The Community Action Network is made up of public and private agencies that work to alleviate poverty and empower low-income families in communities throughout Arizona. Most of the agencies are Community Action Agencies (CAAs), created through the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. CAAs provide services to more than 150,000 people annually.
There is no “typical” CAA. Each is governed by the leadership and responds to specific needs of its local community. However, all CAAs are committed to fighting the causes of poverty. Local agencies approach these goals by offering a variety of programs that serve low-income children, families and seniors.
Receiving federal funding are governed by the following statutory goals:
Securing and Maintaining Employment
Securing Adequate Education
Better Income Management
Securing Adequate Housing
Providing Emergency Services
Creating Linkages Among Anti-Poverty Programs
People's Information Guide
(English & Spanish Versions are available.
) The People's Information Guide contains information on a variety of low-cost and free services and programs available to families and individuals. Some services listed in the guide have eligibility requirements. The Guide is intended to assist in obtaining resources needed to prevent a crisis and move toward self-sufficiency. Information contained in the Guide contains program descriptions, eligibility information, instructions on how and where to apply and documents to bring.
Community Action Agency Contractors
: Community Services contracts directly with Community Action Agencies, one migrant organization and the Arizona Community Action Association. Some of these agencies subcontract with other community agencies within their service delivery area. For example, in Maricopa County there are CAAs in each of the major cities.
Utility Assistance programs available through community partners with funding provided by the Department of Economic Security assist low income households, particularly those with the lowest incomes who spend a high proportion of their household income on utilities, in meeting their immediate home energy , utility and telephone needs. Those programs include Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
. DES subcontracts with community agencies to administer LIHEAP and provide one-time assistance to low income households for meeting the costs of their home energy. LIHEAP funding is based on a formula set by Congress based on each State's weather and low income population.