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October 2015 Newsletter – Community Action Association of Pennsylvania

Community Action Association of Pennsylvania

PA-Oct-2015CAAP update – October 12, 2015

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CAAP Has a New Website

Yes, it’s true! CAAP is excited to announce the launch of our new website. Our domain name, www.thecaap.org, is still the same. But! We have a new look and much better functionality…

New Conference Webpage

Conference registration and completing your Self-Sufficiency Award (SSA) and Distinguished Service Award (DSA) nomination applications should get much easier. And more good news—those forms are on the new website right now…

Senator Robert P. Casey Visits Community Action Southwest

Community Action Southwest received a very welcome visitor on August 21st. CAS has had the opportunity over the past 2 years to spend time with Senator Casey’s Regional Representative on various initiatives. He was so impressed with the work CAS does in the community that he shared those great things with the Senator. So, when Senator Casey had a scheduled meeting in Washington County, he made a point to extend his visit to include a tour of CAS Washington County Headquarters and agreed to hear a presentation of the services CAS provides…

The Senator was very positive about his visit to CAS and gave the organization an “A+” upon his departure.

ROMA Training Update

CAAP recognizes the adverse impact that the state budget impasse has had on local agency budgets. Given the need to limit staff travel due to constrained budgets, the fall statewide ROMA training has been cancelled. The next statewide ROMA training will be held on April 19, 2016, the day before the CAAP Annual Conference. Visit CAAP’s ROMA Training webpage where you can find additional training content and updated registration information.

October is Weatherization Month

Culminating with October 30 as Weatherization Day, October is a time to promote the Weatherization Assistance Program.

Make sure to join the conversation with #weatherization or #WXDayOct30

2015 Pennsylvania Food Security Summit

On September 29, the 2015 Pennsylvania Food Security Summit was held at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg. The summit was sponsored by the Departments of Aging, Agriculture, Education, Community and Economic Development, Health, and Human Services. All six cabinet secretaries participated in a state government panel discussion to address coordinating hunger issues within the public sector. The highlight of the event was when Governor Tom Wolf addressed the serious problem of hunger and inadequate nutrition in the commonwealth by issuing an executive order to coordinate Pennsylvania’s food and nutrition programs. The governor appointed an advisor to lead a newly-formed Governor’s Food Security Partnership.

In addition to the governor’s executive order, the Food Security Summit also engaged non-profits and other industry stakeholders. The event aimed to re-frame the hunger issue during Hunger Action Month in September, launching a five-month effort to update the “Blueprint for a Hunger-Free Pennsylvania”. The blueprint will outline goals, objectives, and specific steps that need to be taken in the upcoming years in moving towards becoming a hunger-free state.

Economic Growth Leaves the Poorest Americans Behind

On September 21, the Coalition on Human Needs (CHN) released a new report on poverty and economic growth. Using the Census Bureau's poverty and income data for 2014, CHN’s report shows that even under the optimistic assumption that poverty continues to decline at the same rate it did from 2013 to 2014; it would take until 2040 for the poverty rate to be cut in half, down to 7.7 percent. At a time when many Americans are dissatisfied with the disproportionate economic gains by those with high incomes, the report points to advances by the top 5 percent (with average incomes rising from about $325,000 to $346,000 - in 2014 dollars - since 2010), and losses in the bottom fifth (from about $12,300 down to $11,900 over the same period). Although poverty declined from 15.8 percent to 15.5 percent from 2013 to 2014, it was still higher than it was in 2010 (15.3 percent in that year). More than one in five children were poor, with about one in three African American and Latino children in poverty – read the full report.


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