Article - Housing and Community Development
(a) A community action agency shall plan systematically for an effective community action program, and in doing so shall:
(1) evaluate information on the causes and problems of poverty in the community;
(2) assess the use and impact of current financial assistance; and
(3) establish priorities among projects, activities, and target areas to achieve the best and most efficient use of resources.
(b) A community action agency shall:
(1) encourage subsidiary boards, councils, and agencies engaged in projects related to a community action program to plan for, secure, and administer available financial assistance on a cooperative basis; and
(2) provide technical and organizational assistance to the subsidiary boards, councils, and agencies.
(c) A community action agency shall actively supplement local efforts to combat poverty by:
(1) focusing resources on the most needy;
(2) providing employment opportunities for low–income persons;
(3) closing service gaps; and
(4) enabling low–income persons to participate in community action programs and projects.
(d) A community action agency shall initiate and sponsor community projects to help meet the needs of low–income persons with particular emphasis on:
(1) establishing a pool of resources to serve a variety of community action programs;
(2) developing versatile approaches and services; and
(3) implementing stopgap measures pending the expansion or modification of community action programs.
(e) A community action agency shall:
(1) establish procedures for community residents to:
(i) influence the character of their community action programs; and
(ii) participate regularly in implementing those programs; and
(2) provide the necessary technical and advisory support to enable low–income persons and community groups to secure public and private financial assistance for themselves.
(f) A community action agency shall join with and encourage business, labor, and other private or public officials and organizations to support community action programs that:
(1) use private resources and capabilities for new employment opportunities;
(2) stimulate investments that measurably reduce poverty in areas of concentrated poverty; and
(3) provide residents in those areas with methods to work with private organizations, firms, and institutions to seek solutions to problems of common concern.