Since 1966, Tempe Community Action Agency (TCAA) has endeavored to be the voice and catalyst of empowerment and opportunity, providing hands-on assistance to Tempe residents in need and responding promptly to emerging human services issues. TCAA began as a grassroots neighborhood self-help initiative and incorporated as a nonprofit in 1971. In time, TCAA expanded to better meet the growing needs in Tempe and nearby communities, with programs that provided emergency assistance coupled with services to promote independence. TCAA's mission is to foster dignity and self-reliance for the economically vulnerable in the communities we serve. It accomplishes this mission through five focus areas: Hunger Relief, Homeless Prevention and Intervention, Senior Independence, Healthy Families, and Family Economic Advancement. Current programs include Tempe's largest Food Pantry, I-HELP Shelter Program, Community Action Program (emergency rent/utility assistance), three senior centers, Home-Delivered Meals, Health Start home-based pre/post-natal support, and programming to move families out of poverty through employment and homeownership. TCAA also manages two community gardens which include Clark Park and the Escalante Community Garden—the city’s first and longest standing Community Garden open to the public.
As Tempe's largest social service agency, TCAA operates from four sites in Tempe and Scottsdale. It remains the primary entry point for low-income households experiencing crisis and seeking to improve their quality of life. Our capacity to bring about positive change impacts over 18,900 unduplicated children and adults annually.