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WVCAP 2012 Needs Assessment

West Virginia Community Action Partnership

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Assess Needs.  Connect People.  Take Action.

WVCAP Needs Assessment Report

Community Action Agencies have been key players in the war on poverty since our inception in the 1960s. Because we work directly with low-income individuals and families in dealing with the problems of poverty on a daily basis, Community Action Agencies are uniquely qualified to examine the needs of communities and  individuals as we strive to eliminate poverty. Community Action Agencies provide a wide range of services that address a variety of poverty problems. Every day in some way, we empower individuals, strengthen families and build communities.

Why then, does poverty continue to affect so many West Virginians? How can Community Action Agencies develop and improve strategies to be more effective in helping people move out of poverty? Before answering these questions and deciding upon an approach, West Virginia Community Action Partnership (WVCAP), the statewide membership organization for the 16 Community Action Agencies in West Virginia, must determine what NEEDS to be done statewide.  Before determining a plan of action, WVCAP must develop a deep understanding of the current conditions, likely future trends, and issues of greatest concern in our 55 counties.   Our three step process is to:
  • Assess needs
  • Connect people
  • Take action!

Assess Needs

The report includes data on:
  • Population/Census Data 2010
  • Top 3 Poverty Issues by Region
  • Poverty Indicators – Statewide Statistics

Connect People

A snapshot is included showing how West Virginia CAAs supported low-income individuals and families in their pursuit of self-sufficiency.

Take Action

Action Steps are offered for various Target Audiences on how to help with issues related to:
  • Employment
  • Housing
  • Healthcare

West Virginia CAAs

The report includes a listing of CAAs serving West Virginia and services offered by each agency.

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