Governor Malloy proclaims May 27, 2015 as Community Action Day; Community Action Agencies hold event at LOB concourse
Governor Malloy has proclaimed May as Community Action Month and May 27, 2015, as Community Action Day in the State of Connecticut.
The state’s Community Action Network is holding Community Action Day today, May 27th, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Legislative Office Building (LOB) concourse as part of National Community Action Month. The event will highlight the essential programs and services Connecticut’s Community Action Agencies (CAAs)?the state and federal designated anti-poverty agencies?provide to low-income residents in every city and town.
Last year CAAs provided support to over 365,000 people by utilizing a statewide, customer-focused, integrated service delivery system, allowing low-income residents to connect to needed services efficiently and easily. Our agencies brought over $167 million in federal funding into Connecticut to fight the causes and effects of poverty. CAAs were able to provide these critical services with a small amount of state support - $3.4 million for Human Services Infrastructure (HSI)-Community Action Program funding.
But, for the first time in thirty-four years, the CAA network is threatened by the potential elimination of this funding in the original budget proposal. While the Appropriations Committee restored that funding at $3.2 million in their proposal, HSI’s future remains unknown. If this cut goes through, it will have a devastating impact on children and families living in poverty in our state.
“As the legislature and the Governor approach the final days of session and budget negotiations, we want to remind them to protect and preserve this critical HSI funding that helps hundreds of thousands of those in need in Connecticut receive basic human services,” Dr. James Gatling, President of New Opportunities, Inc., the CAA covering the Greater Waterbury area and Chairman of the Connecticut Association for Community Action’s (CAFCA) Board of Directors, said today. “Our agencies help move people toward self-sufficiency, enabling them to become participating members of Connecticut’s economy and build better lives for themselves and their communities.”
CAFCA represents the state’s CAAs, which serve over 365,000 people each year through services such as child care, job training, rental assistance, food pantries, senior services, and programs like the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, the Individual Development Account (IDA) program, and energy assistance, among others.
“HSI allows parents to work, unemployed persons to receive job training, seniors to remain independent, and low-income families to cut and cover their energy costs,” Edith Karsky, CAFCA’s Executive Director, said. “Without HSI funds, CAAs’ “core” funding source, maintaining our network’s effective and efficient human services delivery system will be next to impossible.”
Visit the Community Action Agency that covers your city or town today in the LOB concourse to find out more information on programs and services offered. Or, visit www.cafca.org to learn more.
Edith Karsky, Executive Director, CAFCA, (860) 832-9438 or Edith@cafca.org.