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December 2016 Newsletter – Region II RPIC

Region II Regional Performance and Innovation Consortia
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Region II RPIC Newsletter – December 2016
New York * New Jersey * Puerto Rico * U.S Virgin Islands

See newsletter for the full article on each of these stories

Region II Information

Community Action Partnership of New Jersey
The Community Action Partnership of New Jersey's website is now live!  The site includes information about the association, an up to date list of Community Action Agencies in New Jersey, upcoming conferences and events and other helpful resources.

ROMA Implementer Cohort
NYSCAA has formed a ROMA Implementer cohort in coordination with the Association of Nationally Certified ROMA Trainers.  The cohort will work through online modules for approximately three months, and then participate in a mandatory in person training...

Advocacy Day in Albany!
NYSCAA is hosting our first ever Advocacy Seminar January 24 & 25 at the Empire State Plaza in Albany.  On January 24 our advocacy session will include Advocacy 101, How a Law is Created, and How to Prepare for your Visit.  Our knowledgeable staff will then guide the group through the grounds of the Capitol and the Legislative Office Building, followed by a Legislative Reception held at the Empire State Plaza...

National Partner News

ROMA Next Generation/CSBG Annual Report
November 30 was the last day to submit comments on ROMA NG/CSBG Annual Report. This was the network's last opportunity to submit feedback and all comments were sent directly to OMB for clearance...

View comments submitted by our national partners: National Community Action Partnership, the National Association for State Community Services Programs and the National Community Action Foundation.

Pathways to Excellence - Open Enrollment
Pathways to Excellence open enrollment is February 21-22, 2017 in New Orleans, LA. Pathways is the Community Action Partnership's premier organizational capacity building initiative. Pathways uses the 35 Standards of Excellence, specifically adapted for the Community Action network, to define the very best practices for agencies...

CED/CAFI E-NEWS
The Community Action Partnership has a new e-newsletter: Community Economic Development (CED)/Community Action Financial Institute (CAFI) Monthly E-news...

The featured training in their first issue is a webinar on Business Incubators, December 20, 2017 - 2:00 PM (EST).  The session is designed for community organizations contemplating the development of a business incubator or that are interested in understanding the value of how incubators can help grow business and employment opportunities in their community.

The Partnership is Hiring!
The Community Action Partnership is hiring for multiple positions and interns!   The available positions are: Senior Associate, Bookkeeper, Program Associate - Communications & Branding, and Program Associate - Training & Technical Assistance.  Their internships will provide students the opportunity to learn about poverty alleviation efforts, programs and strategies in the United States while developing their research, organization, communication, and outreach skills.

In the News and Useful Information

FAQ: FLSA Overtime Rule Blocked - What Do CAAs Do Now?
Last month, a federal judge issued a nationwide preliminary injunction temporarily blocking the new overtime rule under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, just days before it was set to take effect on December 1...This FAQ created by CAPLAW addresses these questions and more to help CAAs develop a practical plan of action.

Housing is Out of Reach
The National Low Income Housing Coalition just released their annual report, Out of Reach.  The report documents the gaps between wages and the price of housing across the United States.  The report's Housing Wage is an estimate of the hourly wage that a full-time worker must earn to afford a modest and safe rental home without spending more than 30% of his or her income on rent and utility costs. This year's findings highlight the struggle faced by millions of families in affording a safe and decent home...

The Compassion Experience
The Compassion Experience is an interactive tour of life in the developing world. The free event features a journey through the true stories of children living in developing countries...The immersive tour allows you to experience other cultures, the realities of global poverty, and learn how you can change the life of a child living in poverty.  Through the use of an iPod, a headset and 3,000 square feet of interactive space, visitors will see the children’s homes, walk through schools and markets, and hear life-changing stories of hope—all from the perspective of a child whose life began in poverty..

Faith and Community Partnerships
Meet eight people who work with faith and community leaders across the county to bring real change to people's lives.  When President Obama was a Senator, he made a commitment to develop partnerships between the White House and grassroots groups, both faith-based and secular to serve others at home and abroad.  Over the past eight years, he's made good on that promise, using these collaborations with grassroots groups to tackle an incredible range of issues - from helping reduce family and chronic homelessness, to welcoming refugees into our communities and giving more formerly incarcerated individuals second chances.  None of it could have happened without the power of individuals to bring about this change.  Meet eight people whose compassion and commitment to social change has helped carry out this work.

National Training Opportunities

See newsletter for listing of upcoming events

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