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What is Community Action and why is it unique?

Virtually every county in the United States has a Community Action Agency (CAA) – typically a nonprofit organization with the sweeping mission of fighting poverty in the community it serves. California has a state network of 52 CAAs, which in turn are part of a nationwide network of over 1,000 local agencies. These agencies help ensure a safety net for low-income individuals and families, but even more importantly, they create opportunities for people to move from poverty to economic self-sufficiency. CAAs address local causes and conditions of poverty with input from the entire community, including the low-income populations they serve. What makes these agencies unique? Each CAA has a broad

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