About Community Action Agencies

There are 10 community action programs in Maine and approximately 1,000 nationwide. The Community Action Program concept was established by President Lyndon B. Johnson with the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. When created, Community Action Programs were charged with eliminating the causes and conditions of poverty. That mandate still exists and each community action agency responds by providing programs and services that best meet the needs of the communities they serve. Local needs are determined by clients, community leaders, the business community and others through feedback and data provided in community needs assessment reports, among others.