TOI is a private, not-for-profit, multi-purpose community action agency that emerged from the Kennedy-Johnson era “War on Poverty” programs of the 1960s. Its initial funding and operational structure was regulated at the Federal level under the Economic Opportunities Act of 1964.
Today, Tioga Opportunities, Inc. receives a Federal Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) allocation through the New York State Department of State. These funds are used to carry out its mission consistent with the following national goals:
- Low-income people become more self-sufficient.
- The conditions in which low-income people live are improved.
- Low-income people own a stake in their community.
- Partnerships among supporters and providers of services to low-income people are achieved.
- Agencies increase their capacity to achieve results.
- Low-income people, especially vulnerable populations, achieve their potential by strengthening family and other supportive systems.