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Community Action Team. Building Bridges to Self Sufficiency in Northwest Oregon Since 1966. Founded as Part of the War on Poverty in 1966. CAT is one of 1,100 Community Action Agencies Across America Still Working to End Poverty . Oregon’s Community Action Network.

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    1. Community Action Team Building Bridges to Self Sufficiency in Northwest Oregon Since 1966

    2. Founded as Part of the War on Poverty in 1966 CAT is one of 1,100 Community Action Agencies Across America Still Working to End Poverty

    3. Oregon’s Community Action Network • 3 Public (housed in county government) • 2 Public/Non-Profit • 13 Non-Profit Hint: CAT’s Service area is #4 in NW Oregon where we work with our partners: CCA and CARE

    4. Two Components to Self Sufficiency • Strengthening Families • Building Communities

    5. Our Mission: • Reducing effects of poverty • Meeting basic family needs • Building self reliance • Providing access to affordable housing • Establishing and building supportive local institutions

    6. Meeting Basic Needs • Resource & Referral: 13,000 referrals • Senior Nutrition: 70,000 meals provided • Energy Assistance: 3,700 HHs • Emergency Housing: 365 HHs Annual Benefits

    7. Resource & Referral • 13,000 cases each year • Resource Guide: • 6,000 published annually • 500 listings • Dozens of service agencies • Specialized Referral Research A Clearinghouse for Services, Housing and Support

    8. Seniors Programs • Supporting Seniors to: • Improve Nutrition • Build Social Lives • Connect w/ Medical Care • Navigate Assistance Programs • Age in Place • Find Respite Care As Needed Helping to Bring Security to the Lives of Seniors

    9. Helping Families Afford Escalating Energy Costs Assistance with: Electricity, Gas, Wood, Oil, Water Bills, plus Energy Education and Training

    10. CAT Emergency Housing Services Everyone should have a place to call home. • Emergency Housing Assistance • Transitional Housing • Case Management • Permanent Supportive Housing • Foreclosure Prevention

    11. Emergency Housing Assistance • Short term aid • Homeless persons • Children a priority • Prospect for housing stability • Case management assistance Former Home of St. Helens Homeless Program Client

    12. Scattered Site and Private Landlord Units Across Region CAT, CCA and CARE case managers work short-term (6-12 months) with clients in highly subsidized rental units to help stabilize their lives.

    13. Building Self Sufficiency • Head Start • Child Care • Parenting Training • Veterans Programs • Weatherization • Energy Education • Homebuyer Ed. • Renter Education

    14. Head Start • This Flagship Anti-Poverty Program: • Eliminates barriers to learning: • Before kids get to school • Parent Education and Training • Language Skills • Health Care • Learning Disabilities • Early Learning • Social Skills • 426 Children Served Annually

    15. Healthy Start - Parent Training Parenting skills training for young first-time parents in 60 families every year

    16. CAT After School Care Program • School-Based, in Scappoose • Supports Working Families • Locally Staffed and Operated • State Certified • Sliding Fee Scale • 100 Children Served Annually

    17. Veterans Programs • Claims Assistance: • 16x increase in 4 yrs. • $1+ Million/yr. • Veteran • Survivors • 1 on 1 Peer Counseling

    18. Seniors Programs • Meals on Wheels • Meal Services • Senior Advocates • Minor Health Care • Aging in Place Home Repair • In-Home Care • Senior Center Development Rainier Senior Center, Built in 2003

    19. Affordable Housing Homeownership Rental Units

    20. Affordable Rental Development • Project Development • Asset Management • Advocacy • Local • State • Preserving Public Investment in Housing • Local Capacity Preservation & Development

    21. CAT Self-Help Homeownership Housing Program The Self-Help housing program helps low and very low income families become homeowners

    22. Weatherization & Rehab Program CAT helps low income homeowners and tenants to improve their living conditions and save energy costs through our Wx and Rehab programs

    23. Weatherization (Wx)

    24. CAT’s Housing Rehab Program

    25. Community Facility Program • Head Start Centers • Senior Centers • Family Resource Center • Transitional Housing Columbia Co. Ex-Offender Transitional Housing Project Filling Facility Gaps

    26. Special Community Projects

    27. Flood Recovery • Disaster information and referral service • Managing volunteers • Raising public and private contributions • Packaging small construction projects • Managing public buyout programs Vernonia flood elevation project in process

    28. 150 homes repaired • 35 homes elevated, or in process • 40 homes and one business scheduled for buyout • Mix of private volunteers & donations, CDBG funds, FEMA funds, insurance monies and private borrowing Columbia County flood recovery and mitigation programs

    29. Wx Contractor Development

    30. Loans and Training • NCAF/Exxon Mobil Grant • $300,000 • Training • Mfg. homes • Stick built • New Technologies • Startup Loans • ShoreBank Partnership • Special products • Startup & Operations Blower Door Training Program Detail

    31. Community Action Team Building Bridges to Self Sufficiency in Northwest Oregon Since 1966