TCAction partners with low-income households and individuals as they develop to their full potential.

Community Action Agencies
The Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 legislated “To mobilize the human and economic resources of the Nation to combat poverty in the United States”; this became known as “The War on Poverty.”

  • 1964: Sargent Shriver is appointed the first Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity.
  • 1965: Head Start is created; it serves 850,000 families in its first 8 week summer program.
  • 1966: Community Action Agencies begin forming nationwide.
  • 1968: A provision for Section 8 Housing Vouchers is included in the Civil Rights Act of 1968.
  • 1976: The Weatherization Assistance Program is established by the Department of Energy.
  • 1981: Congress creates the Community Service Block Grant to fund CAA’s nationwide.
  • 2002: Approximately one fourth of all Americans living in poverty receive services from CAA’s.
  • 2008: US population is 301,621 million; 13.2% or 39.1 million people live in poverty

Tompkins Community Action

Today, we are implementing and integrating 28 programs that serve over 6,000 low-income individuals and families each year.