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Helping our Neighbors Stay in Their Homes

As COVID-19 continues to impact the economic circumstances of individuals and families globally, Community Action Council is proud to be a key partner in a newly formed local coalition to combat a secondary crisis related to the global pandemic: a housing crisis due to mass evictions.

A Summary of A Summer Soiree 2018

Key Takeaways from Poverty Simulation

On Saturday, May 12, at the Lexington Convention Center, the Council hosted its first-ever community-wide Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS)—an interactive activity developed by the Missouri Association for Community Action that is designed to help participants gain a better understanding of the daily challenges of living in poverty. The event, sponsored in part by the Junior League of Lexington and Kentucky Utilities, brought together over 50 individuals drawn from among civic leadership, business partners, local social service providers, and the local faith community.

Introducing The Prep Academy


On Wednesday, September 13, the Council officially announced it is transforming all of the sites where we offer Head Start services. Now, when you drive by our locations, instead of seeing a sign that says “Child Development Center” you will now see a sign that says “The Prep Academy.”

In order to understand The Prep Academy it may be helpful to have a quick refresher about the purpose and impact of Head Start.  

A Brief on CSBG

The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Program represents the consolidation of several federal funding streams originating in Lyndon B. Johnson’s Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. The purpose of these funds, then and now, is to support programs that reduce poverty and address the needs of people with low income. CSBG funds, which totaled $770 million in FY 2016, are administered through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Community Services.

This is what “Financial Challenges” look like for Americans at different income levels

In May 2016, the Federal Reserve Board published its “Report on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households in 2015.” This report, based on a survey of thousands of adults nationwide, captures Americans’ perspectives, behaviors and concerns as related to their financial situation.

For Community Action Council, there’s no such thing as “poor people”

The Council doesn’t provide services to “poor people.” Instead, we talk about people in poverty, people living in poverty, or people with low income.

What’s the difference? Isn’t that just a lot of extra words to say the same thing? Why does it matter?

Here are five reasons we choose not to use the term “poor people”:

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