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The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) went into effect January 1 impacting every citizen, business, and state across the nation. The bulk of its benefits will support high-income households, foreign investors, and large corporations, while the average family will see a temporary paycheck boost until 2025 when the provisions that directly affect them expire. This and more in CAAP's March newsletter.
Today is the first of two online #CSBG advocacy days! The Trump administration wants to zero out Community Action's core funding program, CSBG, and many other human service programs. Let’s fight back by letting the world know how critical these programs are. Click on the title above to learn how.
Check out our latest newsletter! Be apart of the action by knowing about these upcoming events: Virtual Community Action Advocacy Days, CAAP poverty symposium, and national conferences. We look closely at welfare reform, what we’ve learned in 22 years, and how to approach reform in 2018. Finally, we update readers on CAAP’s new needs assessment toolkit and legislation that was recently introduced to raise our state’s minimum wage. Enjoy and engage!
Today the Trump Administration released its FY 2019 budget proposal, doubling down on last year’s unprecedented proposed cuts. The budget calls for the elimination of three programs critical to America’s working families – the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) which helps fund your local Community Action Agency, the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), and the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).
Click the green title above to read CAAP’s immediate reaction to today’s release of the Trump Administration’s FY 2019 budget proposal.
On February 6, 2018 Governor Tom Wolf introduced his 2018-19 proposed budget. The tone of his budget address was that of unity and was generally positive. The actual duration of his speech was quite short – approximately 15 minutes. The biggest applause line came right at the beginning when the governor walked up to the podium and donned a Philadelphia Eagles hat. Click on the green title above to read our full summary of Governor Wolf's address.
CAAP’s latest newsletter is out! We write about the new poverty income guidelines, how 12 PA CAAs received $1.66M in neighborhood assistance project funding, a brief budget update, CHIP’s bumpy road to reauthorization, benefits of the VISTA program, and how racial discrimination in the hiring process hasn’t changed in more than 25 years. Click the green title above to read on.
The Community Action Association of Pennsylvania (CAAP) is excited to announce the release of our new poverty report that we put together in collaboration with the Coalition on Human Needs. The report, called "Poverty and Progress: The State of Being Poor in Pennsylvania and New Threats Ahead", is based on the latest U.S. Census data that was released in September. Poverty and Progress gives a concise overview of the progress we have made in Pennsylvania in our efforts to reduce poverty. We hope you find this report valuable, and we hope you will share it with your colleagues.
On September 12, the United States Census Bureau released national survey data about income and poverty, as well as national and state data about health insurance coverage. As predicted, there was a significant reduction in poverty - the largest two-year decline since 1969. The reduction is evident in both official and Supplemental Poverty measures. Two conclusions can be drawn from the report: poverty reduction programs are working, and they must be funded if year-to-year improvement is expected to continue in the future. Click on the link for more details.
Alliance for Nonprofit Resources (ANR), the Community Action Association of Pennsylvania (CAAP), and the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations (PANO) are proud to be teaming up this year to present the 2017 collaborative conference – Inclusion by Design: The Voices of Our Communities, Our Organizations, and You - on October 2 & 3 in State College, PA!
We just published our latest newsletter! Read about an innovative program from the Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County, progress to raise PA’s minimum wage (Raise the Wage PA), the growing 2-1-1 program thanks to United Way of Pennsylvania, and CAAP’s Self-Sufficiency Awards program.