“THE AHA-CAP MISSION IS TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR IMPOVERISHED MONMOUTH COUNTY RESIDENTS BY DEVELOPING AND SUSTAINING PATHWAYS TO ESSENTIAL RESOURCES, BY PROVIDING SERVICES TO MAINTAIN HOUSING AFFORDABILITY, AND BY PROVIDING EDUCATIONAL SUPPORTS.”
In July 2015, leveraging funding from the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) administered by the Division of Community Affairs (DCA), the Affordable Housing Alliance formed the Community Action Program (CAP). The Affordable Housing Alliance Community Action Program (AHA-CAP) operates Homeless Prevention and Emergency Assistance Programs to assist Monmouth County Residents at or below 200% of the federal poverty level. Eligible clients are able to receive taxi or bus vouchers, adolescent math tutoring, summer education/recreation scholarships, and/or a grant for up to $2,000 to assist with a security deposit, rental arrears, mortgage payment, utility bills or outstanding property taxes. Clients participate in case management services to address their needs. Financial Literacy is also provided to determine possible long lasting solutions. AHA-CAP has partnered with the Bayshore Family Success Center, Community Affairs and Resource Center, Mental Health Association and HABcore to better assist clients throughout Monmouth County.
The philosophy of the AHA-CAP is one of simplicity: it develops services, programs and housing based on a shared human need for shelter, food, comfort, and quality of life and treats all seeking assistance with dignity, compassion and respect regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, sex, disability or income.
The AHA-CAP goal is to expand and extend access to resources for Monmouth County residents who need them. This task is accomplished through inter-agency cooperation and partnership.