Signing the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 to fight America�s War on Poverty

National Network of Community Action

The CAA Network: Community Action Agencies Across America

Community Action Agencies (CAAs) are nonprofit private and public organizations established under the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 to fight America’s War on Poverty. Community Action Agencies help people to help themselves in achieving self-sufficiency. Today there are approximately 1,100 Community Action Agencies, serving the poor in every state as well as Puerto Rico and the Trust Territories.

Community Action Agencies (CAAs) are connected by a national network that includes the Community Action Partnership, regional associations, state associations, the National Community Action Foundation (NCAF), Community Action Program Legal Services (CAPLAW), and a national association of Community Service Block Grant administrators.

Some of the greatest assets of Community Action Agencies are:

Flexibility—The Community Services Block Grant, which supplies CAA funding, is unique; it is flexible, and it primarily funds local, community-specific projects. By supplementing “one-size-fits-all” programming, a community can provide its members the right mix of assistance, encouragement, and incentives to become self-sufficient.

Immediacy—CAAs are located in the areas of greatest need. Therefore, when a family or an individual faces a crisis, their CAA is able to respond quickly with targeted forms of assistance appropriate to the situation. Swift, direct action can often help to avoid the long-term consequence of costly dependency.

Coordination—A bedrock principle of Community Action is that resources of all kinds need to be integrated so they can be used in combination to solve community and individual problems.

Pictured above: President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964

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