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March 2016 Newsletter – Indiana Community Action Association

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IN-CAA Newsletter – March 2016


SCCAP Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Head Start Program
The South Central Community Action Program (SCCAP) began the month of February with a 50th Anniversary of its Head Start program, a federally-funded, early-childhood program that serves children from birth to age 5.  The celebration featured a week of spirit events, capped by parties with parents and students at all SCCAP Head Start classrooms – read full article.

CAPWI Celebrates 50th Anniversary
All invited to celebrate at April 8 annual dinner – In the early 1960s, the "invisible Americans," the poor, first became visible to the eyes of the nation.  They had existed all along, but the media brought them to living rooms all across the nation.  Books that recorded the history of America's disadvantaged became best sellers.  Universities and foundations conducted studies on the problems of the poor.  On Jan. 8, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a "War on Poverty."  As part of this declaration, Congress passed the Economic Opportunity Act (EOA) of 1964, which authorized the formation of local Community Action Agencies across the country.  These agencies were to determine what would best solve their local poverty problems – read full article.

IN-CAA Partners Help Successfully Oppose New Harmful Payday Loan Product
Hoosier consumers had a major victory in the Senate Insurance and Financial Institutions Committee meeting on Thursday, Feb. 25, when an amendment to House Bill 1340 seeking to create a new high-priced installment loan product in Indiana was defeated by a bipartisan 6-2 vote.  The bill came from the House as a proposal to study the effects of payday lending in Indiana, and the committee's rejection of the proposed amendment keeps that study in place – read full article.

IIWF Recaps General Assembly Actions Affecting Working Families
At the beginning of the year, the Indiana Institute for Working Families drew up a 'game plan' of low- or no-cost policy options for the Indiana General Assembly to follow that would help restore economic opportunity for low-income Hoosier families.  By the end of the legislative season, the Assembly missed several shots to make systemic improvements, but there were a few key wins for working families – read full article.


SCCAP Growing Opportunities Program Celebrates Second Class of Graduates
On Monday, Feb. 22, a crowd of excited parents, staff and other supporters gathered for a graduation ceremony, celebrating the second class of graduates who had completed 200 hours of greenhouse and classroom training in the Growing Opportunities job training program – read full article.

Community Impact

Area IV Highlights its Weatherization Quality Control Inspectors
The mission of Area IV Agency on Aging and Community Action Programs is "to foster a better quality of life for individuals, families and communities."  An example of this mission at work is the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), which provides energy audits of homes in order to help residents conserve energy and save money – read full article.



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