Check out the 2014 CSBG Annual Report, featuring data from over 1,000 CAAs nationwide

December 23, 2014

By Rae Tamblyn, Research and Communications Analyst at NASCSP The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) is unique among federal programs in that it is the only comprehensive investment exclusively focused on reducing poverty. Other federal programs address specific challenges or factors involved in poverty but they take a piecemeal approach. In contrast, CSBG effectively uses a powerful mix of

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SMILE! CAA OlyCAP works to increase access to affordable dental care in WA

October 23, 2014

Written by Rae Tamblyn, in conjunction with staff from WA Dept. of Commerce, Community Services & Housing Division and OlyCAP Ever had a toothache? The agonizing pain in your jaw makes not only chewing painful, but also the daily demands of a job difficult. For many low-income families, good preventative dental care is out of reach and paying bills trumps a regular cleaning. For some folks,

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Guest Blog: Redefining the Mission

October 6, 2014

by Jean Amison, Region II CSBG Representative This year marks the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty, began by President Lyndon Johnson in his inaugural speech in 1964. On August 20, 1964, he signed the Economic Opportunity Act, which created Community Action Agencies (CAA’s) and grassroots programs to fight poverty. Years later, in an address to Congress in September, 2010 and again in

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Making Good on the Promise of Community Action

August 26, 2014

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Economic Opportunity Act, Jeannie Chaffin, the Director of the federal Office of Community Services (OCS), provided an update to the nation on the exciting work of Community Action, along with other initiatives within OCS. Check it out via the link below!

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New Beginnings for NASCSP

June 23, 2014

-- By Steve Payne, NASCSP Board President -- We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty. Maya Angelou (April 4, 1928 - May 28, 2014) As you know better than most, the recession may be over, but life is still as hard as it’s ever been for the people we serve. Hard-working families, squeezed between stagnant wages and

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