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December 2018 Newsletter – NYSCAA

New York State Community Action Association

NYSCAA newsletter - December 2018
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I am thrilled to report that we have finalized the dates and venue for the 13th Annual Symposium on Poverty and Economic Opportunity. The Symposium will be held March 27 and 28th...The first meeting of the Emerging Leaders Institute will take place on March 26th, the Tuesday before the Poverty Symposium...Many of you attended our CSBG Annual Report webinar, where we discussed the use of SmartForms and upcoming deadlines...We also held a virtual meeting with members of the ROMA Alliance, which consists of both ROMA implementers and trainers across the state...

As we move into the New Year – we will be featuring a Poverty Myth each month. We will start early – this month's Poverty Myth is 'I will never be poor'.

December's Poverty Myth – "I will never be Poor"

Almost one-third of the U.S. population experienced poverty for two or more consecutive months – this is twice the national poverty rate.
People move in and out of poverty often after major events such as marriage, divorce, or changes in income. And the number of those living in temporary poverty is growing. Nearly 1 of 3 Americans will experience short term poverty – read the full story from 4thworldmovement.org.

Save the Date! 13th Annual Poverty Symposium

13th Annual Poverty Symposium
March 27-28 in Latham, NY

Call for Presentations – Symposium on Poverty and Economic Security

Submission deadline is January 25th – more info and proposal submission.

Census 2020 - Hard to Count Map

The Census Bureau has released a new online tool to help you see the self-response rate by census tract. In prior censuses, the self-response rate in many parts of the country has been relatively high. But in other parts of the country and for some population groups more than others, the self-response rate has been relatively low. Households may not have submitted their census questionnaire for various reasons, such as having language difficulties, concerns about trust in government, or otherwise – learn more and see hard to count areas.

Everyone Deserves a Fair Slice - MUST SEE!

If you haven't already seen it – checkout this video from the Human Services Council, which poses the question: “What if pizza shops were funded like nonprofits?”

Other Items

  • New website for Community Commons reopens on January 7th
  • Upcoming NYSCAA Events
  • Free Job Listings for NYSCAA members
  • National Professional Development Opportunities

Highlights at our Agencies

Community Action of Greene County wins GSK Impact Award

Wyoming County Community Action Carolers

NYC DYCD – National Runaway Prevention Month

Mohawk Valley Community Action Agency has collaborated with Utica College’s Multimedia Web Design to launch a five-week awareness campaign, which includes 13 stories examining poverty from different angles - see The 1 of 2 Campaign.

Community Action Partnership for Madison County – Wrapped in Love Campaign
CAPMADCO receives annual donations of scarves, hats and gloves of all sizes and designs; both hand-made and purchased.  Beginning in November, when the temperature drops, their dedicated Housing Team distributes numerous sets in local communities, tying them to fences, trees, poles, bushes and other approved locations to provide protection and warmth from the elements for those in need.

RECAP – Mill Street Cafe
Modeled after RECAP's Fresh Start Café job readiness program whose participants are typically long-term public assistance recipients who learn skills to succeed in the service industry.


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