OACAA Briefing: The latest news from OACAA and Ohio's CAAs

June 2020
2020 State of Poverty in Ohio Report Released
The 2020 State of Poverty in Ohio Report was released via a virtual press conference on June 24th.

For nearly 30 years, the report has thoughtfully researched and analyzed data to highlight obstacles Ohio families face on their journeys to becoming self-sufficient. Working closely with well-respected researchers and data experts, this report annually considers various factors that have created barriers to family stability. These barriers represent some of the root causes of poverty, which Community Action Agencies across the state help individuals to overcome. 

The report is now available online. A toolkit is also available for member agencies to use throughout the year.

Registration now open!
Registration for the 2020 Virtual Summer Conference is now open!

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve gone virtual! This conference is appropriate for all staff levels within your agency including planners, board members, entry-, mid-, and senior management and staff, case managers, program staff, early childhood staff, and more. We hope the virtual platform will open the conference to more Community Action professionals than ever before!

Tracks include: 21st Century Community Action, CAPLAW, COVID-19, Early Childhood Education, Human Resources, and Social Determinants of Health.
OACAA statement regarding current events
COLUMBUS (June 3, 2020) — The collective events of this year have impacted all Americans. The coronavirus pandemic has infiltrated Ohio and taken the lives of over 2,200 Ohioans and over 100,000 Americans. Ohio’s Community Action Network has remained at the helm to ensure the needs of our low-income communities are met. We continue to work with those who lived in poverty before the pandemic, and those being thrown into poverty because of the pandemic. >>> READ MORE
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CAA will host coronavirus testing site
LISBON - The Community Action Agency of Columbiana County's Lisbon Health Center will become a testing site for COVID-19 on Monday.

As part of Gov. Mike DeWine's plan to expand coronavirus testing access to portions of the Buckeye State, officials with CAACC's Health, Behavioral Health and Dental Centers recently received work of hosting a pop-up, on-day testing center.

Brown, Housing Advocates push for emergency rental asstance funding
Chilton said some landlords are at a point where they have reasons to evict residents beyond payment of rent. His group is working on a relocation strategy for residents in those circumstances. Impact raised $5 million with help from Columbus-area governments and organizations to provide eviction assistance, but Chilton noted that’s not enough to meet the demand. COHHIO held a similar roundtable with

Columbus city leaders discuss efforts to confront racism, inequality in the community
(Source: ABC 6 News, Haley Nelson)

COLUMBUS - At the   ABC6 'Voices for Change' Town Hall Thursday ,  city leaders discussed efforts they are working on to confront racism, inequality and more in the community after protests began about two weeks ago in Columbus, following the death of George Floyd.

Community and civic leaders like Chilton took on questions from anchors and the community during the “Voices for Change” Town Hall.

Local businesses raise more than $40k
LANCASTER - Friendly competition never hurt anyone is a common phrase when competition might not be as friendly as it seems.

However, in the case of the First Annual Food Pantry Challenge between six area businesses, friendly competition actually helped local organizations and food pantries by raising more than $40,000 in around four weeks.


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