Program Descriptions

Community Action Agency Programs

Asset Development

Agencies provide Asset Development as part of their efforts to promote and strengthen family economic security. Financial independence for the individuals and families in our communities improves their standard of living and them heightened opportunity to contribute to the economy.

Asset Development specifically refers to financial counseling, Individual Development Accounts, and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA).

Automated Benefits Calculator

CAFCA’s Automated Benefits Calculator, known as ABC, is a computer-based questionnaire that screens for potential eligibility for many of the state and federal human service programs available to people who live in Connecticut.

By answering just a few questions you can see if you may be able to get help with groceries, school lunches, doctor bills, medication, heating costs, or even money for day-to-day expenses. Based on the information a user provides, ABC will help you start the benefit enrollment process.

Child Care & Youth Development

The opportunities children have for learning before kindergarten are crucial to their development process. Community Action offers high quality, effective, early childhood education for all young children. Structured learning at this point in their development process enhances their physical, cognitive, and social development, and subsequent success in school and later life.

Community Action Agencies also provide day care services to give parents an opportunity to work with the assurance that their children are in a safe, supportive environment.

Youth Development is the focal point of a number of Community Action programs and services, such as Child Day Care & School Readiness, Head Start, Infant-toddler & Early Head Start, Specialized Care & Education, and after school and summer programs.

Criminal Justice

Reentry into a community can be difficult for a recently incarcerated individual. Community Action Agencies offer assistance by providing half-way houses and addressing issues that could lead to recidivism. In addition to reentry assistance, the agencies also offer programs that work to find alternatives to incarceration.

Employment & Training

Most workers have the drive and motivation to better themselves and their families through work. But many lack the opportunity.

Community Action Agencies are One-Stop employment centers for adults. In agencies train tomorrow's workforce through youth and young adult programs such as YouthBuild.

Energy & Weatherization

The Community Action Network brings Energy Assistance and Weatherization throughout all of Connecticut's 169 towns and cities through the Connecticut Energy Assistance, known as CEAP.
These programs ensure that everyone is able to stay in a warm home that has efficient insulation to maximize resources.

Additionally, matching payment programs help clients with energy affordability.

Health Services

Community Action Agencies offer numerous health services, including counseling for individuals and families, access to health care and prescription medication programs such as ConnPACE, HIV/AIDS prevention and counseling, and substance abuse and prevention.

CAFCA’s member agencies also connect community members with health insurance and subsidized health care programs such as Charter Oak, HUSKY, Medicaid, and the Medicare Savings Program.

Housing and Shelter

Homelessness prevention such as rapid re-housing is an essential component as the Community Action integrated service delivery approach. Agencies offer emergency rental and mortgage payment services, eviction prevention and mediation, and emergency shelter.


Members of the community can visit their local agency and find a variety of nutrition programs, food pantries, and access to the Woman, Infants, & Children program (WIC). People can also receive assistance filling out their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) applications and receive help determining potential eligibility.


Agencies offer a variety of programs that benefit seniors. These include access to health care, Meals on Wheels, and other nutrition programs, as well as general senior support services.

Strengthening Families

Family Development programs are geared toward strengthening family structure and increasing the quality of life for everyone in the household. Fatherhood initiates and holistic case management offer a seamless approach to breaking down barriers in the home.