Who We Are

Community Action Agencies are private non-profit or public organizations that were created by the federal government in 1964 to combat poverty in geographically designated areas. Status as a Community Action Agency is the result of an explicit designation by local or state government.

A Community Action Agency has a tripartite board structure that is designated to promote the participation of the entire community in the reduction or elimination of poverty. Community Action Agencies seek to involve the community, including elected public officials, private sector representatives, and especially low-income residents, in assessing local needs and attacking the causes and conditions of poverty.


A Community Action Agency:

  • has received designation as a Community Action Agency;
  • is recognized as an eligible entity as defined in the CSBG Act and can receive funding from the state under Community Services Block Grant;
  • has a governing board consisting of at least one-third democratically selected representatives of low-income people, one-third local public officials or their designees, and the remainder representatives of of the private sector in the community; and
  • belongs to a national network of similar agencies, the majority of which received their initial designation, federal recognition and funding under the amended Economic Opportunity Act of 1964.

Why We're Unique

Most poverty-related organizations focus on a specific area of need, such as job training, health care, housing or economic development. Community Action Agencies reach out to low-income people in their communities, address their multiple needs through a comprehensive approach, develop partnerships with other community organizations, involve low-income clients in the agency’s operations, and administer a full-range of coordinated programs designed to have an measurable impact on poverty.

Community Action Partnership is a community action agency serving the 10 northernmost counties in Idaho and Asotin County in Washington.

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