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February 2019 Newsletter – Community Action Association of Pennsylvania

Community Action Association of Pennsylvania

CAAP News Update – February 2019
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Undercounting in the 2020 Census

Learn how to support the 2020 Census to avoid the serious community- and state-level consequences related to an under-count of vulnerable populations …

In order to combat an undercount, state and local governments are partnering with public and private organizations ahead of the 2020 Census. They are forming Complete Count Committees (CCC) in order to create awareness in communities across the country and to communicate the importance of the census through local messaging…

If you want to help support a full and accurate count in the 2020 Census, see United Way’s Suggested ways to support the 2020 Census or information about available 2020 Census jobs.

If you would like to learn more about forming a committee to ensure marginalized groups are counted, please contact Lynne Newman or 267.570.6604.

Community Action Program Spotlights

Two examples that highlight Community Action's proactive approach to helping families regain financial stability.

Workforce Development: Community Progress Council (York County)
Community Progress Council's Workforce Development Program empowers individuals to engage in education and skills training, job-readiness preparation, and a guided job search, but perhaps the most significant mission of the program is working with clients to break down barriers to employment.

On occasion, Workforce Development clients may be placed in non-profit agencies for hands-on training through community services with the goal of connecting all participants with unsubsidized long-term employment.

Participants are referred to CPC's Workforce Development Program – sometimes called "Work Ready" – by the Department of Human Services.  Clients all receive Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF).  Individuals with limited employability who have unsuccessfully attempted other programs may also qualify…

Housing Stability: Blueprints (Greene and Washington Counties)
Blueprints’ Home Ownership Center helps turn the American Dream into reality for many area residents.  Whether people need help understanding the complex home ownership process, repairing credit, or ensuring they are prepared for home ownership, THEY CAN HELP!  Thanks to the Washington County Local Share Account program, Blueprints is reaching out to their community to ensure that potential homeowners know that they are ready and available to help them achieve their dream.

Look for their billboards on Routes 18, 19 & 40, as well as future ads in the Observer-Reporter and online ad platforms.

Other Items
  • Building Opportunities for All, Community Action Podcast
    Episodes 1 – 5 of the Community Action Partnership’s brand-new, six-part podcast are now available to stream or download on SoundCloud and Stitcher. In the latest episode, the partnership is joined by Dr. Dayna Long, M.D. of UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland and Mia Harnos, Chief Development and Communications Officer at Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency.
  • 2019 Federal Poverty Guidelines

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