Skyline CAP is proud to be part of the nation's community action network. More than 1,100 agencies serve counties across the country with programs targeted towards economic development, housing stability and poverty prevention.

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.

Excerpts from President Johnson's 1964 State of the Union Address

The History of Measuring Poverty

How Poverty is Measured

The War on Poverty: Then and Now by Center for American Progress

How the War on Poverty Succeeded from The New Yorker


What are community action agencies?

Community action agencies are private, non-profit organizations that work within the community they serve in partnership with other social service organizations. The common goal of all community action agencies is to change people’s lives, embody the spirit of hope, improve communities and make America a better place to live. We care about the entire community and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other as they move from poverty to self-sufficiency.

Community agencies were created through the Federal Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. Core funding for community action agencies has historically comes from the federal Community Services Block Grant (CSBG). CSBG is flexible and primarily funds local investments in services, facilities and partnerships in the community. Due to ongoing federal budget cuts and the growth and diversity of community action agencies, CSBG funding is no longer the primary income source for program spending. Additional funding is provided by state and local governments as well as private sector contributions and substantial volunteer time and in-kind contributions. Community action relies on mobilizing help from private-sector partners, volunteers, and faith-based groups. Each $1 of core funds is leveraged by an additional $10 in cash and in-kind contributions.

Community action agencies coordinate programs and services offered to the community. There is no "typical" community action agency, because each is governed by the leadership and needs identified in its community. The community action approach to fighting the causes of poverty is to provide a range of services addressing poverty-related problems. There are 32 community action agencies throughout the commonwealth of Virginia and more than 1,100 nationwide.



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