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ABOUT CAPSLO

Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County Inc. (CAPSLO, has been San Luis Obispo County’s federally-designated community action agency since 1965. In 2019, Community Action Partnership served over 38,000 persons across San Luis Obispo County and ten other central and southern California counties.

Through a variety of programs and in collaboration with other community service agencies, CAPSLO helps individuals and families achieve self-sufficiency and economic stability through programs that focus on:

  • high-quality early education and child care
  • accessible, affordable dependent care
  • addressing barriers to safe, affordable housing and basic needs
  • health services and education
  • resource connection and navigation

Mission Statement

Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County addresses the causes of poverty, empowering low-income people to achieve self-sufficiency through community-based collaborations and programs.

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.

Community Action Agency History

In the United States and its territories, Community Action Agencies (CAA) are local private and public non-profit organizations that carry out the Community Action Program (CAP), which was founded by the 1964 Economic Opportunity Act to fight poverty by empowering the poor as part of the War on Poverty. The Great Society, as envisioned by President Lyndon Johnson, was a sweeping plan to improve the lives of all Americans, regardless of their circumstances. Inspired by President Kennedy and his New Frontier, Johnson pledged to fulfill his promise of equal opportunity for all by enacting several comprehensive changes within the federal government. In August of that same year, the Economic Opportunity Act was signed into law by President Johnson creating the nationwide Community Action Network. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Is CASPLO a part of the City or County Government?

Community Action Agencies promote self-sufficiency and support individuals and families striving to become economically secure while investing in the future of their local communities. There is a national network of over one-thousand CAAs serving over 7 million families, totaling 16 million low-income persons each year. CAAs also mobilize thousands of volunteers to enact positive change in their communities.
To learn more about Community Action Agencies click here.

What is a Community Action Agency?

Community Action Agencies promote self-sufficiency and support individuals and families striving to become economically secure while investing in the future of their local communities. There is a national network of over one-thousand CAAs serving over 7 million families, totaling 16 million low-income persons each year. CAAs also mobilize thousands of volunteers to enact positive change in their communities. 
To learn more about Community Action Agencies click here.

How Are Community Action Agencies different from other groups?

Most poverty –related organizations focus on a specific area of need. Community Action Agencies reach out to low income people in their communities, address their multiple needs through a comprehensive approach, develop partnerships with other community organizations, and administer a full range of coordinated programs designed to have a measurable impact on poverty.

Where does CAPSLO receive their funding from?

CAPSLO receives the majority of their funding from federal, county and city government awards and grants. The funding the Agency receives from individual donations is particularly important because it allows CAPSLO to fill gaps in the grant funding to better assist the community needs. 

How is the community involved in the decisions being made by CAPSLO?

Community Action has a tripartite board structure that is designated to promote the participation of the entire community. The Board has equal number of representatives from the low- income sector, private sector and elected public officials.

What is done to insure fiscal integrity with the funds received by CAPSLO?

CAPSLO has established policies and procedures throughout its organization to ensure that every dollar of the annual budget is spent effectively and prudently. The Agency adheres to all Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), as established by the Federal Accounting Standards Board. CAPSLO fiscal records are reviewed annually by an independent public accounting firm. CAPSLO is also monitored and reviewed by multiple funding sources each year.

How is it determined who Community Action Partnership purchases products and services from?

CAPSLO has established policies and procedures governing purchases made by employees at all levels, emphasizing internal review of vendors, lowest costs for comparable products, and competitive bidding for items over a designated level. These guidelines follow the Federal Office of Management & Budget Procurement Standards for non-profit organizations. 

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