About Us

Community Action Partnership of Hennepin County (CAP-HC), formerly known as Community Action Partnership of Suburban Hennepin (CAPSH), works to establish services, programs and partnerships that address poverty and increase family and economic stability in Hennepin County.  

CAP-HC is a private 501(c)(3), non-profit organization established in 1986 to offer programs and services that provide opportunities to community members that will help identify and overcome economic barriers. 

2016 marked a year of change for our organization. In August 2016, CAP-HC received the official designation from Governor Dayton's office to be the Community Action Agency for the City of Minneapolis. We are excited to extend our programs to Minneapolis residents through a single unified community action agency as well as partner with and support existing Minneapolis organizations. 

CAP-HC programs include: Energy Assistance, Water AssistanceFood Support, Financial literacy, Car Program and Full-Cycle Homeownership Services

To ensure that our programs are accessible to all Hennepin County residents, CAP-HC has opened 3 Minneapolis offices in addition to its Suburban Hennepin County location in St. Louis Park. Please visit our contact us page for complete list of locations, addresses, and hours. 

CAP-HC is dedicated to continue to provide services, programs and form partnerships that continue to strengthen our community, eliminate barriers, and create opportunities! 


The Promise of Community Action

Community Action changes people's lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities, and makes America a better place to live. We care about the entire community, and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other. CAP-HC is part of a national network of over 1,000 authorized community action agencies across the nation. Community Action agencies have been operating in the United States since 1964, when they were created through Economic Opportunity legislation, to fight the war on poverty.

Beginning in 2002, CAP-HC started practicing Results-Oriented Management and Accountability (ROMA), in order to plan, develop and implement the means to improve the lives of low-income individuals residing in Hennepin County. As part of this commitment, CAP-HC has integrated the Three National Goals of Community Action into its mission and goals. These Goals are:

  • Individuals and families with low incomes are stable and achieve economic security.
  • Communities where people with low incomes live are healthy and offer economic opportunity. 
  • People with low incomes are engaged and active in building opportunities in communities.

For more details, read our strategic plan