Leads hear from our colleagues at the ACF Office of Community Services, with the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG). The purpose of CSBG is to address the causes and conditions of poverty. With roots in the 1960s War on Poverty, CSBG entities carry out this mission through direct services and community-level initiatives that promote economic stability and increase the well-being of low-income individuals, children, families, and communities. Initiatives administered by the more than 1000 CSBG local entities, commonly referred to as Community Action Agencies or “CAAs,” include efforts to address employment and educational needs, decrease food insecurity and housing instability, and ensure access to health care and other critical supports. CAAs serve more than 10 million people each year and serve 99% of counties nationwide.
We know that in many parts of the country, CAAs already serve as a key prevention partner to child welfare agencies in helping keep children and families strong. However, more intentional partnerships can encourage greater access to an array of community-based services, particularly as families recover from the economic impacts of COVID-19.
Kathryn Maddux, Program Specialist
Office of Community Services