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. 



   The Partnership is hiring!

Please review the linked job announcements and consider applying or forward the information to your networks.



 Senior Associate 


National Poverty Trends Webinar - Session 4

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

1 pm ET


The Partnership is pleased to collaborate with the Center for Community Futures to provide our next national webinar series event, 

National Poverty Trends Session 4. 


In previous webinars, experts from the Center for Community Futures have dissected various aspect of poverty in the United States: the decline of social mobility, wage stagnation, increasing inequality, the decreasing middle class, and the erosion of The American Dream. These trends are caused by a number of factors such as automation, offshoring of jobs, business practices and government failure to deal with these causes.  The think tanks and other advocates have developed strategies and policies that might stop, slow, or at least offset the effects of these trends. 


We compiled the best ones in the White Paper on Strategies Recommended to Reduce Poverty and Enhance Economic Security, which is now in its third edition.  In this upcoming webinar, experts from the Center on Community Futures will review the key policies and strategies and invite your input as to which of these would be most effective in helping people with low incomes.



Jim Masters


Center for Community Futures


Allen Stansbury 

Senior Associate, Economic and Public Policy Analysis

Center for Community Futures 


Register 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.

Duncan, the former 1st Vice Chair of the Partnership Board, has been with Community Action for 21 years, serving as Executive Director for 10 years. He is President of the North Carolina Community Action State Association and has served as First and Second Vice-Chair. Duncan is the Chair of the Marketing and Public Relations Committee of the Southeastern Association of Community Action Agencies. He holds a BA in Sociology from UNC-Chapel Hill and is a Certified ROMA Trainer.

Additional Board election results include:
Elizabeth "Biz" Steinberg, President and CEO of Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo, Inc., is now First Vice Chair. 

Malcolm Ratchford, Executive Director of Community Action Council for Lexington-Fayette, Bourbon, Nicholas, and Harrison Counties in Lexington, KY is now Third Vice Chair

Aaron Franklin, Executive Director of Community Action Partnership of North Central Missouri, Trenton, MO is now Treasurer.

Arlene McAtee, Executive Director of Mid-Iowa Community Action, in Marshalltown, IA represents Region 7.

Darrick Simpson, Executive Director of Long Beach Community Action, in Long Beach, CA now represents Region 9.

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 .



 Today, the Partnership submitted formal comments on the CSBG Annual Report/ROMA Next Generation in response to the 60-day comment period open through August 15th.  The letter can be accessed here.  We look forward to working with OCS and NASCSP to impact the final OMB clearance package which will be released later this fall for a 30-day comment period.  Thank you to the many CAAs, State/Regional Associations, State CSBG Offices, and National Partners who have also submitted formal comments. We appreciate the time and effort that has gone into the overall project and to the feedback responses being submitted.


Want to know more?  There will be seven sessions focused on ROMA Next Generation at the Convention later this month. Check out the Convention Program Book for more information and visit NASCSP’s website focused on ROMA Next Generation. 


Questions on the talking points?  Email Denise Harlow at or Jarle Crocker at



This FAQ answers some common questions about the new overtime rule under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and its implications for Community Action Agencies (CAAs).

Topics addressed include application of the new overtime rule, general FLSA principles, white-collar exemptions, Head Start teachers, and coverage under the FLSA.

 Download the FAQ here 






The Community Action Partnership is deeply saddened by the recent violence that has rocked our nation. We wish to express our heartbreak and extend our condolences to the families and communities affected in Baton Rouge, LA; Falcon Heights, MN; Dallas, TX; and the communities nationwide who have experienced similar tragedies, documented and undocumented—in times past and times present.  We denounce all forms of violence and any acts that dehumanize anyone.  To this end, we remain committed to supporting Community Action Agencies, which are often embedded in communities on the front lines of social unrest in our country.

 Read full Partnership statement  here




OCS and NASCSP analyzed your feedback to help modify the ROMA Next Generation framework and incorporate and respond to the comments we received during the Initial Comment Period. The ROMA Next Generation framework underwent significant changes-all in an effort to use the collective expertise and response from the Network in moving us forward. The ROMA Next Generation component revisions are all included in the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Annual Report, which has been submitted in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Clearance packet.



Guidance, Tools, and Resources to Support Your Review

As you review the CSBG Annual Report, you will notice significant changes were made to the ROMA NG components originally posted during the Initial Comment Period. OCS and NASCSP will provide webinar recordings and host live webinars to provide additional detail on the CSBG Annual Report. 

In addition to the three live webinars, two webinar recordings will be posted to the NASCSP website. One will provide an overview of the feedback received during the Initial Comment Period, the modifications made to the ROMA NG components, and the clearance process, and the second will provide an overview of Module 1: State Administration. We have also created some additional tools to use during your review. Visit the NASCSP website to access these resources and others that we add throughout the comment period.  







National Webinar Series Dates 


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.  

 Office of Community Services Releases ROMA Next Generation (Proposed CSBG Annual Report) for 60-Day Public Comment Period

  60 Day Comment Period Open Effective June 16, 2016  


 The Office of Community Services recently released the current draft of ROMA Next Generation for the first of two public comment periods.* This comment period will run for 60 days and provide the Community Action Network and others the opportunity to comment. 


Click here to access the newly-released ROMA Next Generation Materials. 


As stated in the Dear Colleague Letter, "In compliance with the requirements of Section 506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, the Office of Community Services (OCS) is requesting feedback from the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Network on a proposed CSBG Annual Report.”** 




We encourage the entire Community Action Network to take a close look at the materials and work together at the local, state, and regional levels to provide feedback.  This 60-day period is our primary window to inform the process. As noted in the Dear Colleague Letter, "At the end of the 60-day PRA comment period, OCS will complete a review of all comments and submit a revised CSBG Annual Report to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). During the second phase of the PRA process, which includes a 30-day comment period, OMB will review the comments. Once OMB determines it is appropriate to approve the information collection, the collection will be approved for a three year period."  


In addition, the Partnership will hold web meetings to inform and solicit feedback. We will analyze changes that have been incorporated into this draft and assess where feedback from the CSBG Network has been incorporated. Please keep an eye out for an announcement of these web meetings later this summer.


We look forward to working with you to analyze and provide feedback to OCS on this important element of the CSBG Performance Management System.  


Please keep an eye open for upcoming eNewsletters and information posted on our website. Additional information about the draft may be found in our latest eNews mailing found here.

**The Federal Register announcement of the latest draft can be found here

**The RNG materials are now described as a proposed CSBG Annual Report.


Note, this information is provided for information purposes only by the Community Action Partnership and not intended to provide any advice or interpretation of the materials provided as part of ROMA Next Generation. 

 Newly Released Guide:  A Comprehensive Guide to Community Action Strategic Planning



  The Community Action Partnership is excited to announce the release A Comprehensive Guide to Community Action Strategic Planning. Produced with support from and in collaboration with the California Community Action Partnership Association, the Guide covers all stages of the strategic planning process, incorporates the ROMA framework and organizational standards, and is tailored for use by Community Action Agencies.

Download the guide here.  





To read the Final Rule from DOLclick here

To read the DOL Fact Sheet for Nonprofits, click here
To read the DOL Guidance for Nonprofits, click here


Department of Labor is offering free webinar on the rules for nonprofits.  Registration information can be found here.



 Note: Next year’s MLTC event will be held during the SECOND WEEK of January, NOT the FIRST WEEK as in the past. Please schedule accordingly.


2017 Management and Leadership Training Conference (MLTC)


January 11-13, 2017

Hotel Maya, Long Beach, California


Click here for MLTC updates. 




The Promise of Community Action

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