About Us

Lima Allen Council on Community Affairs (LACCA) was founded in 1993 to serve our community in meeting the needs of both young and old in Allen County. After nearly three years of effort by the United Way of Greater Lima, the Black Ministerial Alliance, the City of Lima’s Mayor, and Allen County Commissioners. LACCA was designated as the community action agency for Allen County, Ohio, on February 1, 1994.

Upon opening, LACCA operated two emergency assistance programs, the local Federal Emergency Management Assistance and the Home Energy Assistance Program, with four employees and a budget of $345,000.00. On September 12, 1994, a Micro Enterprise Coordinator was hired and the Allen/Lima Enterprise Assistance Program became the first program created by the new Community Action Agency. In 1995 Head Start became the biggest funded program in the agency serving 422 children.

Twenty years later with an operating budget that has grown to over $6.3 million dollars and a staff of 110 employees, LACCA currently offers sixteen programs in the service of our community, as a part of a continuing effort to meet the ever growing needs of our community and our neighbors. With pride in service and a commitment to excellence, LACCA provides programming to enhance the success of low to moderate-income citizens in achieving self-sufficiency. LACCA programming has grown to include: HEAP, FEMA/EFSP, Homeownership/Down payment Assistance, Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-housing, Fair Housing and Mediation, Financial Literacy, RISE, Community Technology Center, Head Start, Early Head Start, Nurturing Fathers, Rx/AIM Prescription Assistance and well as many other prevention programs.

LACCA has a proven twenty-year track record of ethics in operations with continuous annual clean single agency- wide audits. In 1998, the Chamber of Commerce named LACCA Allen County’s first “Non-Profit Business of the Year”. We are known throughout the community as an organization of integrity that is a leader in collaboration, partnering and advocating for low-income families. A hallmark of our organization is our ability to collaborate with a wide variety of community agencies. We have also been awarded seven Best Practice Awards from The Ohio State University’s John Glenn Institute for Public Policy and Public Service. This award is presented to non-profit agencies for innovative efforts to help low income people make life-changing differences and to become more self-sufficient.

Lima Allen Council on Community Affairs receives funding from federal, state and local entities as well as private donations and foundations. Major funding sources include, but are not limited to: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Ohio Department of Education, Ohio Department of Development, City of Lima, Allen County Department of Job and Family Services, Allen County Commissioners, Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo, and Ohio Department of Health.