Economic Opportunity Act of 1964

This act was to mobilize the human and financial resources of the Nation to fight poverty in the U.S. The War on Poverty was declared by President Lyndon B. Johnson in his State Of The Union Address on January 8, 1964. The Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 was passed “to eliminate the paradox of poverty on the midst of plenty in this nation by opening…. To everyone… the opportunity for education and training, the opportunity to work, and the opportunity to live in decency and dignity.” - LBJ


  • Eliminate poverty
  • Expand educational opportunities
  • Increase the safety net for the poor and unemployed
  • Tend to health and Financial needs of the elderly

This Act Include 11 Major Programs

  1. The Job Corps provides work, basic education, and training in separate residential centers for young men and young women, from ages sixteen to twenty-one
  2. . Neighborhood Youth Corps provides work and training for young men and women, ages sixteen to twenty-one.
  3. Work Study provides grants to colleges and universities for part-time employment of students from low-income families.
  4. Urban and Rural Community Action provides financial and technical assistance to public and private nonprofit agencies
  5. Adult Basic Education provides grants to state educational agencies for programs of instruction for persons eighteen years and older who cannot read or write in English
  6. Voluntary Assistance for Needy Children establishes an information and coordination center to encourage voluntary assistance for deserving and needy children.
  7. Loans to Rural Families provides loans not passing $2,500 to help low income families and increase their income.
  8. Assistance for Migrant Agricultural Employees provides assistance to state and local governments
  9. Employment and Investment Incentives provides loans and guarantees, no more than $25,000 is loan to start a small business.
  10. Work Experience provides payments for experimental, pilot, and demonstration projects to help those that cannot help themselves or their families.
  11. Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) recruits, selects, trains, and refers volunteers to state or local agencies or private nonprofit organizations to perform duties to combat poverty.


LBJ was proud for this act. To help the people and help fight the war in poverty. All the anti-poverty programs all helped to contribute in giving to other people so they can help themselves in their lives. The creation of medicare nd help funding state schools in community's across the U.S. To provide poor families with a means to provide for their family to a decent standard of living.