What exactly do Community Action Agencies do?

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The North Carolina Community Action Association (NCCAA) is the statewide association of North Carolina’s 36 Community Action Agencies and six single-purpose agencies. NCCAA seeks to give voice to the needs, concerns and stories of the state’s disadvantaged and low-income citizens.  The association supports the agencies by providing training and fostering collaboration between agencies and other organizations that work to empower low-wealth North Carolinians. Community Action in North Carolina is a bipartisan effort and its work has been supported across all political, religious, racial, economic, and ethnic groups.

The members of the NCCAA deliver many types of services that help the community. Among them:

  • Community Coordination: Citizen participation, neighborhood and community organization, information, and referrals 94%
  • Emergency Services: Food pantries, energy assistance, homeless shelters, domestic violence 91%
  • Education: Head Start, youth mentoring, literacy, Adult Basic Education 89%
  • Food and Nutrition: Meals on Wheels, congregate feeding, food banks
  • Family Development: Daycare, case management, counseling, support 68%
  • Employment Training/Employment: Job readiness, job training, and job creation 63%
  • Income Management: Budget counseling 53%
  • Transportation: Rural Transportation systems, on-demand transportation 49%
  • Housing: Self-help housing, homeownership, rental assistance, weatherization 39%
  • Economic Development: Business planning and loans, water and sewer 39%
  • Health Care: Health clinics, WIC, prescription assistance 29%

What are Community Action Agencies?

Community Action Agencies are federally funded nonprofit organizations created by President Lyndon B. Johnson’s signing of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. This Act embodies the philosophy that low-income individuals can best identify the problems their communities face and also develop solutions to help resolve the issues.

Community Action agencies administer a wide range of programs from Head Start to workforce training; from economic development to elder care; from weatherization to self-sufficiency. Community Action Agencies partner with local, state, and national organizations to help low-income people become self-sufficient.

Currently, 1,100 community action agencies in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and the Trust Territories provide direct human services to 95 percent of the nation’s counties.

Through local community action and limited purpose agencies, eligible low-income individuals and the elderly in all 100 counties in North Carolina may benefit from services offered.


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