PROGRAMS

2019 Programs Offered

Energy Assistance

The Minnesota Energy Assistance Program provides financial assistance to households to help pay a portion of their home energy and heating bills. The grants are based on the household size, income, fuel type, and energy usage. Primary Heat grants are sent directly to the household’s fuel and/or electric vendors to assist household’s ability to maintain affordable and continuous energy by providing grants to lower their energy burden.

Crisis Program

Households are eligible to receive a Crisis Benefit if they were determined eligible for a Primary Heat grant and are in a heating or electric emergency situation that the primary heat grant does not resolve. Crisis requests are addressed immediately to avert life threatening and no heat situations.

Energy Related Repair

This program is available to homeowners experiencing a life threatening situation or a no-heat emergency due to a malfunctioning or nonfunctioning heating system. The program will assist in repairing or replacing the homeowner’s primary heating system. Proof of ownership is required. This program is available only to households that were determined eligible for the Energy Assistance Program.

For additional information regarding the Energy Assistance Program, please click here.

Head Start: Prenatal to Five

Head Start: Prenatal to Five is a school readiness program which helps families provide the best possible opportunities for their children in preparation for Kindergarten. Programs work with families to make connections in the communities they live, support needs and set goals.

Our programs offer:

  • Assistance for families in keeping children up to date with health, dental and nutrition needs.
  • Educational opportunities for families.
  • Referrals and support services for families.
  • Support & services for children with special needs.
  • Mental Health support services for children, families & staff.
  • Parent leadership & volunteer opportunities.

For additional information regarding the Head Start Program, please click here.

FAMILY HOMELESS PREVENTION AND ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (FHPAP)

FHPAP is designed to provide direct service assistance to prevent homelessness and to move homeless families into stable housing. This program, funded through MN Housing, is available in Cass and Beltrami Counties.

TRANSITIONAL HOUSING

BI-CAP owns and/or manages scattered-site transitional housing units in Beltrami and Cass Counties. Transitional housing is interim shelter between homelessness and permanent housing. BI-CAP units are available for families with children. Utilizing the home visiting model, housing specialists and families work together to overcome barriers, develop skills, and create a permanent housing plan.

BELTRAMI COUNTY HOUSING LOCATOR PROGRAM

The Housing Locator program works with Seriously Mentally Ill individuals who are referred by Beltrami County caseworkers. The Housing Locator works closely with participants to locate and secure housing.

EMERGENCY SOLUTIONS GRANT-RAPID REHOUSING (ESG-RR)

A program funded through MN Department of Human Services designed to get people into housing as soon as possible with minimal time spent homeless. The program provides for short to medium term rental assistance and accompanying case management to address barriers, identify goals and work toward housing stability. Available to those at or below 30% Area Median Income. Tenants must pay 30% of their income toward rent.

CASS COUNTY SCATTERED-SITE RAPID REHOUSING

Available for homeless families and individuals. Participants in this program find affordable units on the open market and pay 30% of their income towards rent. Services include case management for up to 24 months to address barriers to housing stability.

DHS LONG TERM HOMELESS SERVICES GRANT

BI-CAP is one of six partners (five Community Action Agencies, and Evergreen Youth & Family Services) for the DHS Service Grant. Service dollars are available to households who are experiencing long-term homelessness by MN State definition. This program is available in Cass and Beltrami Counties and is funded by the State Department of Human Services (DHS).

HOUSING TRUST FUND RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

Housing Trust Fund Rental Assistance is accessible to clients who appear as High Priority Homeless on the Coordinated Entry Priority Lists. The program provides a rental subsidy based on income for up to 60 months. The program is available in Cass and Beltrami Counties and is funded by MN Housing.

PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING (PSH)

Permanent Supportive Housing serves homeless individuals with a documented disability. Participants receive a rental subsidy and accompanying support services. PSH is offered in both Beltrami and Cass Counties.

HOMEWORK STARTS WITH HOME (HSWH)

Rental assistance and supportive services for homeless families with school-age children, Pre-K to 12th Grade, and unaccompanied youth in Beltrami County.

SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (SNAP)

BI-CAP is a SNAP Outreach site to provide information regarding SNAP benefits and assist applicants to apply for food support.

For additional information regarding the Housing Program, please click here.

DOE Weatherization

The BI-CAP Weatherization department works with clients to improve the energy efficiency, health and safety, and to decrease the energy consumption of their home. Homeowners who applied for Energy Assistance are referred to this program. Priority is given to elderly and handicapped households with high energy consumption and single head of households with children. The following energy saving measures are eligible activities: air sealing, upgrading furnace efficiency, insulation for home’s shell, health and safety measures, and in some cases door and/or window replacement in mobile homes only. Agency Energy Auditors perform pre- and post-inspections with the use of blower doors. This test checks the air tightness of the home, allowing the energy auditor and contractor to identify air leaks, central air quality, and prevent over tightness. All measures performed must be determined to ensure cost effectiveness utilizing the Weatherization Assistant software.

Crow Wing Power Conservation Improvement Program

The Crow Wing Power Conservation Improvement Program is designed to help income qualified Crow Wing Power customers save money on their energy bills. To assist clients with refrigerator replacements and/or water heater replacements we make direct referrals to Crow Wing Power.

Otter Tail Power Conservation Improvement Program

The Otter Tail Power Conservation Improvement Program is designed to help income qualified Otter Tail Power customers save money on their energy bills. Agency Energy Auditors perform an electric analysis and a few of the items provided for the household include: LED bulbs, aerators, engine block heaters, refrigerator replacement, freezer replacement, and water heater replacement that can be put on off-peak. If electric is the primary heat, additional weatherization measures may be provided such as insulation and air sealing.

Beltrami Electric Co-op Conservation Improvement Program

The Beltrami Electric Co-op Conservation Improvement Program is designed to help income qualified Beltrami Electric customers save money on their energy bills. Agency Energy Auditors perform an electric analysis, and a few of the items provided for the household include: LED bulbs, aerators, refrigerator replacement and attic and wall insulation.

Minnesota Power Conservation Improvement Program

The Minnesota Power Conservation Improvement Program is designed to help income qualified Minnesota Power customers save money on their energy bills. Agency Energy Auditors perform an electric analysis and a few of the items provided for the household include: LED bulbs, refrigerator replacement, freezer replacement, dehumidifier replacement and, in homes with an electric water heater, showerhead and faucet aerators.

Lake Country Power Conservation Improvement Program

The Lake Country Power Conservation Improvement Program is designed to help income qualified Lake Country Power customers save money on their energy bills. Agency Energy Auditors perform an electric analysis and a few of the items provided for the household include: compact fluorescent bulbs, refrigerator replacement, freezer replacement, water heater replacement, window air conditioner replacement, and washing machine replacement.

For additional information regarding the Weatherization Program, please click here.

YouthBuild

YouthBuild is a comprehensive work training program with five components: Education, Construction, Leadership Development, Case Management support, and Placement Services. Orientation for entry into the program is announced yearly to the community. Low income qualifying young adults ages 16-24 who have dropped out of traditional high school are eligible for consideration into the YouthBuild Program. Participants average approximately 29 hours/ week and earn minimum wage while participating in all components of the 6 month minimum program. BI-CAP YouthBuild partners with Cass Lake Bena ALC and ABE to provide on-site teaching staff for participants to earn their high school diploma or equivalency. Participants perform skills assessments, explore careers and post-secondary options, write résumés, and learn other life skills, such as: budgeting, cooking, vehicle maintenance, gardening, and more. Construction is a method by which participants can give back to the community. This teaches them valuable work readiness skills while building a credible work history through the process of building a single family home from ground-up. The home is then sold to a low-income community member. Service Learning and Community Volunteering are also built into the program. Participants have the opportunity to be a part of the Policy Committee to represent the student body as well as experience increased responsibility as they alternate weekly leadership roles. One to two Interns are also chosen to assist staff based on their attendance and performance over the duration of the program. YouthBuild staff utilize community partners and program resources to try to help participants resolve barriers, such as: transportation, housing, child care, and acquiring their driver’s permit/license. Participants also receive employment and post-secondary placement assistance as they are ready to exit the program.

YouthBuild Registration

If interested in the YouthBuild Program, fill out an application at 3023 Mill St. NE, Bemidji.

For additional information regarding the YouthBuild Program, please click here.

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