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About Us

We invite you to take the time to watch our video to learn about BCCAP and our impact in the community.
(Please note, since the filming of the video, the 1st Bergen Federal Credit Union is established.)

Bergen County Community Action Partnership, Inc. (BCCAP) is a 501 (c) (3), not-for-profit Community Action Agency. Established in 1967, BCCAP is Bergen County’s designated anti-poverty agency.

The Board of Directors governing the agency is appointed or elected from within the county, and represents the low-income population served by the organization, local government, and private sector entities.

BCCAP’s mission is “to change lives through education, economic opportunities, healthcare, housing, and human services.

Board Members

BCCAP has carefully constructed a continuum of care for its clientele: a series of inextricably linked programs which encompass housing and shelter, education and training, and a range of clinical and support services.

BCCAP provides a wide range of programs to assist the poor, the homeless, substance abusers, children, senior citizens, the foreign born, and others. Services are provided through the operation of over 140 housing (transitional and permanent) units, comprehensive housing support services, adult education, employment training and permanent job placement, five early childhood education centers and several other human services facilities. BCCAP programs draw upon multiple funding and support streams from federal, state and local governments, and the corporate, community and philanthropic sectors.

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The Financial Assistance and Residential Services Division provides a comprehensive array of services to low-income, special needs adults and families designed to assist with their attainment of self-sufficiency. These programs include Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), NJ Shares, and Universal Services Fund and True Program; special needs housing (transitional and permanent) for homeless youth, those in recovery from substance abuse and those who are mentally ill/chemically addicted (MICA). It also provides asset development programs designed to help low-income families and individuals focus on building financial assets and gaining the financial literacy skills that will lead them to higher levels of economic success, including financial education and grant/loan programs for transportation, Individual Development Accounts, Homelessness Prevention and the sponsorship of 1st Bergen Federal Credit Union. A Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in Garfield operates in collaboration with North Hudson Community Action Corporation.

The Education and Training Division includes Vocational Training and Work First New Jersey “To Work” initiatives; services to immigrants include ESL classes, New Americans and Health Literacy Programs. The adult education programs are fully approved and licensed by the State Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development.

The Head Start and Child Development Services Divisionincludes Bergen County Head Start and Early Head Start at sites throughout the county, and a day care program for working parents.

The Real Estate and Weatherization Services Division is responsible for the property management of all BCCAP sites. The division is also responsible for the Weatherization Program, and manages the activities of CHIP (Community Housing in Partnership), an affiliated corporation certified by NJ as a Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO).

The Finance Division provides sound fiscal management of the agency. The Division ensures maintenance of appropriate agency-wide records as well as accurate and timely submission of all reports, and interfaces with community and business leaders, further developing mutually helpful partnerships.

The Research & Development Division provides planning and grant-writing for agency-wide resource development. The division is also responsible for coordinating special projects and events as well as managing data-tracking for effective program development and reporting. The Division is the Agency’s primary arm in the areas of public, media and community relations.

The agency continues to build on its proven track record of more than forty-five years duration of serving low-income residents of Bergen County.  BCCAP has been cited as, and is generally considered to be, one of the leading community action agencies in the State of New Jersey. We have numerous partnerships with other community agencies in order to address poverty-based needs, needs that show no evidence of abatement in the foreseeable future.

 
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