Commission on Community Action and Economic Opportunity

The Commission on Community Action and Economic Opportunity was created to provide opportunity for low income persons to actively participate in the development of policies and programs to reduce poverty. It serves as a statewide forum to address the needs and concerns of low income people in the state of Michigan. The board advises the governor, the legislature, the state congressional delegation and other appropriate federal officials of the nature and extent of poverty in the state and makes recommendations concerning needed changes in state and federal policies and programs. Additionally, it works with the Bureau of Community Action and Economic Opportunity to implement public education designed to increase public awareness regarding the scope of poverty in Michigan.

The commission is comprised of an equal number of elected public officials, private sector members and low-income individuals.1/3 of the commission members are community action agency representatives and serve as either staff or board members.