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April 2021 Newsletter – CAAP

Community Action Association of Pennsylvania


CAAP Update – April 2021
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CAAP CEO Susan Moore Retires

After twelve years of leadership, loyalty, and dedication, Susan Moore will be retiring from her position as the CEO of CAAP. We are grateful for her years of service and wish her the very best in all future endeavors.  Susan’s last day will be April 30, 2021.  The Board is working to finalize a succession plan which will be presented to the membership upon completion," says Rick Beaton, CAAP Board President...

New Homebuyer Opportunities from the PA Housing Finance Agency

Keystone Forgivable in Ten Years Loan Program (K-FIT)
Assists homebuyers with down payments and closing costs – A forgivable second loan with 10% forgiven every year for 10 years – Includes homebuyer education counseling (in person or remotely) – Requires a minimum FICA score – learn more.

PHFA Grant
Grant assistance of $500 to help with downpayment and closing costs when obtaining the HFA PreferredTM(Lo MI) loan.  The PHFA Grant of $500 does not require repayment and must be used towards the purchase of the home – learn more.

Community Action Equity Summit

Equity Summit: Centering in Truth, Activating Community Healing & Resiliency, April 20-21 with Pre-Summit Healing Circles on April 19
The Community Action Partnership deeply believes that “othering”, particularly racism, rests at the nucleus of poverty in America.  They also believe that equitable opportunities can only be built and sustained by centering ourselves in this truth.  To that end, the Equity Summit will showcase voices and expressions that activate healing and resiliency in local communities.

CACLV Appoints Next Executive Director

Dawn Godshall has been with CACLV since 2014
Currently serving as the organization’s Deputy Executive Director for Operations, Godshall has been with the agency since March, 2014, and has held various leadership positions including Associate Executive Director for Community Services and Director of the Sixth Street Shelter in Allentown.  She will succeed Alan Jennings, who is retiring at the end of May after more than 40 years with the agency. Read the May CAAP Update to learn more about Alan and his dedication to fighting poverty...

2021 Annual NCAP "Hybrid" Convention

Save the date for Sept. 1-3 with Pre-Convention Training on Aug. 30-31
Join NCAP in Boston, MA or virtually for valuable training, legislative information, timely program updates, and unparalleled networking!
Learn more

New Software App For Processing Rental Assistance

"Neighborly" App Processing Bucks County Opportunity Council's Rent Relief Program
Bucks County has created BERA (Bucks Emergency Rental Assistance program) to address those being evicted due to loss of income caused by the pandemic.  The county housing department has contracted with Neighborly, a software company, to create an application, intake interview, and to generate a payment request to the county when applicable...Applicants who meet certain risk categories will be referred to BCOC for assistance, as will those who cannot complete an electronic application...

Additional Items
CAAP Education Tracks Have Begun
  • Cost Allocation Part I: Direct Method, Fiscal Track, April 15
  • The Interplay Between the FMLA and the ADA, Human Resources Track, April 22
  • Structural Racism: Addressing Community Disorder and Disadvantage, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Track, April 29
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