See how ACAA is making a difference in communities across Arizona.

The Arizona Community Action Association (ACAA) unites communities to end poverty through community-based initiatives and solutions.

ACAA is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit agency created in 1967 to address poverty across Arizona. Through a collaboration of nearly 300 organizations and individuals, ACAA develops and implements strategies to address and ultimately eliminate poverty.

The Community Action Program launched in 1964 as part of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Economic Opportunity Act to fight poverty by empowering the poor. Core funding comes from Community Service Block Grants (CSBG) with additional support from local, state and federal grants; individual and corporate donations; foundation grants and community-based collaborations.

Programs operated, managed or supported by ACAA include:

  • The Poverty & Justice Project
  • Raise Arizona – A Living Wage Initiative
  • Low-Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP) Utility Grants
  • Weatherization Assistance Program
  • Home Energy Assistance Fund
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Outreach
  • Nutrition Assistance Community Organization Partnerships
  • Arizona Self Help (www.arizonaselfhelp.org)
  • People’s Information Guide

Community Action Agencies (CAA) also help individuals and families move toward financial independence by providing access to programs that encourage self-sufficiency and help people move out of poverty. Among CAA services and programs are:

  • Case Management
  • Emergency assistance
  • Food Boxes/home-delivered Meals
  • Rent and Utility Assistance through programs including Utility Repair
  • Financial Assistance, Asset Building and Financial Education
  • Eviction Prevention and Emergency Shelter Coordination
  • Resources and Referrals, and employment assistance

Please contact the agency in your community for specific information or to make an appointment.