September/October Newsletter
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Latest Census Report Shows Strong Reduction in Poverty and Improvement in Health Insurance

The numbers from the most recent Census Bureau annual report (released September 13) marks the first time since 1999 that there has been simultaneous improvement in poverty, medium household income, and health insurance coverage. To wit:
  • The real median household income increased by 5.2% ($53,718 to $56,516)
  • The poverty rate decreased 1.2% (the largest percentage point drop since 1999 and a decrease of 3.5 million people).
  • Only 9.1% of Americans do not have health insurance – the lowest percentage ever recorded.
Read more about the report findings:
The CAP Organizational Standards Center of Excellence has a number of Technical Assistance (TA) Guides and Webinars, tailored for both public and private CAAs. Topics include: 
  • Consumer Input and Involvement
  • Community Engagement
  • Community Assessment
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Board Governance
  • Strategic Planning
  • Human Resource Management
  • Financial Operations and Oversight
  • Data and Analysis
The guides are free and available online. Each TA Guide includes considerations for assessment, standards in the category (with definitions, and guidance on compliance, documentation, and benchmarking performance), review worksheet, and assessment Likert scale.

CAP 2017
Management and Leadership Training Conference

Long Beach, CA
Jan. 10-13, 2017


CAP 2017 Annual Convention
Philadelphia, PA
Aug. 29-Sept.1, 2017

CAP National Conference

Aug 30-Sept 2, 2017 in Austin Texas

CAA staff from around Oregon enjoyed a week in beautiful downtown Austin Texas recently during the Community Action Partnership Annual Conference. Many beautiful and interesting sights were to be seen as well as interesting and informative workshops throughout the week. 
The first day of the conference a community service day is planned in the host city.  Attendees from Oregon participated in this event which was held at Caritas of Austin.  Each year this organization serves thousands of families and individuals who do not have a stable place to call home.  Through comprehensive, relationship-based services, Caritas of Austin turns crisis into stability and empowers people toward the life they want.  On this day, the volunteers helped assemble care packages for clients who would soon be going out on job interviews. 

A highlight of the conference was the announcement that Austin, Texas joined the elite group of two states and 29 cities to declare Functional Zero for Veteran Homelessness! The Austin SSVF team worked to accomplish this goal through a coordinated effort with their local mayor, landlords, property managers and developers, and local low-income housing agencies. Community Collective Impact, Coordinated Entry, and Housing First were all key to their success.
The second day of workshops was capped off with an outstanding visit to the LBJ Library on the University of Texas at Austin campus.  The Library was truly an inspiring experience. The event was well attended and our hosts created a once in a lifetime experience for conference attendees.  

The third day of the conference gave us the opportunity to participate in the terrific presentation by the CLIPP Team from Washington, Idaho and Oregon who gave a fun, creative presentation on the theory of change work being conducted in our region. Claire Seguin, OHCS; Melissa Torgerson, OSU; Merritt Mount, Washington State CA Partnership; and Jay Doman, Eastern Idaho Community Action Partnership represented the different aspects of the work being done to improve data integrity across all three states, gaining validation of the success indicators and determining meaningful impact. Loren Thomas of Hopelink was the moderator. It was a great demonstration of Pacific Northwest collaboration and innovation.


Jeanne Chaffin offered several comments regarding OCS and their restructuring work, including ROMA Next Gen and the new Standards. There were over 155 comments received during the open comment period on ROMA. Those are being reviewed by a team from throughout the field and will help plan the next steps. Many items in the CSBG have been made optional (no longer mandatory).  Updates in the Standards and Data collection has definitely improved the conversation in DC, rejuvenating the Movement for the future. The plan for the next three years is for OCS senior staff to visit each Region to gather local input and recommendations to further revitalize our Movement.

Submitted by:
Claudette Vincent, Administrative Projects Coordinator, and
Peggy Gleason, Administrative Projects Assistant
Community Action Partnership of Oregon

Consolidated CoC Submission Complete

The Continuum of Care's 2016 consolidated funding application was submitted earlier this month (a day ahead of the deadline!).  All final files - priority listing, consolidated application, planning project - are now available on the CAPO and OCHH ROCC-specific websites (ROCC starts in middle of first page).

A quick overview of the application funding requests:

31 renewal applications 
3 new applications
1 planning application
Final demand


JoAnn Zimmer, ROCC Coordinator, shared her gratitude to the many people who met the demands and deadlines of the 2016 CoC competition - a mere 9.5 months post-2015 competition. She says, "It was truly a team undertaking for which all challenges were met." A post-competition debrief is planned for the September 28 meeting; the committee meetings schedule with Veteran Services, Policies and Procedures, and Engagement up first has already begun.

Information provided by:
Jo Zimmer, MPAE, Consultant/Coordinator
Rural Oregon Continuum of Care (ROCC)

Build Your Capacity to Increase IMPACT with the Learning Community

As part of CAP’s efforts to promote innovative anti-poverty practice models, the Learning Communities Resource Center is pleased to offer a wide array of resources to assist you in improving outcomes for families and communities. They are launching a national webinar series in collaboration with OCF international, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, CFED, and the National Alliance to End Homelessness.
Upcoming and recorded webinar topics include:
  • Addressing Family Homelessness
  • Racial Equity
  • Place-Based Approaches to Violence Prevention
  • Toxic Stress
  • Safety, Violence, and Community Health
  • Kick Off Event for Health Intersections CG (Learning Community Group)
Recent Publications include:
  • Uplifting the Family: A Two Generation Approach Practice Brief
  • Putting Research into Practice: Trauma Informed Care
  • Putting Research into Practice: Bundled Services
Access these and many more resources on CAP’s Learning Community website.

New and Expanded Services from 211info


211info added staff and programs over the summer, and we are so pleased with our ability to provide more specialized resource information to families. Across the agency, we now have staff who speak 11 languages: Arabic, Cambodian, English, French, German, Hmong, Samoan, Spanish, Russian, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese.

Extended Hours for Child Care Referrals Throughout Oregon
211info is now providing child care referrals along with secondary consumer referrals for comprehensive services. We are positioned to serve all segments of Oregon’s population, including people experiencing poverty, professionals seeking resources for clients, individuals looking for rapid assistance in navigating early learning and health care systems.

Among the services that 211info provides free guidance and information:
  • Child care
  • Behavioral strategies
  • School readiness tips
  • Early childhood development
  • Family stress and anxiety
  • Parenting classes and support
  • Local play groups
  • Foster care support
Child care resource and referral specialists are available by calling 211 from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, with multilingual services available. This program is provided in partnership with the Oregon Early Division.

24/7 Support for Foster Parents
Oregon foster parents now can get the guidance they need 24/7 from trained experts through the Foster Parent ​Support Line. The free service is provided by the Oregon Department of Human Services in partnership with 211info. Foster parents can connect with 211info staff specifically recruited and trained to be foster family support specialists by dialing 211 and listening for the parenting option, or sending an email to​ 

The Foster Parent Support Line is an on-call, compassionate resource for advice, referrals and crisis intervention, especially when DHS offices are closed. Foster parents can access help on a wide range of topics including:
  • Parenting support
  • Child development
  • Behavioral challenges
  • Transitioning youth out of foster care
  • Community resources
  • DHS foster parent roles and responsibilities
  • Contacting DHS caseworkers and certifiers
The Foster Parent Support Line also offers a list of free and affordable activities across the state for foster families. Support Line staff connect daily with DHS staff in local offices to make sure all have current information about the needs of children in DHS care and any necessary follow-up steps are taken. ​​​

Let's Do Breakfast Oregon

Did you know that schools can improve attendance, test scores, and other metrics by connecting more kids to breakfast? The Let's Do Breakfast, Oregon! Campaign is excited to launch the 2016 November School Breakfast Challenge, with the goal of recruiting 100 schools that would like to boost breakfast participation by changing the way they offer school breakfast or engaging students and families. In its first year of 2015, the Challenge brought in 32 schools that achieved a collective 24% increase in school breakfast participation! 

School breakfast helps all kids start the day ready to thrive, and is also a greater hunger prevention tool for the 1 in 4 kids in Oregon at risk of hunger. While 95% of schools in Oregon offer school breakfast, many are not able to access it because of tight bus and drop off schedules and stigma around school breakfast. Making breakfast more appealing and accessible to kids, such as after the bell or in the classroom, can help connect more kids. 

Participating schools from all over the state will receive marketing and engagement toolkits and support from the Let's Do Breakfast, Oregon! project partners, including Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon, Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council, and Oregon Department of Education Child Nutrition Programs. To find out more and register a school in your community, visit:

Submitted by:
Marcella Miller

Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon

Our Mission

Community Action Partnership of Oregon increases resources and opportunities to ensure that all Oregonians thrive.

The Promise of
Community Action

Community Action changes people's lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities, and makes America a better place to live. We care about the entire community, and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.
October 4, 2016
Finance Committee


October 5-6, 2016
CAPO Board Meeting


November 3, 2016
CAPO Legislative Committee
CAPO Executive Committee


December 1, 2016
CAPO Board Meeting


December 5-8, 2016
NHSA 2016 Family Engagement Conference

January 5, 2017
CAPO Legislative Committee
CAPO Executive Committee


January 10-13, 2017
Cap Leadership Management Training Conference


February 2, 2017
CAPO Board Meeting


March 2, 2017
CAPO Legislative Committee
CAPO Executive Committee


March 14-17, 2017
NCAF Conference


March 27-31, 2017
NASCSP Mid-Winter Training Conference and Orientation


April 12-13, 2017
Board Planning Retreat


May 4, 2017
CAPO Legislative Committee
CAPO Executive Committee


May 2017
Region 8 & 10 Conference


June 1, 2017
Annual Board Meeting


June 2017
CAPLAW National Conference


August 29-Sept. 1, 2017
CAP National Conference
Visit our website for a listing of current grant opportunities.
Juan Young Trust 
Deadline: December 31, 2016 
Bank of the Cascades
November 30, 2016
The Jackson Foundation  
December 31, 2016
The Reimen Foundation 
December 31, 2016

Ann & Bill Swindells Charitable Trust
January 1, 2017
Visit our website for current job opportunities at Community Action Agencies


Community Action Partnership National Training Center

Fair Housing Council

Learning Communities Resource Center


NCAF Weatherization & Training Program

Oregon Training Institute
(Weatherization and Energy)

Virtual CAP

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