Community Action Agencies were created in 1964 to wage “an unconditional War against Poverty in America.” For many of the formative years, three separate organizations in Florida fought together with the mutual objective of protecting the poor and disadvantaged. These were the Community Action Agencies Association, the Florida Concern for Children (Head Start) and the Equal Opportunity Officers Association.

As the Community Action initiative continued to grow, it became apparent that these separate forces could grow stronger by merging together. On November 30, 1979, representatives from the various agencies voted to create a unified organization that could better serve the growing needs of the Sunshine State. In 1980, the Florida Association for Community Action (FACA) was incorporated as a united federation of Community Action Agencies, Head Start programs, Weatherization programs and concerned citizens.