About Community Action Agencies

Community Action Agencies are organizations established under the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 to fight America’s War on Poverty. Community Action Agencies are a primary source of direct support for the more than 34.5 million people who live in poverty in the United States.

Today there is a nationwide network of 1,100 Community Action Agencies working to help people help themselves and each other in achieving self-sufficiency. The promise: Community Action changes people’s lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities and makes America a better place to live.

CAA Network

The Community Action Network serves more than 16.2 million individuals and 3 million families per year within in every State. In order to reduce poverty in its community, a Community Action Agency works to better focus available local, state, private and federal resources to assist low income individuals and families to acquire useful skills and knowledge, gain access to new opportunities and achieve economic self-sufficiency.

Community Action Agencies

  • Help people find shelter and housing
  • Keep people warm and dry
  • Help the unemployed find work
  • Help families and seniors put food on the table
  • Give young children a healthy, safe start
  • Help in times of crisis
  • Advocate for policy solutions that eliminate poverty