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Help from a Community action agency near you.

A community action agency provides financial help with bills or housing, including grant money, while helping people gain self-sufficiency. There is emergency assistance for paying utility bills to funds for rent, transportation, money to pay for job training costs, home repairs and more. Find a community action agency program listed below by state and/or county.

The non-profit organizations are located in every city and county. The non-profit, government funded community action agencies (CAA) that will be near you were created to help low income families overcome their hardships or exit poverty. The services are paid for by the government as part of CSBG, but the grant money is distributed on a local level. Some financial resources available at a local community action near you include LIHEAP grants to pay utility bills, Head Start, weatherization, free or low cost home repairs, and many others.

Assistance with bills from community action

All of the agencies offer numerous social services to people as well as families who need help. The case managers from the organizations offer temporary financial help from hardship programs. They also arrange everything from employment to budgeting classes, debt reduction, cars to get to a job, transportation for interviews, and general self-sufficiency. That is done while they also fight poverty.

Community Action provides money to pay rent or housing costs to help prevent evictions or homelessness. There may be hardship money to help a tenant get current on their rent or a homeowner make a partial mortgage payment. However most of the assistance from a community action agency will for emergency rent payment help.

There are also applications to local government benefits, such as LIHEAP. This low-income energy bill assistance program will help people with little or no money pay for their electric, lights, or power service. Find details on LIHEAP grants to pay utility bills.

  • Low income energy bill assistance from a community action agency is usually combined with free conservation services as part of weatherization. Homeowners as well as renters that get LIHEAP will also get free home updates such as insulation, HVAC tune ups and more. Find details on free weatherization programs.




Transportation services are arranged for people that need a car for job training or work. The non-profits help the low-income with everything from gas to getting a car loan or fixing a car. Some local community action organizations also offer grant money to pay for a car or giveaway a vehicle. Or learn more on how to get a free vehicle.

Hunger prevention programs, including the occasional food pantry, are available at a center near you. Community Action will also address hunger by providing information on USDA food programs. Case workers help people apply for SNAP or EBT cards, or learn about free food banks in their town or city. Find a SNAP application near you.

Home repairs from a community action are available, often in partnership with HUD, the FHA, USDA and other government organizations. A major focus is on issuing grants to seniors or disabled people to fix their home. Community Action also helps repair a mobile home. Some applicants may get a low-cost loan. There are free home repairs, windows, energy efficiency updates, plumbing and more. Look here for free plumbing for seniors.

Community Action Agency program applicationsLong term self-sufficiency is a goal of all community action agencies. While financial help is offered for low-income people as a short term form of relief, the goal is on long term stability. A community action organization will help adults in the form of job training, arrange Head Start or Early Head Start for kids and address other needs around financial stability. Learn more on community action job training and educational services.

Health Services from community action are sometimes offered in partnership with local medical or dental facilities. The goal is to help the uninsured, people with a low income, the homeless or working age adults (as well as kids) get the health or dental work they need. Or get free or affordable addiction support or mental health services. Get medical from a free community health care center.

Programs from Community Action by state and/or city

When direct support is offered, it will come with an extensive application process. All resources are limited and funds are usually issued on a first come and served basis to qualified residents. Many of the applicants tend to be the unemployed, low income families, single parents, gig workers and others.  Some of the larger cities or counties also have dedicated community action agencies near you that are for residents of that region. There are often multiple offices that families can stop in at for support.




























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If your city or county is not listed above, low income as well as families living in poverty still have even more options available to them. Clients can learn about government grants for paying their bills, job training and other resources for their needs. All of the community action agencies will offer some form of support as well as referrals to qualified applicants.

While almost all towns and counties have a community action agency, there are other resources as well for a family that needs additional help in locating a center. As even more locations may be available for offering financial help, grants, job programs, and more. Find other options and lists of agencies.

Need additional help from Community Action? Include email address and state. It is never shared. It is needed to send a reply to your request or more information on local community action agencies. Or visit or register in the forum (link on bottom margin) and we will reply to your message there. Send an email to


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