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The Maryland Community Action Partnership (MCAP) is a nonprofit, state/region association that advocates on behalf of low–income families in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and the state of Delaware, to ensure their voices are heard at the local, state and national levels. Also, MCAP supports the mission and activities of Community Action Agencies and other entities with similar missions throughout the three regions. Community Action Agencies provide direct human services working to lead families to self–sufficiency and independence of public programs. There are 17 Community Action Agencies in the state of Maryland, one agency in Delaware, and one agency in the District of Columbia.

The State Association provides training and technical assistance, advocacy, and networking opportunities to the board of directors and staff of these agencies, as well as, as to other nonprofit organizations with similar missions.

The MCAP office is located in Annapolis, Maryland.

What are Community Action Agencies?

Community Action Agencies are nonprofit organizations created by the signing of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s signing of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. This Act embodies the philosophy that low–income individuals can best identify the problems their community face and also develop solutions that will resolve the issues. On September 30, 1981, the Economic Opportunity Act, along with its Community Services Administration expired. With this expiration, community services programs were moved to the Office of Community Services, Administration for Children and Families in the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

Currently, 1,100 community action agencies in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and the Trust Territories provide direct human services to 95 percent of the nation’s counties.

The partnership works toward fulfilling the promise of community action through the efforts of the community action agencies by providing services throughout Maryland, District of Columbia, and Delaware. In collaboration with elected public officials, representatives of the low–income community and members of the private sector/business community, the network represents multi-million dollars in support to residents.


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