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Program Description

  Community Action Agency

The mission of the Community Action Agency (CAA) is to advance social and economic mobility among communities and neighbors through services, partnerships, and advocacy using an equity lens. Responsibilities include administration of Federal and State Head Start and Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) funding. In addition to Head Start, programs include the Takoma-East Silver Spring (TESS) Community Action Center, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), the Community Action Board, and its Community Advocacy Institute. CAA staff and volunteers join with 30+ partners to deliver critical services that strengthen the social and economic assets of low-income communities.

Program Contacts

Contact Victoria Buckland of the HHS - Administration and Support at 240.777.1211 or Deborah Lambert of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2794 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.


Program Performance Measures

Program Performance MeasuresActual FY20Actual FY21Estimated FY22Target FY23Target FY24
The number of residents who receive free tax preparation services through the CAA VITA program 11,7461,0251,4001,8002,200
1  The number of residents served annually by VITA is highly dependent upon the number and expertise of volunteers recruited and trained, funding of VITA staff, as well as the size and number of partnership sites when delivering in-person services. Due to Covid, a virtual model (Zoom-based) was initiated in FY21. FY22 assumes a hybrid model with limited in-person services, and a reduction of volunteers, including many seniors who previously volunteered due to their health and Covid concerns, and a reduction of student volunteers. Projections assume level staffing, and increasing volunteer levels in FY23 and FY24, as Covid health impacts hopefully diminish.

Program Budget Changes

FY23 Recommended ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY22 Approved463476412.00
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.8772212.20
FY23 Recommended551198514.20