New York State Community Action Association
From NYSCAA CEO
Information covered includes upcoming NYSCAA regional meetings, NYSCAA/NYSWDA’s 2019 Professional Development Conference and New York’s newest members of the Certified ROMA Professional community.
“Poor people don’t want to work!”
FALSE: 10.7 million American adults between the ages of 18 and 64 who live in households earning below the poverty line work full or part time, yet they still live in poverty.
What are the reasons some people in poverty don’t work?
Those who do not work cite reasons ranging from being retired (1.3 million) and pursuing continuing education (3.5 million), to being ill or disabled (5.2 million) and taking care of family members (3.8 million). Another 1.9 million adults would like to work, but cannot find jobs they’re qualified for where they live.
Access to jobs and reliable transportation is another obstacle. Between 2000 and 2012, many people living in poverty moved to the suburbs. Because of this, there were 17% fewer jobs within a typical commuting distance for them. Support programs to overcome difficulties in childcare, transportation, and job creation in low-income communities would certainly increase the ability of low-income individuals and households to attain and keep jobs. – read more from ATD Fourth World USA.
- NYSCAA & NYSWDA's Professional Development Conference, June 5-6
- NYSCAA and DOS Regional Meetings – Four meetings are scheduled in May and June
- Theory of Change - Interactive from NASCSP. The Theory of Change (pdf) is intended to provide a graphic overview of the core principles, performance management framework, and services and strategies implemented and led by the network to achieve the goals of Community Action across the nation.
- Tax Reform Update: Pre-Tax Salary Deferral Plans for Commuter Benefits Subject to UBIT from CAPLAW
- New York State Complete Count Commission announced 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. So far, 5 of the 5 meetings have been completed.
- How the 2020 Census Will Invite Everyone to Respond
- NY Census County Fact Sheets Available
- 2019 Regional Meetings, Low-Income Forum on Energy (LIFE)
- Community Indicator Report (sign-up required)– Step-by-Step Tutorial – CHNA and CHA Tools: Community Assessment Starts Here, Community Commons
- 'We're human beings! the homeless woman yelled. 'Acknowledge us!' (Source: The Washington Post)
SNUG Program to Restart in Newburgh – The program whose name is simply ‘guns’ spelled backwards aims to curb gun violence through the age-old concept of everyday people helping others squash beefs. Sen. James Skoufis was joined Wednesday by several other local dignitaries, including Danny Hairston, the SNUG coordinator for Poughkeepsie, and leaders of the Regional Economic Community Action Program (RECAP) in announcing the state allotment of $200,000 for the program to get off the ground in a community with a history of gun violence.
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 – read full article from the Times-Record Herald
Opportunities for Otsego's Building Healthy Families Program Receives National Accreditation – read OFO’s news release.
Columbia Opportunities launches new logo as featured on the agency’s website.
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