Community Action Programs

While no two CAAs are alike, offering custom programs to meet the unique needs of their communities, they do share common goals. The programs offered help and encourage children and youth, support the working poor, provide aid in times of crisis, sustain and honor the elderly, and strengthen the family and the community.


Sample programs include:

Employment Assistance & Overcoming Employment Barriers

  • Job counseling
  • Job placement
  • Job creation
  • Workforce development
  • On-the-job training
  • Skills training
  • Adult education
  • GED preparation
  • Displaced worker assistance
  • Small business development
  • Loan funds
  • Computer training and access
  • Business clothing
  • Child care
  • Transportation
  • Drop out prevention
  • Summer Youth employment programs
  • Head Start
  • After school enrichment and tutoring

Income Management

  • Financial literacy and counseling
  • Income tax counseling and filing assistance
  • Individual Development Accounts
  • Car purchase programs
  • Community economic development projects

Health & Well Being

  • Medical and dental screenings
  • Immunizations
  • Medical transportation
  • Medical centers and clinics
  • Alcohol and drug abuse prevention treatment
  • Pregnancy-related care
  • Family planning services
  • Rural health programs
  • Well-Baby clinics
  • Women, Infant and Children (WIC)
  • In-home senior care, senior centers and day cares
  • Food pantries
  • Supplemental Nutrition Programs
  • Summer lunch programs
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Community gardens
  • Congregate meals
  • Clothing drives and pantries
  • Family development and case management
  • Parenting education


  • Rental/mortgage assistance
  • Home Buyer counseling
  • Home rehabilitation  and repair
  • Low-income housing development
  • Weatherization assistance
  • Energy and utility assistance
  • Eviction prevention
  • Transitional housing
  • Homeless shelters
  • Domestic violence shelters and programs

Education & Early Development

  • Adult education
  • GED preparation
  • Head Start, Early Head Start, Help Me Grow
  • Early childhood intervention
  • After school enrichment and tutoring