What is a Community Action Agency

Community Action Agencies are nonprofit private and public organizations established under the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 to fight America’s War on Poverty. Community Action Agencies help people to help themselves in achieving self-sufficiency. Today there are approximately 1000 Community Action Agencies, serving the poor in every state as well as Puerto Rico and the Trust Territories.

The service areas of Community Action Agencies (CAAs) cover 96 percent of the nation’s counties. Our agencies are connected by a national network that includes the Community Action Partnership national association, regional associations, state associations, a national lobbying organization, and a national association of Community Service Block Grant administrators. 

CAAs are a primary source of direct support for the more than 34. 5 million people who live in poverty in the United States. The majority of CAA program participants are impoverished, with incomes below 75 percent of the federal poverty threshold.   

The Community Action network serves more than 16.2 million individuals per year and more than 3 million families per year.

The Promise of Community Action
Community Action changes people’s lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities, and makes America a better place to live. We care about the entire community, and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.