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      MCAP Newsletter 
June/July 2019
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Action needed
 to oppose the proposed changes
to the Official Poverty Measure

On May 7th, the Trump Administration released a Request for Comment on its proposed changes to the current method used to make annual adjustments to the Official Poverty Measure (OPM). The proposed changes would result in an inaccurate measure of the poverty rate and significantly reduce the number of individuals and families eligible for the type of critical programs and services provided by Community Action Agencies.

The National CAP has provided some templates for comments and talking points for CAAs to use to provide feedback. CAP is asking CAAs to take action in one or all of the following ways: 
  1. Review materials, such as the talking points, webinar, and other background resources.
  2. Write and send comments to OMB. Use the template as the starting point for your response and consider adding in specific data and stories from your agency. Send in your letter by June 21, 2019.  
  3. Reach out to your congressional representatives to make them aware of the issue and provide them with your agency's comments to OMB. 
Click here to access the resource guide provided to help you follow the steps listed above. 

Help the National Partnership by filling out
 the Racial Equity Survey

From the CAP: As the Community Action Network aims to effectively eradicate the causes and conditions of poverty, we understand that racial inequity rests at the intersection of multiple barriers that impede access to economic security for children, families, and communities. Please use this survey as an opportunity to share your work, in addition to your resource and capacity needs in this space. We estimate that this survey should take no more than 15 minutes to complete, and all members of the Network are invited to participate in this survey. Click here to access survey, and fill out by June 21, 2019. 
Bill Introduced to Boost Tax Credits for Working Families 

The newest Human Needs Report from Coalition on Human Needs just came out and it includes news about EITC and CTC. Click here to read more.
Tools & Articles Available for Engaging Fathers

The Self-Sufficiency Research Clearinghouse is highlighting resources for researchers, policymakers, and practitioners interested in understanding how better to engage low-income fathers enrolled in responsible fatherhood programs.

Inspire & Motivate Effective Leadership with UPO's 
Strengths-Based Leadership Certificate Program
You Are Invited!  
Summer/ Fall 2019 Leadership Workshop Series! 
Registration & Contact:
Donna Anderson, MSW 
United Planning Organization 
Instructional Coordinator-Training Office of Human Resources

07/16/2019 Personal Skills for Strengths-Based Leaders: Communication & Self-Care 
08/8/2019 Culture and the Strengths-based Leader 
9/10/2019 Performance Management & the Strengths-based Leader 
10/23/2019 Strengths-based Leaders- Impacting Change 
TBD Final Project Presentations & Certificate Ceremony 
Open enrollment, workshops may be completed in any consecutive order! 
Nat'l Community Action Partnership Webinars

Transforming Perspectives: The Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS)
June 26 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Click here to find out more and register.
Maryland Community Action Partnership, 420 Chinquapin Round Road, Suite 2-I, Annapolis, MD