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.
CAP's Message to the Community Action Network
Guidance from CAPLAW on Managing Coronavirus Risks
- Managing Coronavirus Risks: What the Community Action Network Should Think About (Issued March 5): In light of the increasing numbers of confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19), CAPLAW has provided guidance for the Community Action network that addresses the following issues: managing employees, providing services, planning events.
- Coronavirus Updates for the Community Action Network (Posted March 9): This resource page includes upcoming webinars, information, and guidance for Community Action Agencies and Head Start programs for 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)
LIHEAP Dear Colleague Letter
National Head Start Association Resources
Resources to Support Head Start Children and Families (Posted March 16)
Office of Head Start Resources
Weatherization & COVID-19
- WAP Frequently Asked Questions Related to COVID-19 (Issued March 25): Guidance from the Department of Energy on COVID-19 related issues.
- Online Training Offerings (Posted March 24)
- Joint Statement from (CAP, NCAF, NASCSP) on Weatherization and Coronavirus (Issued March 19)
- NCAF Statement on Weatherization and Coronavirus (Issued March 19)
Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Resources
- COVID-19 Information & Resources (Posted Macrh 13)
- Quick Guide to CDBG Eligible Activities to Support Infectious Disease Response (Issued March 13)
COVID-19 and Americorps
- COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions for Americorps Programs (Posted March 12)
Information & Resources from the Centers for Disease Control
- Communication Resources (Posted March 13): Free resources including video, fact sheets and posters
- Interim Guidance for Administrators of US K-12 Schools and Childcare Programs (Revised March 12)
- Framework for Mitigation (Issued March 11)
- Workplace, School, and Home Guidance (Issued March 11)
- Interim Guidance for Homeless Service Providers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease (Issued March 10)
- Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities (Issued March 7): How to prepare and take action for coronavirus at home, work, healthcare settings and more
- Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Posted March 5): Situation updates and general information about coronavirus such as how it spreads, symptoms and prevention measures
- Eligible ESG Program Costs for Effective Disease Preparedness (Issued March 5): Measures to reduce spread of disease among people in emergency shelters
- Interim Guidance on Mass Gatherings (Issued March 3): Safety measures for mass gatherings or large community events based on what is currently known about COVID-19
Information & Resources from the World Health Organization
- Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Posted March 9): Information & guidance from the World Health Organization (WHO) regarding the current outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
- Coronavirus Questions & Answers (Issued March 9): Answers to frequently asked questions about COVID-19
- Coronavirus Situation Dashboard (Posted March 9): The latest data on the confirmed number and whereabouts of COVID-19 cases throughout the world
Nonprofits and Coronavirus
- COVID-19 Relief & Economic Stimulus Package (Issued March 18)
- Campaign Urges Congress to Include Emergency Assistance Fund in Coronavirus Response (Issued March 12)
- Nonprofits and Coronavirus (Posted March 12): Guidance from the National Council of Nonprofits on what coronavirus means for nonprofits and what steps should be taken
- Why Nonprofits Must Be Included in a COVID-19 Relief and Economic Stimulus Package (Posted March 12)
USDA Food & Nutrition Service Program Guidance
- FNS Program Guidance on Human Pandemic Response (March 16): Important guidance related to FNS nutrition assistance programs