Testimonial Mark Silvanic ED

The War on Poverty is the name for legislation first introduced by United States President Lyndon B. Johnson during his State of the Union address on January 8, 1964. This legislation was proposed by Johnson in response to a national poverty rate of around nineteen percent. The speech led the United States Congress to pass the Economic Opportunity Act.  Making poverty a national concern set in motion a series of bills and acts, creating programs such as Head Start, food stamps, work study, Medicare and Medicaid, which still exist today. The programs initiated under Johnson brought about real results, reducing rates of poverty and improved living standards for America’s poor.

At the cornerstone of the Economic Opportunity Act, was the establishment of the Community Action Partnership.  The Community Action Partnership was established in 1971 as the National Association of Community Action Agencies (NACAA) and is the national organization representing the interests of the 1,000 Community Action Agencies (CAAs) working to fight poverty at the local level.  These agencies embody the fundamental idea that the poor know best what their problems are and how best to solve them. The mission of the Community Action Partnership is to strengthen, promote, represent, and serve the network of member agencies to assure that the issues of poverty are effectively presented and addressed.

Today there are approximately 1000 Community Action Agencies, serving the poor in every state as well as Puerto Rico and the Trust Territories.  Opportunities for Broome, Inc. (OFB) was incorporated in 1967 and was designated as Broome County’s official Community Action Agency.  OFB receives seed-funding from the federal Community Services Block Grant (CSBG).  The New York State Department of State is the officially designated state agency responsible for the implementation of the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) programs. Opportunities for Broome, Inc., through the Department of State, receives a Federal allocation and uses these funds to carry out its mission consistent with the following national goals:

  • Goal 1:   Low-Income People Become More Self-sufficient
  • Goal 2:   The Conditions In Which Low-Income People Live Are Improved
  • Goal 3:   Low-Income People Own A Stake In Their Community
  • Goal 4:   Partnerships Among Supporters And Providers Of Services To Low-Income People Are Achieved
  • Goal 5:   Agencies Increase Their Capacity To Achieve Results
  • Goal 6:   Low-Income People, Especially Vulnerable Populations, Achieve Their Potential By Strengthening Family And Other Supportive Systems

Opportunities for Broome, Inc. currently serves all of Broome County and  provides numerous services to the community through the following departments:

  • Family Development Programs
  • Energy Services
  • Emergency Assistance
  • Housing Services
  • Early Childhood Services