The primary purpose of Community Action programs is to maximize the effectiveness of resources being expended in the Five County area through direct services, comprehensive planning, proper resource management, resource development, and program evaluation.
Funding for most of the Community Action funding is decided by the Human Service Council. Their board and minutes are available to the public.
Five County Association of Government’s Community Action Partnership is one of Utah’s nine federally designated community action agencies (CAA’s) and is the largest of the five CAA’s operated by Association of Governments. The goal of community action agencies is to provide emergency services to and empower low-income households in moving towards self-sufficiency. This is done by leveraging Community Service Block Grant (CSBG) funding to build partnerships with faith-based, public, non-profit, and for-profit entities; identify and meet changing community needs; and engage community members (including through volunteerism). This also includes supporting other service providers in Southwest Utah through subcontracting, information and referrals, and technical assistance.
By federal law, a community action agency is governed by a tri-partite board consisting of equal representation of elected, private-sector, and low-income representatives. In Southwest Utah, this board is the Five County Human Services Council. Additionally, services must be justified through a community needs assessment. By the end of 2016, all CAA agencies and tripartite boards must comply with new organizational standards.
Information and Referral
Directs community members towards resources which help them towards self-sufficiency. This also includes maintaining the Five County Community Resource Directory and working with United Way of Utah County with the 211 Information and Referral Service.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program / Earn It, Keep It, Save It
Provides free income tax assistance services for low and moderate-income families. The program also encourages saving Earned Income Tax Credit and tax refunds to meet future needs and avoid consumer debt. Works with USU Extension for financial literacy and budgeting classes.
Rapid Re-housing / Homeless Case Management
Moving homeless adults and families from shelter into housing as fast as possible in a way which is fair to client and landlords. Provide intensive case management to obtain employment, stay off the streets, and obtain access to other resources needed to stabilize and work towards self-sufficiency.
Supports transportation programs in all Five Counties for seniors and persons with disabilities. Also provides transportation assistance for employment by providing bus passes and gas voucher reimbursements.
Youth Volunteer Corps
Engages youth 11-18 in service learning activities, including anti-poverty projects. Provides extra-circular opportunity and prepares youth, including low-income youth, for college. Improves community quality of life. It also includes Youth Court programs, which diverts 1st-time and minor offenders from the juvenile justice system through peer mediation and support.
Court Ordered Community Services
Helps individuals avoid incarceration and heavy fines while supplying non-profit and governmental agencies hundreds of volunteer hours.
Providing low-cost assistance for things such as birth certificates and/or ID’s needed for employment. Can also provide job training assistance where DWS and Vocational Rehab are unable to serve eligible clients.
Emergency food and shelter support
Coordinates food pantry and shelter funding, reporting, and monitoring for twelve food pantries, two homeless shelters, and two domestic violence shelters in Southwest Utah. Provides DBA FacsPro training and technical support. Provides case manager training to food pantry case managers. Also participate in local emergency preparedness planning and response.