The New Rochelle Community Action Program, a component of the Westchester Community Opportunity Program, is a private, non-profit corporation originally established under the Economic Opportunity Act to serve the low-income populations of the city of New Rochelle. The Community Action Agency, under “Johnson’s Great Society” was the local vehicle to fight poverty.
Elimination of poverty was one of the issues in the forefront during the years of 1964-1974. The Federal regional offices made grants directly to Community Action Agencies; and the State’s role was that of commenting and training.
Since 1973 the New Rochelle community action program has actively provided free programs and services to members of our community regardless of means, education, age or social status. Ever since our doors opened over 40 years ago, we have welcomed with open arms those in the community whom others have underserved or turned away. We make it clear to the people that we serve that they are not alone in their fight against poverty, crime, homelessness and hunger; and we provide them with the tools they need to overcome their barriers to self-sufficiency.
The New Rochelle CAP has a 11 member advisory Board and employs approximately 25 persons dedicated to housing development, transitional housing, energy conservation, volunteerism, senior nutrition, child care referral, alcohol counseling, outreach, information & referral, food bank, subcontracted services, case management, and utility assistance programs. We are administratively responsible to the Westchester Community Opportunity Program, Inc.