Community Action Partnership



The Community Action Partnership was established in 1972 as the National Association of Community Action Agencies (NACAA) and is the national organization representing the interests of the 1,000 Community Action Agencies (CAAs) working to fight poverty at the local level.


Policy and Advocacy Initiatives 
The Partnership's mission is to be a national forum for policy on poverty and to strengthen,promote, represent, and serve its network of member agencies to assure that the issues of the poor are effectively heard and addressed. 

The association achieves this through the following mechanisms:


Partnership News - A monthly newsletter, the Partnership News features articles about the Partnership and Community Action nationwide.


Surveys- The Partnership conducts surveys on a regular basis on topics relevant to CAAs, such as information technology, housing, and youth services. These surveys serve as a valuable information resource for those unfamiliar with the CAA network. Regular survey program data can be made available to researchers for subsequent analysis.


National Dialogue on Poverty-The Partnership convenes the National Dialogue on Poverty every four years to engage Americans from all walks of life in discussions about poverty. National Community Action Month Ã¢â‚¬" This annual celebration in May highlights the work and success stories of CAAs locally and nationally. 


Educational Opportunities 
The Partnership is committed to improving the lives of low-income people. The association accomplishes this by educating, supporting, and empowering CAAs.

Community Action Digest


Community Action Digest: A Journal Dedicated to Fighting Poverty in America is a journal published three times a year by the National Association for Community Action Agencies. Designed for both practitioners and policy makers, the journal bridges the gap between the theorists and those working to eliminate poverty at the local level. We welcome the submission of original manuscripts of recent research on policy issues or innovative programs affecting low-income people and communities in America, approximately 2,000-2,500 words in length, written in non-academic, plain-English style. 

Manuscripts with bio should be sent to: 
Elizabeth Bernard
Associate Editor, Community Action Digest
1100 17th Street, NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20036
Fax: (202) 265-7546
Phone: (202) 265-8850
Email [email protected]