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DEI Insights, December 2021 – CAAP

CAAP special report: Declaring Racism as a Public Crisis – CAAP’s Statewide DEI Summit, Feb. 15-16 (keynote speaker announced & registration open)) – Leadership Barriers Hurt DIE Success (Forbes Magazine) – January is Poverty Awareness Month

December 2021 Newsletter – CAAP

CAAP announces the association’s new CEO – Member Spotlight: Lawrence County CAP’s Healthy Start Nutrition Center and Ag Lab – Blueprints voted Greene County’s Best Employment Agency & Best Overall Business – Upcoming CAAP webinars – and more!

DEI Insights, November 2021 – CAAP

CAAP’s Statewide DEI Summit (Feb. 15-16) – Special CAAP DEI webinar: Daryl Davis: The Story of One Man Who Converted Hundreds of KKK Members (Dec. 7) – How to Continue Your Diversity Initiatives in 2022 (Entrepreneur magazine) – December is Universal Human Rights Month

November 2021 Newsletter – CAAP

In memoriam for former CAC executive director – 2021 CAAP Self-Sufficiency Awards presented (view the ceremony & program book) – Agency Highlight: Union-Snyder CAA’s Community Needs Assessment – Upcoming CAAP webinars – and more!

DEI Insights, October 2021 – CAAP

Watch CAAP’s Community Conversation on DEI – CAAP’s first statewide DEI Summit set for Feb. 2022 – Inclusion Requires More Than Hiring Diverse Talent (Inc. Magazine) – October is National Work and Family Month

Agency Spotlights, October 2021 – CAAP

The Food Security Issue: Successful food drives in collaboration with local partners & the community (Center for Community Action) – Community gardens offer fresh produce in a food desert (Fayette County CAA)

October 2021 Newsletter – CAAP

Allegheny County’s Community Health Hub Initiative – Child Tax Credit Awareness Resources from PA DCED – Upcoming events – CAAP October webinars – and more!

DEI Insights, September 2021 – CAAP

CAAP’s Community Action Conversation on DEI (Sept. 28) – Understanding Gender Pronouns and Why We Use Them (CAAP DEI Quick Clip) – CAAP is here to help agencies expand DEI Initiatives

Agency Spotlights, September 2021 – CAAP

Client success stories: From Mexico To York, PA: Anayancy’s Dream to Become Independent (Community Progress Council) – CARES Rent Relief PHFA Program: Undergoing cancer treatment while choosing between paying bills and expenses like school photos is a reality for some people during COVID-19 (Central Susquehanna Opportunities)

September 2021 Newsletter – CAAP

CSBG reauthorization introduced (NCAF announcement) – Agency for Community Empowerment of NEPA launches Workforce Initiative Program – Upcoming events – CAAP September webinars – and more!

Agency Spotlights, August 2021 – CAAP

Client success story from Northern Tier CAC: ESG program helps mother living in shed to escape domestic violence – Supports for Success program success stories with videos from Allegheny County DHS

DEI Insights, August 2021 – CAAP

CAAP’s Community Action Conversation on DEI (Sept. 28) – Easy-to-digest framework to help leaders understand the impacts of racism – DEI initiatives threatened as critical race theory debate escalates – CAAP is here to help agencies expand DEI Initiatives

August 2021 Newsletter – CAAP

SLHDA’s new agency name & mission statement – CAAP DEI Quick Clip: What are Microaggressions? – Upcoming events – CAAP August webinars – and more!

DEI Insights, July 2021 – CAAP

Declares racism a public health crisis (access related resources) – CAAP launches new web pages to support DEI – CAAP DEI Quick Clip: What are Microaggressions? – Results of CAAP survey: DEI training needs – CAAP’s Community Action Conversation on DEI (Sept. 28)

July 2021 Newsletter – CAAP

CPCA selects new Executive Director – CAAP launches new website – Upcoming events – CAAP July webinars – and more!

DEI Insights, June 2021 – CAAP

Creating a DEI Action Plan (video from CAAP’s first DEI Learning Lab) – Critical Race Theory (TedTalk and interview with Kimberlé Crenshaw) – The Roots of Structural Racism (June 22 webinar from the Othering & Belonging Institute) – CAPLanc staff view talk on How Diversity and Inclusion will Drive Workplaces & upcoming plans to deepen DEI strategies – CAAP celebrates Pride Month (The intersections of health, housing, and equity for LGBTQ Pennsylvanians, June 21 session)

Agency Spotlights, June 2021 – CAAP

Two success stories from STEP, Inc.’s Weatherization Assistance Program – Five success stories from LCCA’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program

June 2021 Newsletter – CAAP

TCCA’s Executive Director named Business Woman of the Year – Union Snyder CAA provides sample COVID-19 Mitigation Plan – CAAP providing resources to help promote & celebrate Juneteenth – CAAP June webinars – and more!

DEI Insights, May 2021 – CAAP

PA CAAs strengthen DEI plans (view the recording of CAAP’s workshop on Racial Justice: Principles to Practice) – Video from CAP’s Equity Summit: Re-Imagining the Color of Law: Repurposing the Problem – Short video: The Massacre of Tulsa’s Black Wall Street – STEP Inc.’s Social Justice Committee creates “on the Walls” poster series – CAAP celebrates diversity during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (see event videos & resources)

Agency Spotlights, May 2021 – CAAP

Blueprints’ Home Ownership Centers housing counseling services – CADCOM achieves success through The Fathers House – CSO’s Bridges to the Future youth program

May 2021 Newsletter – CAAP

Alan Jennings, CACLV’s executive director retiring after 40+ years CAAP – Dan Leppo serving as CAAP’s Acting CEO – Farewell video message to Susan Moore from David Bradley upon her retirement as CAAP’s CEO – New CAAP DEI Insights newsletter – Resources for CAAs – and more!

Agency Spotlights, April 2021 – CAAP

CAPLANC’s Parents As Teachers program helping a mother find needed personal time and employment – Food Deserts: 19 Million Americans Live In Them (NPR story) – TCCA launches Farmers Market to address food desert in a Harrisburg neighborhood

April 19th Update – MCA

Announcements inc. COBRA subsidy guidance from DOL – Managing Conflict in the Workplace webinar (April 20) – COVID-19 Resources inc. workplace reopening resources – Technology Resources inc. info on email phishing attacks & protecting against email hacking – DEI Resource: Racial Equity in Financial Empowerment Program Design (Community Action Partnership) – MCA partnerships with Capella University & Strayer University

April 2021 Newsletter – CAAP

CAAP CEO Susan Moore retiring on April 30 – New executive director for CACLV – HUD’s Older Adults Home Modification Grant Program (May 4 deadline to apply) – Software app for processing rental assistance – PA law provides free IDs to the homeless – RISE PA: Statewide tool to connect people with critical services – CAAP Education Webinars – and more!

Agency Spotlights, March 2021 – CAAP

BCOC partnerships for housing assistance & Wheels2Work – CAPLANC’s Parents as Teachers program adapts to virtual engagement with families – PCSI’s Pardon Hub

March 2021 Newsletter – CAAP

Blueprints receives top award of $25K Charity of Excellence from community foundation – High Quality Early Childhood Education and Homeless Children (PEC report with more than 50 recommendations) – PA Unites Against COVID (PA DOH website) – CACLV’s CADCA receives $3.9M to help inner-city youth thrive – CAAP Education Tracks have begun – and more!

Agency Spotlights, February 2021 – CAAP

Stories of the progress, successes and impact our PA CAAs are having, both in response to Covid-19 and to the challenges our individual neighbors & communities face each day

February 2021 Newsletter – CAAP

SCCAP CEO appointed board chair for WellSpan Health – Reflections on February as Black History Month – Results of PA CARES Rent Relief – PA DHS releases Racial Equity Report featuring areas of focus for DHS – CAAP hosting monthly education webinars under five tracks in lieu of an annual conference – In Memorium: E. Phillip McKain, former CAAP & local CAA ED – and more!

January 2021 Newsletter – CAAP

2021 Management and Leadership Training Conference, Community Action Partnership (Feb. 3-5) – 2021 Winter Training Conference, NASCSP (March 8-12) – VirtualCAP RoundUP: A Unique Community Action Network Resource with PA DCED for providing each PA CAA with a subscription to RoundUP

Agency Spotlights, January 2021 – CAAP

Stories of the progress, successes and impact our PA CAAs are having, both in response to Covid-19 and to the challenges our individual neighbors & communities face each day

January 2021 Newsletter – CAAP

Partnership MLTC Conference (Feb. 3-5) – NASCSP Winter Training Conference (March 8-12) – VirtualCAP RoundUP subscription provided to each CAA in PA by DCED

March 2020 Newsletter – CAAP

POSTPONED: 2020 CAAP Community Action Symposium & upcoming training events – CAAP’s COVID-19 webpage – 2020 Census Counts campaign & resources from the Community Action Partnership

February 2020 Newsletter – CAAP

CPC & CAC: Nonprofit Innovation Awards Finalists – 1-on-1 sessions with Community Action Partnership Census Team – Allegheny Co. DHS using tool to identify possible child abuse or neglect – LensCAAP video production – and more!

January 2020 Newsletter – CAAP

2020 CAAP Events – 2020 HHS Poverty Guidelines Released – 2020 Census Resources – LensCAAP video production – PHFA Executive Director to Retire

2019 Annual Conference – CAAP

The Community Action Association of Pennsylvania’s 2019 Annual Conference is being held from October 8-10. The conference features nationally known keynote speakers, 20 workshop sessions, networking opportunities, an exhibit hall and the CAAP Self-Sufficiency Awards.

May 31st Newsletter – CAAP

STEP hosts PA Senator’s Poverty Listening Tour – SLHDA’s new executive director – Access presentations from CAAP/DCED’s Annual Community Action Symposium – Nominations being accepted for 2019 CAAP Self-Sufficiency Awards – Concerns raised with proposed PA legislation cutting the time a tenant has to vacate after an eviction ruling

May 2019 Newsletter – Community Action Association of Pennsylvania

CAAP’s Community Action Month video – PA Sentate Democrats Kick-Off MLK Legacy in Action: 30 Days of Action Against Poverty and Economic Insecurity in the name of Dr. King – Study Reveals Local Public Universities are an Important Opportunity for Low-income Students – Upcoming events

March 2019 Newsletter – Community Action Association of Pennsylvania

New CEO for Westmoreland Community Action – Legislation to increase minimum wage introduced in PA – 2019 CAAP Annual Conference (Oct. 7-9) – Financial Vulnerability of American Households (2019 Prosperity Now Scorecard) – PA legislation introduced to incentivize private investment in new and existing affordable housing – and more

January 2019 Newsletter – Community Action Association of Pennsylvania

PA’s Human Services Data Dashboard – Free online resource that helps U.S. immigrants apply for citizenship – Pennsylvania paying the lowest minimum wage in this part of the country (see interactive map of minimum wages by state and city) – Effects of longest government shutdown on federal safety net programs

December 2018 Newsletter – CAAP

2018 Farm Bill passed…but administration’s proposed rule may undermine SNAP benefits (Jan. 9 webinar on campaign to stop this change) – Learning Community applications due Jan. 9 – Childhood Trauma’s Lasting Legacy – Study Reveals Children Today Are Less Likely to Earn More Than Their Parents.

November 2018 Newsletter – CAAP

WCA CEO retiring after more than 29 years of service – 2019 CAAP Community Action Conference and 22nd Annual Self-Sufficiency Awards (Oct. 7-9) – Winter Is Coming: What It Means for Low-Income Americans – Bridging the Gap Between SNAP & Medical Assistance Enrollment in PA

September 2018 Newsletter – CAAP

National and state-level poverty data release – PA Supreme Court unanimously repeals Act that eliminated General Assistance grants 2018 – 2018 PA Collaborative Conference (Oct. 3-5) – October 30 is Weatherization Day – National Community Action Partnership event updates

June 2018 Newsletter – CAAP

NTCAC’s affordable housing project – What It Means to Be Low-Income in America – CAAP Self-Sufficiency Awards: 2017 award ceremony video and 2018 nomination process

May/June 2018 Newsletter – Community Action Partnership of Oregon

The work of Community Action is like planting a garden – ORCCA launches CASA case monitoring program – Community Action fundraiser showcases power of change inc. two client videos – ORCCA raises $16K through Iron Chef fundraiser – New housing option for teens aging out of foster care – Focus on aging and poverty from Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity

May 2018 Newsletter – CAAP

May 15 is primary election day in Pennsylvania – Information on U.S. Senate and House plus PA Governor and Lieutenant Governor races – Sample ballots, polling place information, and link to check voter registration status.

April 2018 Newsletter – CAAP

May is Community Action Month: Toolkit with informational video and hashtags – Agency Spotlights: CPC success story, FCCAA Campus of Services and Republic Food Enterprise Center, SLHDA distributes 5,700 children’s books est. value $42,800 – CAAP Journey To Self-Sufficiency video

January 2018 Newsletter – CAAP

2018 Federal Poverty Income Guidelines – 12 PA CAAs awarded $1.66M in NAP tax credits – Brief PA budget update – CAAP video – Study released on racial discrimination in the hiring process – and more!

Pennsylvania Poverty Report – CAAP and CHN

The Community Action Association of Pennsylvania is excited to announce the release of our new poverty report, which we put together in collaboration with the Coalition on Human Needs. Poverty and Progress gives a concise overview of the progress we have made in Pennsylvania in our efforts to reduce poverty. Recommended actions are included for Congress and President Trump.

October 2017 Newsletter – Community Action Association of Pennsylvania

CAP’s Kids involved with restoring and maintaining city parks – 2017 CAAP Self-Sufficiency Award winners – myCOMPASS PA: Pennsylvania’s Benefits Made Easier – Notable people excelling in their field of work and got their start in the VISTA program – National Weatherization Day toolkit and 5 ways to increase Weatherization Day efforts.

2017 Collaborative Conference – CAAP

The Alliance for Nonprofit Resources, the Community Action Association of Pennsylvania, and the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations are proud to be teaming up to present the 2017 collaborative conference. 34 workshops will be presented through eight workshop tracks.

May 2017 Newsletter – Community Action Association of Pennsylvania

Union-Snyder CAA Self-Sufficiency Program participant spotlight – Press release from NCAF on Trump Administration’s proposed budget – Dr. Stephen Pimpare at CAAP’s upcoming annual Community Action Symposium – Budget Day of Action to Demand a People’s Budget for PA – and more!

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.

2016 Self-Sufficiency Awards – CAAP

The Community Action Association of Pennsylvania is proud to recognize eight individuals who represent astonishing resilience as well as two individuals who exhibit outstanding progress toward self-sufficiency.

November 2015 Newsletter – Community Action Association of Pennsylvania

National Weatherization Day success story, PA 2-11, PA budget impasse survey results, CAAP’s VISTA project, Additional utility assistance under PA Turn On Program, Nominations for 2016 CAAP Self-Sufficiency Award and Distinguished Award, and 2016 CAAP Workshop Presenter application form.

21st Century Community Learning Centers

The Allegheny County Department of Human Services – Office of Community Services sponsors the 21st Century Community Learning Center program to increase children’s school attendance and academic performance and to decrease disciplinary referrals.

Across Ages Intergenerational Mentoring Program

The Community Action Commission sponsors Across Ages as an intergenerational mentoring program working to increase the protective factors for high risk youth in order to prevent, reduce, or delay the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs and the problems associated with such use.

Affordable Housing and Delaware County Construction Company

The Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. has 16 Affiliate Corporations that provide shelter services to homeless clients, established commercial complexes and completed numerous housing and neighborhood revitalization projects. The Delaware County Construction Corporation serves as a for-profit division of the agency. The construction company is fully licensed and insured to provide both commercial and residential construction services, specializing in ADA modifications/retrofits.

Apartment Licensing Ordinance

The Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley was a leading force with an advocacy campaign to gain broad community support for passage of a local ordinance for licensing of rental apartments.

CAAP 2015 Annual Conference

The Community Action Association of Pennsylvania’s 2015 Annual Conference is being held on April 22nd & 23rd in Harrisburg, PA.

Campus of Services

Fayette County Community Action Agency has developed a Campus of Services as a community development initiative to promote integrated human services in combination with affordable housing.

Centralized Employee Performance Review Process

The Fayette County Community Action Agency’s uses a Centralized Employee Performance Review Process with an emphasis on coaching and continuous feedback in order to foster staff growth and to maximize productivity.

Community Action Financial Services

The Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley promotes asset building as an essential mechanism to help low- to moderate-income families move toward self-sufficiency. Protecting those assets, though, is an important part of the strategy, so advocacy against predatory lending practices is undertaken as part of the agency’s Community Action Financial Services division.

Community Medical Services

The Fayette County Community Action Agency established Community Medical Services to provide quality, affordable health care to all local residents.

Donations Warehouse

The Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. established the Donations Warehouse as a resource for homeless families leaving shelters, fire victims and victims of domestic abuse who are in the process of reestablishing housing.

Upward Bound

The Greater Erie Community Action Committee sponsors the Educational Talent Search and Upward Bound Programs to help low-income students succeed in high school and enter college in order to participate more fully in America’s economic and social life.

Families Learning Together

The Union-Snyder Community Action Agency established the Families Learning Together Program as a family literacy and self-sufficiency initiative for adults with basic education needs and at least one child in third grade or under.

Homeless Veterans Transitional Housing

The Commission on Economic Opportunity established a transitional housing program to help homeless veterans address their personal problems while developing the necessary skills to be self-sufficient and productive members of society.

HomePLUS Support Services for Independent Living

The Greater Erie Community Action Committee administers the HomePLUS Program to assist public housing residents maintain their quality of life in a safe and affordable independent home setting.

Housing Development Services

TREHAB established Housing Development Services to offer a continuum of programs that provide affordable, decent, safe and innovative housing for low-moderate income people.

Kindergarten Club

Community Action Southwest established the Kindergarten Club to increase school readiness and school success for children entering kindergarten.

Micro-Enterprise Resource Center

The Montgomery County Community Action Development Commission established the Micro-Enterprise Resource Center to provide entrepreneurial training to individuals interested in starting or expanding a business.

Neighborhood Revitalization and Homebuyer Resource Center

Westmoreland Community Action developed the Neighborhood Revitalization Program to acquire and rehabilitate older housing stock to rebuild distressed neighborhoods and to expand the availability of safe, decent and affordable housing through the agency’s Homebuyer Resource Center.