Pennsylvania's Community Action Agencies help low-income families reach and maintain self-sufficiency.
"We run lots of programs, but we try and think how to broker those programs towards an end goal, and that’s helping a family to empower them to reach self-sufficiency or collaborating with the community to create a path out of poverty."
– Megan Shreve, CEO of South Central Community Action Programs
What is self-sufficiency?
Self-sufficiency is a measure of how much income is needed for a family to adequately meet its basic needs - without public or private assistance.
Is there more than one reason people lose, or haven't reached it?
Yes, each individual has their own personal story about how they ended up in financial distress, which include:
- a death in the family,
- loss of employment,
- underperforming educational experience,
- childhood hardships,
- increased housing costs or overwhelming debt,
- physical and mental health conditions,
- addiction, and more.
Community Action provides the resources an individual or family needs to get back on their feet. Watch more videos.
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How can I learn more or find my local Agency?
- Locate your local Community Action Agency.
- Success Stories illustrate how barriers to self-sufficiency can be overcome when individuals accept the challenge of pursuing the opportunities provided by a local Community Action Agency.
- Agencies Programs & Services highlight a variety of programs offered at 43 agencies across the state.
- Learn more about our member Agencies, what they do and how CAAP is funded.
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