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Registration is now open!


Please join the Partnership for our

2017 Management and Leadership Training Conference (MLTC)


January 10 -13, 2017

Hotel Maya, Long Beach, California

Whether you’re a newcomer to Community Action or a long-serving colleague in our Movement, you know that one major value of this training conference is that it provides multiple formal and informal opportunities to get new ideas; re-think and share experiences; ask questions; swap business cards; and even brag a little about your agency and its accomplishments. These three days will be as rewarding and productive as you choose to make them…and the Partnership board and staff believe we are putting together a high-quality package of diverse topics and learning opportunities.


 Register online for a chance to win a pair of Beats by Dre headphones, complimentary dinner in Long Beach, or a 2017 Annual Convention registration discount!


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Fillable PDF registration form available here

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The Community Action Partnership is pleased to collaborate with the Office of Head Start for two webinars on the new Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSSPS).



Agencies like yours continue to shape the vision and future of Community Action. A strong network puts you in touch with your colleagues across the country and gives your agency a unified voice... and a vital communications link to federal agencies and other organizations, both public and private, that share or support the mission and the Promise of Community Action. 

Your energy and involvement have helped to keep Community Action Partnership responsive to your needs and built the strongest community action network ever. Membership gives you more than ever before: access to training, publications, educational resources, and management tools which help you run a CAA more productively. 

Take an active part in your network. Complete your application and become a member of Community Action Partnership today. Completed forms that are submitted to the Partnership 
by October 31, 2016 are eligible for a discounted rate.  

We look forward to serving you in 2017 and working even harder to strengthen the Community Action Network.

Click here to download the 2017 membership form. 



October 26-28, 2016
Embassy Suites by Hilton - DFW Airport South


 This two and one-half day training is designed to help new Executive Directors achieve deeper insight into their role, the work of Community Action, and current operating environment of the Community Action Network. The training will be provided by the Community Action Partnership, National Community Action Foundation​ (NCAF), and Community Action Program Legal Services (CAPLAW).

Preliminary Agenda

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 To book your hotel room at the Embassy Suites by Hilton – DFW Airport South, call (800) 362-2779 and provide the event code "CAP" to receive the group rate of $159/night. The deadline for guaranteed group rate was October 9, but slots are still available to join in this opportunity.

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 Don't miss this opportunity to hear from the experts, network with peers, and develop a winning plan for success in your role as Executive Director!



Partnership Releases Call For Proposals RE: Poverty Paper
Issued: October 17, 2016

Responses Due: October 31, 2016 by 5:00 pm ET


Click here for more information


 Partnership Statement on National Gun Tragedies

The Community Action Partnership extends sincere condolences to families and communities impacted by ongoing gun violence tragedies in our nation, most recently in Tulsa, OK and Charlotte, NC. We look forward to an expedited, yet thoughtful resolution of all of these issues, which have bruised our nation near and far. We remain committed to supporting Community Action Agencies, which are often embedded in communities on the front lines of social unrest in our country.


Click here to read our full statement, “A Renewed Commitment to Making America A Better Place,” released July 2016. 











Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 2 pm EST-- Register

Decreasing Family Homelessness Session 4 

Presenter: National Alliance to End Homelessness

This webinar series is designed to improve the effectiveness of Community Action Programs (CAP) agencies working on the frontline of addressing family homelessness.Building on the research and information shared in our initial webinar, this next presentation will provide a deeper dive into the various processes and challenges of implementing innovative homelessness strategies. 


Wednesday, November 30, 2016 1pm ET-- Register

National Poverty Trends Session 5

Presenter:Center for Community Futures

Social and economic conditions have changed dramatically since the passage of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. Yet 46.7 million people in the U.S. live in poverty, 15.5 million of whom are children. As the U.S. Census Bureau reported in its annual estimates on income, poverty and health insurance coverage, the poverty rate for 2014 was 14.8 percent, unchanged from 2013. This Poverty Trends webinar series will offer in-depth information on the state of poverty in America and will provide participating agencies with resources on how to analyze their community data on the poverty level and provide tools for anti-poverty advocacy on the local and state level.   


Census Releases Income and Poverty Data

On Tuesday, September 13, 2016, the U.S. Census Bureau released new data showing that Americans made historic gains in income, poverty reduction and health insurance. In 2015 there were 43.1 million people living in poverty (that's 3.5 million fewer than 2014, but still far too many). Using the Supplemental Poverty Measure (accounting for social supports received and expenses paid) 45.7 million people lived in poverty in 2015 (that's 11.9 million children and 6.5 million adults over 65 years old with too few resources to grow and thrive).


Read the Partnership's Statement on the Recent Census Data here.  



   Building Resilience: The Promise and Practice of Community Action 


August 30 - September 2, 2016

Austin, Texas 





At the conclusion of the 2016 Community Action Partnership Annual Convention, attendees were on-hand to welcome Bryan Duncan as the new chairman of the Community Action Partnership's National Board of Directors.

For full board and staff directory, visit here. 



After much anticipation, preparation, and evaluation, the 2016 Community Action Partnership Annual Convention in Austin, TX is now complete!  This year's event was a critical gathering of more than 1250 Community Action leaders, board members, staff and volunteers from across the country. Our theme "Building Resilience: The Promise and Practice of Community Action" is relevant given today's challenging climate issues. The theme also served as the culmination of a year-long focus on resilience. We've compiled highlights from some of the conference's hallmark events! 


Looking forward to next year's annual Convention in Philadelphia! 






Click here to access our Convention Program Book 
Click here for complete convention information. 






The Community Action Partnership (National Office) of Washington, DC announced that it is joining a coalition of 100 or more organizations to partner on a Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) enterprise supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Launched in January 2016, the TRHT enterprise will empower communities to embrace racial healing and uproot conscious and unconscious beliefs in the hierarchy of human value. The supporting organizations and individuals represent a broad coalition ranging from the National Urban League to HUD - US Department of Housing & Urban Development to the Poverty & Race Research Action Council to the National Council of La Raza to the National League of Cities, among many others.


"The TRHT enterprise builds on WKKF's long standing work in racial equity and aligns with Community Action's mission of ameliorating the causes and conditions of poverty, building on past and current Partnership efforts to address inequality and structural racism," said Denise Harlow, Chief Executive Officer of the Community Action Partnership. The Community Action Network has been a central pivotal force in eradicating poverty for low-income children and families in local communities for over 50 years. Engagement with TRHT will provide Community Action Agencies and their partners with awareness, new tools and increased capacity to analyze the intersection of race and poverty in the lives of children. It will also assist CAAs in their efforts to develop effective strategies to dismantle the negative impact of that intersection at the child, family, community, and institutional levels that will ultimately support local efforts towards healing and transformation. "Community Action plays a key role in many communities throughout our country. By way of our network, we are uniquely positioned to support community healing and to advocate for economic and racial justice on the local, regional and national forefront. Our strength comes from the Community Action 'Promise' to 'help people and change lives'. This latest initiative paves a way for embodying the spirit of hope and improving communities for all of America," says Harlow.


Read the full release here .




The Promise of Community Action

Community Action changes people’s lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities, and makes America a better place to live. We care about the entire community, and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.

Community Action Partnership
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phone 202.265.7546
fax 202.265.5048