Gallipolis Community Action Agency office closes due to decreases in funding

By Lindsay Kriz

August 20, 2014

GALLIPOLIS — The Gallia-Meigs Community Action Agency office in Gallipolis was closed recently due to a decrease of grants, or program funding, according to a press release.

The building has been closed since Aug. 1, and the news release advises all customers needing Community Action Agency services will be receiving the same assistance from the C.A.A.’s main office located in Cheshire. The C.A.A. also still has an office in Middleport.

According to the release, the program’s Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), the Emergency-Home Energy Assistance Program (E-HEAP), Summer Crisis Program (a program that benefits eligible Ohioans with cooling assistance between July 1-Aug. 21, 2014), and Housing and Weatherization programs are just some services that will be affected by the move.

According to Sandra Edwards, emergency services division director based in the Cheshire office, the programs housed within the downtown location could not afford to pay rent on the building and serve the public, as most grants go toward clients. Edwards said that some programs had also lessened the grant amounts, which also added a burden to keeping the downtown Gallipolis C.A.A. office open. While Gallia County is also hurting for money, Edwards said the best course of action was to keep the main office in Cheshire open.

“It’s just a matter of the economy,” she said. “The government’s done a lot of cutting out of things, but maybe sometime in the future we can get more programs back when we have more money.”

Edwards said if the C.A.A. in Gallia County receives more programs and funding in the future, they will open up another office again in Gallipolis for the benefit of those living in other areas, like Crown City.

“It may be only eight or 10 more miles, but sometimes they don’t have the money,” she said.