Community Action Agency of Oklahoma City and Oklahoma/Canadian Counties, Inc.
1965 – Present
Established in 1965 and headed by Stanton L. Young, the Agency operated as a Community Action Development Committee. The Agency became Incorporated in 1966 under the name of Community Action Program of Oklahoma City and County, Inc. The work of the Agency is financed by the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, launching the Nation’s “War on Poverty” under the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO). President Ford signed the “Head Start, Economic Opportunity and Community Partnership Act of 1974” (HR14449, now Public law 93-644) on January 4, 1974. In 1973, OEO was succeeded by the Community Services Administration (CSA), later replaced by the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1989, which consolidated CSA funds into the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG). President Gerald Ford signs into law Compromise Legislation which will create a successor agency to OEO and continue at a reduced level the Federal financial commitment to Community Action Agencies (CAA’s).
In 1983 the Agency assumed responsibility for community action efforts in Canadian County and was re-designated the Community Action Agency of Oklahoma City and Oklahoma/ Canadian Counties, Inc. Special housing efforts were initiated in January with CSBG Housing “Set Aside” funds. Activities include training in specialty areas such as pre-rental, rental delinquency, mortgage default, and landlord-tenant agreements. Currently, the Oklahoma Department of Commerce (ODOC) represents the State of Oklahoma. ODOC, on behalf of the State, issues CSBG funds, State Appropriated Funds, and weatherization monies to CAA’s across the state.
Community Services / Homeless Assistance
1965 – Present
The Community Services division was implemented nearly from the beginning serving low-income residents of Oklahoma County. Implementation of the “Food Stamp Program” began November 1, 1972. The “Nutrition Program for the Elderly” serving hot meals at five (5) meal centers began January 8, 1974. In February 1988 a Demonstration Homeless project to reintegrate shelter families and individuals into the economic mainstream begins. Today the division has expanded to offer transportation to the Congregate Meals Program sites daily, doctor appointments, and nursing home or home-bound resident visits; Senior Nutrition Program sites; Christmas assistance; Summer Youth program; GED classes; Rental and mortgage assistance; and a Fan Program.
1965 – Present
The First Head Start Center, Children’s House, opened its doors to thirty-nine (39) families in 1965. Within two years, nine (9) new centers and a multitude of 575 children entered Head Start. Today there are thirty-two (32) Head Start Centers providing services to 1,999 children in Oklahoma County. Extended services include medical, dental, three (3) nutritious meals and a snack daily, disabled children public school readiness, and speech & hearing services.
1970 – Present
A trust program in the 70's encourages entrepreneur activities and is ready to receive proposals for small business ventures within the poverty program. In 1991, the Self- Employment Entrepreneurial Development Systems (SEEDS) Program is initiated. This program assisted low-income individuals desiring to start or expand their own business. Since July 1996, the Division has administered the Enterprise Community Small Business Assistance Revolving Loan Program. This financing and technical assistance program is designed to aid in the expansion or creation of small businesses, thus increasing employment opportunities within the Enterprise Community. As of January 2005, this Program has been expanded to include the Empowerment Zone, the Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Area and a Conditional Expansion Area. There are currently three (3) Individual Development Account (IDA) Programs administered by this Division. IDA's help working families with low-to-moderate income rapidly increase their savings for a first home purchase, higher education or business start-up or expansion by matching each $1 (up to $2,000) deposited with $2 ( up to $4,000).
Turning Point "An Outpatient Treatment Program"
1971 – Present
The Community Action Agency Alcohol and Drug Program begin operation on October 25, 1971. Turning Point provided Prevention Education and Outpatient Treatment Services to individuals and families in need of counseling for alcohol and other drug problems. Today there are two (2) Turning Point sites that provide Outpatient and Intensive Outpatient Treatment Services to better meet the needs of our participants. Our Street Outreach program contacts individuals and groups who are high risk for HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases to provide Risk Reduction Education and assistance to obtain treatment services. Turning Point Sober Living is a program which provides a drug free environment for recovering individuals and families in a gated apartment complex with forty-eight (48) units. All residents receive full Case Management Services. Turning Point Also provides a Job Readiness and Placement Program to support clients in obtaining employment and strengthening self-sufficiency. Turning Point's mission is to improve the Quality of Life for all of our participants.
Home Repair & Weatherization
1974 – Present
On December 9, 1974 “Project Winterization” begins. Rehabilitation crews begin work of repairing door and window frames, caulking and weather-stripping, patching roof holes, and applying plastic storm windows. Today the program has expanded to eliminate specific health, safety and sanitary hazards for residents by improving the electrical and/or plumbing, installing central heat/air, roof repair, and providing self-help materials. Emphasis on the possibilities of Lead Base Paint removal is a new concern. The use of Home Exterior Maintenance Program (HEMP) to perform exterior maintenance and the National Energy Audit Technology (NEAT) for computer assessment of cost saving measures help to analyze and improve energy efficiency.
1992 - Present
This program was implemented in the early 90’s to administer a broad range of housing program in targeted areas. By 1994, the Owner-Occupied Rehabilitation Program (OORP) expands rehabilitation to the outer limits of Oklahoma and Canadian County for the first time. The Homebuyers program continues to assist potential buyers with home/mortgage purchases. Today, these programs continue with a positive outlook in our targeted areas.