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Community Action Partnership of Hennepin County

Helping people with low incomes build stability and lift themselves out of poverty.

aka CAP-HC   |   Brooklyn Park, MN   |  caphennepin.org

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Mission

Partner with community to provide effective and responsive services to reduce the impact of poverty in Hennepin County.

Ruling year info

1986

Executive Director

Dr. Clarence Hightower

Main address

7101 Northland Circle N, Suite 123

Brooklyn Park, MN 55428 USA

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EIN

41-1524088

NTEE code info

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

Economic Development (S30)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

CAP-HC addresses the factors that cause and reinforce poverty by providing a broad range of programs and services to help families with low incomes break the cycle of poverty and pave their path to prosperity.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Energy Services

Energy burden is defined as the proportion of household income spent on energy. In Minnesota, the average energy burden is two percent. For families with lower incomes, the average energy burden is eight percent. Some families face energy burdens over thirty percent.
Community Action Partnership of Hennepin Countys (CAP-HC's) largest program area is Energy & Water Services. In fact, CAP-HC is one of the largest energy assistance providers in Minnesota. Four programs are included in this area:
-Energy Assistance: electricity and heating bill assistance grants paid to utility providers
-Crisis Assistance: utility bill assistance grants to utility providers for households with no income
-Energy-Related Repair: emergency repair or replacement of heating systems
-Water Assistance: water bill assistance grants paid to utility providers
In addition to ensuring families have warm, safe homes, this assistance often means that families don't have to choose between buying food or paying bills.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups
Economically disadvantaged people

Supporting people with low incomes through crisis situations and helping them meet their basic needs is often the most urgent part of breaking the cycle of poverty. But its only part of the solution. To lift themselves out of poverty, families also need to learn skills and have opportunities that help them build toward prosperity.
Balancing debt management, everyday expenses, and planning for the future, can be a big challenge. Through CAP-HC's Financial Wellness services, people learn the skills they need to become more confident about making financial decisions. They learn how to prepare for unplanned expenses when they arise and pave their own path to living prosperous lives. Our Financial Wellness services include:
-Financial Wellness Workshops: clients learn about budgeting, managing credit, building assets, and more to become financially secure
-Financial Wellness Counseling: clients receive free, personalized guidance that helps them reach their financial goals

Population(s) Served
Adults
Ethnic and racial groups
Economically disadvantaged people

As one of the most important basic needs, Housing Stability is another significant area of focus for CAP-HCs programming with three programs and services:
-Emergency Rental Assistance: based on each renters needs, provides financial assistance for past-due rent, security deposits, or first-month's rent
-Renters Rights Workshops: renters can attend these workshops designed to help them avoid eviction and understand their rights and responsibilities as tenants
-Rental Counseling: renters receive personalized counseling from HUD-certified Housing Counselors
When families can find and keep safe, stable housing, they experience less stress and better health overall. Stable housing also reduces exposure to food insecurity while improving self-esteem and well-being, among many other positive outcomes.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Ethnic and racial groups
Economically disadvantaged people

Transportation is another factor that can have sweeping effects on the lives of people with lower incomes. Safe, reliable transportation is important for getting to work, healthcare appointments, and getting children to school. Yet clients often name the high cost of vehicle ownership as a barrier. Our Vehicle Repair Program provides people with financial assistance for auto repairs, ensuring they have safe and reliable transportation.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Ethnic and racial groups
Economically disadvantaged people

Homeownership is one of the best ways to build generational wealth, wealth that grows and supports future generations. Financially, homeownership helps build good credit, may result in paying lower taxes, and over time, the home will grow in value. In addition, homeownership provides a permanent residence and helps people build a sense of community. CAP-HCs Homebuyer Services help future homebuyers plan for this big step toward prosperity. Our Homebuyer services include:
-Homebuyer Workshops: interactive workshops designed to help future homebuyers determine mortgage readiness, make a plan, and prepare for homeownership
-Homebuyer Counseling: future homebuyers receive personalized counseling from HUD-certified+ Housing Counselors for help reaching their homebuying goals

Population(s) Served
Adults
Ethnic and racial groups
Economically disadvantaged people

Another factor that can keep people mired in financial hardship is healthcare. Barriers like lack of access to healthcare and the high cost of healthcare challenge families with low incomes to stay healthy and keep up with bills and other basic needs. CAP-HCs MNsure Application Assistance Program helps people get the healthcare they need. Through this program, trained CAP-HC staff help eligible Hennepin County residents apply for low-cost health insurance options, explore potential tax credits, and provide support through the application process.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Ethnic and racial groups
Economically disadvantaged people

For many people with lower incomes, obtaining a higher-wage job can be truly life changing. In our 2020 Community Needs Assessment, 96% of survey respondents indicated that their incomes did not meet the average cost of living in Hennepin County. To meet this community need, CAP-HC launched Employment Readiness Counseling in 2021 to help people overcome employment barriers. Since then, two more programs have been added to our Employment Services:
-Employment Readiness Counseling: clients work individually with staff, receiving resume support, interview training, and assistance finding job leads
-Job Retention Workshops: clients receive training to help them maintain employment
-Getting Ahead Program: for 16 weeks, participants meet to discuss the causes of poverty and make a plan to build toward self-sufficiency

Population(s) Served
Adults
Ethnic and racial groups
Economically disadvantaged people

The IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program has operated for over 50 years through partner providers like CAP-HC. Each tax season, eligible families receive free preparation and e-filing for federal, state, and property taxes from IRS-certified volunteers. The program helps families maximize their tax credits while minimizing their expenses.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Ethnic and racial groups
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of families assisted with rent or mortgage to avoid eviction

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Ethnic and racial groups, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Housing Stability

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of low-income households who have received utilities assistance to keep the lights, heat and/or water on in their homes

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Ethnic and racial groups, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Energy Services

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Financials

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Community Action Partnership of Hennepin County

Board of directors
as of 02/02/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Josh Schaffer

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/2/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

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Disability

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