At KACAP, we understand that economic inequality is a difficult concept to communicate. This website is meant to be a portal for you to the tools, resources, and information you need to understand poverty in your community and how the Kansas Community Action Network is striving to end it.
Turn Outrage to Action
Like many of our friends and colleagues, we are heartbroken over the news out of Sedgwick Co. regarding the death of a small child.
Something every concerned person can do is ask your state legislator to support Kansas Action For Children's Child Death Review Board legislation that didn't make it into law this year but surely will be reintroduced next session. Understanding child mortality trends and causes can help us address & prevent problems. Read more at http://www.kac.org/
The War on Poverty 50 Years Later
In his State of the Union address on Jan. 8, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson introduced his “war on poverty,” when the national poverty rate was 19%. His project created Medicare, Medicaid, a permanent food stamp program, Head Start, Volunteers in Service to America, the Job Corps., and of course, Community Action.
While much has changed, we acknowledge that much appears to have remained the same, with the national poverty rate still hovering around 15% percent. Day after day, year after year, we have seen the success of programs like Community and Medicare, created then, and efforts like TANF and the EITC, created along the way. We know that the War on Poverty has not been a lost cause.