aware of the problems drinking is causing themselves and others. The seriousness of the situation is [...]

April 20th, 2020|Behavioral Health and Treatment Services|

Sieda BHTS Prevention Strategic Prevention Framework

Sieda Behavioral Health and Treatment Services prevention specialists are using the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) as a planning process for preventing substance misuse and problem gambling. The five steps of the SPF offer prevention professionals a comprehensive process for addressing substance misuse and problem gambling. The effectiveness of the SPF begins with a clear understanding of community needs and [...]

Preschool Enrollment for 2020-2021 School Year

Families can register for Head Start preschool or our partner community school district preschools in these 7 counties: Appanoose    |    Davis    |    Jefferson    |    Keokuk Mahaska     |     Van Buren     |     Wapello Our partner community schools: Cardinal Elementary School     |     Douds Elementary School Harmony Elementary  School     [...]

April 1st, 2020|Agency News, Child Development|

Sieda COVID-19 Mental Health Support Group

During this time of social distancing and isolation with the COVID-19 pandemic many people may have feelings of loneliness, distress, frightened of uncertainty, anxiety, and depression. With isolation a person may even start to have low self-esteem. Emotional isolation can happen during times of social isolation. Sieda is providing a mental health support group that will be open to [...]

March 31st, 2020|Behavioral Health and Treatment Services|

FRAUD ALERT: USDA Warns of Scams Targeting SNAP Recipients

FRAUD ALERT: USDA Warns of Scams Targeting SNAP Recipients   (Washington, D.C., March 24, 2020) – Be on the lookout for potential scammers using the COVID-19 situation to steal personal information, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) warned Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants today. USDA is issuing this warning after receiving reports of several possible SNAP fraud attempts.  “While many [...]

March 26th, 2020|Agency News|