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Pennsylvania's Community Action Agencies help low-income families reach and maintain self-sufficiency.

"We run lots of programs, but we try and think how to broker those programs towards an end goal, and that’s helping a family to empower them to reach self-sufficiency or collaborating with the community to create a path out of poverty."

 – Megan Shreve, CEO of South Central Community Action Programs


In this video, Rhonda talks about her journey to self-sufficiency, how it feels to live at low-income, and the resources she leveraged to get back into the middle-class and form vision for the future. Click the image to view the video. (3 minute video)

What is self-sufficiency?

Self-sufficiency is a measure of how much income is needed for a family to adequately meet its basic needs - without public or private assistance. 

Why do people lose or haven't reached it?

Each individual has their own personal story about how they ended up in financial distress, which includes:

  • a death in the family,
  • loss of employment,
  • underperforming educational experience,
  • childhood hardships,
  • increased housing costs or overwhelming debt,
  • physical and mental health conditions,
  • addiction, and more.

Community Action provides the resources an individual or family needs to get back on their feet.

What We Do: A Community Action Video

Watch more videos.

How to learn more or find an Agency or service.

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