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Community action agencies say they offer more than just handouts
A study by the Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies details the variety of programs offered across the state.

Karen Kasler

Some agencies that work with low-income Ohioans say a new study shows they’re doing more than just handing out food and other help to people in need.

The Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies says the study shows those agencies dedicate 40 percent of their funding to programs that advance economic development and create jobs. The lead researcher on the study is Robin Stewart. She says nearly 400 agencies across the state fund a variety of programs.

Researcher Robin Stewart talks about the different programs started by CAAs

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The study shows that half of the money put toward economic development goes to infrastructure-related projects, and about a third goes to programs designed to help people maintain employment, such as childcare and transportation.

Stewart says the study will be shared with lawmakers and members of Congress, who help determine funding levels for Ohio’s 50 community action agencies.

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