America's Community Action agencies connect millions of children and families to greater opportunity, transforming their lives and making our communities -- and our nation-- stronger. Every year these agencies help:
• Tens of thousands of children and youth with before and after school programs.
• More than 165,000 unemployed people get a job.
• Almost 220,000 families find safe and affordable housing.
• About 6.5 million people, including seniors, make their homes more energy efficient and lower their utility bills.
The success of Community Action and the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) in fighting poverty, is demonstrated by our profound impact. Here are some highlights of our successes, as reported in the 2016 CSBG Annual Report from the National Association for State Community Services Programs (NASCSP):
- In 2015, every dollar invested in CSBG leveraged an average of $20.80 of other federal, state, local, and private funds. Community Action Agencies receiving CSBG funds effectively use this powerful mix of federal, state, and local resources to address the barriers that lead to and perpetuate systemic poverty.
- In fiscal year (FY) 2015, CAAs addressed 32.3 million conditions of poverty that created barriers to economic security among low-income individuals, families, and communities. The 15.6 million individuals served by CAAs represent nearly 33.4 percent of the 46.7 million Americans in poverty according to the most recent Census data.
- Nationwide, child poverty rates remained high, at 19.7 percent in 2015. The CSBG Network responded to the high child poverty levels and provided services to over 4 million children in FY 2014, representing over 15 percent of all children in poverty.