Community Action Agency History
In 1963, the war on poverty had begun as President Kennedy had pushed for the development of proposals that would address the devesting and dire issue of poverty that many Americans faced. The fight on poverty continued after President Johnson succeeded Kennedy as he continued to move forward with the existing ideas on the war on poverty. During his first State of the Union address in 1964, he delivered the message to Congress to begin an unconditional war to fight poverty. Not long after that, the Johnson administration had revised and expanded the proposals that had once been proposed to President Kennedy, these steps led to the development of the Economic Opportunity Act (EOA) of 1964. The act included various measures to fight poverty, with the most vital being the creation of Community Action Agencies. The agencies would become the key to helping fight poverty in America as they would address the root causes of poverty.