The Treasure Coast Community Action Agency's mission is to collaborate with human services organizations, the private sector and residents to offer programs and services that build self-reliant individuals, families and communities. The Treasure Coast Community Action Agency Advisory Board consists of representatives from Okeechobee, Martin and St. Lucie Counties, along with staff members and the public. The Board meets quarterly to oversee the programs and Community Service Block Grant expenditures for the tri-county area. The meetings are publicized and the public is welcome to attend. Three representatives, one from each of the following categories are required:
- One elected official, currently holding office or a designated representative that must be appointed annually by each County.
- One representative from each County of the low-income population chosen by a democratic selection procedure adequate to assure that they are representative of the poor in the areas served.
- One representative from each County of business, industry,
The State of Florida Department of Economic Opportunity receives funds from the federal government and distributes them to Community Action Agencies throughout the state. These funds must be allocated by the legislature each year in order for services to be available to low-income residents. CSBG funds are designed to provide a range of services to assist low-income households in attaining the skills, knowledge and motivation necessary to achieve self sufficiency. Each County determines the community need to be addressed with the funding. St. Lucie County provides long-term case management and assistance with:
- Financial education, including budgeting, credit repair, future planning, and more.
- Identifying and accessing educational opportunities
- Reducing expenses by utilizing resources, such as food pantries, community gardens, and cost saving programs for utilities.
- Asset development
- Accessing local resources to help with job searches and improve job search skills such as interviewing.
Residents who are interested in participating in the Family Self-Sufficiency Program to reach improve the quality of their lives and their families, reach their full potential, become stakeholders in their community, and independent of public assistance should contact the office as indicated below. Applicants must be willing to actively develop and participate in a plan to become self-sufficient over the course of 1-2 years.