Raising the Low-Income Voice: Case Studies in Democratic Selection Procedures

Updated in 2021

Since the inception of the Economic Opportunity Act, a fundamental goal of Community Action has been to provide low-income individuals with a voice in the administration of its poverty alleviating programs. With the Community Service Block Grant (CSBG) Act's call to achieve “maximum participation” of the low-income community in the development, planning, implementation, and evaluation of CSBG funded programs, a critical venue for the low-income community’s participation is through their representation on the tripartite board.

CAPLAW has published a series of case studies that address the various ways that CAAs are meeting the CSBG Act’s requirement that the low-income sector of the tripartite board be selected in accordance with “democratic selection procedures." These case studies were extensively updated in 2021 to reflect how the featured CAAs adapted their existing democratic selection processes during the COVID-19 pandemic to retain maximum feasible participation while ensuring effective and safe governance practices.

In addition to profiles of innovative and responsive practices, the case studies contain portions of sample policies and other materials that can be used and adapted to meet the needs of CAAs across the network.

 

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