The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) is a federally funded, poverty reduction program that was created in 1964 to promote and provide an array of services and activities to encourage self-sufficiency and to make permanent improvements in the lives of low-income families and individuals. Each year, Community Action Agencies (CAAs) throughout the United States receive CSBG funds to plan and implement a wide range of social service programs such as housing assistance, child care, youth and family development, teen pregnancy prevention, elderly services, educational programs, emergency service, income management, employment training, energy assistance, domestic violence prevention, health services, rural transportation, small business development, and nutrition assistance.
How it Works:
CSBG provides core funding for twenty four (24) designated CAAs in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. CAAs are private nonprofit entities controlled by a tripartite board representing private and public sectors and low-income people who reside or work in the designated service area. These CAAs provide a variety of community-based services, programs, and activities that promote self-sufficiency for low-income families and individuals residing in each of the Commonwealth's 351 cities and towns.
Services provided by CAAs include, but are not limited to:
affordable housing and homeownership opportunities;
assistance to homeless and "at-risk" families and individuals;
child development programs, including Head Start and center-based day care;
domestic violence prevention, counseling and emergency assistance;
volunteer opportunities for all including youth,
families, and elders;
information and referral;
education and literacy programs;
emergency assistance such as: temporary shelter, hunger prevention, medical assistance, clothing, conflict resolution, etc.;
employment and job skills training;
food and nutrition assistance;
fuel and energy assistance;
health care; and,
Who Is Eligible:
Only a duly designated CAA in Massachusetts is eligible to receive CSBG funding.
Annual application process is restricted to designated CAAs.
For More Information:
Please contact DHCD's Division of Community Services at 617-573-1400.