Community Action Agency of Northeast Alabama

Established as a private nonprofit by the federal government in 1964 to combat poverty in our geographical area, we seek to involve the entire community in assessing local needs and reducing poverty.

Our Mission

To build coalitions of partnerships, volunteers and programs dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty by improving the quality of life and empowering community participants to become self-sufficient in Blount, Cherokee, DeKalb, Jackson, Marshall and St. Clair counties.

Where We Come From...

Established as a private non-profit by the federal government in 1964 to combat poverty in our geographical area, we seek to involve the entire community in assessing local needs and reducing poverty.

A board of directors guides our staff. We focus available local, state, private and federal resources to assist low-income families. Our goal is to help individuals acquire useful skills and provide opportunities for people to become economically self-sufficient.

What We Can Do to Help Our Community...

We assess needs, develop a plan of action, provide direct services, secure needed financial resources, partner with other organizations and serve as an advocate for low-income individuals to help them become more self-sufficient.

Each of us involved in CAA activities in the past are proud of our accomplishments. We know that our agency is much more than a variety of programs to assist low-income individuals; it is a group of people with a true passion to help others. We feel that we have made an invaluable contribution to our area, through the development of innovative and cost effective programs that have helped thousands of people find their way out of poverty. However, we know the paradox of poverty continues today, and we will do all in our power to help that situation.

News and Events

Community Action Agency featured in “Connected” Magazine!

Be sure to see the latest issue of FTC’s Connected Magazine and its feature on the Community Action Alliance of Northeast Alabama. CAANEAL works hard to make life better in the communities we serve, and we were thrilled to be featured in this long-time publication. To read the full…

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Make your utility assistance appointment with a new number!

Community Action Agency of Northeast Alabama offers many programs to help families and individuals under financial distress or hardship in our communities. One way we can offer help is in the form of utility assistance to lighten the burden of power bills. In fact, temporary access to this program…

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Welcome to our new website!

Community Action Agency of Northeast Alabama’s primary goal is to serve our communities. Our updated website helps those interested in our services find information easily and get questions answered quickly. Our new county-based navigation system allows you to search for services that are offered specifically in your area.

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Bill pay assistance

Beginning in June, the CAA can provide utility bill pay assistance through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. Eligible households may receive financial assistance limited to one payment per program year. For more information, call CAA today at 256-638-4430.

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Keep your energy bills low this summer with these tips

Keeping your home cool during the summer months can be expensive. The following tips can help you lower your energy bill without sacrificing comfort. You can save as much as 20 percent on your electric bill by sealing ducts and air leaks. Additionally, consider installing a programmable thermostat to save energy...

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