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Iowa's Community Action Agencies

Who We Are

Iowa's 18 Community Action Agencies (CAA's) exist to develop solutions to poverty in communities throughout the state. The majority of Community Action Agencies are private, non-profit organizations that network with other local organizations to enhance opportunities to serve the people in community. They receive funding to administer their programs from a variety of federal, state, local public and private sources. Community Action Agencies have efficient delivery systems. Overall, the administrative funding for Community Action Agencies is around six percent. Community Action Agencies network with other programs in the community for efficient coordination of services.

Community Action Agencies build strong families and communities. Low-income families receive help in implementing family self-sufficiency plans to assist them in removing barriers to obtaining full employment and full potential. Housing development, community investment, and economic development help to improve the quality of life for low-income and elderly Iowans.


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