Income Support Programs
Keep the Heat
Keep the Heat is an Energy Assistance Program run in partnership with the Unemployed Help Centre and Housing Information Services. SECC assists persons living in Leamington and Kingsville in accessing this program. This program provides assistance to low-income households experiencing an energy crisis, who are financially unable to meet the basic human need of heat.
The eligibility criteria is:
• All low income households will be considered
• The utility bill must be in the applicants name & must match the address of the applicant
• The applicant must be in threat of disconnection
Community Volunteer Income Tax Program
The Community Volunteer Income Tax Program offered by SECC aims to help eligible taxpayers who do not know how to prepare their income tax and benefit returns, and who have a low to modest income and a simple tax situation. Tax returns are prepared by trained volunteers. The program operates year round, with the bulk of the returns being done in March and April.
All year, South Essex Community Council collects spring and winter coats and accessories for the entire family. Special coat collection events are held in September and October. Coats are available during the distribution period in early November.
Personal Supply Closet and Kits for At-Risk Youth
SECC maintains a personal supply closet in cases of emergency for individuals in need of personal supplies such as soap, shampoo, tooth paste and tooth brushes. The closet is supplied through donations from a variety of churches and other groups, as well as financial donations.
In addition, each year at Christmas, SECC assembles personal supply kits for at-risk youth and distributes them to local high schools. The kits contain personal supplies and various gift cards; these kits are made possible through the generous donations of community members and churches, as well as partnerships with local businesses.