Customers begin their Community Action journey by visiting with a member of our Partner Services Team. Our team members are the family’s “partner” in accessing supports and assistance. Got a question? Call your Community Action Partner. Need to turn in paperwork? Talk with your Community Action Partner. Got rent assistance last month and want to talk about applying for Weatherization this month? Call your Community Action Partner. Partners take the journey with our customers and help navigate the paperwork, appointments and other details. They know how to access any support from Community Action and can also seamlessly connect customers with supports outside of Community Action.
Our Way means putting customers in charge of their lives and focusing on the strengths in each household.
Our Way means providing guidance and service that reduces trauma and embraces the diversity and differences in each person.
Our Way means building a relationship that helps families move from poverty toward prosperity
Community Action offers numerous services including early childhood education, rental housing, income tax preparation, and much more. Connect with us today to see which services will benefit you.
Here at Community Action, we provide Head Start and Early Head Start for children ages 2 weeks – 5 years old. Our program provides nutritious meals, utilizes the Conscious Discipline model, and the program is cost free for our families.
Developments in neuroscience over the last two decades have revealed that an extraordinary amount of brain development occurs before age 5 and children living in poverty are at high risk for exposure to stressors that can undermine their future learning and health.
Head Start and Early Head Start provide quality learning, health and social-emotional supports for children during this vulnerable stage of life.
Head Start and Early Head Start Program is a comprehensive child development service for infants, toddlers and pre-kindergarten children in Shawnee County and the eastern part of the USD 501 school district. Early Head Start serves ages birth to 3 and Head Start is available for children 3 and 4 years old.
We offer full-day and part-day program options where children can experience quality pre-school learning and socialization, and receive important health and nutritional services. Families benefit from no-cost, quality care, more confident parenting, and, attention to meeting the needs of both the child and overall family.
Early Head Start Ages
– Infants and toddlers up to 3 years old
Head Start Ages
– Children age 3 or 4 years on their first day of class
Automatic Qualifiers: Children from families receiving public assistance (TANF or SSI), or who are Foster Children, are eligible for Early Head Start and Head Start services regardless of family income.
Household Income: Most Head Start and Early Head Start spaces are reserved for households with income at or below the Federal Poverty Level. Limited space may be available for families with incomes up to 130% FPL.
We believe in a Whole Family Approach and recognize that families come in all different shapes and sizes and that families define themselves. See below for a list of family supports.
Our Elderly Services program provides support that help senior adults maintain their personal independence and health. We primarily target lower-income adults, 60 years of age and older.
Tailored to fit the specific needs of individuals, Elderly Services may include (but are not limited to):
Each year, between February and April, certified AARP volunteers and Community Action supports hundreds of Topeka and Shawnee County residents with annual income tax preparation assistance. The service is provided free of charge. Trained preparers help area residents sort through new tax laws and regulations, complete all necessary forms, and ensure personal taxes are filed on time. The service also focuses on maximizing returns and helping qualified households access tax benefits, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit. Most returns can be e-filed. Refunds arrive between 8-15 days. Spanish translation services for tax preparation are available too.
Community Action helps non-English speaking, low-income adults, learn basic and intermediate English. Classes are free and generally serve up to 50 people each year.
Our mobile food pantry provides food boxes to low-income individuals once month in Auburn and Rossville. To see if you qualify, call 785-836-4500.
Every individual deserves to live in safe and affordable housing. Community Action offers several different opportunities for improving your family’s home.
Community Action’s Rental Housing Program provides quality, safe and affordable housing to low-income families.
Community Action has developed rental housing through programs such as the HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME), Federal Home Loan Bank’s Affordable Housing Program (AHP) and the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program that provides below-market rents, so individuals and families who don’t have high incomes are able to afford rent, and still have money for things such as food, utilities, clothing and transportation.
WHAT YOU’LL GET
• Affordable rent
• Provided maintenance
• Monthly inspection to make sure everything is working correctly
• Professionalism and Respect from our staff
• A place to call “Home”
Contact Community Action at 785-836-4500 for more information.
Our Weatherization Assistance Program improves the safety and energy efficiency of homes occupied by low-income families. Many people think of weatherization as simply adding weather-stripping or caulking to windows and doors to stop drafts. While it does consist of those measures, it also uses the latest, advanced technologies and proven approaches to address the entire home, including the interior and exterior structure, heating and cooling systems, the electrical system, and electricity consuming appliances. Measures that may be installed in a home include attic and wall insulation, foundation insulation, air-sealing around windows, doors and any other areas that leak air, and furnace repair or replacement. Our inspectors perform a safety check on each home to ensure occupants are safe from harmful things such as carbon monoxide, damp crawlspaces, or leaky plumbing or appliances.
Supports Offered depending on need and availability of funds
If COVID-related – we may be able to help with additional months’ rent (up to 6 months total