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Welcome to SELF
"As Butler County's community action agency, Supports to Encourage Low-Income Families (SELF) exists to enhance the quality of life for county residents by impacting the causes of poverty and empowering individuals to achieve, sustain and advocate self-sufficiency.”

Build-up Academy: Now Accepting Applications through June 15! 

Free Construction Training Program
SELF will offer
free job and construction skills training to low-income young adults (ages 18-40) in Butler County, which includes a nationally recognized accredited construction certificate (a $2,600 value) and opportunities to network with local employers or apply for apprenticeships in the construction field upon graduation.  The program will also include incentives, employment and life skills training, emergency supports and even steel-toed boots and a starter tool set upon graduation from the program.  The program will include over 100 hours of classroom training and 40 hours of hands-on experience.  Classes will start on Tuesday, July 8.  Please email or call 513-868-9300x221 for more details. Or download application here.

The Group Workcamps Home Repair Blitz Week is Back: June 15-21, 2014!
SELF is again partnering with the national Group Cares Foundation to bring free, volunteer-driven home repairs to 50 low-income homeowners in the Hamilton, Ohio area.  Nearly 400 student volunteers from across the US will converge on Hamilton to perform work ranging from painting and porch repairs to construction of wheelchair ramps. Student campers will provide more than 14,000 hours of free labor to  improve our community!  Free home repairs and mobility improvements are offered to homeowners who are financially and physically unable to perform the work themselves. SELF has been able to turn every $1 dollar donated into over $12 dollars of market value home repairs due to leveraged funds, reduced price supplies and volunteer labor.   Can you help us with this BIG Project?  See here
how you can help!

Summer Crisis Program HEAP Utility Assistance Available July 1, 2014

SELF’s Summer Crisis Program which provides emergency utility assistance, fans and/or air conditioners to low-income families will begin on July 1, 2014.  HEAP is a federally funded program that helps eligible Ohioans who are at or below 175% of the federal poverty guidelines meet the high costs of keeping their homes cool in the summer.  SELF will begin scheduling appointments for Summer HEAP on June 17 and will post income and eligibility guidelines for the program here as soon as they are available.  Appointments for Summer HEAP are strongly encouraged and can be made by calling 513-868-9300 or 888-432-7022.  Appointments will be scheduled in both SELF’s Hamilton office in the Hamilton Crossings Shopping Center on Route 4 and at the agency’s Middletown office at 930 9th Avenue.