Community Action Programs

These programs focus on helping people in poverty obtain the resources they need to become employed:


East Central-KS CAP (ECKAN) ECKAN is a community action agency providing a wide range of services to low income persons and serves approximately 3200 individuals.  ECKAN serves Anderson, Coffey, Franklin and Miami Counties in the Project 17 region.   Services ECKAN provides include:  community food and nutrition; FEMA assistance; Head Start Program; Housing Choice Voucher Program; Housing Counseling and Rentals; providing Outreach and Referrals for services; serves as a Community Volunteer Center; and operates a Weatherization Program.  ECKAN also funds a Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program through its Housing Choice Voucher Program.  The FSS Program participants develop and follow a personalized plan that is designed to assist the family in achieving goals that they have set for themselves.  To help achieve these goals, ECKAN sets up an individual case management program that may include one or all of the following items:  education, personal finance (budgeting), parental counseling, housing, health needs, training programs, employment training, etc.

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SE-KS CAP (SEK-CAP)  SEK-CAP is a non-profit community action agency, dedicated to eliminating the causes of poverty in Southeast Kansas and serves approximately 1600 individuals in Allen, Bourbon, Chautauqua, Cherokee, Crawford, Elk, Labette, Linn, Montgomery, Neosho, Wilson and Woodson Counties in the Project 17 region.  SEK-CAP’s services address the following specific community needs:  housing, utilities, transportation, employment, medical care, childcare, education, nutrition, and community resource awareness.  SEK-CAP is skilled in Life Skills Development through education related to life skills such as financial management and budgeting, goal-setting, problem solving and how to improve inter-personal relationships.

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Mid-Kansas CAP  The Mid-Kansas Community Action Program, Inc. is a community-based, non-profit organization that helps people move out of poverty.  Agency-wide, the organization serves about 200 families per year with ten to fifteen of those currently in Greenwood County.  The organization:

  • Provides programs and services focused on expanding community housing options, education, employment and economic mobility, family development and support services;
  • Actively engages community members, businesses and social service organizations in anti-poverty collaborations; and
  • Continuously improves the accountability and capacity of the organization to pursue its mission of “Helping People, Changing Lives” Mid-Kansas CAP will work with individuals in either a group or an individual setting to:  increase job search results; create and edit a professional resume; improve interview techniques; and make a new job last.

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