Indianhead Community Action Agency (CAA) is the recipient of the 2014 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Community Action. The agency, headquartered in Ladysmith and serving the northwest counties of Burnett, Clark, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor and Washburn, received the award for its business development program, which helps low-income entrepreneurs start up their own businesses. As new entrepreneurs are successful, they also offer a ‘hand up’ to other rural entrepreneurs or workers. This gives other individuals employment or a chance for skills development, further expanding opportunities for economic self-sufficiency and for growing communities. Continue reading
The Wisconsin Community Action Program Association (WISCAP) held its annual meeting and 40th anniversary commemoration on May 8th and 9th at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison.
WISCAP was incorporated in 1974 as a private, not-for-profit association to serve the training and public advocacy needs of Wisconsin’s Community Action network. In addition to the 40th anniversary of WISCAP’s incorporation, 2014 also represents the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaiming a ‘war on poverty’ across the nation. The creation and formation of Community Action Agencies were core components of that ‘war on poverty’.
Lakeshore CAP Emergency Housing Personnel
On May 4th, Lakeshore CAP began serving as the consolidated intake agency for the Sheboygan County Housing Coalition. Known as the Sheboygan Housing Assistance Center, or SHAC, this function had previously been part of the Salvation Army of Sheboygan County’s operation. In the fall of 2013 the Salvation Army advised members of the coalition that they would be discontinuing operation of SHAC by June of 2014. The coalition put forth an RFP that was successfully answered by Lakeshore CAP. Continue reading