It is CEDA’s mission to work in partnership with communities to empower individuals and families to achieve self-sufficiency and improve their quality of life. In order to achieve its mission, CEDA has established numerous community partnerships and collaborations as part of its service delivery model.
CEDA offers a variety of programs and services in the areas of community and economic development, education, emergency assistance, employment and training, energy conservation and services, health and nutrition, and housing.
Community Action was established under the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 by President Lyndon Baines Johnson, as a part of the “War on Poverty." The goal of the program, which is now part of the Community Services Block Grant, is to reduce poverty, revitalize low-income communities, and empower low-income individuals and families to become fully self-sufficient. The program is carried out by a national network of over 1300 designated Community Action Agencies ("CAAs"), which provide a diverse array of services to and advocacy on behalf of low-income individuals and families.
CEDA is the largest of 40 CAA's in Illinois.