Performance Improvement 2008. How Do Community Services Block Grant Projects Reduce Poverty, Revitalize Low-Income Communities and Empower Family and Individual Self-Sufficiency?


The use of Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) funds was evaluated as mandated by law. The evaluation examined how 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and CSBG eligible entities used funds they received under the program. In 2004, nearly $643 million CSBG block grant funds were used by States and local CSBG eligible entities to provide assistance to low-income eligible individuals and households. States reported that $100 million was used for emergency services, $93 million for self-sufficiency programs that offered a planned continuum of services to assist families in becoming more financially independent, $66 million for education programs, $60 million for employment programs, $50 million for CSBG-coordinated housing programs, $48 million to support nutrition programs, $28 million for income management programs, and $24 million for health programs. An additional $94 million was spent on linkage initiatives that mobilized additional resources and improved community coordination in response to poverty.

Approximately 15 million individuals were assisted in fiscal year 2004. These individuals were often members of the same households. More than half of the program participant families included children younger than 18 years old. Just over one third of these families had both parents present. Single mothers headed most of the families with children receiving CSBG-funded assistance. Single fathers headed about five percent of families receiving assistance. These findings show how States used CSBG funds to change conditions that perpetuate poverty, especially emergency services, unemployment, inadequate housing, poor nutrition, and lack of educational opportunity.

Report Title: Community Services Block Grant Program Report to Congress Fiscal Year 2004. Report may be obtained from Federal Contact
Agency Sponsor:
ACF-OCS, Office of Community Services
Federal Contact:
Anita Wright, 202-690-5660
National Association for State Community Services Programs

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