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Join Community Action National Partners CAP, CAPLAW and NASCSP for a weekly update on the impact of COVID-19 on the network, taking place every Thursday at 3 ET / 2 CT / 1 MT / 12 PT  (3 AST / 10 AKST / 9 HST). NCAF will participate as schedules allow.


In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Community Action Partnership is reaffirming the recommended safety measures for the Community Action network provided by Community Action Program Legal Services (CAPLAW), as well as guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). The wellbeing of our members and their customers continues to be our paramount concern.

In addition, the Partnership recognizes that any national crisis always hits the families Community Action serves the hardest. We also recognize that local Community Action Agencies will face their own challenges in terms of responding to this crisis. Unlike some organizations that can adapt to staff working remotely or changing their work environment, Community Action can only be effective when we are IN the community, particularly those communities where there are fewer resources to adapt to a rapidly changing environment.

The Partnership is working with the National Partners, State Associations, non-profit leaders, and with local CAA’s to learn how we can respond effectively to the changing environment. We have daily conversations with members across the network about their concerns, their questions and their strategies for continuing our work.

As the situation continues to evolve we will continue to monitor updates accordingly.


CAP's Message to the Community Action Network

Guidance from CAPLAW on Managing Coronavirus Risks

CSBG Dear Colleague Letters & Guidance from ACF
  • CSBG IM 2020-157 Immediate Guidance on COVID-19 Response (Issued April 13
  • CSBG Dear Colleague Letter on ACF Administrative Flexibilities for Grantees Affected by COVID-19 (Issued March 31)
  • CSBG Dear Collegue Letter (Issued March 12): The Office of Community Services has released a Dear Colleague Letter to the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Network providing a roundup of coronavirus-related information on funding and guidance released by various divisions within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). We encourage you to explore these resources as necessary to respond to the situation in your communities.
Coronavirus Response Legislation

Phase 1 – The Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act

Phase 2 – The Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Phase 3 – The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

Phase 3.5 – Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act

Community Action Partnership Fact Sheets:

Paid Leave Resources
Weatherization & LIHEAP




National Head Start Association Resources
Office of Head Start Resources
IRS Resources
Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Resources
COVID-19 and Americorps
Information & Resources from the Centers for Disease Control
Information & Resources from the World Health Organization
American Public Human Services Association (APHSA) Resources
Nonprofits and Coronavirus
US Chamber of Commerce

Coronavirus Emergency Loans (Posted March 31): A small business guide and checklist.

USDA Food & Nutrition Service Program Guidance
Community Needs Assessment COVID 19 Update Template

This Community Needs Assessment template  is intended for use by local Community Action Agencies (CAAs) as an addendum to their full Community Needs Assessment in response to the COVID-19 global health pandemic.

Tribal Resource Center


Our National Partners also provide guidance and updates on COVID 19 impact on Community Action Agencies.