New York State Community Action Association
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From NYSCAA CEO
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…
"If You Live Above the Poverty Line You're Doing Great" – FALSEWhen 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.
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.
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.
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
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…
- Get the latest news about the 2020 Census and find upcoming events near you
- 2020 Census Response Rate Map
- Take the 2020 Census Now!
- Community Action Counts!
Census 2020 webpage and additional Census resources, Community Action Partnership
- National Partner Resources on COVID-19
- Community Action Partnership – Taking Action Against Structural Racism
- Community Action Partnership – #MyVoiceMatters Webinar Series
- NASCSP’s 2020 Annual Training Conference, Sept. 28 – Oct. 2
- NY State of Health (NY’s official health plan Marketplace) - Special Enrollment Period Extended through 9/15
- August is National Immunization Awareness Month
- No More Status Quo: A Community-Led Action Plan for Addressing Structural Inequity during COVID-19 Recovery, Brookings Metro
- Low Income Forum on Energy (LIFE) Virtual Event, Oct. 27-30
- The 100 Million Healthier Lives Change Library Has a New Permanent Home on Community Commons