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About the Indiana Community Action Poverty Institute 

The Indiana Community Action Poverty Institute (Institute) is a program of the Indiana Community Action Association, Inc. (IN-CAA). 

The Institute believes that when families are financially stable, they can achieve their full potential and better contribute to their communities. We understand that racial, gender, economic, and ability-based inequities have contributed to economic insecurity for Hoosier families.

Policy plays an important role in dismantling inequities and in building families' economic well-being.

The Indiana Community Action Poverty Institute promotes public policies to help Hoosier families achieve financial well-being. We value, gather, and translate quantitative and qualitative data to communicate the opportunities and challenges that Hoosiers experience. We advance well-being by promoting evidence-based solutions and building coalitions to engage in direct and strategic conversations with policymakers and the public.


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The Indiana Community Action Association, Inc. (IN-CAA) is a statewide not-for-profit membership corporation, incorporated in the State of Indiana in 1970.

IN-CAA’s members are comprised of Indiana’s 22 Community Action Agencies (CAAs), which serve all of Indiana’s 92 counties. IN-CAA envisions a state with limited or no poverty, where its residents have decent, safe, and sanitary living conditions, and where resources are available to help low income individuals attain self sufficiency. IN-CAA serves as an advocate and facilitator of policy, planning and programs to create solutions and share responsibility as leaders in the war against poverty.

Therefore, it is IN-CAA's mission to help the state's Community Action Agencies address the conditions of poverty through: training and technical assistance; developing models for service delivery; and providing resources to help increase network capacity.