OACAA Briefing
The latest news from OACAA and Ohio CAAs
December 2015 - In This Issue:


The Community Action Agency Network is made up of more than 1,100 local, private, non-profit and public agencies, created through the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. 


Ohio is made up of 48 agencies serving all 88 counties in the state. 


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The Community Action Promise
"Community Action changes people's lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities, and makes America a better place to live. We care about the entire community, and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other."
2015 Self-Sufficiency Standard and Economic Pathways Report
OACAA's blog has moved to the new website!

OACAA, in cooperation with University of Washington School of Social Work, Center for Women's Welfare, released The Self-Sufficiency Standards for Ohio 2015 report and demonstrated the updated and expanded online calculator during a press conference on Tuesday, December 16, 2015. The report, which was released in conjunction with the Exploring Economic Security Pathways in Ohio Report, measures the income households... Read More
Celebrating the life of Ntseli Rakhetla
It is with great sadness that we inform the network of the unexpected loss of Matseliso "Ntseli" Rakhetla. Ntseli joined the OACAA staff as Administrative Assistant in February 2008. During her time with us she assisted many of you with conference registrations, prepared a number of employee and volunteer awards, as well as performed a variety of tasks around the office. 

Ntseli's calm, quiet, and pleasant presence will be missed by many. We feel blessed to have known her. Members of the network may leave condolences for her family on her memorial page
Four Central Ohio projects awarded Affordable Housing Program grants
OACAA would like to congratulate CAO of Delaware, Madison and Union Counties for the $306,190 award from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati. The grant funds are part of the $8.3 million rehab of Londonerry Apartments in Madison County.
One attractive and unique feature of the 72 single-family rental units is the addition of a community garden just beside the complex. Working in partnership with OSU Extension Master Gardner's, the agency will work with residents to plant and maintain the garden and provide education on using and cooking the produce they raise. A harvest party is also planned. This year, each household of Londenerry Apartments received a coupon to purchase fresh foods from the local farmers market... Read More
'Real Money, Real World' teaches kids money managment
FREMONT - "I had to spend $7 because my kid was going on a field trip." 

That's an unplanned expense that one WSOS After School student at Fremont Middle School had to spend money on during the "Real Money, Real World" simulation on Dec. 3.

The event at the middle school capped a week of lessons in budgeting, cost-of-living expenses and other aspects of fiscal responsibility. Managing unplanned expenses such as children's field trips were all part of the simulation offered to the After School youth by OSU Extension Sandusky County... Read more
New website launched!
Check out OACAA's newly designed website to see all that we have added for you! New features include better search options, easy to navigate menus, open message forums for collaboration with OACAA and your peers, Ask OACAA topics, and much more!

Questions about the new site? Comments or ideas for additional resources? Let us know how we can help!
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