The Monticello Area Community Action Agency (MACAA) has been serving families in the Charlottesville area since 1965. MACAA's service area includes the City of Charlottesville, and the Counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Louisa and Nelson. As a Community Action Agency authorized by the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, (one of more than one thousand nationwide), MACAA's overarching goal is to improve people's lives by helping them become self-reliant. MACAA achieves this through a variety of programs and skill development initiatives serving families and individuals below 125% of the Federal poverty level.
Current programs include: CARES, an emergency assistance program for residents of Charlottesville and Albemarle County; Head Start, a national, comprehensive early childhood development program for three-and four-year-old children; Hope House, a family stabilization program for homeless or imminently homeless families; Project Discovery, a program that helps students from low-income families, especially those who are the first generation to attend college, succeed in high school and pursue higher education; Steps To Success, a program designed to help families secure and manage the resources necessary to overcome barriers to success, especially through sound money management practices; and Rural Outreach, which provides emergency assistance and referral services in Fluvanna, Louisa and Nelson Counties.