KACAP is proud to be a member of the National Community Action Partnership, and all communities are lucky to have such a fierce team of advocates working for equity and opportunity. Alongside them, our work continues to succeed thanks to the following programs and organizations.
Community action agencies get most of their budget federally funded. This federal funding comes from the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG), which allocates a certain amount of money to each state based on poverty levels. The state then redistributes that money to community action agencies. Historically, this fund has been much larger than it is now — in 2011, under pressure from the Republican party to reduce the federal deficit, Obama announced a plan to halve the CSBG budget. Now, the CSBG operates on $350 million per year. This change in funding has unfortunately limited the reach of community action agencies and the impact they might have on their communities. In Kansas, CSBG is managed by KHRC.
Kansas Housing Resources Corporation offers affordable housing opportunities to first-time home buyers, renters, senior citizens, and other individuals with special needs who otherwise might not be able to afford quality housing; and administers the federal Weatherization Assistance Program.
Kansas Department of Children and Families administers several low-income programs, including Food Assistance, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Child Care Assistance, Child Support Services, and Medical Assistance.
KanVet provides direct access to State of Kansas veteran-specific resources and benefits without having to navigate multiple state agency websites.
Kansas Department of Disability and Aging Services administers services to older adults; administers behavioral health, addiction and prevention programs; manages the four state hospitals and institutions; administers the state’s home- and community-based services waiver programs under KanCare, the state’s Medicaid program; and directs health occupations credentialing.
Better known as HUD, this department works in the sphere of community action by managing Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), Section 8 assistance, support of national nonprofit homeless assistance efforts, and fair housing education and enforcement.
U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development section helps rural residents buy or rent safe, affordable housing and make health and safety repairs to their homes.
Housing and Credit Counseling, Inc. offers financial counseling, homebuyer services, tenant & landlord counseling and education events on financial topics.
Kansas Legal Services helps low-income Kansans meet their basic needs through the provision of important legal and mediation services.
Kansas’s Head Start programs promote the school readiness of young children (birth to five) from low-income families through agencies in their local community; and provides children and their families with health, nutrition, social, and other services. Please visit the Kansas Head Start Association’s webpage to find the Head Start program that provides services in your county.
CAPLAW: Community Action Program Legal Services
Per their website, "CAPLAW is the national legal expert for the Community Action network. Through consultations, training and resources, we equip Community Action Agencies (CAAs) with the knowledge and tools to operate as accountable and effective change agents. We also provide guidance to federal, state and national Community Action partners on legal and financial issues affecting CAAs."
Not only does NASCSP coordinate and collate efficiency and outcomes data for community action, but they also act as one of our premiere and preeminent policy advocates and lobbyists.