Honoring What Has Been and Taking Action for What CAN-B
Why is 2017 a special year for Community Action North Bay?
We are proud to be celebrating 50 years of serving those in need in Solano County. Dating back to 1967 and the War on Poverty, CAN-B has evolved and grown over five decades to include our current vision of ending homelessness. These long standing accomplishments are due to the combined he efforts of committed staff, loyal volunteers as well the generosity of the community itself. CAN-B continues to be focused on the needs of those on extremely low incomes, including seniors, veterans and the disabled, in order that they may live healthy and productive lives.
As a point of reference, the Community Action Committee was established in 1967 by the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. Originally a participating partner with the Solano Economic Opportunity Council (SCOE), it was organized to provide direct human services to the poor in Solano County. The CAC was comprised of local citizens who addressed basic needs in the following areas: employment, food, clothing, housing and transportation.
The SCOE filed bankruptcy in 1992 resulting in the formation of the Fairfield-Suisun Community Action Council as an independent 501(c)3, California non-profit operating as a public interest, community-based organization. The CAC stayed true to its roots by working with the most vulnerable, specializing in housing the chronically homeless. In 2008, the Season of Sharing program was undertaken to provide rental assistance for homeless prevention with minimal operating funds to start off.
Our service to those who have served began in 2009 with two VA grant awards: One to purchase housing and a second to operate it in partnership with them. The Dixon VETS Housing program is in its seventh year having rehabilitated over 125 veterans since 2010.
In 2013, the CAC rebranded as Community Action North Bay (CAN-B) to better reflect the expansion of services and geographic areas served. Solano County residents who are homeless or at-risk of same are now offered both supportive housing and rapid rehousing services (rental assistance). CAN-B specializes in specific populations such as veterans, seniors and the disabled who are among the most vulnerable. CAN-B’s VA Fiduciary and Social Security Representative Payee Services are provided to 68 individuals and is the only business of its kind operating in Solano County
Two new program launches this year totaling $550,000 in additional funding for rapid rehousing services. This is a 300% increase in the available resources from HUD dedicated to CAN-B’s work. These new funds will assist 105 additional individuals and families who are who are literally homeless and on extremely low incomes to secure housing which meets their means needs and preferences.
Are you interested in joining us in taking action? You are welcome to volunteer your time and talent or perhaps donate your treasure as a gift for our anniversary. Perhaps you know of an event the proceeds of which CAN-B donated? Whatever action you take will be a blessing to those in need as well as a meaningful gesture of compassion which will bless you many times over.
Five decades, one mission, and all action is what has been. Continuing our legacy of service to those in need for another half century means that someday an end to homeless and poverty truly CAN-B.
Ruth A. Matz