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July 2020 Newsletter – NYSCAA

New York State Community Action Association

NYSCAA newsletter - July 2020

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Reflections on holdups by New York State in releasing contracts and funds
New York State Community Action Agencies (CAA) are encountering challenges due to holdups in releasing funds and processing contracts by New York State.  Suspending Articles 11-A and 11-B of the State Finance Law for prompt payment and contracting as directed on July 6th through Executive Order 202.48 has had a dire impact on the services provided by CAAs…

Monthly’s Myth Series

"All children have equal opportunities to succeed" – FALSE
Many people make the argument that even if a child is born into poverty, that child has the same opportunities in school as more wealthy children, and thus have at least some equal opportunity to succeed later in life. Unfortunately, the research demonstrates that the reality of the situation is quite the opposite.

22% of children who have lived in poverty do not graduate from high school, compared to 6% of children who have never lived in poverty, and shockingly 32% of children who spent more than half of their childhood in poverty do not graduate – see newsletter for full article.

Read more about common U.S. poverty myths


Community Action Agencies Shine Light During Dark Times
As we all continue to work through the COVID-19 Pandemic and respond to community needs, we at NYSCAA would like to recognize the effort and hard work of Community Action Agencies across the state. We have compiled stories and accounts of the support Community Action Agencies are providing for their communities in these uncertain times – visit our Community Action Agencies Shine Light During Dark Times webpage.

NYSCAA & NYSWDA's Annual Conference Update
Reconnect and Recharge: NYSCAA & NYSWDA Annual Conference
November 12, 17 & 19
Call for ProposalsSponsors & Exhibitors

NYSCAA Resources on COVID-19

State and federal resources and tech resources

Highlights from Our Agencies
  • Community Action Angels Step Up During COVID-19
    The staff at Community Action Planning Council of Jefferson County embraced the hard work that the COVID-19 pandemic brought to their community as it swept across the state and country…
  • Cattaraugus Community Action Serves Free Lunches Throughout the Community, Olean Times Herald
Census 2020
CSBG National Partner Resources
Additional Resources


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