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March 2017 Newsletter – Community Action Association of Pennsylvania

Community Action Association of Pennsylvania

CAAP News Update – March 2017
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National Webinar with NCAF, CAPLAW, and the Community Action Partnership on the President's Proposed Budget

On Wednesday, April 5th at 3:00pm ET, Denise Harlow, David Bradley, and Eleanor Evans will provide an overview of President Trump's proposed 2018 budget and the current strategy to navigate Congress during this challenging time…

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See CSBG Dear Colleague Letter from NCAF and two-part webinar series: Changing the Game: How CAAs can engage in POLITICS, ADVOCACY, & LOBBYING from CAPLAW.

CAAP Annual Conference … INCLUSION by Design

In the spirit of partnership and collaboration, CAAP is trying something new this year for our Annual Conference.  We are excited to be partnering with the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations...

Save the Date: October 2-3 in State College, PA

2017 Community Action Partnership Annual Convention

The 2017 Community Action Partnership Annual Convention is designed to provide Community Action Agency professionals and board members the latest policy and programmatic updates as well as management and governance tools. Special emphasis will be placed on effective strategies for transforming communities and changing the lives of Community Action customer...

The convention is being held from August 29th – September 1st, 2017 in Philadelphia, PA.

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Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program Update

On March 28th, Governor Tom Wolf announced that Pennsylvanians struggling to pay home heating bills will now have until April 7 to apply for financial help through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program.  The program was slated to end March 31, but the Wolf Administration decided that given the unpredictable weather this winter, Pennsylvania would extend the program, giving people extra time to apply for funding...

Statewide ROMA Training COMING THIS MAY

CAAP is offering a couple of options for your agency to have a ROMA person on staff. This will help your agency meet Organizational Standard 4.3, which requires a Nationally Certified ROMA Trainer (NCRT) or equivalent to implement your plans in accordance with ROMA...more info.

HHS Poverty Guidelines

There are two slightly different versions of the federal poverty measure: poverty thresholds and poverty guidelines.

The poverty thresholds are the original version of the federal poverty measure.  They are updated each year by the Census Bureau.  The thresholds are used mainly for statistical purposes — for instance, preparing estimates of the number of Americans in poverty each year...

The poverty guidelines are the other version of the federal poverty measure. They are issued each year in the Federal Register by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  The guidelines are a simplification of the poverty thresholds for use for administrative purposes — for instance, determining financial eligibility for certain federal programs such as Community Services Block Grant. The poverty guidelines are sometimes referred to as the “federal poverty level” (FPL) – see spreadsheet showing percentage multiples of the poverty guidelines. The 125% rate that Community Action is directed to use is emphasized in this particular chart.



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