What We Do

What is a Community Action Agency?

Community Action Agencies (CAA) are local private and public non-profit organizations that carry out the Community Action Program (CAP), which was founded by the 1964 Economic Opportunity Act to fight poverty by empowering the poor as part of the War on Poverty.

CAAs are intended to promote self-sufficiency, and they depend heavily on volunteer work, especially from the low-income community. The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) is the agencies’ core federal funding. Agencies also operate a variety of grants that come from federal, state and local sources. These grants vary widely among agencies. Programs administered by West Central Missouri Community Action Agency (West Central) include Low-Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP) utility grants and Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) funded through the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

Each CAA is governed by a board of directors consisting of at least one-third low-income community members, one-third public officials, and up to one-third private sector leaders. This board structure is defined by federal statute and is known as a tripartite board.

There are currently over 1,000 CAAs, engaged in a broad range of activities; West Central’s activities include promoting citizen participation, providing utility bill assistance and home weatherization for low-income individuals, job training, operating food pantries, and coordinating community initiatives.

Check out West Central’s wide array of programs and services!

Utility Assistance
Low Income Home Energy Program (LIHEAP)
Home Energy Assistance 
Weatherization & HeRO (Home Energy Repair Opportunity)
Housing Assistance 
Housing Choice Vouchers, Rapid Re-housing, Homelessness Assistance

Community Services

Family & Community Engagement, Food Pantries, Educational Programs, Workforce Solutions
New Growth Transit Volunteer Driver network — Drive for us! Ride with us!
Multi-Family Housing properties
Twelve service-enriched properties in 9 counties

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New Growth Community Development Corporation
 New Growth Women’s Business Center, New Growth Capital, Food Systems, Heartland Regional Food Business Center