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Community Action Agencies

In 1964 the Economic Opportunity Act incorporated Community Action Agencies, locally controlled private nonprofit organizations whose purpose is to reduce poverty and to help low-income people become self-sufficient. With 50 agencies in Ohio serving all 88 counties, Community Action Agencies administered $523,407,248 in resources aimed at alleviating the problems of poverty in Ohio's communities. Nationally, Ohio ranks second in the amount of resources developed by its Community Action Agency network.

Over the last 30 years, the Community Action Agency Network has developed a broad base of programs and services. Here is a sample of the services provided by Ohio's Community Action Agencies:

Employment

  • Information/Referral
  • Job Counseling
  • Job Placement
  • On the Job Training
  • Employment Generating Projects
  • Skills Training
  • Other Projects
  • Community Organization

Education

  • Information/Referral
  • Counseling
  • Public Education
  • Head Start
  • Day Care
  • ABE/GED
  • Other Education Projects
  • Community Organization

Income Management

  • Information/Referral
  • Financial Counseling
  • Income Tax Counseling
  • Credit Unions
  • Weatherization
  • Energy Conservation Workshops
  • Other Projects
  • Community Organization

Housing

  • Information/Referral
  • Housing Counseling
  • Home Rehab/Repair
  • Rent/Mortgage Assistance
  • Other Housing Projects
  • Statewide Planning/Coordination
  • Community Organization/Advocacy
  • Family Development
  • Case Management
  • Counseling
  • Cash Advance
  • Child Care

Emergency Services

  • Information/Referral
  • Cash/Loan Assistance
  • Emergency HEAP
  • Other Emergency Energy Support
  • Crisis Intervention Case Management
  • Mobilizing Goods, Services, Cash
  • Other Emergency Services
  • Homeless Assistance
  • Community Organization

Nutrition

  • Information/Referral
  • Surplus Food Commodities
  • Food Pantries
  • Hot Meals
  • Gardening/Canning
  • Nutrition Education
  • WIC
  • Statewide Planning and Organization
  • Community Organization

Other Programs

  • Information/Referral
  • Community Needs Assessment
  • Family Individual Counseling
  • Transportation
  • Elderly Projects
  • Neighborhood Development
  • Summer Youth Recreation
  • Statewide Planning and Organization
  • Advocacy

Health

  • Medical Transportation
  • Medical or Dental Screening
  • Immunizations
  • Prevention of Alcohol/Drug Abuse
  • Treatment of Alcohol/Drug Use
  • Pregnancy Related Care
  • Family Planning Services
  • Rural Health Programs
  • Other Primary Health Care
  • Other Health Programs