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

September 2022
Photo: Pathway, Inc. Chief Executive Officer Jay Black discussing the state of poverty in Lucas County following the release of the 2022 State of Poverty in Ohio Report. Read "Association Updates" for more report information.
2022 State of Poverty Report in Ohio Released
The 2022 State of Poverty in Ohio Report highlights the shifting job market, childcare issues, student loan debt, and housing affordability.

Check out the report and access the companion toolkit on our website! >>> VIEW NOW

Abbreviated Press Coverage
2022 Exemplary Program Awards
The nomination form for the 2022 Exemplary Awards is live on our website! The submission deadline is 5:00 pm EST, December 1, 2022.

The OACAA website contains details about the program, guidelines, scoring rubric, and information on how to develop and submit program nominations.
Upcoming Events
Abuse in Later Life: Collaborative Responses to Domestic Violence towards Older Adults

Date: September 29, 2022
Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Where: Virtual
Getting More Done: How to Create a Productive Work Environment for Yourself and Others

Date: October 6, 2022
Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Where: Virtual
Community Action Programs and the Davis-Bacon Act

Date: November 15, 2022
Time: 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Where: Virtual
SAVE THE DATE: 2022 History of the War on Poverty

Date: December 6-8, 2022
Time: Varies
Where: Virtual
Great Lakes Community Action Partnership Executive Director Invited to White House
From Fremont to Washington D.C., Great Lakes Community Action Partnership (GLCAP)’s Chief Executive Officer Ruthann House was recently invited by the White House to attend an event commemorating the passing of the Inflation Reduction Act. The event, which took place on September 13 on the White House Lawn, was attended by committee chairs, legislators, activists, and advocators ­­like House, whose organizations serve those most impacted by this legislation. 
HHWP CAC Featured in NCAP CARES Report
HHWP CAC Executive Director Josh Anderson comments on the feature: “It is impossible to overstate the enormity of the task that our staff undertook in administering the Emergency Rental Assistance programming. Despite being short-staffed and dealing with the ongoing effects of a global pandemic, our team found a way to make a measurable impact. This is evidenced by countless stories such as Michelle’s.”

From Report: "After recovering from addiction, Michelle found herself at the end of her stay at a local transition shelter and needing to find housing to stay off the street and away from drugs. HHWP Community Action Commission in Findlay, Ohio, assisted her and many other community members experiencing housing insecurity with temporary housing in a hotel while she worked to secure a permanent home. Working with Community Action caseworkers, Michelle was able to find a job as a peer support monitor and secured a rental property lease in October 2021." >>> READ REPORT
Highland County Community Action Organization receives $500,000 from Appalachian Regional Commission’s INSPIRE Initiative

(Source: The Highland County Press)

Highland County Community Action Organization (HCCAO) has been awarded $500,000 by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to provide workforce training, education, wellness coaching, and recovery support to help address the substance use disorder crisis in Highland County.

The award is part of a recently announced $12 million package through ARC’s INSPIRE Initiative, which addresses the region’s substance use disorder crisis with investments that strengthen services in the recovery ecosystem and help facilitate workforce entry and re-entry.

“I commend HCCAO for their work supporting the recovery ecosystem in Appalachian Ohio. They are integral to bringing our INSPIRE projects to life,” said ARC Federal Co-Chair Gayle Manchin.

Broadband career training to be offered at Tri-County, Hocking College

(Source: Perry County Tribune)

NELSONVILLE – Broadband has become an increasingly vital resource in our everyday lives. We rely on it for work, school, and entertainment. It creates a connection to friends, family, and the greater world. As such, demand for trained broadband technician professionals is at an all-time high. Hocking College and Tri-County Career Center plan to meet this need by launching new Tower Technician and Fiber Optic Technician Certification programs beginning in Fall 2022.

“Tower and Fiber Optic Technicians are high paying positions. These programs will help train a highly qualified workforce to help bring better internet access to our community,” Jeff Jenkins, Athens County broadband coordinator, said in a news release. The Athens County Broadband Coordinator is a program of Hocking Athens Perry Community Action (HAPCAP), created to coordinate any broadband development in Athens County.


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