The Oklahoma Association of Community Action Agencies is a statewide association whose members are 19 private, nonprofit Community Action Agencies and individual members.
Community Action Agencies were established in 1964 to fight poverty as part of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Economic Opportunity Act.
Community Action Agencies are locally managed with volunteer boards of directors that include low-income people, public officials, and representatives from the private sector.
Community Action Agencies use a broad range of strategies to help address family and community needs.
Typical programs include:
- Community Coordination: Citizen participation, neighborhood and community organization, information and referral
- Education: Head Start, literacy, adult basic education
- Economic Development: Loans, business planning assistance
- Emergency Services: Food pantries, energy assistance, homeless shelters, natural disaster assistance
- Food and Nutrition: Meals on wheels, congregate meals for elderly, food banks
- Employment Training: Job training, placement, and creation
- Health Care: Health clinics, prescription assistance, transportation to health care assistance, treatment for substance abuse
- Housing: Homebuyer counseling, self-help housing construction, rental assistance
- Income Management: Individual Development Accounts, budget counseling, tax counseling
- Transportation: Bus service, transportation to jobs, and school