Honolulu Community Action Program, Inc. (HCAP) is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, delivering need-based human services to the economically challenged on the island of Oahu since 1965. Recognized as a Community Action Agency, HCAP’s mission is very deeply rooted in its responsiveness to the community and its needs. It is our belief and philosophy that no individual should be denied the opportunity to share and contribute fully to the best of his/her capabilities in the social and economic well being and prosperity of our society. Hence, HCAP is committed to alleviating the conditions of poverty on Oahu by promoting opportunities for the economically disadvantaged to attain greater social and economic mobility.
HCAP’s mission statement is as follows: “POI: Providing Opportunities and Inspiration to enable low-income individuals or families to achieve self-reliance.”
HCAP has contributed significantly to economically disadvantaged communities through a variety of programs and services designed to alleviate the social, emotional and economic stress so often associated with poverty. The programs and services are focused in the areas of Early Childhood; Employment; Education; Economic Development; Emergency & Transitional Programs; and Community Development and Advocacy. In the past program year, more than 20,000 individuals and families have been impacted by HCAP’s work.
About Community Action Agencies
The Community Services Network is made up of more than 1,100 local, private, nonprofit, and public agencies that work to alleviate poverty and empower low income families in communities throughout the United States. Most of these agencies are Community Action Agencies (CAAs) created through the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. The balance, included under the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG), follow similar guidelines for structure and service.
Another huge contribution made available through the CSBG Act is the design and mandate that HCAP must have a tripartite Board of Directors, with members consisting of one-third public sector, one-third private sector, and one-third resident sector. These are the people that oversee HCAP programs and activities through the maintenance and enforcement of solid decision making policies in the organization.
The Promise of Community Action: “Community Action changes people’s lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities, and makes America a better place to live. We care about the entire community, and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.”