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.