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Northeast Kingdom Community Action (NEKCA)

Contact Info

P.O. Box 346
70 Main Street
Newport, VT 05855
(802) 334-7316 (Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm)
(802) 334-5249 (fax)
(802) 334-8881 (after-hours: Derby State Police, ask to speak with someone from NEKCA Youth Services)
(802) 334-6733 (after hours: Newport Police, ask to speak with someone from NEKCA Youth Services)


Northeast Kingdom Community Action's mission: NEKCA is an anti-poverty agency. Believing in each individual’s potential for positive growth and change, NEKCA is committed to empowering those who seek assistance to improve the quality of their lives. We provide direct program activities, referrals, advocacy and education in a non-judgmental manner to the people of the communities in the Northeast Kingdom.

Community Action Youth Services (CAYS) Transition Services provides life skills instruction both individually and in group settings to youth transitioning from foster care and for youth who are homeless or without help of their legal guardian. The CAYS staff help youth find safe living placements, assess life skills, strengths and needs, provides emotional support, guidance, advocacy and referral sources, and coordinates with other agencies’ services.

The Runaway Program provides intervention for 12-18 year olds in crisis and their families which may include short-term alternative living arrangements and individual and family counseling.

Through VCRHYP's Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program, NEKCA also offers Landlord Liaison, Rapid Rehousing, and Diversion services.

Other programs provided by NEKCA include high school graduation and GED support for pregnant/parenting youth, food assistance, fuel and utility assistance, housing and shelter assistance, two Parent Child Centers, Head Start child care, a micro business development program, community and justice programs, and a thrift store.