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April 2019

Region II Information

Region II Conference

CSBG National Partner News

Other Resources

Save the Date! RPIC Region II Conference

Location: Binghamton, New York

The annual RPIC Region II Conference will be held September 18th & 19th in Binghamton, New York. We look forward to working with our Region II partners in New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands to create an exciting event!

NYSCAA and the Conference Planning Committee are looking for topics and presenters for this year's conference. If you have any suggestions, please contact Jackie Orr, CEO, NYSCAA at jorr@nyscommunityaction.org or 518-690-0491 x 24. 


CSBG National Partner News

From the Community Action Partnership - May is Community Action Month!

FROM NCAP: Annually, the month of May is designated as Community Action Month (CAM). It’s a fantastic opportunity for your agency to share your stories, promote your work, emphasize your impact, and shout your successes. For assistance in planning events, social media posts and activities, please view and download our 2018 Community Action Month Toolkit. You can download most individual pages separately. Please scroll to the bottom of the page to access the available “individual” pages, including social media images and posts. 

NASCSP: Theory of Change - Interactive

NASCSP has made an interactive version of the Theory of Change available hereThe Theory of Change is intended to provide a graphic overview of the core principles, performance management framework, and services and strategies implemented and led by the network to achieve the goals of Community Action across the nation.

Tax Reform Update: Pre-Tax Salary Deferral Plans for Commuter Benefits Subject to UBIT

As highlighted in CAPLAW’s February 2018 eNews Bulletin, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the Tax Act), which was signed into law at the end of 2017, included numerous changes affecting tax-exempt organizations and their employees.  One change discussed was a new requirement for tax-exempt employers to pay unrelated business income tax (UBIT) on the expenses of providing certain “qualified transportation fringe” benefits to their employees on a tax-free basis. The IRS, however, has since issued new guidance clarifying this requirement. In its most recent update. 

Tax-exempt organizations must treat the employee pre-tax salary deferral for qualified transportation fringe benefits (i.e., the amount the employer deducts from its employee’s wages to pay for a transit pass or parking costs) as UBTI, and report and pay taxes on those amounts. For example, if your nonprofit CAA administers a pre-tax cafeteria plan and offers employees the opportunity to purchase a $260 monthly commuter rail pass using pre-tax dollars, it must report this $260 as UBTI on its Form 990-T and pay tax at the applicable corporate tax rate (currently a flat rate of 21%), even if the CAA does not subsidize any portion of the cost of the pass. Please click here to read the full article.

Other Resources

New Community Indicator Report from Community Commons

In the new Community Commons, you can now go straight to the Community Indicator Report tool. You'll need to sign in or sign up  - but it's ready to help you identify and prioritize the health needs of your community.

Need more support? These quick tutorials will help you with the step-by-step process; show you how to share your report and invite collaborators; and give you walk-thru on how to compare two different areas within the same report.

Also, don't miss the 4 Things We Love About Our New CHNA Tool and take part in our upcoming webinar, which will have time for Q&A. See the real potential of this powerful new tool.

How the 2020 Census Will Invite Everyone to Respond

Every household will have the option of responding online, by mail, or by phone. Nearly every household will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census from either a postal worker or a census worker. With all these options available don't miss out on the count! For more information about your response options click here!

“Not Only Unequal Paychecks: Occupational Segregation, Benefits, and the Racial Wealth Gap”

Recently, the Institute on Assets and Social Policy (IASP) and The Worker’s Lab released the report, “Not Only Unequal Paychecks: Occupational Segregation, Benefits, and the Racial Wealth Gap,” which reveals that pervasive racial disparities in the workplace are a key contributor to the racial wealth gap. The occupational segregation and benefits disparities we see today in the U.S. workforce encompass much more than unequal paychecks and these inequalities have crucial impacts on the long-term financial security of employees and their families.

The analysis finds that persistent occupational segregation by race and ethnicity lead to a reality in which employees of color face substantial barriers to quality jobs and wealth-building opportunities at work with important implications for the household wealth of families of color. In four major U.S. sectors studied, typical wealth of Black and Latino employees controlling for education is tens of thousands of dollars less than their white peers in the same fields revealing that even access to high-paying sectors is not enough to level the playing field, when workplace disparities persist.

To download the full report, please click here.  

New Interactive Map Details Who Benefits in Each Congressional District from a $15 Minimum Wage by 2024

As Congress considers passing the Raise the Wage Act of 2019, which proposes raising the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2024, Economic Policy Institute (EPI) has created a new interactive map that shows the share and count of workers in each congressional district that would receive wage increases if the bill passes. The map also breaks down the share of workers who will benefit by age, gender, and race. See the entire article here.


Aligning Affordable Housing Efforts with Actions to End Homelessness

In many communities, conversations on housing affordability and those about homelessness are happening in different places among different groups of people. The following strategies and resources from the National Alliance to End Homelessness will support communities in aligning those conversations and will improve progress on preventing and ending homelessness.

To download the report click here!     


Individual Homelessness: What are the trends?

Despite successes with some sub-populations (like the 49% decrease in veteran homelessness since 2010 and the 25% decrease in homeless families since 2012), individual adults continue to be the largest segment of the homeless population. Some troubling trends have been emerging from HUD’s Point-in-Time data. There is a history of modest progress on individual homelessness. There was a six-year period of declines between 2011 through 2016. However, that trend is slowly reversing. Individual homelessness has increased for the second year in a row: up 3% from 2016 to 2017, and then another 2% from 2017 to 2018. 

Continue reading the full article here!

‘We’re human beings!’ the homeless woman yelled. ‘Acknowledge us!’

The city didn’t seem to be doing enough. Neither were the nonprofit groups. But maybe she, as nothing more than another human who cared, could accomplish what they couldn’t. Maybe she could get this couple out of a tent where they’d lived for more than two years, at the base of Union Station, and into housing.

When The Washington Post published a profile Friday of Monica Diaz, a fast-food restaurant employee simultaneously navigating the homeless and working worlds, Howard University law student Gabriela Sevilla immediately got to work.

For the full article click here


National Professional Development Opportunities

National Training Conference
Charlotte, NC
June 19 - June 21, 2019

Click here for more information.

Community Action Partnership
2019 Annual Convention
Chicago, IL
August 26th-27th, Pre-Convention Tr
August 28th-30th, Annual Convention

Click here for more information.

NASCSP Conference
Little Rock, Arkansas
September 23- 27, 2019

Click here for more information.


This publication was created by the New York State Community Action Association in the performance of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Community Services, Grant Number 90ET0457-01-00. Any opinion, findings, and conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.




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