The DeKalb County Community Action Department (DCCAD) has been DeKalb County’s official anti-poverty agency since 1984. Their mission is to help low-income families achieve and maintain their highest level of self-sufficiency by providing a variety of programs. They are a member of the Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies (IACAA) and the Community Action Partnership.
DCCA is the Community Action Agency (CAA) designated to serve DeKalb County’s low-income families. CAA’s are created by their local governments as public or private entities and have two primary purposes: to provide essential anti-poverty programs, and to advocate for the needs of the poor in their communities.
The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) is their main funding source. Locally, the CSBG is governed by the CSBG Administrative Board that consists of individuals from the public and private sectors as well as the low-income population.
The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity distributes the CSBG to the counties in Illinois. Other funding sources Community Action receives include the DeKalb County Senior Tax Levy funds, Emergency Food and Shelter Program, and other miscellaneous local, state and federal funding. Refer to the links on the Department’s website to browse through the programs and services they offer.
DCCA also networks with various social service agencies, community groups, and businesses in the County to better serve the low-income population locally. Please contact them with any questions, comments and concerns you may have so that they can better serve the low-income citizens of DeKalb County.
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