Mission: We are passionately committed to providing dynamic pathways to self-sustainability for low income individuals and families through advocacy, education, and energy assistance. With our collaborative partners, community resources, and strength-based leadership, we coordinate and mobilize comprehensive training and technical assistance vital to building and sustaining an enriched community.
Geographic areas served: Greater Long Beach
Programs: Energy assistance services - for low-income households, the organization offers assistance with utility bill payments and weatherization services to improve energy efficiency as well as critical heating and cooling services to vulnerable populations during severe weather emergencies. The organization provided 12,899 households with utility bill payment assistance. The organization weatherized 611 dwellings.
youth services - the organization offers a variety of educational opportunities, job training, skills enhancement classes, and support systems to eligible participants. The organization provided after-school programs to over 1,853 students each day saving families over $1. 3 million in child care expenses. The organization provided 14 homeless young men with transitional housing and supportive services.
community advocacy and family services - through its collaborative efforts with other organizations and partner agencies, the organization provides a gateway for individuals and families to have convenient access to a coordinated continuum of comprehensive programs and services. The organization prepared income tax returns for 559 families, returning $809,478 to the community through refundable credits. The organization's support for domestic violence prevention provided 261 victims with crisis counseling and shelter referrals. The organization's support for senior services allowed 108 seniors to maintain an independent living situation. The organization's support for employment development services made it possible for 7 adults to obtain employment and job training. The organization's support for employment supportive services provided the funds necessary for 91 adults to increase employment-related skills; 103 families to access work-related child care; and 4 families to obtain safe and affordable housing.
public access digital network (padnet) - padnet offers low-cost media training and free production equipment/facilities to long beach residents. The organization hosts padnet. Tv, a community-focused website with over 61,000 views to date. Padnet supports three satellite facilities; 260 members; hosted 15 election forums; facilitates production of 18 or more hours of original, locally-produced content each month; and has featured over 60 nonprofit organizations through monthly show the heart of giving.
In the 1960s, as part of the War on Poverty, local "Community Action Partnerships" were created, as places where people could get job skills, help with life needs and generally get a leg up on moving from poverty up into the middle class. Many of the CAPs have faded away, but Long Beach is going strong. Not only do they help train young people in a variety of jobs, but they're also the hub for the city's public access television, thus offering media skills to kids who otherwise would simply get passed over. The CAP has taken up urban farming, growing food on site and selling it twice a week in a homestyle stand. It's a place where the job is to build ladders up to the middle class. Good, caring people, doing good things for ordinary people. I say, five stars.