Community Action, administered under Community Services Block Grant program, is run by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees a broad range of federal programs that address the needs of children and families. To ease the burden of oversight and administration, ACF created 10 regions. California along with Arizona, Hawaii and Nevada and the trust territories of American Samoa, Guam, and Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, make up our region – Region 9.
Region IX Community Action Association
The Region IX Community Action Association is comprised of 65 member agencies. As the membership organization for Region 9, the purposes of the Association are to:
- Provide opportunities for Region 9 Community Action agency and state association directors and staff to come together and share information, ideas, and mutual concerns.
- Support the efforts of the Community Action Partnership (CAP) – the national association, the National Community Action Foundation (NCAF), and other like organizations that encourage, promote and stimulate the development of resources, which demonstrate progress toward the elimination of poverty.
- Promote professional growth and competence of Region 9 member agencies and associations through training and support.
Region IX Regional Performance and Innovation Consortium (RPIC)
Through cooperative agreements with the Office of Community Services (OCS), a division of the ACF, the purpose of Regional Performance and Innovation Consortia is to support ongoing state, regional, and national training and technical assistance (T/TA) strategies for collaboration, capacity-building, and exemplary practice in the CSBG program and among state Community Action agency associations. Each Regional Performance and Innovation Consortium (RPIC) coordinates regional T/TA activities among state associations with the central mission of ensuring that all CSBG-eligible entities are able to meet high-quality performance standards and utilize evidence-informed service approaches to address the identified needs of low-income people in communities.
The Region IX RPIC is represented by the core values of Leveraging, Innovation, Networking, Knowledge and Sustainability, signified by the acronym LINKS, which serve as the foundation for all of regional T/TA activities and have been incorporated into the brand by which the RPIC identifies: RPIC LINKS. RPIC LINKS is administered by the California Community Action Partnership Association and serves Arizona, California, Hawaii and Nevada and the trust territories of American Samoa, Guam, and Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.