State of Poverty in Ohio 2015

April 27, 2016 - Nearly half of Ohio households lack the liquid assets needed to stay out of poverty for 3 months, according to findings of the new State of Poverty in Ohio Report 2015 by the Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies (OACAA). The study, released today, is published to keep legislators and communities informed and allow them to work on developing ways to attack the problem in our state.

Here at CAA we are committed to understanding and reducing the causes of poverty, and providing resources to our neighbors in need. To learn more about the realities of poverty in Ohio, read the full OACAA report here.

UniverSoul Circus

April 22, 2016 - UniverSoul Circus is returning to Cincinnati! Beginning Monday, April 25th, CAA will be selling discounted tickets to select shows as a fundraiser for the agency.

To purchase your tickets, stop by CAA at 1740 Langdon Farm Road in Bond Hill, and enter through the Plaza Level. Tickets will be sold Monday-Friday from 9am-4pm.

Call 513-569-1841 for more information on CAA ticket sales.

CAA's 9th Annual Yard Sale & Head Start Open Enrollment Fair

April 18, 2016 - Join CAA for the 9th Annual Big Top Yard Sale & Head Start Enrollment Fair on Saturday, June 4th from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM! The annual event will be held at CAA in the lower level parking lot on Langdon Farm Road. To reserve a table for selling items, click here to download a registration form. All forms must be completed and returned with registration payment of $25 to Gary Frazee (569-4371) no later than 5:00 pm on Thursday, June 2nd. 

Mark your calendars and join us on June 4th for great deals, live music and lots of fun at one of the community's largest yard sales! Call 513-569-4371 for more information.

Cincinnati Youth 2 Work

April 12, 2016 - The City's Youth 2 Work Program is a consortium of City departments, local nonprofits, and partner organizations working to recruit, train and employ youth on behalf of the City of Cincinnati.

The 8-week program provides job readiness and life skills training to Cincinnati youth between the ages of 14-18 through internal City Departments or outsourced organizations. Youth will work between 20-30 hours a week from June to August earning $8.10 per hour (the current minimum wage for youth in Ohio).

Employers include City departments, nonprofit organizations, and private sector partners. Youth are placed in career-oriented employment opportunities such as law enforcement, fire and safety, horticulture, recreation, art, technology and administration.

Click here to find direct links to jobs or to download a how-to guide for applying.

Deadline approaching for CAA Winter Crisis Program

March 21, 2016 - Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency (CAA) is entering the final days of the Winter Crisis Program. The program, a component of the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), provides assistance to eligible households threatened with disconnection. CAA is fully scheduled through the end of the program, so the HEAP hotline is no longer taking appointments. The agency will still be accepting the 40 walk-ins from Monday to Thursday each morning at 8:00 am. The deadline to receive assistance is March 31st. CAA will be open for the last Saturday on March 26th; you must be here by 9:00 am in order to be seen.

To be eligible, families must reside in Hamilton County, earn a household income at or below 175 percent of the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines, and provide the following documentation:

• Valid Picture ID for Applicant; (Includes all individuals listed on utility bill and those applying on applicant’s behalf. Current notarized letter is also required for individuals’ applying on applicant’s behalf);

• Current Duke Energy Utility Bill (actual bill only, no door hangers.) CANNOT be finalized bill, if moving;

• Social Security Cards for all household members (must have the actual card or printout);

• 90 days of income. If you are paid bi-weekly seven (7) stubs are needed; weekly thirteen (13) stubs are needed.

HEAP’s program is designed to assist Hamilton County residents with their utility bills and is federally-funded and administered across the state by the Ohio Department of Development. For more information on HEAP or any of the programs offered by CAA, please visit

State Farm® and CAA Partner to Help Veterans Start New Careers

March 8, 2016 - Last year, the Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency teamed up with State Farm to launch a new Veterans Program. This past Friday, March 4th, State Farm presented CAA with an additional $15,000 to continue the program for 2016, continue the successful project, and further expand Workforce Development for veterans in the community. The agency’s goal is to assist veterans through comprehensive case management, employment training and a continuum of care services.

Through the State Farm sponsored Veterans Program, CAA Workforce Development staff will collaborate with area organizations that have a common goal of assisting veterans in preparing for full-time employment. CAA’s collaboration with organizations such as Good Will and Ohio Means Jobs will enhance the collective effort to address the integral needs of veterans seeking work by providing job readiness, nationally recognized job skills training certifications and supplementing current partner programs by funding supportive services.

The common desired outcome for veterans in the program is full-time employment in a growth industry; a career pathway that offers continuing on-the-job training and advancement for veterans. Requirements to participate in the Veterans Program include:

Must be an Active Duty Military member or US Veteran with an Honorable Discharge
(as stated on DD-214)
Must be at or below 125% Federal Poverty

For more information on the State Farm grant, the Veterans Program or other services offered by CAA, please visit

    Local State Farm agents Leah Brantley and Deatria Walker 
    present grant check to CAA President/CEO Ms. Gwen L. 
    Robinson and Manager of Workforce Development Shirley Maul.

2016 Summer Youth Employment Program

March 7, 2016 - The PRC TANF 2016 Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) allows eligible Hamilton County youth to obtain summer employment. If you are interested in participating, please continue reading for detailed information on how to fill out the online application.