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Advocacy & Public Policy

Here's what we stand for

With the support of member agencies, CAAP advocates on behalf of Pennsylvania families to ensure that national and state policy supports the evolving challenges low-income people face as they strive for self-sufficiency. CAAP works within the public policy realm to provide information, guidance and assistance to state and federal departments. At the state level, CAAP works closely with the General Assembly, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, and others. At the national level, CAAP works very closely with the National Community Action Foundation to help shape public policy in Washington, D.C.

State Advocacy Efforts

  • CAAP supports a minimum wage increase to at least $10.15/hour for all Pennsylvania residents. This amount represents a $2.90/hr raise from the current minimum standard of $7.25/hr. Click on the title "Raise The Minimum Wage" above for more details.

  • In 2016, CAAP opposed S.B.1379 and we will continue to oppose similarly disguised payday lending bills in 2017. Click on the title "CAAP Rejects Predatory Lending" above for more details on Payday and Predatory lending.

  • CAAP supports the Food Security Coalition and numerous anti-hunger organizations by formally supporting budget recommendations. For example, CAAP supported $21 Million for the State Food Purchase Program and $5 Million for the Pennsylvania Agricultural Surplus System in the State FY 2017-18 budget. Click on the title "Food Security" above for more details.

  • In order to afford a 2-bedroom unit at fair market rent, a household will need to work 101 hours per week at minimum wage. Therefore, a household in PA will need 2.5 full-time jobs at minimum wage in order to afford a 2-debroom unit. Click on the title "Affordable Housing For Low-Income Families" above for more details.

Federal Advocacy Efforts

  • An effort has been underway to expand the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) to include low-wage workers who were not raising children in their custody, which would benefit the approximately 659,000 Pennsylvanians who struggle to make ends meet. There is growing bipartisan support in Congress to address this serious problem in this part of the EITC. Various proposals in this Congress—including one known as the working family tax bill drafted by Senator Brown, which Senator Bob Casey has co-sponsored (S. 1012)—would fix this problem by lowering the eligibility age to 21 and boosting the maximum credit for workers not raising children. Sen. Brown’s proposal (included in S. 1012) would help 659,000 low-wage workers in our state, including 32,000 current and former members of the military, 200,000 young workers aged 21-24, 72,000 workers in rural areas, 47,000 Latino workers and 91,000 African American workers.

  • H.R.1655, the Community Economic Opportunity Act, reauthorizes the Community Services Block Grant. Unfortunately, H.R. 1655 was not reauthorized by the end of 2016. The National Community Action Foundation (NCAF) will lead the effort in reauthorizing the Community Economic Opportunity Act again for 2017. CAAP will continue to strongly support NCAF's efforts to reauthorize CSBG.

Additional Resources

For more information about CAAP's advocacy efforts, call 717-233-1075 or email Dan.