To serve as the community agency to mobilize services and resources to empower families and individuals to progress toward self-sufficiency.
About the Indiana County Community Action Program:
In August of 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Economic Opportunity Act (EOA) which gave birth to the Community Action. This Act was to eliminate the causes and consequences of poverty that came about in the United States.
EOA initially provided for job training, adult education and loans to small businesses to attack the roots of unemployment and poverty. The Act established Community Action Agencies at the local level to implement such programs.
Indiana County Community Action Program, Inc. (ICCAP) was designated Indiana County’s Community Action Agency by the county’s commissioners in 1965. ICCAP is one of more than 1000 Community Action Agencies in the United States and one of 43 in the state of Pennsylvania. Partnerships with state and federal Community Action Agency organizations, such as the Community Action Association of Pennsylvania and the National Community Action Foundation, provide advocates and lobbyists for low-income programs.
Low-income individuals in Indiana County face many barriers to self-sufficiency due in part to the rural composition of the County and the lack of a comprehensive transportation system. ICCAP provides integrated services that compliment the workforce development and human service systems, create job opportunities, provide emergency services, assist in addressing transportation needs, create homeownership opportunities and involve communities in the design of delivery services.
Today, Community Action Agencies across the United States whether they are non-profit, private or community agencies-still have the same missions they did 40 years ago: To eliminate poverty. Community Action Agencies strive to help clients reach goals that include securing and maintaining employment, income management, improving nutrition, securing adequate housing, creating linkages to other community agencies and most importantly, achieving self-sufficiency.
The Willard Home (pictured below) was the location of ICCAP for eleven years, until the building burned on August 31, 1976. ICCAP then moved into the Willard School and was housed there for the next 12 years, 1976 to 1988.
In October 1988, ICCAP moved into its present location in the Courthouse Annex Building, 827 Water St., Indiana.