November 29 , 2011

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NEWS YOU CAN USE
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National Fuel Funds Network champions LIHEAP in Parade Magazine
NY Times story details home heating hardships in Maine
   
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New Half in Ten report tracks progress in cutting US poverty by 50% in 10 years
Report, Half in Ten toolkit, fact sheets available on-line
   
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Opportunity Nation releases state rankings of its “Opportunity Index”
Connecticut, Minnesota best in America; Nevada ranks 51st
   
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Census Bureau releases new Supplemental Poverty Measure
Shows more Americans live below poverty line than old measure
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What are the elements for a successful business plan? Core Four® Business Planning Course announced for Management and Leadership Training Conference in Miami, January 5-7
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Spotlight on Poverty launches new data, research, policy tool for all 50 states
 
ISSUES AND OPINIONS
 
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Partnership signs on ad to protect Medicaid
   
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Partnership supports commonsense approach to regulatory process
Opposes proposed legislation that jeopardizes health & safety
   
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Congresswoman Barbara Lee Introduces Legislation to Cut Poverty in Half in Ten Years
 
TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES
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Community Action Program Legal Services (CAPLAW) webinar on Head Start, December 14th (fee required)
 
PARTNERSHIP NEWS
 
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Partnership signs memorandum of understanding with faith-based Sojourners
and National Association for State Community Services Programs to end poverty,
promote economic security & advocate for low-income programs
   
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Joyce Dorsey of Fulton Atlanta Community Action Authority receives Distinguished Community Service Award
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LIHEAP, NATIONAL FUEL FUNDS NETWORK SPOTLIGHTED
IN NATIONAL PUBLICATIONS


Congrats to our colleagues at the National Fuel Funds Network (NFFN)—where our own Tom Stovall, CCAP, Executive Director of Operation: New View CAA in Iowa is Chairperson—for being featured in the November 27 Giving Issue of PARADE magazine.

The article discussed NFFN, its members and the importance of energy assistance—as well as ways readers can make tax-deductible donations for home energy assistance to the organization. NFFN will use the donations to help member organizations assist people in need keep their homes warm and their lights on this winter. To read the story, go to www.parade.com/news/2011/11/giving-issue.html through December 2, 2011. Click on keep reading (http://www.parade.com/news/2011/11/giving-issue.html?index=2). NFFN is story #7.

For more information on NFFN, go to its website, www.nationalfuelfunds.org and/or Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/pages/National-Fuel-Funds-Network/133167773648


The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) was featured in the November 28 edition of The New York Times. The article discusses proposed cuts to the program and how the state of Maine is “expecting less than half of the $55.6 million that it received last winter, even as more people are applying.”

Due to the looming cuts, many Maine residents are expecting to go days or weeks without heat. Since August, more than 9,000 households have applied for federal heating aid, according to a representative from Penquis, a local nonprofit—who added that the average benefit of $332 will only buy 100 gallons of fuel.

To read the article, go to http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/28/us/federal-cuts-give-maine-a-chill-as-winter-approaches.html?_r=1&sq=Maine&st=cse&adxnnl=1&scp=2&adxnnlx=1322492972-cX4mCRybJ09GU4btUpr6IA



NFFN and LIHEAP were also featured in the “Saving LIHEAP” article in American Gas Association’s (AGA) November magazine.

The article discusses the new Save LIHEAP Coalition, which is working to protect funding for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program and the families, elderly, and other needy Americans who rely on its existence. NFFN, AGA, and the Edison Electric Institute formed the coalition in order to boost the pro-LIHEAP message and create an effective grassroots lobbying effort for the program, which like many other services for low-income people, is facing significant proposed budget cuts at a time when demand for assistance continues to increase.

The article also mentions LIHEAP Action Day in Washington, DC—which is February 15, 2012. For more information, go to http://www.nationalfuelfunds.org/AdvocacyPublicPolicy/ActionDay.html

 

THANKS TO MELISSA BOTEACH AND OUR GREAT COLLEAGUES AT HALF IN TEN!


The Half in Ten campaign recently released its first annual report establishing a baseline to track progress toward cutting poverty in half in ten years. The report, Restoring Shared Prosperity: Strategies to Cut Poverty and Expand Economic Growth, contains data on a number of indicators and will describe where the nation stands on creating good jobs, promoting economic security for all, and strengthening families. To download a copy, go to http://halfinten.org/uploads/support_files/restoring-shared-prosperity-2010.pdf.

Half in Ten has also compiled a toolkit to facilitate use of the report and its data.To download a copy, go to http://halfinten.org/uploads/support_files/HalfinTen_RestoringSharedProsperity_Toolkit.pdf.

To access additional information, including state-by-state fact sheets, go to the Restoring Shared Prosperity website, http://halfinten.org/indicators.

 

NEW OPPORTUNITY INDEX MEASURES PROGRESS OF ECONOMIC MOBILITY

 

Opportunity Nation (ON) is a national campaign to promote opportunity, social mobility, and access to the American Dream. ON includes a broad coalition of 200 businesses, non-profits, educational institutions, and military organizations. The Community Action Partnership is an ON partner.

While the most commonly discussed measures of economic security and strength are the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and the federal poverty guidelines, ON believes that communities can benefit by having more focused measures on what economic mobility really means. Using measures such as jobs, wages, affordable housing, dimensions of education, access to health care, civic engagement, safety, and others, ON has ranked the 50 states and DC on their respective “Opportunity Index.” The top five performing states are: Connecticut, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Vermont and Nebraska. The bottom performing states are: Alabama, Arkansas, West Virginia, Mississippi, and Nevada. To see the Ol list and learn more about the Index, visit www.opportunityindex.org.

49.1 MILLION (16%) OF AMERICANS POOR BY NEW STANDARD


As we first mentioned in the November 4 Enews, the US Census Bureau has released a report, The Research Supplemental Poverty Measure: 2010, which presents estimates of the prevalence of poverty at the national level in 2010— overall and for selected demographic groups—for both the official and supplemental measures.

To download a copy, go to http://www.census.gov/prod/2011pubs/p60-241.pdf.

The Census Bureau—with assistance from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and in consultation with other appropriate agencies and outside experts—introduced a new measure of poverty to complement the official measure, which has been in use since the 1960s. The official measure will continue to be produced every year and be used to assess eligibility for government programs and determine funding distribution. The supplemental poverty measure—on the other hand—is intended to better reflect contemporary social and economic realities and government policy effects and thus provide a further understanding of economic conditions and trends.

For more information about the supplemental poverty measure, go to http://www.census.gov/hhes/povmeas/methodology/supplemental/overview.html.

 
RESERVE NOW FOR CORE FOUR BUSINESS PLANNING COURSE AT
JANUARY CONFERENCE IN MIAMI BEACH


Core Four® Business Planning Course*

Learn to develop a business plan to test the feasibility of your business concept and to increase your marketing, management, and financial knowledge. Course presents how to plan a business and covers Market, Cash Flow and Operations Planning. Course also presents Success Planning, which focuses on the personal goals of the business owner, business ethics and other personal development topics.

* Please note:
Books will be ordered for this class. To allow time for shipping and to make sure you have a book reserved, please email sflowers@communityactionpartnership.com by December 5 and note you will attend the Core 4 session.


Who Should Attend?

• People with a business idea
• Struggling business owners
• Owners of growing or changing businesses
• Potential borrowers
• Business consultants and advisors

What are the Four Cores?
Planning strategies for each of the four cores are presented in separate sections.

Core 1: Success Planning – Foundation of a good business plan. This session covers Personal Goals, Personal Financial Goals, Commitment, Capability, Character and Contingency: “What if?”

Core 2: Market Planning
– Presents tools and strategies for transforming your dream into a reality. How to build a marketing plan by focusing on: Products/Services, Distribution, Customers, Industry and Competition.

Core 3: Cash Flow Planning
– Cash is the fuel that powers a business. Learn how to set financial goals, evaluate and assess business strategies, identify cash weaknesses and cash strengths. Cash flow specifically addresses: Timing, Amounts, Sources, Uses and Relationships.

Core 4: Operations Planning – This section is designed to raise your awareness of key issues that your business must address in order to be a legitimate, successful business. Operations planning is where you can anticipate and prevent problems and crises by planning to operate a legitimate, professional business.

Once you have the knowledge of how to plan a business, you can use this knowledge for any business idea, at any time, for the rest of your life.


Speaker: Becky Nave


Becky Nave is the Senior Training Manager for People Incorporated Financial Services. Ms. Nave is a graduate of King College with a Bachelor of Business Administration. She is a Certified Credit Counselor and a Licensed Coaching Clinic Facilitator from Corporate Coach U. She is a graduate of LEAD Bristol, which is a Certification in Leadership Development.
Among her duties are teaching Business Basics, Credit Building, Customer Service, Leadership, Social Media and Core Four® Business Planning Classes, as well as providing business financial and development services to clients in Southwest Virginia and the Northern Shenandoah Valley. These workshops have served to stimulate entrepreneurship, publicize and provide opportunities for businesses to network. Ms. Nave was instrumental in beginning the Entrepreneurship for Youth program in Washington County and the City of Bristol.

 

SPOTLIGHT ON THE STATES

 

New Feature: Spotlight on the States

50-State Resource Map Compiles Data, Research, News and Policy Information

Our friends and colleagues at Spotlight on Poverty have launched a new tool, “Spotlight on the States,” http://www.spotlightonpoverty.org/poverty_data_map.aspx, which highlights the work of state and local governments, community-based organizations and other non-profits to reduce poverty and promote opportunity. The website includes state poverty data and statistics, policies, research, and news.

Click here to watch a five minute webinar to learn more about Spotlight on the States and how your work can be feature on the site, http://www.spotlightonpoverty.org/news.aspx?id=0388b36e-fdc9-4b1a-a74a-d220cceeca71




 

THANKS TO JACKIE BRITZ AND OUR GREAT COLLEAGUES AT
TRUST FOR AMERICA'S HEALTH


The Partnership concurs with our allies at OMB Watch and Trust for America’s Health that the proposed Regulatory Accountability Act (RAA) and the proposed Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act are not in the best health and safety interests of low-income people and communities. Therefore, we signed on to the letter below, sent to all Senators and House Members.


November 29, 2011

Dear Member of Congress,

As public health organizations dedicated to improving and protecting the health of American families, we are writing to express our opposition to the Regulatory Accountability Act (RAA) (H.R. 3010/S. 1606) and the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act of 2011 (H.R. 10/S. 299). These proposals would undermine our nation’s ability to protect public health, which is one of government’s most basic responsibilities.

American families enjoy the security of a safe food supply, clean air and water, and a variety of consumer protections because our government sets basic quality standards to ensure that business interests do not outweigh the interest of the public’s health and safety. However, the RAA would prioritize cost to industry over the health of Americans. It would add years to an already lengthy rulemaking process by adding 60 new analytical requirements. This could extend a process that already takes an average of four to eight years for a significant rule, by another two to four years, significantly slowing the government’s ability to take action on emerging public health threats.

The REINS Act would require Congressional approval of all major rules within 70 days. Most rulemaking is directly tied to legislation already enacted by Congress – so this legislation would essentially give Congress veto power over laws enacted in past years without Members of Congress having to cast a single vote to repeal those laws. For example, this bill would block implementation of the Affordable Care Act, which requires new regulations to ensure that the uninsured have coverage and that insurance companies provide new consumer protections as required by law.

The ability of our government to protect the health of American families is not an academic exercise – these regulations are truly lifesaving. For instance, in the last several months, at least 29 people in eight states died after eating cantaloupes contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that since the outbreak began in late July at least 139 people have fallen ill in 28 states. Without the Food and Drug Administration’s work to enforce food safety standards, we would see many more outbreaks and deaths due to foodborne illness.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to enforce the Clean Air Act is also vital to protecting public health. The Clean Air Act has reduced emission of key pollutants by 70 percent and significantly improved the health of Americans. In 2010 alone, the Clean Air Act prevented 160,000 premature deaths; 1.7 million instances of asthma exacerbation; 54,000 cases of chronic bronchitis; as well as 41,000 respiratory and 45,000 cardiovascular hospital admissions. Without the protections of the Clean Air Act, we can expect to see increased illness and death due to these illnesses and a significant increase in health care costs.

And finally, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) ability to issue and finalize updated school meal standards for children is also critical to promoting good health and combating our nation’s obesity epidemic. Today, more than one-third (34.6 percent) of children ages 10–17 are obese or overweight. With an estimated 35-50 percent of children’s total calories consumed at school, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 directed USDA to issue updates to nutritional standards for school meal programs. The federal government spent $13.7 billion on school breakfast and lunches in fiscal year 2010, while at the same time obesity results in $123 billion a year in extra costs our health care system, and ultimately taxpayers, employers, and workers. USDA must be permitted to finalize these long overdue updated meal standards.

Protecting the health of American families is one of the most basic responsibilities of government. The Regulatory Accountability Act and the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act would not only create roadblocks to our ability to move forward in protecting public health, but would also threaten years of progress. We urge you to stand up for the health of American families and oppose these bills.

Sincerely,

American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
American Association of Colleges of Nursing
American College of Preventive Medicine
American Heart Association/American Stroke Association
American Lung Association
American Medical Student Association
American Nurses Association
American Public Health Association
Arthritis Foundation
Association for Prevention Teaching and Research
Association of State & Territorial Public Health Nutrition Directors
Association of University Centers on Disabilities
Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
Center for Science in the Public Interest
CommonHealth ACTION & Institute for Public Health Innovation
Community Action Partnership
Consumers Union
Defeat Diabetes Foundation
Directors of Public Health Promotion and Education
Institute of Social Medicine and Community Health
Integrated Healthcare Policy Consortium
League of United Latin American Citizens
Missouri Association of Local Public Health Agencies
National Association of County and City Health Officials
National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors
National Association of Local Boards of Health
National Association of State Head Injury Administrators
National Center for Healthy Housing
National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare
National Disability Rights Network
National Research Center for Women & Families/Cancer Prevention and Treatment Fund
National WIC Association
Oregon Public Health Institute
Prevention Institute
Public Health Foundation
Public Health Law & Policy
Safe States Alliance
The Arc of the United States
Trust for America’s Health
United Spinal Association

 

REPRESENTATIVE LEE INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO
CUT POVERTY IN HALF IN TEN YEARS

 

Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) has announced the introduction of H.R. 3300, a bill to help create pathways out of poverty and realize the goal of cutting poverty in half in a decade. In 2008, the House of Representatives unanimously passed H.Con.Res. 198, which called on Congress to commit to cutting poverty in half in a decade. The Half in Ten Act of 2011 provides the plan to help accomplish this goal.

“Americans all across the country are struggling,” said Congresswoman Barbara Lee. “It is clear that our policies and programs addressing poverty have not kept pace with the growing needs of millions of Americans. It is time we make the commitment to confront poverty head-on. This bill will help tear down the barriers of poverty and work to reignite the American Dream by providing ladders of opportunity for all.”

The U.S. Census Bureau released data showing that 2.6 million Americans fell into poverty over the last year and an estimated 46.2 million Americans faced poverty in 2010. Fifteen percent of Americans lived in poverty last year, including one in five of America’s children. Communities of color continue to face disturbingly higher rates of poverty, with 36% of African American children and 31% of Latino children facing poverty.

The Half in Ten Act of 2011 will establish the Federal Interagency Working Group on Reducing Poverty. The Working Group will develop and implement a national plan to reduce poverty in half in ten years while working to eliminate extreme poverty, child poverty, and the historic disparity in poverty rates in communities of color.

Congresswoman Lee, founding Co-Chair of the Congressional Out of Poverty Caucus, concluded: “We need to create jobs to give Americans economic security and grow our economy. Our economy will not recover quickly from the Great Recession with 46.2 million Americans living in poverty, but if we give those millions of Americans support and a pathway out of poverty, our economy will grow.”

 
CAPLAW TO SPONSOR HEAD START WEBINAR ON DECEMBER 14

 

Prepare for the Designation Renewal System
December 14. 2011, 2:00-3:30 pm, EST

Register for the webinar, Head Start: Prepare for the New Renewal System. Participants will learn how the new “Designation Renewal System” will work, what criteria will trigger recompetition, and what your organization can do to prepare for the new system. Learn more and register.

 

THANKS TO ARLEY JOHNSON AT NASCSP AND LISA HARPER AT SOJOURNERS

 

Sojourners is a national network of churches, faith-based organizations, and individuals that began in 1971. It partners with local, state and national groups from across the theological and political spectrum to influence bipartisan public policies that address issues of social justice, including poverty. Sojourners invited the Partnership to sign the memorandum of understanding below so that our respective organizations could join forces to reduce poverty in America.




DR. JOYCE DORSEY HONORED IN ATLANTA

 

FACAA's CEO Honored at Urban League of Greater Atlanta's 50th Annual Equal Opportunity Day Dinner

Dr. Joyce J. Dorsey, President and CEO of Fulton Atlanta Community Action Authority (FACAA), received the award for Distinguished Community Service in recognition of the many strides that the organization has made for the cause of low-income individuals and families in Fulton County and Atlanta. With more than 34 years of committed service as an advocate for the poor, Dr. Dorsey's career reflects significant achievements in social work, corrections, entrepreneurship and the nonprofit sector. Dr. Dorsey is the 1st Vice Chair of the Partnership’s board of directors. She has chaired our Conference Planning Committee for several years.


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