STATEMENT FROM THE PARTNERSHIP

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.

RESOURCES

CAP's Message to the Community Action Network
Guidance from CAPLAW on Managing Coronavirus Risks
CSBG Dear Colleague Letter
  • 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

1. Phase I – The Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act
a. The Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2020 (Posted March 23)
b. CPRSA – Title-by-Title Summary (Posted March 23)

2. Phase II – The Families First Coronavirus Response Act
a. Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Posted March 23)
b. FFCRA – Title-by-Title Summary (Posted March 23)
c. CAPLAW Guidance on Paid Leave Provisions of FFCRA (Posted March 23)

National Head Start Association Resources
Office of Head Start Resources
Weatherization & COVID-19
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
Nonprofits and Coronavirus
USDA Food & Nutrition Service Program Guidance