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Montgomery County Community Action Agency

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


The Montgomery County Community Action Agency 

The mission of the Montgomery County Community Action Agency (CAA) is to reduce poverty and increase self-sufficiency among County residents through services, partnerships and advocacy. The 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.  

NEW! The Community Action Board's

Community Advocacy Institute

Now Accepting Applications!
Are you interested in learning how to be an advocate for your community?
Apply today to the Community Action Board’s Community Advocacy Institute
*Formerly the Leadership Development Institute
The Community Advocacy Institute includes a series of FREE workshops about advocacy.
To qualify for this program, participants must be Montgomery County residents with household incomes of $54,000 or less.


Please click HERE to apply online.

Applications due August 25
To learn more, please click HERE
If you need special accommodations, please call 240-777-1697.  TTY users, please call MD Relay (711).


The Takoma East Silver Spring (TESS) Center


CAA’s walk-in TESS Center is a Neighborhood Opportunity Network (NON) 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. 

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)


In partnership with the IRS, and with its government, academic and nonprofit partners, CAA's VITA program coordinates free, year-round tax preparation for low-income residents.

Check the CASHBACK website and learn about free tax help, important tax credits
you may be eligible for, financial education resources and much more!

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.


2017-2018 FLYER

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

Community Action Board (CAB)


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. CAB supports governance of Community Action Agency programs, including Head Start. 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 6 PM at 1401 Rockville Pike, 3rd floor, in Rockville.

CAA Contracts/Partners


Contracts/Partners – 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.

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

Community Action Publications and Presenations

2017 Head Start Community Assessment

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

Follow Community Action on Social Media


Community Action E-Newsletter

Maryland Community Action Partnership




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