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August 2020 Newsletter – NYSCAA

New York State Community Action Association

NYSCAA newsletter - August 2020

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Reflections on the importance of participating in the 2020 Census
On August 3, the U.S. Census Bureau announced that both self-response and field data collection will end by September 30, a month earlier than scheduled.  This abbreviated Non-Response Follow Up period will only compound the impacts that the COVID-19 pandemic has already had on Census 2020…

Monthly’s Myth Series

"If You Live Above the Poverty Line You're Doing Great" – FALSE
When too much emphasis is put on the poverty line, one of the biggest misconceptions that arises, is the illusion of stability for the families and individuals who live above it.  It's easy to believe these people have safely made it into the "green-zone," or what is more commonly understood as comfortable living.  Sadly, this is rarely the case…

In 2018, the poverty rate was 13.6% - a relatively low percentage.  Many people may see this percentage as a good thing, and while it is, it still doesn't account for the households that fall within the low-income bracket.  This issue has not been given sufficient credence; too many families and individuals that live above the poverty line struggle, and do not receive the assistance they need – see newsletter for full article.

Read more about common U.S. poverty myths

Value the Vulnerable

Value the Vulnerable is a NYSCAA campaign for the release state funding for community action programs across NY.  It is these programs that are the backbone of our safety net in NYS.

Value the Vulnerable Facebook page


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
Dates in early December to be announced soon
Call for ProposalsSponsors & Exhibitors

13th Annual “Virtual” Meeting of the Minds: Community Action Angels New York

  • Critical Leadership Behaviors Necessary for High Performance & New York State Office for New Americans and Community Action Collaboration and Updates, Sept. 24
  • #CommunityBuilders4Children, Sept. 29
  • Project Sharing - Drive Thru Community Baby Shower & Fatherhood Connection Session, Sept. 30

NYSCAA Resources on COVID-19State and federal resources and tech resources

Highlights from Our Agencies

The Albany Community Action Partnership and the Schenectady Community Action Program each received $50k donation from Hannaford - A fund to help organizations assist more people during the COVID-19 pandemic…

Connecting Communities in Action, formerly known as Cattaraugus Community Action, celebrates 55th birthday and unveils a new logo…

Census 2020
CSBG National Partner Resources
Additional Resources


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