About Us

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.