Community Connections
May is Community Action Month!
Community Action Month is celebrated all across the country by the thousands of Community Action Agencies (CAA's) that combat poverty. The Bucks County Opportunity Council is the designated CAA for Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

Community Action came out of President Lyndon B. Johnson's War on Poverty and from the advocacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 created a network of locally-focused organizations serving low-income populations; BCOC was established in 1965. BCOC remains committed to addressing the root causes and conditions of poverty in Bucks County. Our sister CAA's also provide a diverse array of programs, from Head Start and other child development programs to Weatherization Assistance, job training and education support and elder care programs, among many others. Community Action Agencies are diverse in their service and programs, since they tailor their approaches to meet the specific needs of the communities they serve, and they put a human face on poverty while advocating for those who do not have a voice and providing opportunities for self-sufficiency.

The mission of the Bucks County Opportunity Council is to reduce poverty, and partner with our community to promote economic self-sufficiency.
You are the community with whom we partner to combat poverty in Bucks County. Follow us all month to celebrate what we can accomplish together!
Perspectives on Poverty:
Community Action Month Reading List
What does poverty look like? What are some best practices to combat poverty around the country? Throughout Community Action Month, we'll be sharing recent articles and perspectives on poverty, homelessness, hunger and more.
From How Housing Matters :
April 25, 2018



From Prosperity Now :
New Research Finds Poor Policy Decisions Fuel Financial Insecurity
February 6, 2018

"..policy choices, not the choices of working families, are in large part prohibiting prosperity for all but the wealthiest. The report’s authors find that ... a series of national policy decisions driven by a set of assumptions and stereotypes about working families are stifling our ability to address the drivers of poverty and inequality." 

From Center on Budget and Policy Priorities:
March 15, 2018


From Curbed Seattle :
April 17, 2018

Thousands of people are experiencing housing instability in Seattle—including those staying on couches and in cars
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