History

Community Action Agency of Southern New Mexico (CAASNM) was established as an outcome of the community action movement under the War on Poverty, through the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 (EOA). CAASNM is one of approximately 1,000 community action agencies in the United States that is provided core support by the U.S. Health and Human Services Department’s Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program. (Most every county in the nation receives vital support services from one of these community action agencies). The original charter of the CSBG program is “the reduction of poverty, the revitalization of communities, and the empowerment of low income families and individuals to become fully self-sufficient.” CAASNM advocates for low-income individuals and families in the effort to reduce the incidence of poverty and assist them towards sustained health and self-sufficiency. As a result, communities are revitalized, families are strengthened, and health of communities are improved. CAASNM currently serves the southwestern New Mexico counties of Dona Ana, Hidalgo, Sierra, Luna, and Grant, with limited services in other southern New Mexico counties and statewide. It is headquartered in Las Cruces, New Mexico of Dona Ana County. Over its 54-year history, CAASNM has served hundreds of thousands of southern New Mexicans and has contributed the equivalent of tens of millions of dollars to the local economy. In 2017, CAASNM served over 18,000 unique residents of the five southern counties it serves.