UPDATE! MLTC Second Overflow Hotel 


Our room block at the conference hotel and first overflow hotel is now full. Arrange your stay at the second overflow hotel today by calling 1-800-Hiltons to request a room at the Hilton Long Beach using the Group Code - CM2. You can also reserve online here .


The Partnership is Looking for Interns! 

 The Partnerships seeking motivated, highly organized undergraduate and graduate students to serve as interns in 2016 and 2017. The internship will provide students the opportunity to learn about poverty alleviation efforts, programs and strategies in the United States while developing their research, organization, communications and outreach skills. Learn more and how to apply here.


The Partnership is Hiring 

Senior Associate


Program Associate: Communications and Branding

Program Associate: Training and Technical Assistance 


OCS released 11/1/2016 Dear Colleague Letter indicating that the 30 day comment period for the ROMA Next Generation Annual Report Revisions is open. 


To read the Dear Colleague Letter from 11/1/2016 click here

Federal Register Notice here

To read the Dear Colleague Letter from 10/25/2016 click here
To download the entire package click here


ROMA Next Generation Discussion and Feedback Session
November 21 2:00 ET/1:00 CT/12;00 MT/11:00 PT


How to Prepare for the CSBG Annual Report in Your State
14 2:00 ET/1:00 CT/12:00 MT/11:00 PT

Recording | Slides

Dialogue on the CSBG Annual Report with OCS and the National Partners
November 15 3:30 ET/2:30 CT/1:30 MT/12:30 PT


  November 1 webinar from OCS, NASCSP, Partnership, and ANCRT Recording | Slides












Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) releases brief of the work of Rural IMPACT 
This report summarizes findings from an ASPE study of the first year of the White House Rural Council/HHS Rural IMPACT demonstration, which aims to reduce poverty through coordinated services for both children and parents. ASPE did a summary scan of all 10 demonstration sites and more in-depth study of six of those sites (including visits to two).  Key findings include: greater tailoring of technical assistance to individual site circumstances may increase its effectiveness; additional site resources could better support Rural IMPACT; a range of partners must be involved, particularly families themselves; leadership is critical; the federal role in Rural IMPACT facilitated planning and implementation, with limitations; and sites are eager to encourage two-generation efforts more widely.
Click here to download the brief

An Open Letter to Community Action:


Today, October 25, 2016, is the second anniversary of the passing of Community Action hero and legend, Charles Braithwait, CCAP Emeritus, LBJ’96.  As many of you know, Charles and I traveled around the country for many years to present a living history of Community Action that covered every administration beginning with President John F. Kennedy, and included Charles’ successful suit against President Richard M. Nixon which saved Community Action in 1973. 


Our last live presentation with audience was in Barbourville, Kentucky, December 16, 2011.  Travel that trip was very difficult for Charles, so after consideration and planning, we filmed the presentation at Charles and Sandra’s home in rural Lowry City, Missouri, September 15-16, 2012. 


To paraphrase a favorite historian, Allan Nevins: Seated at a roaring loom for over fifty years, time has woven a seamless garment of Community Action, but that garment is invisible and intangible except where the dyes of history fall upon it to preserve it forever for generations to come. 


I hope the Braithwait & McCann Living History being released in his memory on YouTube today will preserve forever Charles Braithwait’s magnificent passion for Community Action and his substantial meaningful contributions over fifty years.   


All the best, Charles H. McCann, CCAP Emeritus, LBJ’08




Preliminary Agenda Available! Click Here to Download.


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


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


Register Now!  


Fillable PDF registration form available here

Reserve at the conference hotel, the Hotel Maya: http://bit.ly/2017MLTChotel
Reserve at the overflow hotel, the Residence Inn Long Beach Downtown: click here
   Reserve at the Hilton Long Beach by calling 1-800-Hiltons and using the Group Code - CM2. You can also reserve online here .


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.
Click here  to join or renew online.


 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. 







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.  



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
1020 19th Street, NW
Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036
phone 202.265.7546
fax 202.265.5048