As a Community Action Agency (CAA), Coconino County Community Services (CCCS) is federally required to have a Community Action Advisory Board (CAAB). CAAB serves the County's low-income residents by advising CCCS's anti-poverty plans, projects, programs, and services. CAAB compiles and reviews data regarding unmet needs, service gaps, the best way to address these, and by assisting coordination of community asset delivery. It also provides low-income community representation in the decision-making process.
The CAAB plays a key role in the "War on Poverty" launched by President
Johnson when he signed the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, Public Law
88-452. The County's Board of Supervisors responded to the call to
battle by forming the Community Action Program in 1965. While the Board
of Supervisors is the final authority locally, CAAs are federally
Starting in 1966 at least one-third of the CAAB had to be representatives of the poor, and in 1967 the CAAB was required to be tripartite in make-up. Since 1981 CAAs have been funded by the Community Services Block Grant through their States per Public Law 97-35 and 105-285.
CAAB is tripartite with 12 to 15 members: one-third from the Public Sector, one-third or more Low Income Representatives, and one-third or less Private Sector members, including:
Democratically selected County residents of low-income status or their representatives
Local elected or appointed public officials or their designees
Private individuals who represent local community or business interests
Subject to possible change, FY17 CAAB meetings will be held at Coconino County's Health and Community Services Building in the Ponderosa Conference Room (2625 N. King St., Flagstaff, Arizona, 86004), from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on the following dates: