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LPA Programs

A Limited Purpose Agency (LPA) qualifying for funds from the Community Services Administration Block Grant is a community based and operated program which was designated as an eligible entity to receive funds from the Community Services Block Grant program under public law 97-115, the "Older Americans Act Amendments of 1981". LPA's received funds in fiscal year 1981 under section 221 and section 222(a) or under Title IV of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964.

At present, there are only 5 Limited Purpose Agencies in the State.

LPA's Performs the functions of Community Action Agencies (CAA's), but are not technically a CAA, and their specific areas of interest must be specified in the Articles of Incorporation. Western Economic Development Organization's purpose for which the corporation was organized is:

  1. to promote economic growth and development within low income communities through means of interest free loans, grants in aid, technical assistance, training, marketing, and economic assistance. The coverage area includes Avery, Buncombe, Clay, Cherokee, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, Mitchell, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga, Yancey and Qualla Indian Boundary (Cherokee Indian Reservation).
  2. To establish a corporate entity legally authorized by Federal and State Laws to apply for, receive, disburse and be accountable for funds to establish and implement programs and services designed to promote economic growth and development within low-income communities of North Carolina.
  3. To work collaboratively with residents, community-based organizations, private enterprises, local governmental agencies, and local elective officials of Western North Carolina to seek out, identify and eliminate the causes of poverty within these communities.
  4. To Plan, develop, and implement systems, programs, and services that improve the educational, social, and economic status, living environment, and general welfare of the disadvantaged residents of North Carolina.
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