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Anti-Poverty Action Committee (Philadelphia)

[Record group 60-12-2]
Alternative/Former Names
Philadelphia Anti-Poverty Action Commission;
Philadelphia Allied Action Commission

Agency Function
The functions of the Philadelphia Allied Action Commission were taken over in 1985 by the Mayor's Office of Community Services.

Agency History
On 22 February 1965, via Executive Order 1-65, Mayor James H. J. Tate created the Philadelphia Anti-Poverty Action Committee, consisting of thirty-one (31) members, including 5 members appointed directly by the Mayor, the President of City Council, the President Judge of the County Court, and representatives from 12 designated community organizations and 12 Community Action Councils established in the various poverty areas of the City. The 12 designated community organizations included the AFL-CIO, Chamber of Commerce, Congress of Racial Equality, Delaware Valley Settlement Alliance, Federation of Jewish Agencies, Greater Philadelphia Movement, Health & Welfare Council, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the Philadelphia Archdiocese, the Philadelphia Board of Education, the Philadelphia Council of Churches; and the Urban League. The Mayor charged this committee with the power to establish policies necessary to guide the City's Anti-Poverty Campaign under the Economic Opportunity Act, and to exercise supervision over the total program.

On 27 December 1967, the Mayor approved an ordinance, which took effect on 1 March 1968, replacing the Philadelphia Anti-Poverty Action Committee with a new Philadelphia Anti-Poverty Action Commission, consisting of not less than 31 nor more than 45 members. The composition of the commission included the Mayor or his designee, the Development Coordinator, six persons appointed by the Mayor, President of City Council, Minority Leader of City Council, Director of Probation, representatives from each of the 12 Community Action Councils, and representatives from 11 of the 12 organizations mentioned above. The Philadelphia Board of Education lost its representation on this board.

The Commission was given the following powers: to conduct, administer and coordinate Federal anti-poverty programs in Philadelphia, to create a community action program to combat poverty, and to provide services and assistance aimed at eliminating poverty in the city.

On 22 March 1976, Mayor Frank Rizzo signed new legislation which replaced the earlier Commission with a new Commission consisting of 35 members including the Mayor, President & Minority Leader of City Council, Finance Director, President Judge, President of Board of Education, six other persons selected by the Mayor, representatives from the 12 poverty areas, and representatives from 11 designated community organizations. Under this legislation, the Greater Philadelphia Movement was replaced by the Old Philadelphia Development Corporation, and the Congress of Racial Equality was replaced by the Council for Spanish-Speaking Organizations. A supplemental ordinance approved on 17 January 1978 changed the name of the organization to the Philadelphia Allied Action Commission.

Archival Records
60-12-2.1 Annual Report (1969)

60-12-2.2 Reports (1965-1975)

60-12-2.3 Special Committee to Study PAAC, Report (1967)


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