Community Action Agencies serve as a nationwide network of private non-profit and public organizations, created as part of the war on poverty in 1964 to combat both the causes and conditions of poverty at the local level. Community Action Agencies are designated to serve specific geographical areas throughout the country, with nearly every city and county in the nation being served by a locally-governed community action agency. Community Action changes people’s lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities, and makes America a better place to live. We care about the entire community, and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.
Working together to end poverty.
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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 the 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 remaining one-third representatives 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.
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 program planning and implementation, 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.
It all begins with assessing the needs of the community.