Community Services

Although it represents only a fraction of the CAO’s total budget, the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program is noteworthy because it is the cornerstone upon which many of the CAO’s programs have been built.

CSBG traces its lineage back to the beginning of the War on Poverty, when administrators were brought into economically depressed areas through the Office of Economic Opportunity grants. That administrative funding later became known as CSE, and eventually, CSBG. Whatever the name, the program provides the basic underpinnings of community action efforts.

CSBG helps low-income people by providing information, conducting workshops, and making referrals. The program works with low-income people to help them mobilize all the resources available within the community.

All clients must meet poverty guidelines, have proof of income, and meet additional program eligibility requirements.

Community Services Programs

Food Pantry Referrals - CSBG provides a screening process for local food pantries. Food vouchers are provided once every 30 days per household. Referrals may be made in case of emergency.

Organizational Representative Payee (ORB) - CSBG provides individual case management for people who receive SSI or Social Security Benefits and are unable to manage their own affairs. The program is designed to assist clients with budget counseling, debit payment, and personal allowances.

Emergency Assistance - CSBG can, in some cases, offer direct emergency assistance to residents in the event of a hardship where no other resources are available and all other assistance has been exhausted.