PROTECT PROGRAMS AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR
LOW-INCOME PEOPLE AND FAMILIES
The Partnership, in cooperation with our great colleagues and allied
organizations in the Coalition on Human Needs (CHN), are strongly encouraging
you to read the announcement below and then join with those of us in
the 19 cities where these town meetings will take place on Saturday,
June 26th. The cities are:
Des Moines, IA
Grand Forks, ND
Overland Park, KS
Los Angeles, CA
San Jose, CA
REMEMBER! We expect a substantial turnout of those who believe that
the federal budget should be slashed in ways that would cripple, even
end many of the programs and services that are needed now, more than
ever, during the current economic downturn. Don Mathis will represent
the Partnership at the Philadelphia meeting and the Partnership is working
with CHN leaders on developing some common themes and arguments that
you may want to use. Please contact Don at email@example.com
if you plan on participating and/or want to exchange ideas and strategies.
Town Meeting about the federal budget is just 9 days away. There are
still available seats at most of the town meeting sites -- get one
for yourself! GO TO: usabudgetdiscussion.org/participate
As AmericaSpeaks president Carolyn Lukensmeyer said in her recent
Post article, "Our dream is for no seat to go unfilled."
We need Americans of every demographic filling every hall to brainstorm
with their fellow Americans about solutions that will inform our leaders
in Washington, DC.
Budget, Our Economy takes an old concept -- town hall
meetings -- to a new level by combining:
the age-old value of in-person interaction and deliberative brainstorming
b) new technology and new media for collaboration across sites.Young,
old, conservative, liberal, rural, urban, minority, majority …
we're all convening on June 26th for a UNPRECEDENTED National Town
Meeting about finding solutions for the federal budget.
has put a huge amount of effort to organize in 19 sites across the
country, plus smaller "Community Conversations" for those
not near a town meeting. Participation is free and food will be provided.
Note that seating is limited so sign
up right away.
Join thousands of your fellow Americans in finding solutions for this
issue of our lifetime.
share this widely with friends and family, and invite them to join
us on June 26th.
to see you there!
President of Citizen Engagement
p.s. Two visual and informative blog posts you may particularly enjoy:
of Federal Budget 101 guide
A rich and concise visual and verbal overview of the federal budget
and the long-term fiscal challenges that will face us in the years and
decades to come. Download from the blog post and check it out!
Learn about the basic budget and deficit issues
A short new slidecast that gives a visual introduction to our federal
budget and deficit issues. (On our About
page you can find an introductory slidecast about the National Town
PROGRAMS CURRENTLY IN 45 STATES, DC AND VIRGIN ISLANDS
is a youth and community development program that simultaneously addresses
core issues facing low-income communities: housing, education, employment,
crime prevention, and leadership development. In YouthBuild programs,
low-income young people, ages 16-24, work towards their GEDs or high
school diplomas, learn job skills and serve their communities by building
affordable housing. Through the program, these young people transform
their own lives and roles in society.
Currently, 22 Community Action Agencies operate YouthBuild programs.
The preliminary funding alert from the Employment & Training Administration,
U.S. Department of Labor appears below.
view the anticipated Timeline for 2010 YouthBuild Competition on the
DOL website, go to: http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?DOCN=2915.
HEARINGS SCHEDULED ON COMMUNITY REINVESTMENT ACT (CRA)
more and more Community Action Agencies get involved with housing and
community economic development work, and those CAAs already involved
look to expand their portfolios, the Partnership will closely monitor
and report on those regulatory, budget, and appropriation activities
that are most relevant to such initiatives. The two news releases below
from the Comptroller of the Currency describe pending action and opportunities
for comment on the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), the Neighborhood
Stabilization Program (NSP), and other financial issues and policies.
Agencies Announce Public Hearings on
Community Reinvestment Act Regulations
— The federal bank and thrift regulatory agencies today announced
a series of upcoming public hearings on modernizing the regulations
that implement the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA). Interested parties
are invited to provide testimony and written comments.
The agencies (the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System,
the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Comptroller of the Currency,
and the Office of Thrift Supervision) will consider how to update the
regulations to reflect changes in the financial services industry, changes
in how banking services are delivered to consumers today, and current
housing and community development needs. The agencies also want to ensure
that the CRA remains effective for encouraging institutions to meet
the credit needs of communities. While the agencies recognize public
comments may discuss matters requiring statutory changes, the agencies’
focus is on potential regulatory changes.
The agencies encourage the public to provide oral or written testimony
on potential changes to the CRA regulations at four hearings to be held
around the country. The planned hearing dates and cities are as follows:
July 19, 2010, Arlington, Virginia; August 6, 2010, Atlanta, Georgia;
August 12, 2010, Chicago, Illinois; and August 17, 2010, Los Angeles,
Anyone wishing to submit testimony or attend the hearings must register
five business days in advance on the website of the Federal Financial
Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) at http://www.ffiec.gov/cra/hearings.htm.
Hearing details are available on that site and in the attached hearings
notice, which will be published in the Federal Register. The agencies
also strongly encourage individuals interested in testifying to provide
their written testimony in advance. Presentation time and meeting space
are limited and early registration is recommended.
In addition to offering an opportunity for testimony at the hearings,
the agencies are encouraging any individual to provide written comments
on the CRA regulations to any of the agencies through August 31, 2010.
While the agencies encourage public comments on any CRA topic, they
are particularly interested in receiving comments on the topics and
questions listed in the notice excerpted in the attached document.
Separately, today the agencies announced that they are proposing a change
to the CRA rules to encourage depository institutions to support the
Neighborhood Stabilization Program funded by the U.S. Department of
Housing and Urban Development. Comments on the proposed rule are due
thirty days after its publication in the Federal Register, which is
Topics and Questions
Excerpt from Hearings Notice
Joint Notice of
Propose to Expand Scope of Community Reinvestment Act
Regulations to Encourage Depository Institution Support for
HUD Neighborhood Stabilization Program Activities
— The federal bank and thrift regulatory agencies today announced
a proposed change to the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) regulations
to support stabilization of communities affected by high foreclosure
levels. The proposed change specifically would encourage depository
institutions to support the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP)
administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Under the NSP, HUD has provided funds to state and local governments
and nonprofit organizations for the purchase and redevelopment of abandoned
and foreclosed properties. The agencies’ proposal would encourage
depository institutions to make loans and investments and provide services
to support NSP activities in areas with HUD-approved plans.
The proposal would supplement existing CRA consideration for community
development activities, including neighborhood stabilization activities.
For example, for NSP areas identified in HUD-approved plans, the agencies
would provide CRA consideration for activities that benefit individuals
with incomes of up to 120 percent of the area median and geographies
with median incomes of up to 120 percent of the area median. NSP-eligible
activities would receive favorable consideration under the new rule
only if conducted within two years after the date when NSP program funds
are required to be spent.
Allowing banking institutions to receive CRA consideration for NSP-eligible
activities in additional NSP-targeted areas creates an opportunity to
leverage government funding targeted to areas with high foreclosure
and vacancy rates and also serves the purposes of the CRA.
The proposed rule is attached. Comments on the proposed rule must be
submitted no later than 30 days from the date of its publication in
the Federal Register, which is expected shortly.
Separately, the agencies also announced today they will hold four hearings
to consider public comment on all aspects of the CRA regulations during
the summer of 2010.
RESEARCH ON EFFECTIVE WAYS TO REDUCE TOBACCO
USE AMONG HOMELESS
special thanks to Joie Brown, Community Development Manager at the
Rural Alaska Community Action Program (RurAL CAP) in Anchorage for
her solid work and tenacious advocacy on policies and program strategies
to reduce tobacco use among homeless persons.
Expert Panel Makes Recommendations
Tobacco in Homeless Populations
On October 21, 2009 the Break Free Alliance gathered over 20 researchers,
policy makers, tobacco control administrators and service providers
to develop targeted recommendations on tobacco policy and
programming initiatives to reduce tobacco use among homeless persons.
Policy recommendations, prioritized state, local and social service-based
cessation interventions as well as research priorities are
highlighted in a comprehensive report of the panel's findings. Critical
factors for achieving success, challenges and solutions are also identified
for each topic area (policy and cessation interventions) and
remaining research questions outlined. For a copy of the report http://healthedcouncil.org/breakfreealliance/pdf/BreakFree_TobHomelessBkltPrf3.pdf
To learn more about Break Free Alliance, please visit http://healthedcouncil.org/breakfreealliance/index.html
DOZEN ORGANIZATIONS SUPPORT FUNDING FOR "QUITLINE" TOBACCO CESSATION
Our thanks to Victoria Almquist at Tobacco Free Kids for including the
Community Action Partnership in this effort to promote Medicaid funding
for the “quitline” tobacco and smoking cessation program.
June 14, 2010
Cindy Mann, JD
Deputy Administrator and Director
Center for Medicaid, CHIP and Survey & Certification
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
7500 Security Boulevard, Room S2-26-12
Baltimore, MD 21244-1850
Dear Ms. Mann:
We are writing to express our strong support for permitting states to
obtain federal Medicaid matching funds for the cost of tobacco cessation
services provided by quitlines. Tobacco cessation quitlines have proven
to be an effective way to help smokers quit. Ensuring Medicaid coverage
of tobacco cessation quitlines will improve access to these services,
help more tobacco users to quit, help protect children and adults from
secondhand smoke, and reduce the disease and premature death attributable
to tobacco use.
Quitlines provide telephone-based tobacco cessation counseling services,
and some provide medications to help smokers quit. They provide easy
access to cessation services and can tailor information to specific
populations. In some cases, quitlines can also link tobacco users to
broader health-related information and resources. Every state and two
territories in the United States have a tobacco cessation quitline.
These programs are linked together through a national network via a
toll free number, 1-800 QUIT NOW.
The U.S. Public Health Service’s most recent clinical practice
guideline for treating tobacco use and dependence found that quitline
counseling can substantially increase a smoker’s chances of quitting,
and quitline counseling combined with medication (such as nicotine replacement
therapy) is even more effective at helping smokers quit. According to
best practices developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
sustaining, expanding, and promoting quitline services should be a key
component of tobacco control programs. Moreover, the Centers for Medicare
and Medicaid Services recognizes the importance of tobacco-cessation
counseling for Medicare beneficiaries and has recently proposed expanding
Medicaid beneficiaries use tobacco at rates 50 percent higher than the
general population. While figures vary from state to state, Medicaid
beneficiaries typically constitute 10 to 40 percent of quitline callers
seeking help in their attempts to quit using tobacco. Several states
have inquired about the permissibility of receiving federal matching
funds for quitline services provided to Medicaid beneficiaries. While
there may be technical questions that need to be resolved, we believe
solutions can be found to ensure that quitlines are covered by Medicaid
and that Medicaid beneficiaries can access all services that have been
shown to increase their ability to quit successfully. Tobacco use is
the leading cause of preventable death and illness in the country. The
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has a role to play in preventing
this morbidity and mortality and to helping Medicaid beneficiaries live
longer and healthier lives. And with tobacco-related illnesses accounting
for 10 to 15 percent of all Medicaid expenditures, there is also a fiscal
incentive to reduce tobacco use among Medicaid beneficiaries.
We encourage you to examine ways to ensure that states can obtain federal
Medicaid matching funds for coverage of quitline services.
American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network
American Heart Association
American Lung Association
Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
American Academy of Family Physicians
American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
American Academy of Pediatrics
American Association for Cancer Research
American Association for Respiratory Care
American College of Cardiology
American College of Chest Physicians
American College of Preventive Medicine
American Psychological Association
American Public Health Association
American Society of Addiction Medicine
Association of Black Cardiologists
Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs
Association of State & Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)
Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN)
Cancer Prevention and Treatment Fund
Community Action Partnership
Lung Cancer Alliance
National Latino Tobacco Control Network
National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)
North American Quitline Consortium
Oncology Nursing Society
Oral Health America
Partnership for Prevention
Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions
Society for Public Health Education
UCSF Tobacco Cessation Leadership Center
United Church of Christ, Justice & Witness Ministries
United Methodist Church – The General Board of Church and Society
Washington State Department of Health Tobacco Prevention & Control
DEADLINES SOON FOR 2010
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WILFORD—DEDICATED TO "CARE" FRONTATION, NOT CONFRONTATION
to Robert Wilford on his recent election as Alachua City (FL) Commissioner.
Robert has a distinguished track record with three Community Action
Agencies, is a Paul Harris Fellow Rotarian, and served in the U.S. Navy
for 20 years during the Vietnam era. Robert epitomizes Community Action
and all that is good about America. Read his compelling story below.
Wilford, CFCAA CEO, taking oath of office as Alachua City Commissioner,
on May 10, from Alachua
City Manager Traci Cain. Mayor Gib Coerper and Alachua Commissioner
Gary Hardacre are in the background.
CEO Wins City Election in Upset
By: Vanessa Alva, CFCAA University of South Florida Public Relations
Running for City Commissioner of Alachua was not a matter of “if”
for Central Florida Community Action Agency CEO Robert Wilford, it was
a matter of “when.” After 13 years of working as a CEO for
three community action agencies and 10 years in a substance abuse prevention,
intervention and treatment agency, Wilford decided he was at the right
place in his life to run for public office.
He said, “I’ve always dreamed of getting involved in the
political process and the time was finally right.” With the encouragement
of his family, staff and board members, Wilford prepared himself for
a long and strenuous campaign. He stated, “I went into the political
arena with mixed emotions. The process was tedious and draining while
exhilarating at the same time.”
Clearly, his hard work and perseverance paid off. After 10 long weeks
of campaigning including a runoff race for the seat, the results were
in. Wilford, after only having lived in Alachua for three years, won
the general election by seven percentage points over two longtime residents
of the city and the runoff by 17 percentage points making him one of
the five City Commissioners of Alachua.
His opponents had lived in Alachua for 22 and 52 years. Wilford says,
“I’m tremendously humbled by the show of support from everyone
that backed my campaign.” As City Commissioner of Alachua, Wilford’s
goals are fiscal sustainability for the city and controlled growth while
maintaining a small town charm.
Although today Wilford has reached the top of the success ladder, the
climb up was not always a smooth one. He was born in Jacksonville, Fla.,
on March 1, 1945. At the age of three, Wilford and his family moved
to Birmingham, Ala., where he lived in a one bedroom apartment with
his parents and three other siblings until he joined the Navy when he
was 18 years old in 1963. He stated, “We were very poor; the military
was my way out of poverty.”
The years that followed proved to be very difficult for Wilford. He
fell into alcoholism in his teenage years and dealt with deep depression
and posttraumatic stress disorder for over three decades. In 2002 he
spoke out at his church about having been sexually abused by a priest
for four years while he was a teenager. Wilford has now been sober since
1978 and went through extensive therapy for depression and PTSD in 1994
and 1995. He said, “Anytime I got discouraged, my belief in God
and the support of my family kept me going even though I kept the sexual
abuse a secret for decades.”
Overcoming these obstacles while holding a CEO position at various community
action agencies throughout his career shows Wilford’s strong will
to succeed. Under his leadership, CFCAA has prospered to be one of the
leading community action agencies in Florida by winning the SEACAA Agency
of the year and FACA Agency of the year awards in 2008. Recently, his
agency was the initial community action agency in Florida to complete
the challenging Community Action Partnership’s “Pathways
to Excellence” self-study process.
His passion for his job has not only helped CFCAA be recognized as an
award winning agency but has also spread the “Promise of Community
Action in helping people, changing lives.”
POLICY ANALYSIS, CONVENTION LOGISTICS
FUENTES AND NEW HEAD START VIDEO ON SEPTEMBER 1st IN BOSTON
The Partnership is delighted to announce that Ms. Yvette Sanchez Fuentes,
appointed by President Obama as the national Director of the Office
of Head Start, Administration for Children and Families (HHS), will
be a featured speaker on Wednesday morning, September 1st at our annual
national convention at the Boston Marriott Copley Place. Early in her
distinguished career, Ms. Fuentes worked in Head Start for the Community
Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo (nee Economic Opportunity Commission
of San Luis Obispo). Ms Fuentes will be available for dialogue and question-and-answer
following her remarks and the showing of a new Head Start video.
Yvette Sanchez Fuentes
Director, Office of Head Start
Yvette Sanchez Fuentes brings extensive experience in providing services
to young children from low income families at the local, regional,
and national level to her appointment as the Director of the Office
of Head Start. In her role as Director, Ms. Sanchez Fuentes will help
lead ACF’s critically important mission of enriching the quality
of early childhood development for our nation’s most vulnerable
Prior to her appointment, Ms. Sanchez Fuentes served as the Executive
Director of the National Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Association
(NMSHSA). She worked with early education services, policies and resources
for migrant and seasonal farm worker children and their families.