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Out of Reach 2017 – National Low Income Housing Coalition

NLIHC’s annual report, Out of Reach, documents the gap between wages and the price of housing across the United States. The report’s Housing Wage is an estimate of the hourly wage that a full-time worker must earn to afford a modest and safe rental home with spending more than 30% of his or her income on rent and utility costs. An interactive map provides access to state and local data.

New! PA Community Action Videos

CAAP is pleased to announce the release of three new videos created to share Community Action’s mission and impact with as many people as possible.

Out of Reach 2016 – National Low Income Housing Coalition

NLIHC’s annual report, Out of Reach, documents the gap between wages and the price of housing across the United States. The report’s Housing Wage is an estimate of the hourly wage that a full-time worker must earn to afford a modest and safe rental home with spending more than 30% of his or her income on rent and utility costs.

Target Practice: Lessons for Poverty Reduction (January 2009)

The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) published Target Practice: Lessons for Poverty Reduction to build awareness among those who work on poverty reduction. Targets establish a shared vision that asserts that the problem deserves attention and talent to solve it, setting the stage for policy choices and program implementation.

Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity

Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity is a foundation-led, non-partisan initiative aimed at ensuring that our political leaders take significant actions to reduce poverty and increase opportunity in the United States. Features include Spotlight on the States – coverage of more than 20 issue areas – Poverty in Mass Culture – listing of web-based “What Works” collections – and more! Sign-up for weekly newsletter!

NASCSP Social Media Guide and Upcoming Webinar from CAPLAW

The National Association for Community Services Programs has published “Harnessing the Conversation: Raising Awareness of the Community Services Block Grant Program Using Social Media in 2015.” And CAPLAW’s webinar: “Managing Your Nonprofit’s Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn Presence: Avoiding the Legal Pitfalls” is scheduled for Wednesday, May 13 from 12:30 – 2:00 PM EDT.

9 Laws of Successful Advocacy Communications

Now Hear This: The 9 Laws of Successful Advocacy Communications is an industry guide published by Fenton Communications to help nonprofits create and implement successful advocacy communications efforts.

Videos from Community Action’s 50th Anniversary Convention!

Don’t miss these inspirational videos: (1) Beyond These Hills featuring a conversation between Sargent Shriver, the first director of the federal Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO), and evangelist Billy Graham, (2) The Spirit Moving – Community Action in Flight from 1964-2014 – keynote address by Juan Williams, honorary CCAP, commentator and author, (3) A Conversation with Sister Simone Campbell: Leading the Way for the 100%, and (4) Robert Egger’s Leadership Day keynote address.

Pablo Eisenberg: War on Poverty Book Misses the Program’s Overall Successes

They [the book’s editors] fail to examine the long-term, more intangible impacts of the War on Poverty that do not lend themselves to statistical analysis. For example, they don’t mention the more than 1,200 community-action agencies that were established during the first year of the antipoverty effort, nor do they discuss the impact those organizations have had.

Paycheck to Paycheck Premiers March 17th – Host a Screening!

Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life & Times of Katrina Gilbert offers a deeply personal, unvarnished and moving story of Katrina Gilbert, a single mom of three, struggling to get ahead but constantly getting knocked back by a system that almost seems designed to see her fail.

CAA Leaders from Connecticut on NPR

Listen to perspectives on the War on Poverty featuring Amos Smith, President & CEO CAA of New Haven; James Gatling, President and CEO of New Opportunities Inc.; and David Morgan, Vice President of TEAM, Inc. along with Jennifer Klein, Professor of History at Yale University.

Aftershock (book): The Basis for Inequality for All (documentary)

Community Action Book Club – Selection for February 2014 – Aftershock: The Next Economy and America’s Future by Robert B. Reich and the documentary Inequality for All accompanied by a Reader’s Guide,which can be used to generate community engagement. The Community Action Partnership Association of Idaho, the Missiouri Association for Community Action, and North Dakota Community Action have co-hosted screenings of this film.

New Report – The War on Poverty: Then and Now

Fifty years have passed since President Johnson first declared a War on Poverty in his 1964 State of the Union address. While many of the programs that emerged from this national commitment are now taken for granted, the nation would be unrecognizable to most Americans if they had never been enacted.

New Poll – 50 Years After LBJ’s War on Poverty

Harsh negative attitudes about the poor that seemingly defined political discussions throughout the 1980s and 1990s have given way to public recognition that many Americans—poor and middle class alike—are facing many pressures trying to stay afloat and get ahead in the difficult economic environment.

Talking Points for the War on Poverty

Talking Points for the War on Poverty are just a small sampling of the extensive polling, focus groups, and research that Half in Ten and partner organizations have pulled together to help commemorate and publicize the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty, Economic Opportunity Act, Community Action.

Report: APA Task Force on Childhood Poverty

The Academic Pediatric Association (APA) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) have both made reducing childhood poverty in the US and alleviating the effects of poverty on child health and well-being a strategic priority.

Searching for Sugar Man – Academy Award WINNER – Best Documentary Feature

Community Action Book Club – Selection for April 2013 – Searching for Sugar Man – Something different this month – a film rather than a book! This Academy Award winning feature documentary can help with reflecting on how we much we really understand about those we serve and on our own lives as well.

American Winter – HBO Documentary

American Winter is a timely documentary that follows the personal stories of families struggling in the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression.

Poverty, Politics, and Race: The View from Down Here

Community Action Book Club – Selection for March 2013 – Poverty, Politics, and Race: The View from Down Here by Dorothy Inman-Johnson who served as Executive Director of the Capital Area Community Action Agency in Tallahassee, Florida from 1998-2012.

The Line: Documentary on poverty in the United States

The Line is a documentary featuring the stories of people across the country living at or below the poverty line. A Discussion Guide is provided to support conversations within your organization and in community settings.

Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity

Community Action Book Club – Selection for February 2013 – Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo – for her reporting from disadvantaged communities the author has been awarded a Pulitzer Prize, a MacArthur “Genius” grant, and a National Magazine Award for Feature Writing.

So Rich, So Poor: Why It’s So Hard to End Poverty in America

Community Action Book Club – Selection for January 2013 – So Rich, So Poor by Peter Edelman was the focus of the first event of the United Planning Organization’s Public Forum Series entitled Facing Poverty. UPO is the community action agency serving Washington, D.C.

The Power of Half – Redefining the American Dream

The Power of Half – Redefining the American Dream: Family Sells Their House and Gives Half the Proceeds to Charity. During the holiday season, CAAs experience a frenzy of interest and support from people wanting to reach out and help others in their community. Strategies such as The Power of Half are needed to extend this commitment to a higher level throughout the year to help with basic needs and to promote addressing the underlying causes of poverty.

Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada’s Quest to Change Harlem and America

Community Action Book Club – Selection for October 2012 – Geoffrey Canada created the Harlem Children’s Zone where he is testing new and sometimes controversial ideas about poverty in America (excerpt from GoodReads.com). HCZ was used as the model for the Promise Neighborhoods initiative established by the Obama administration.

Media Accepts OACAA Food Stamp Challenge

The Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies has initiated the Ohio Community Action Food Stamp Challenge to increase awareness and give participants a view of what life can be like for the 1.75 million low-income Ohioans receiving food stamps.

Placing Homeless Families in Middle-Class Neighborhoods

NIMBY – Not in My Backyard – is a common reaction that many organizations have experienced when working on affordable housing and housing for homeless families. Here’s a different response highlighted in a Nonprofit Times article, along with some examples of research on the impact of affordable housing on surrounding communities.

Missourians to End Poverty

Missourians To End Poverty (MEP) – Learn about MEP’s continuing efforts including Ten Year Goals from its 2009 Poverty Summit, the just concluded 2011 Poverty Summit, and the MEP Legislative House Party Toolkit.

The Basic Economic Security Tables

Community Action Association of Alabama Releases BEST Report – Basic Economic Security Tables is an income sufficiency standard that includes asset building components for various family configurations at a local geographic level. Alabama BEST was published as part of the National BEST Initiative developed by Wider Opportunities for Women.

Harvard Dean and Princeton-Brookings on Value of Head Start

Read these articles published by Kathleen McCartney (dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Gerald S. Lesser professor in early childhood development) and Lauren Moore (Project Manager with The Future of Children, a collaboration between the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and the Brookings Institution).

Poverty Report Produced for Maine Community Action Association

Poverty in Maine 2010 is intended to (1) present an objective current picture of poverty and economic distress in Maine and trends in indicators over time and (2) document some key programs and benefits aimed at addressing poverty in the state in order to help illuminate potential areas of unmet need. The hope is that the information and analysis presented can be used to help facilitate program planning and policy.

Faces of Poverty Film Festival

This year, the Welfare Reform Liaison Project Community Action Agency sponsored the First Annual CopyCents Film Festival. See the wonderful videos that were created by WRLP students.

August 20, 1964: The Beginning of Community Action

Passage of the Economic Opportunity Act, August 20, 1964: The Beginning of Community Action – Community Action was designed as a new locally-based approach to systematically address not only the conditions, but also the causes, of poverty. Learn about the origins of Community Action that still apply in many ways 46 years later.

2010 Illinois Home Weatherization Assistance Program Report

The Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies reports that over 17,000 homes have been weatherized so far in FY2010, which is more than double from last year. Additionally, Illinois Community Action Agencies have hired more than 500 new Weatherization employees.

CAA Impact Report

Support to Eliminate Poverty, Inc. (STEP) has published Impact 2010: How STEP’s unique programs do more than help those in need; which shows the impact STEP has on the community.

Green Recovery: How Weatherization Works for Iowans

The Iowa Fiscal Partnership (IFP) has issued a Policy Brief, which describes how at the same time the federal economic recovery package is boosting income and the number of jobs for Iowa workers, it is improving energy-savings opportunities for Iowa families who cannot otherwise afford them.

The Obama Effect: A New Future for Inequality?

The Spring 2010 issue of Pathways, published by the Stanford Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality, features a series of articles on inequality in America. Also, view the Concert of Hope that was held to celebrate the opening of the center.

40 Nights in Lincoln: Surviving Poverty

Community Action Partnership of Lancaster and Saunders Counties has teamed up with 40 Nights Photography for a photojournalism project — 40 Nights in Lincoln: Surviving Poverty. Everyone who sees these works will leave armed with specific steps they can take to better the lives of their neighbors.

County Health Rankings

This first-of-its-kind collection of 50 reports – one per state – helps community leaders see that where we live, learn, work, and play influences how healthy we are and how long we live.

CAA Creates Website with Videos for 45th Anniversary

For its 45th anniversary, People, Inc. has created an excellent new website, which has a series of videos focusing on how People, Inc. has changed people’s lives through the agency’s varied programs and services.

New York State Community Action Impact Report

This first-ever New York State Community Action Impact Report shows the progress New York’s Community Action Network has made in addressing poverty in our state this past year.