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Undercounting in the 2020 Census, Community Action Program Spotlights, Community Action Podcast, New 2019 Federal Poverty Income Guidelines, it's all here in CAAP's latest newsletter.
The FY 2019-20 Budget proposed by Governor Tom Wolf on February 5th totals $34.146 billion, a 2.79% or $927.36 million increase over the 2018-19 budget. The budget highlights continued investments in Pennsylvania’s workforce and education, opportunities in the agriculture industry, substance use disorder treatment, care for those with intellectual disabilities and for seniors, fair wages and no broad-based tax increase. Click on the title above to read CAAP’s summary of Gov. Wolf’s 2019-20 budget proposal.
Our January update it out! This month, we wrote about the impact of the government shutdown on federal safety net programs, the outlook of minimum wage in 2019, a free online resource to help U.S. immigrants apply for citizenship, and DHS’ updated data dashboard. Click the title above to read on!
The National Community Action Partnership released today the first National Community Action Impact Report: Building Opportunities for All. This unique and comprehensive report looks at how Community Action Agencies across the country impact the lives of 15 million people each year, creating pathways to prosperity.
The Community Action Network is robust local force of 1,000 local Community Action Agencies, reaching children and families in 99 percent of all U.S. counties. Agencies connect families to approaches that help them succeed and promote community-wide solutions to seemingly stubborn challenges in cities, suburban, and rural communities. This report outlines the needs families face in today's uneven economy, the reach of Community Action coast to coast, and the impact Community Action has in communities every day.
"This report tells the broad story of Community Action and all of the incredible ways our members are making an impact in their local communities," said Denise Harlow, Chief Executive Officer of the National Community Action Partnership. "For 55 years, our network has developed innovative solutions to improve family well-being and directly impact and engage local communities."
Spotlight stories throughout the report highlight successful initiatives across America relating to jobs, asset building, health and well-being, community development, children and families, and housing. One spotlight, for example, discusses a successful community project in Clare, Michigan which not only created jobs and stimulated the local economy, it brought the community together to preserve a historic landmark. Another featured spotlight reviews a Community Action initiative which dramatically reduced the wait time to get recovery treatment for Ohioans suffering from addiction.
"Community Action addresses a number of factors that contribute to poverty, and it does so at the local level," said Harlow. "Our network's holistic approach to assist families in their journey to economic security is inspiring. We believe this report illustrates how their work strengthens lives, improves communities, and makes America a better place to live."
To access the report, click on the orange title above.
Our latest news update is out! This month we write about the legacy of childhood poverty, why children today are less likely to earn more than their parents, the 2018 Farm Bill and new threats to SNAP, how a mother of three was impacted by her local Community Action Agency, and more. Click the heading above to read on.
The Wolf Administration will provide naloxone for free to any Pennsylvanian who wants it at nearly 80 locations across the state, primarily at state health centers and county/municipal health departments, on Thursday, December 13 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., as part of the administration’s ongoing effort to reduce the number of opioid overdoses and get residents into treatment. Click the link above for more info.
This month we wrote about how the winter months impact low-income families, offered new ideas to help people access food security programs, and the retirement of Tay Waltenbaugh. We also announced that CAAP is returning to a standalone conference. Click above to read on.
Pennsylvania's Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is now open for business. LIHEAP provides assistance, to both renters and homeowners, for home heating bills to keep low-income Pennsylvanians warm and safe during the winter months. Click on the link above to learn more about the program and how to apply.
In our October newsletter, we celebrate the 2018 Self-Sufficiency Award Winners and a successful re-entry program. We also discuss Community Action’s Response to the Opioid Crisis, a new research project focused on economic mobility, and the rise of the gig economy. Enjoy!
1.5 million Pennsylvanians remain in poverty, with 3.5 million near poor. Many working families struggle to make ends meet, while threats to SNAP, housing and Medicaid could increase hardship. Read the latest PA Poverty Snapshot by clicking on the title above.
CAAP’s latest newsletter it out! This month we write about the national and state-level poverty data release, a new funding opportunity for low-income families, our conference phone app, Weatherization Month, and upcoming events.
CAAP’s latest update is out! We write about a cash assistance program that is now taking applications, upcoming (and free) webinars that you won’t want to miss, and the White House and prominent GOP lawmakers’ newest tax cut plan that could harm low-income families and the middle-class.
This month we focus on two Community Action Agencies whose innovative programing helped individuals achieve their financial goals and empower young women from low-income families to become self-sufficient, independent leaders and to dream about the possibilities of a bright future. Additional articles focus on upcoming national conferences and a PA Supreme Court decision that protects Pennsylvanians living in deep poverty.
CAAP’s latest news update is out! This month we write about how Northern Tier Community Action is addressing affordable housing; the United Way’s new ALICE Project which describes a huge section of society that is employed yet still need assistance to make ends meet; CAPLAW’s national conference; and the 2018 CAAP Self-Sufficiency Awards.
Next Tuesday, May 15, is primary election day in Pennsylvania. Read CAAP’s latest update for a comprehensive rundown of what to expect. See you at the polls!