Community Action’s Impact

Whether our neighbors are experiencing a temporary set back or have been priced out of affordable housing – too many struggle to achieve a good quality of life. Despite America’s economic recovery, 43 million of us are still living in poverty and even more are just one missed paycheck away from hardship. The Community Action Partnership believes everyone should be able to take care of their families and have an equal opportunity at success.

The nation’s Community Action network – including 1,000 plus Community Action Agencies – are a robust, national, state, and local force, reaching children and families in 99% of America’s counties with life changing services that create pathways to opportunity and prosperity.

The Community Action network:

Connects individuals and families to approaches that help them succeed – including high quality education programs for children, job retraining for adults, stable and affordable housing for families, utility assistance for seniors, and so much more.

Promotes community-wide solutions to seemingly stubborn challenges throughout our cities, suburbs, and in rural areas – whether it’s the lack of affordable housing or the need to promote economic growth that benefits all families.

Shares expertise with national, state, and local leaders looking for evidence on what works to promote greater economic opportunity for children and families.

America’s Community Action Agencies connect million of children and families to greater opportunity, transforming their lives and making our communities – and our nation – stronger. Every year Community Action Agencies change the lives of over 15 million individuals in over 7 million families. As a result of the Community Action network’s impact:

  • Tens of thousands of children and youth engaged in before and after school programs
  • More than 396,000 individuals received needed health care
  • More than 167,000 unemployed people got a job
  • More than 148,000 families gained safe and affordable housing

Learn More About the Impact of Community Action

Our Fact Sheet

Our National Highlights

Our National Annual Report

Community Action Partnership National Impact Report

The Community Action Partnership is a national hub that links the nation’s 1,000+ Community Action Agencies (CAAs) to each other – and to leaders looking for solutions that connect Americans to greater opportunity.

Throughout this report, you’ll discover how Community Action works, from financial coaching services that help Michigan families become stable to whole family approaches that help kids and parents in Maryland thrive. You’ll read about employment and enrichment programs that support Georgia families and support services that give Californians a safe place to live. You’ll see how Community Action Agencies all across the country are responding to local needs. For instance:

  • CAAs helped tens of thousands of pre-school children build the skills they needed to succeed in school, and helped more than two million people, including seniors, make their homes more energy efficient and lower their energy bills
  • An Ohio agency partnered with its county to make sure community members struggling with addiction received fast, quality support
  • Volunteers for a Kansas agency spent 7,000 hours improving the community for their neighbors

The need has never been greater. Neither has our resolve. We’re challenged to create solutions that don’t just help people stay afloat but build lives of stability, dignity, and, whenever possible, prosperity. And we will rise to that challenge. 

 Click here to download the report.

Wayne Metro Community Action Agency

in Detroit, Michigan

With just a few dollars in his pocket and more than $17,000 owed in back property taxes, Derrick had little hope for the future.

With Wayne Metro Community Action Agency‘s help, Derrick qualified for a lower tax rate, plus energy and water assistance. Free tax services helped put money back in Derrick’s pocket and hope back into his heart.

Download the WMCAA 2018 Annual Report for more about their vital work and the impact in Detroit, MI.

National Community Action Partnership

Community Action Partnership is a national hub that links the over 1,000 Community Action Agencies to each other and to leaders looking for solutions that connect Americans to greater opportunity.