Comprehensive Referrals (Individual & Family) 

MYCAP has various services and programs to assist income eligible people in Mahoning County with their needs. These services and programs are explained to our customers in easy to understand terms and everyone is provided with information on how to apply. In addition, there are several other community services and agencies willing to help. We realize it can be very overwhelming trying to find help for food, clothing, shelter, transportation and a number of other necessities, so we provide the information and tools people need so they can easily make contact and receive the help they need from other local agencies. Agencies

Computer Literacy

This program aims to help people learn the basics of how to operate a computer and how to find information over the internet. This is available for Mahoning County adults age 18 and older.  Computer Literacy

Early Head Start

Designed for children six-weeks to 3 years of age. This full-day pre-school program provides enrichment and sensory stimulation to young minds, preparing them for the learning process. Unique to this program are services for pregnant women, providing them with support and education to assist them on their journey to motherhood.  Early Head Start EHS HS

Electric Partnership Program (EPP)

The Electric Partnership Program (EPP) improves the electric efficiency of low-income households who participate in the PIPP Plus program. It gives homeowners an opportunity to replace old light bulbs with new compact fluorescent bulbs and possibly replace their present refrigerator and/or freezer with a brand new Energy Star Model that is much-more energy efficient. EPP Electric Partnership Program (EPP)

Energy Services Programs (Some restrictions apply for each program)

Throughout the course of a year there are a number of different home energy assistance programs that help eligible residents with their utility bills and energy conservation. This includes: the Electric Partnership Program (EPP); the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP); the Home Weatherization Assistance Program (HWAP); the Percentage of Income Payment Plan Plus (PIPP Plus); the Summer Crisis Program; and the Winter Crisis Program. Residents are eligible for these programs if they meet certain income guidelines and requirements. Energy Assistance Programs Application for 2013-2014

Federal Poverty Guidelines

All of the services offered at MYCAP are dependent on the individual or family income. These guidelines are established by the state and federal government. MYCAP adheres to these guidelines. Here is a complete list of the income guidelines that MYCAP uses for all of the services. Federal Poverty Income Guidelines Chart

Financial Stability Strategies

This program is geared toward assisting low income individuals with a development plan that will eventually lead them to economic stability. After learning simple strategies, individuals are able to prepare a planned budget and eventually it will enable them to become self-sufficient. Also, they will learn how to deal with current financial issues that seem to be overwhelming and unmanageable.

Foster Grandparents Program

Foster Grandparents are individuals who are 55 years of age or older, have a limited income, are in good health and love children. Participants in this program volunteer an average of 15 hours a week in the Head Start classrooms giving children much-needed attention that can positively impact their lives. For more information on becoming a Foster Grandparent call 330-747-7921.

Head Start

A comprehensive pre-school program for children 3 to 5 years of age. Degreed teachers provide a nurturing learning environment that leads to the social, emotional and physical growth of the child. Head Start students have access to dental care, vision screenings and nutrition. Also, children and parents are educated about proper nutrition and ways to eat healthy. The children in Head Start/Early Head Start are provided with USDA quality meals during breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack. In addition, there are immunizations and developmental screenings. The Parent Engagement Program enables parents to get involved early in the education of their children. When parents work with teachers for the betterment of their children, children are more likely to be prepared and ready to begin kindergarten with the proper attitude and necessary tools to be successful. The Head Start and Early Head Start programs encourage this type of commitment from parents. EHS HS Head Start & Early Head Start

Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)

The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) is a federally funded program administered by the Ohio Development Services Agency Office of Community Assistance. It is designed to help income eligible Mahoning County residents and Ohioans meet the high costs of home heating. If you are eligible for assistance, the amount of your one-time HEAP benefit will depend on federal funding levels, how many people live with you, total household income and the primary fuel you use to heat your home. In most cases, the one-time benefit will be a credit applied to your energy bill by your utility company or fuel vendor.

MYCAP works closely with utility companies and the Ohio Development Services Agency to make sure customers are not without heat and power during the cold weather months. The HEAP Winter Crisis Program provides a one-time payment per heating season to restore or retain home heating. Households eligible include those that already had their utility service terminated, face the threat of disconnection, or have less than a 10-day supply of bulk fuel. HEAP 2013-14 Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)

Home Weatherization Assistance Program (HWAP)

Homes without weatherization cost more money to heat and more money to cool. They can also complicate breathing conditions, such as asthma and COPD. Inefficient weatherized homes can also mask undetected safety hazards. Through energy efficient improvements, safety checks and consumer education, MYCAP takes a comprehensive approach to maximize energy and help people save money.

Services provided include attic, wall and basement insulation, blower-door and diagnostic testing for air leakages and heating system repairs or replacements as needed in each home. The program also identifies and repairs health, safety and comfort-related problems common in older homes often occupied by low-income families.

In a nutshell, the HWAP Program is designed to increase the energy efficiency of dwellings owned or occupied by income-eligible residents, reduce household energy costs and improve the health and safety of residents. MYCAP Receives HWAP Grant

Male Involvement Program

The Male Involvement Program is for fathers and other significant males in the lives of children. These men strengthen their relationship with their children and families.  In this program, trainings are provided to help fathers and males improve their parenting skills and provide them with the necessary resources to ensure that each child has access to a dedicated, resourceful, parental team.  MYCAP recognizes and celebrates the important role fathers play in the lives of their children. Activities in this program include reading to children in Head Start classrooms; workshops on health literacy; and recreational activities such as bowling, roller skating and football. Male Involvement Male Involvement Program

Ohio Benefit Bank (OBB)

MYCAP is a member of Ohio Benefit Bank (OBB) Network. Computers are made available during regular business hours (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) to the public. This gives residents the opportunity to see if other state and federal programs can assist them. These programs can possibly provide additional resources or services to individuals and families. One program is the Veterans Education & Training Program. OBB helps veterans find specific resources, including assistance in filling out application forms for housing, tuition fees, books and training. For additional information contact the  MYCAP Youngstown office at 330-747-7921. Ohio Benefit Bank

Ohio Means Yes Development Business Response Line  (800)-848-1300

Percentage of Income Payment Plan Plus (PIPP Plus)

This gives income eligible households an extended payment arrangement that requires gas and electric companies to accept payments based on a percentage of the household income. PIPP

Rural Services

The Western Mahoning County office in Sebring, Ohio was established to make it more convienent to service the Western Mahoning County customers. MYCAP provides services to individuals and families living in the rural communities of Berlin, Ellsworth, Lake Milton, New Springfield, Smith, Sebring and Goshen. This office, like the main office in Youngstown, provides Head Start enrollment and is able to complete all of the Home Energy Services applications.

Some of the services provided to Western Mahoning County residents include:

  • Transportation for senior citizens and those with limited disabilities
  • Transportation for food assistance
  • Monthly blood pressure screenings
  • Take a Trip Thursdays
  • Home visits for MYCAP’s Energy Assistance Services
  • Referrals to other agencies, as needed
  • Problem-solving assistance
  • Golden Buckeye Card sign-up
  • Links to senior organizations
  • Direct referrals to other community resources
  • Tax Assistance

MYCAP also partners with other agencies. We are happy to provide monthly space for the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services and the Mahoning County Board of Health. Contact the Western Mahoning County office at 330-938-6166 for more information or to schedule an appointment. Rural Services

Senior Services

Western Mahoning County residents who are 60 years of age or older and who meet the income guidelines may take advantage of Senior Services at MYCAP’s Sebring office. You will need the following:

  1. Proof of age
  2. Your Social Security Card
  3. A Photo I.D.

MYCAP regularly sponsors special events for seniors. For those who wish to give back to the community, volunteer opportunities are available. For more information call 330-938-6166. Rural Services

Summer Crisis Program

The Home Energy Assistance Program Summer Crisis Program provides assistance for seniors (60 years or older) and individuals with breathing conditions during the summer months. An air conditioner and/or fan may be provided under the program guidelines if the applicant is eligible.  Eligible households must include a senior member or a member with a medical condition that is verified by physician documentation stating that the individual would benefit from an air conditioner. Annual household income must be at or below 175 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. Summer Crisis Program Flyer – 2014

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA)

MYCAP volunteers who have received formal training and who have passed an exam participate in the Internal Revenue Service’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) by helping prepare taxes for eligible income individuals and families. An important component of  VITA is making Mahoning County residents aware of the availability of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) on their federal income tax form. EITC is a tax credit available to lower-income individuals and families that can substantially reduce their federal tax obligation. VITA Dates at MYCAP 2014

Winter Crisis Program

This component of  HEAP provides assistance once per heating season to eligible households that are disconnected, threatened with disconnection, or have less the a 10-day supply of  bulk fuel.  Winter Crisis Program  Winter Crisis Program Ends April 15, 2014

Workforce Development Program 

The primary purpose of this program is to help eligible applicants remove barriers that prohibit them from obtaining employment or employment advancement. A number of different topics are offered to help people find employment or advancement with a current employer. MYCAP has several six-week sessions planned throughout the year. Workforce Development Program Brochure – 2014   Workforce Development Program

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Welcome to MYCAP! We are the Community Action Agency located in Mahoning County, Ohio. Our mission is to provide assistance to income eligible residents with a variety of programs and services such as, Home Weatherization Services, Head Start & Early Head Start and the Workforce Development Program. Our mission is to Help People and Change Lives.

HEAP's Summer Crisis Program runs through August 31, at the Youngstown and Sebring MYCAP offices. Appointments for the Youngstown office must be made by calling toll free 1-866-223-1125, or 330-938-6166, ext. 1500 in Sebring. The program is for eligible Mahoning County residents.

Orenda Johnson LD, MYCAP's Head Start Nutrition Manager recently wrote a story about MYCAP's Head Start/Early Head Start that is posted on the Let’s Move! Child Care (LMCC) web site at Click to read this great story.

If you need assistance with the Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Program please call 330-792-2397, ext. 227 or ext. 222.

MYCAP has joined with the City of Youngstown along with other local organizations to meet Google’s City Challenge to increase businesses online in the Youngstown community. To Get Your Business Online or for more information, call 330-742-8701.

The Northside Farmers' Market runs every Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. through October 23, 2014 in the parking lot of MYCAP, 1325 Fifth Avenue, Youngstown, OH, 44504.

The Northside Farmers' Market runs every Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. through October 25, 2014 in the parking lot of MYCAP, 1325 Fifth Avenue, Youngstown, OH 44504.