Tompkins Community Action collaborates with individuals and organizations to sustain and improve economic opportunity and social justice for families and individuals impacted directly or indirectly by poverty.
|Community Action Agencies
The Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 legislated “To mobilize the human and economic resources of the Nation to combat poverty in the United States”; this became known as “The War on Poverty.”1964: Sargent Shriver is appointed the first Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity.
1965: Head Start is created; it serves 850,000 families in its first 8 week summer program.
1966: Community Action Agencies begin forming nationwide.
1968: A provision for Section 8 Housing Vouchers is included in the Civil Rights Act of 1968.
1976: The Weatherization Assistance Program is established by the Department of Energy.
1981: Congress creates the Community Service Block Grant to fund CAA’s nationwide.
2002: Approximately one fourth of all Americans living in poverty receive services from CAA’s.
2008: US population is 301,621 million; 13.2% or 39.1 million people live in poverty
|Tompkins Community Action
Today, we are implementing and integrating 28 programs that serve over 6,000 low-income individuals and families each year.