“Face to Face With Poverty” is an on-going advocacy initiative of the North Carolina Community Action Association which heralds the urgent agenda of North Carolina’s low-income communities to key stakeholders.
According to the 2011 U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, North Carolina’s poverty rate spiked to 17.9 percent, surpassing the official national poverty level of 15 percent, ranking North Carolina as the 14th highest poverty state in the nation. In North Carolina, more than 1.6 million children, elderly, disabled and low-income individuals are impacted by poverty. That equates to 1 in 5 women, 1 in 4 children, 1 in 4 African Americans, and 1 in 3 Latinos who don’t have access to adequate housing, health care, education, employment or resources to enjoy a decent living.
The “Face to Face With Poverty” initiative provides a forum and solutions for those who have been silenced by economic disparity in North Carolina. Please make the commitment today to get involved, because Poverty is Everybody’s Business.
About the NCCAA
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.
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.