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Montgomery County Community Action Agency

1401 Rockville Pike, 3rd Floor, Rockville, MD 20852

​Main: 240-777-1697

The Community Action Agency reduces poverty and increases self-sufficiency among Montgomery County  residents through services, partnerships, and advocacy.

NEW! Now accepting applications for the Community Action Board

All 3 current vacancies are in the low-income sector of the Board.  Low-income members of the Board must be democratically elected by a local organization such as a civic association, neighborhood group, or faith-based group.

Applications due June 30

Please click HERE to download an application or click HERE to apply online


Registration now open for the 2017-2018 school year

2017-2018 FLIER

REGISTRATION SITES (in English and Spanish)
CHECKLIST - What to bring when you register your child (in English and Spanish)

Self-Sufficiency Standard for Maryland 2016 Report

The Self-Sufficiency Standard (SSS) defines how much income a family of a certain composition in a given place needs to adequately meet their basic needs – without public or private assistance. The SSS highlights the challenges faced by low-income residents and has proven to be a useful tool for service providers, researchers, policy-makers, and advocates.

Please click HERE to view and download the full report

Please click HERE to view a press statement from Diana Pearce, PhD, author of the Self-Sufficiency Standard Report

​​Need help filing your taxes? 

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program can help!

Check the CASHBACK website and learn about free tax help, important tax credits

you may be eligible for, financial education resources, and much more!


The Montgomery County Community Action Agency (CAA), the County’s federally-designated anti-poverty agency, is part of Montgomery’s County Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Community Affairs, and a member of the  National Community Action Partnership.  The Community Action Agency addresses needs of low-income residents in the County through programs designed to stabilize and strengthen families and communities:

  • The Takoma East Silver Spring (TESS) Center – CAA’s “walk-in” TESS Center is a “Neighborhood Opportunity Network” site serving the diverse, low-income community of Long Branch. Its information and referrals, social service assistance, interpretation and translation, education, “VITA” and legal services are delivered in partnership with nonprofits, public agencies and community groups. 

  • Head Start – CAA is the grantee for Montgomery County’s Head Start Program, serving 648 three and four-year-olds, in partnership with its delegate, MCPS, and Montgomery College.

  • Partner agencies – CAA provides oversight, monitoring and technical support to its assigned County contracts, working with 25+ local non-profit organizations delivering job training, legal services, clothing and food, social services, and education.

  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) – in partnership with the IRS, and with its government, academic, and nonprofit partners, CAA coordinates free, year-round tax preparation for low-income residents.

  • The Community Action Board (CAB) serves in an advisory capacity to the  County Executive  and County Council, and as an advocate on behalf of the poor and working poor of the County. Members are appointed by the  County Executive  and confirmed by the County Council. The (CAB) supports governance of Community Action Agency programs, including Head Start. County Boards, Committees and Commissions   

​*​The CAB meets the 4th Tuesday of the month (except in July, August and December) at 7 PM at the Executive Office Building, 101 Monroe Street, 2nd Floor Conference Room in Rockville.  The CAB Executive Committee meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 4 PM at 1401 Rockville Pike, Room 3308, in Rockville B/C/C Calendar


FY17 Community Services and Community Partners Brochure

FY16 Annual Report

2017 Faces of Poverty Report

2017 Community Action Slideshow

Community Action Board's TESS Center Forums Report

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Community Action E-Newsletter

Maryland Community Action Partnership




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