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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.

2014 CAAP Self-Sufficiency Awards

The Community Action Association of Pennsylvania is proud to present 14 individuals who demonstrate the accomplishments of self-determination as well as one individual who has exhibited superior progression toward self-sufficiency.

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.

CAAP 2014 Distinguished Service Awards

The Community Action Association of Pennsylvania is seeking nominations from its members of individuals and organizations that enhance the lives of individuals and local communities through their involvement, innovation, leadership or advocacy, as well as personal and organizational generosity.

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.

Nurse-Family Partnership

The Fayette County Community Action Agency serves as a site for the Nurse-Family Partnership to help low-income first-time mothers achieve positive outcomes for themselves, their baby, and their family.

Public Awareness and Advocacy

The Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley regularly conducts research on poverty-related issues to promote public awareness that will lead to subsequent policy and programmatic responses.

Quality Review Process

The Fayette County Community Action Agency established a Quality Review Process as a mechanism to promote continuous improvement in all aspects of the agency.

Silent Partners Program

The Community Action Partnership of Mercer County developed the Silent Partners Program as a method to build a pool of funds to resolve family needs that cannot be addressed by other resources.

Substance Abuse Prevention

The Greater Erie Community Action Committee carries out extensive Substance Abuse Prevention activities to assist in the reduction of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug (ATOD) use, abuse and addiction and associated consequences.

Unified Organizational Structure

The Fayette County Community Action Agency developed a unified organizational structure in order to create integrated agency services and to maximize efforts dedicated to accomplishing the agency’s mission.