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About Us

About ACCESS

ACCESS is the Community Action Agency of Jackson County. Through partnership with a caring community we provide immediate and long-term solutions that lead people in need toward self-sufficiency. ACCESS uses local contributions to supplement our Nutrition, Housing and Senior Programs. Other programs are mainly funded through grants and contracts. ACCESS is a private not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) organization; Federal ID No. 93-06665396. All donations are tax deductible per tax code.

History

ACCESS has been helping Jackson County residents achieve economic stability since 1976. With a focus on education, we help low-income families and seniors through economic crisis by guiding them through changes in the habits that help them become self-sustaining. ACCESS currently serves Jackson County residents through 15 programs designed to address issues from one-time emergencies to longer-term issues.

Community Involvement

Our vision is to create a sustainable environment of self-sufficiency, self-respect and service to others.
Our food assistance programs include:

The ACCESS Food Pantry Network, providing emergency food boxes to hungry families in Jackson County.
Our Fresh Alliance program, which collects and distributes meat, milk, dairy and other perishable products from grocery stores.
The Commodity Supplemental Food Program from the USDA to help improve nutrition for seniors.
ACCESS Gardens throughout Jackson County, where we grow healthy produce for the food pantries.
Local gardeners growing and sharing extra fruits and vegetables through our Plant-a-Row program.

The ACCESS Housing Programs are dedicated to creating affordable housing so low to moderate income people are able to live in safe, decent homes. Our housing programs include:

Rental Assistance to prevent eviction and homelessness.
Certified HUD Counseling that gives guidance and assistance. This may include matched savings accounts to build financial resources, an education class before home purchase, first-time buyer’s assistance, foreclosure intervention, and reverse mortgage counseling for seniors.
Since 1992, ACCESS has designed, funded and built over 200 units of quality affordable housing.

ACCESS Energy and Weatherization Programs help with heating and cooling costs.

Our Low-Income Heating Assistance provides a one-time payment toward winter heating costs.
ACCESS offers an Energy Education Program with tips to make homes more efficient.
A Low-Income Weatherization Program helps bring down energy costs.

ACCESS also refers clients to other agency programs and community resources. We make in-home visits to vulnerable residents and help them stay in a safe and healthy environment. ACCESS also loans medical equipment at no cost to eligible residents.