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March 2019 Newsletter – NYSCAA

New York State Community Action Association

NYSCAA newsletter - March 2019
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NYSCAA staff are putting the final touches on the upcoming Symposium on Poverty and Economic Security as well as coordinating regional meetings with the Department of State planned for the spring and summer…

Please save June 5th & 6th, for our Annual Professional Development Conference.  Once again, we will be joining with our partner NYSWDA in planning the conference content and presenters…

March’s Poverty Myth

“Drug use is higher in poor communities”
FALSE: Twelve states have started to require drug testing for welfare recipients based on the misconception that people in poverty use drugs more than the rest of the population.  These programs represent a tremendous waste of government money

In Florida, $172 million was spent drug testing welfare recipients.  Only 2% tested positive saving the state just $98,000.  In Arizona, 108,000 welfare recipients were drug tested.  Only 2 tested positive.  In Tennessee, after 6 months and 16,000 drug tests, just 37 people had tested positive.

The myth that drug use is higher in poor communities hurts us all – no matter our socioeconomic background – read more from ATD Fourth World USA.

  • Jackie Orr, CEO at NYSCAA and Tina Zerbian, CEO at Cattaraugus Community Action selected as honorees for the Notable Women in Human Services Hall of Fame
  • Nominations continuing for NYSCAA’s Annual Community Action Awards 2019: Community Action Vision and Value – Leadership – Personal Achievement – Service – Innovation
  • NYSCAA and DOS Regional Meetings – see newsletter for more information including Board Engagement training being held during the Central and Western Regional meetings
CSBG National Partner Resources
Census 2020
  • New York State Complete Count Commission announces public hearings featuring detailed presentations to the Commission by various entities involved in the census, as well as testimony from advocates, and the general public
Additional Resources
Highlights at our Agencies

Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Agency received donations for the agency's domestic violence shelter from members of the Auburn Correctional Facility Guardians, a new charity group formed of prison staff – read full article in The Auburn Citizen.

Advocates from Opportunities for Ostego's Violence Intervention Program joined the SUNY community for the annual "Got Your Back" event. In all, 2,000 comfort kits were assembled and will be distributed to organizations who support victims of domestic violence and sexual assault…

NYSCAA Events/Job Listings and National Professional Development Opportunities

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