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What are Community Action Agencies?

Community Action Agencies (CAAs) are private nonprofit and public organizations created out of Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 to combat poverty. CAAs assess community needs and resources, establish priorities, determine strategies to address local poverty issues, and in partnership with community organizations, deliver a broad range of comprehensive services to create economic opportunity and transform communities. Some of the programs in Tennessee include:

  • Workforce Connections
  • HUD Housing Assistance
  • Transportation Services
  • Home Delivered Meals
  • Community Leadership
  • Income Management/Financial Education
  • Adult Education
  • Chore Services, In-Home Care
  • Rent/Mortgage/Utility Assistance
  • Upward Bound
  • Representative Payee
  • Rental Management
  • Homeward Bound
  • Responsible Fatherhood
  • Community Intervention for Juvenile Offenders
  • Head Start/Early Head Start
  • Low-Income Home Energy Assistance
  • Medical Support
  • Retired and Senior Volunteer Program
  • Case Management
  • Employment Development
  • Weatherization
  • USDA Commodities
  • Protective Services
  • Family Crisis Services
  • Summer Food Services
  • DUI School

The Promise of Community Action

Community Action changes people’s lives,
embodies the spirit of hope,
improves communities,
and makes America a better place to live.
We care about the entire community,
and we are dedicated to helping people
help themselves and each other.

Tennessee 2017 Fact Sheet

TACA Annual Report 2017

Tennessee Association of Community Action: Helping People. Changing Lives.

TACA works to strengthen its members as they work to build a stronger Tennessee through comprehensive anti-poverty plans and strategies.

Tennessee Association of
Community Action
800 2nd Avenue N
Nashville, TN 37201

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