Community Action Agency
The Community Action Partnership (CAP) is a national anti-poverty movement that began in 1964 with President Johnson’s “War on Poverty.” The CAP supports a wide variety of programs and strategies, which help individuals and families overcome the effects of poverty and improve their economic situations. Snohomish County has been a designated Community Action Agency (CAA) since 1986. Today, Snohomish County is one of three public CAAs in Washington. Since its inception, the county has gone through many reorganizations and changes. Today there are multiple programs included in Snohomish County’s CAA, through the Human Services Department. They include:
Some of the programs and services available for low-income individuals and families are:
- Assisting low-income families in moving from poverty to economic self-sufficiency
- Focus on issues and projects that affect children and youth
- Case management help for homeless families and teens to help them find more permanent housing
- Providing interpreter services
- Assisting low-income preschool children to succeed in the public education system by addressing the educational, health and social needs of the children while placing special emphasis on participation and support to the families
- Assisting eligible low-income households with the high cost of winter heating bills
- Offering emergency financial assistance to eligible veterans and dependents and veterans' benefit information
- Providing Weatherization services which improve the energy efficiency of homes for eligible low-income clients, including insulation, air sealing, hot water wrap, etc.
Nationally, the vast majority of CAAs are private non-profits, but approximately 1/3 of the agencies are local or county government. Both types of CAAs are locally-based organizations with a longstanding community presence and a community-selected tripartite governing board.
CAAs promote self-sufficiency and support individuals and families striving to become economically secure while investing in the future of their local communities. This national network of approximately 1,100 agencies, funded in part by the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG), serves approximately 7 million families, totaling 16 million low-income persons each year.
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Want to know what we accomplished over the past year? Please open the 2012 Snohomish County Community Action Agency Highlights (0.5 MB).
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