VISTA supports efforts to alleviate poverty by encouraging individuals from all walks of life toengage in a year of full-time service, without regard to regular working hours, with a sponsoringorganization (sponsor) to create or expand programs designed to bring individuals and communitiesout of poverty.
Economic Opportunity Act of 1964
Signed by Lyndon B. Johnson and Michael Herbert on August 20, 1964, the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. the Act included several social programs to promote the health, education, and general welfare of the poor.
Water Quality Act 2965
President Johnson signs the Water Quality Act, preventing water pollution by requiring states to establish and enforce water quality standards for interstate waterways.
Elementary and Seconday Education ACt of 1965
This act was passed in 1965 as a part of the "War on Poverty." ESEA emphasizes equal access to education and establishes high standards and accountability. The law authorizes federally funded education programs that are administered by the states. It is now called "The No Child Left Behind Act" as of 2001.
Medicaid is the United States health program for people and families with low incomes and resources. It is a means-tested program that is jointly funded by the state and federal governments, and is managed by the states. Among the groups of people served by Medicaid are certain U.S. citizens and resident aliens, including low-income adults and their children, and people with certain disabilities. Poverty alone does not necessarily qualify someone for Medicaid.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
HUD is a Cabinet department in the Executive branch of the United States federal government. Although its beginnings were in the House and Home Financing Agency, it was founded as a Cabinet department in 1965, as part of the "Great Society" program of President Lyndon Johnson, to develop and execute policies on housing and metropolises.
The National Foundations of the Arts and Humanities
This was to promote progress and scholarship in the humanities and the arts in the United States, and for other purposes.
Medicare is a social insurance program administered by the United States government, providing health insurance coverage to people who are aged 65 and over, or who meet other special criteria. Medicare operates similar to a single-payer health care system.
Immigration Act of 1965
The significance of this bill was that future immigrants were to be welcomed because of their skills/professions, and not for their countries of origin.
The National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act, 1966
to provide for a coordinated national safety program and establishment of safety standards for motor vehicles in interstate commerce to reduce accidents involving motor vehicles and to reduce the deaths and injuries occurring in such accidents.
Clean Water Restoration Act
In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the U.S. government passed a series of pollution control acts designed to clean up and protect the nation's environment. The lawmakers' intent was to reduce the impact of conventional pollutants in the air and on surface waters. Later, lawmakers recognized that toxic pollutants discharged into the water were also dangerous. They took steps to control these, too. One of the results of their efforts was the Clean Water Act.