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Community Action Staff Convene for 2014 Southern New England Conference in RI

CAFCA | October 02, 2014 |

Community action leaders and staff from Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island came together to attend the 2014 Southern New England Conference, Community Action: Addressing Challenges, Creating Opportunities, held September 18-19 in Providence, RI.

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Recession and Recovery Widen US Wealth Gap

CAFCA | July 28, 2014 |

The Great Recession and the slow recovery have sharply widened the gap between the wealthiest Americans and everyone else, according to a study that underscores the unevenness of wealth gains since the recession ended. The richest 5 percent had 24 times the wealth of the median household in 2013 — up substantially from 16.5 times as much in 2007, according to a study by University of Michigan researchers. Substantial gains in the stock market have enabled richer Americans to regain much of their wealth. Stock prices had plunged by nearly half during the recession but have recovered all their losses and set new highs. And roughly 10 percent of households own 80 percent of stocks.

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Number of Poor Children in Connecticut up by 50% Over 25 Years

CAFCA | July 28, 2014 |

The number of kids living in poverty in Connecticut has increased by 50 percent since 1990, according to this year's edition of "KIDS COUNT Data Book," published by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

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How Much could we Improve Children’s Life Chances by Intervening Early and Often?

CAFCA | July 28, 2014 |

Children born into low-income families face barriers to success in each stage of life from birth to age 40. Using data on a representative group of American children and a life cycle model to track their progress from the earliest years through school and beyond, we show that well-evaluated targeted interventions can close over 70 percent of the gap between more and less advantaged children in the proportion who end up middle class by middle age. These interventions can also greatly improve social mobility and enhance the lifetime incomes of less advantaged children.

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The never-ending war on poverty

CAFCA | July 28, 2014 |

President Lyndon Johnson stood before Congress and declared a “war on poverty” in January 1964. Fifty years later, Congress is still debating how to fight it. House Republicans proposed reforms for welfare programs but shied away from Democrats’ calls to spend more money during a Wednesday hearing of the budget committee. Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., asked three panelists to share stories of how personal caseworkers help people escape poverty and how welfare programs can encourage dependency.

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Governor Malloy and CT legislators visit ABCD to discuss Weatherization funding

CAFCA | July 16, 2014 |

Governor Malloy and Connecticut legislators visited Action for Bridgeport Community Development, Inc. (ABCD) to meet with ABCD Executive Director, Charles Tisdale and Dr. James Gatling, President/CEO of New Opportunities Inc. to discuss additional funding for the state's Weatherization program. Five Community Action Agencies (CAAs) in the state provide Weatherization services to communities across Connecticut, and have had difficulty in keeping up with a demand for services due to severe funding cuts and limited resources. Agency leaders provided Governor Malloy with detailed information about this issue, and are hoping for an increase in funding to keep this critical and important program alive and thriving in our state.

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TEAM's 7th Annual Men Who Cook Successful

CAFCA | July 16, 2014 |

TEAM, Inc.'s 2014 Men Who Cook event had another great year! On April 26th, more than eighty volunteer chefs cooked their specialty dish for over 600 event attendees. The event raised approximately $69,000--more than $6,000 from last year's event--to support TEAM programs and services.

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Area women invited to participate in Women: Inspired! Next Steps Small Business Development Program

CAFCA | July 16, 2014 |

The Access Community Action Agency is inviting women to participate in its Women: Inspired! Next Steps program in support of low-income women who would like to start or grow small businesses. The program is inviting low-income women to participate in the program as "Entrepreneurs," and established local business women to participate as "Mentors." The program is free to all participants and will run from May to September 2014.

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Darien's Duff Recognized As Community Action Senate Leader

CAFCA | June 09, 2014 |

CAFCA recognized Duff with the 2014 Community Action Senate Leader of the Year award for his work at the State Capitol supporting the organization and its 11 Community Action Agencies across the state, according to a press release. CAFCA and its subsidiaries seek to empower people in need and improve the communities in which they live by providing a variety of services to families, including child care, job training, health services, energy assistance, homelessness prevention, food pantries and senior support services.

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One family's story shows how the cycle of poverty is hard to break

CAFCA | June 05, 2014 |

Desiree Metcalf's story is heartbreaking, but among the 46 million Americans who are poor today, her story is not unique. Metcalf is 24 years old. She's the mother of three little girls — ages 6, 4 and 2. They all have different fathers. "That about sums me up, I think," she says. Metcalf is sitting on the floor of her two-bedroom apartment in the small town of Bath, in western New York. A fish tank gurgles in the background. A tiny kitten peeks out from under the furniture. Her youngest daughter is curled up under a blue blanket, head resting on her mother's lap.

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