Final Days of CAA Summer Crisis Program

August 24, 2015  – Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency’s (CAA) Summer Crisis Program is entering its final week. The program, a component of the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), provides up to $250 in utility assistance to qualified applicants and targets households with seniors (over age 60) or with individuals who have a medically diagnosed chronic illness or disease. Assistance can include supply of a new air conditioner or fan, monetary assistance, or a combination of both.

To be eligible for assistance, applicants must reside in Hamilton County, earn a household income at or below 175% of the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines, and provide approved documentation that you or a member of your household is over the age of 60 or requires assistance due to a chronic illness. Since July 1, the 2015 Summer Crisis Program has already distributed more than 92 air conditioners, 58 fans, and has allocated nearly $70,000 in utility assistance.

Additional information on eligibility guidelines, including new guidelines for PIPP Plus clients, and approved documentation can be found at

The Summer Crisis Program will end on Friday, August 31. Anyone still in need of utility assistance, an air conditioner or a fan may call 1-866-747-1039 to make an appointment. CAA takes the first 40 walk-ins only Monday-Thursday, but all other clients must have a pre-scheduled appointment.

HEAP’s programs are designed to assist Hamilton County residents with their utility bills and are 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, click here.


The HEAP department at CAA will not be available for client service on the following dates due to mandatory 2016 Energy Assistance Training:

Tuesday, September 8,   2015
Thursday, September 10, 2015
Thursday, September 17, 2015
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Thursday, September 29, 2015

CAA Foundation Technology Drive

Drop off donations at one of these green bins
located throughout CAA and Ted Berry.  
August 11, 2015 - The Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency Foundation (CAA Foundation), a 501c3 non-profit organization that raises money to support the expansion and development of your community action agency, is giving you the chance to clean out your clutter while supporting and strengthening the community.

The Foundation is asking for the donation of your old, used smartphones and other technologies such as tablets, computers and laptops. We are working with a third party company, ELI Smart Solutions, who recycles these devices and donates the proceeds to the CAA Foundation. This program will run from August 1, 2015 to May 31, 2016.

Funds raised throughout this recycling event will ensure that the CAA Foundation continues to provide valuable resources to the communities we serve.

Your donations may be dropped off at our two facilities as indicated below:
Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency
1740 Langdon Farm Road
Cincinnati, OH 45237

Theodore M. Berry Head Start Center
880 W. Court Street
Cincinnati, OH 45203

We deeply appreciate your consideration and ask that you visit our website for donations drop information or to support the Foundation For large donation items or questions, please contact the Foundation at (513) 924-2087.

CAAF Cardio for Community Action Fundraiser

August 6, 2015 - The Community Action Agency Foundation (CAAF) invites you to join our staff and other CAAF supporters for the Cardio for Community Action fundraiser on August 30th at 2:00 PM. A $25 donation reserves your seat and includes the CycleBar royal treatment with amenities including shoes, towels, water bottles, fresh fruit, and more. Following the workout, participants are invited to join CAAF for a post-ride party in the Community Room. Click here to reserve your space!

Mayor’s Hand Up Initiative Launches CDL Training Program

July 7, 2015  – In May, Mayor John Cranley announced the organizations that would receive contracts for his Hand Up Initiative, a city partnership with top job readiness programs to address the issues of unemployment and poverty. The Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency (CAA) received $100,000 to implement new city-funded job training that will help participants gain employment and become self-sufficient.

CAA’s Youth Services department is kicking off a new CDL training program on July 13 and is currently recruiting for the first class of students. The program launches a new CAA partnership with one of the Midwest’s most respected CDL training facilities, Napier Truck Driver Training, Inc.

Students who enroll in the new program will attend a free 5-week training course to obtain their license and begin a new career as a truck driver. Napier and CAA will also work with program participants on job placement through partner companies looking for new drivers.

To be eligible for the free program, applicants must be 21+, in good physical health, have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation to Napier in Fairfield to attend the course full-time for 5 weeks. Additionally, students must meet financial eligibility requirements with a household income that is 175% of the poverty level.

Anyone interested in the new CDL training course should contact Tim Johnson at 513-569-1840 ext. 2417 or  A second class is scheduled to begin in October.


June 23, 2015 - New to the program this year, participants in the PIPP Plus year-round payment program will not be eligible for Summer Crisis Program monetary assistance. However, PIPP Plus clients may be eligible to receive a fan or air conditioner if they have not received one from the program in 2012, 2013 or 2014. Continue reading for additional information on the Summer Crisis Program.

Community Action Agency To Host Public Forums On Poverty

June 10, 2015 - The Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency (CAA) is inviting the public to participate in a series of Community Forums on Poverty. The public forums are part of CAA’s comprehensive Community Assessment to better understand how well its services are addressing local poverty issues and the needs of low and moderate income residents of Hamilton County.

CAA is constantly working on effective approaches in the fight against poverty. One of CAA’s best-known programs is Head Start/Early Head Start, which it operates in partnership with Cincinnati Public Schools, Cincinnati Union Bethel, the University of Cincinnati, Every Child Succeeds, and the YMCA. In addition to these groups, CAA is conducting the Community Assessment and the planned public forums with the participation of Hamilton County Educational Service Center (HCESC).

CAA will be hosting the public forums to gain additional insight on public perception of community needs and the impact of services provided by CAA and HCESC. Clients, service providers and members of the general public are invited to learn more about the agencies. Participants and moderators will discuss the state of poverty in Hamilton County, how individuals and families are being served and the results of recent client surveys. The agencies will use information gathered through these forums to create a 3-year plan to further improve the quality of services and programs provided to the community.

Staff from the Community Building Institute will facilitate three forums at CAA headquarters (1740 Langdon Farm Road). The Community Building Institute is a partnership between Xavier University and United Way. Each forum will present the preliminary findings of the Community Assessment and gather public input and recommendations.

Community Forum dates and times:

            Saturday, June 20, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
            Wednesday, June 24, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
            Thursday, June 25, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

These forums will give the community a voice on local issues and ensure low and moderate income residents have access to the quality services and resources needed to remove barriers and help individuals and families reach self-sufficiency.