Community Action Partnership of Hennepin County

Mission Statement

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

Impact and Programs

Accomplishments Community Action Partnership of Hennepin County is part of a national community action network of over 1000 agencies that reach every single county in the United States and serves over 16 million low-income people. CAP-HC’s purpose is to fight poverty and to assist in providing for the individual and community needs of Hennepin County. This purpose is reflected in our mission: serves to ensure a life of dignity and opportunity for those in need throughout Hennepin County. In 2019 alone, CAP-HC served 57,000 individuals and 22,000 households within Hennepin County. As part of our provided services, individuals with low income were given assistance with energy payments, water bill payments, car repair expenses, homebuyer education, homebuyer counseling, savings and asset building, eligibility determinations and application assistance for SNAP and MnSure, tenant training and financial literacy education. These efforts resulted in many successful outcomes for our clientele, For instance: • 44 unemployed adults obtained employment • 41 households increased their savings with 15 opening a savings account • 649 households avoided eviction • 329 individuals were assisted in securing SNAP benefits • 52,871 individuals received assistance with energy utility payments. As an organization dedicated to serving Hennepin County’s low-income community, we serve primarily low-income individuals, and due to economic disparities, largely people of color. In 2019, 56% of our clientele were Black/African-American, 24% White, 9% Hispanic, 7% Asian, 3% American Indian/Alaska Native, and 11% identified as another identity. Moreover, nearly 68% of our clientele are below the FPL, 81% below 125% FPL, and 99% below 200% FPL.
Current Goals Energy and Water Assistance: The Energy Assistance Program ensures access to safe, affordable home energy through administration of Energy Assistance benefits for low-income households. The Water Assistance Program promotes housing stability by preventing utility disconnection. 2021 goals include; receive and process over 20K energy assistance applications in fiscal year 2021; serve 400 households at 125% of FPL with water assistance; serve an additional 45 households over 125-200% of FPL with water assistance; refer 1,500 households to receive weatherization/conservation improvement services; minimize the number of utility disconnections and unsafe heating systems in low-income households through effective and timely emergency benefits and services; provide approximately 30 very low-income families with funding of last resort to avert a disconnection; and assist our partners in providing 800 homeowners who are seniors or live with disabilities with free heating system or plumbing inspections and minor repairs. - - - - - Client Services: Client Services is committed to delivering effective programs that strengthen and improve the economic stability of low-income households. 2021 goals include: stabilize department staffing through effective onboarding and retention methods; ensure programs remain nimble, and rooted in best practices, enabling us to effectively meet the needs of the community; develop new pathways for the community to fully participate in programming; institute additional department and program guidelines to ensure that programs minimize risk, meet compliance and remain effective through staffing transitions; ensure continued focus on serving both residents of Minneapolis and Suburban Hennepin County.
Community or Constituency Served CAPHC serves all 44 communities in Hennepin County, MN which include urban, suburban, exurban and rural communities.
Geographic Area Served We serve Hennepin County in Minnesota.

Reports & Finances

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Notes from the Council

Organization Last Reviewed on 01/05/2018

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8800 Highway 7
St. Louis Park, MN 55426
Phone: (952) 933-9639

General Information

Alternative Name: CAP-HC
EIN: 41-1524088
Principal Staff: Clarence Hightower
Number of Full-Time Equivalents (FTE): 46
Volunteer Opportunities: Yes
Number of Clients: 22,083 Households
Ruling Year: 1986


Board Chair: David Asp
Number of Board Members: 19
Board Meetings with Quorum: 11
Average Member Attendance: 11.8

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