Making Lawrence County a better place to live, work, and play.
Community Development and Services CaO2017
The Department of Community Development was established in 1981 to provide a wide array of services to Lawrence County. These services are ever expanding to include such activities as providing emergency rental assistance to homeless persons, working to provide economic development and job creation opportunities throughout the County, improving and expanding public infrastructure to the unserved and underserved areas in the County and performing the duties as the administering agent for various grants at the County and municipal level. The work performed by the Department either directly or indirectly touches the lives of nearly all of the residents of Lawrence County. The Department’s dedicated staff works directly with all levels of government, Local, State and Federal, to see projects from conception to completion assuring that all regulatory/policy requirements are met. In today’s world of ever-increasing needs for public assistance and the ever shrinking mechanisms to fund these needs, the department utilizes its knowledge and experience in dealing with project and service funding agencies to get the most out of each dollar granted to Lawrence County.
Homeless Housing Assistance
Parks and Recreation
Highways and Access Roads
Public Water/Sewer Improvements
Fair Housing Agent
Development of New Businesses
Revolving Loan Fund Management
Building Demolition Service
Grant Application Writing
Project Administration Services
Community Services Block Grant
Although it represents only a fraction of the CAO’s total budget, the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) service is noteworthy because it is the cornerstone upon which many of the CAO’s services 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. This service provides the basic underpinnings of community action efforts. CSBG helps low- income individuals by providing information, conducting workshops, and making referrals. This service 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 service eligibility requirements.
What is a Community Action Organization? A Community Action Organization (CAO) is a nonprofit organization serving a particular geographical territory within the United States. These organizations were established in 1964 by the federal government [...]
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.
Fire Victims Assistance
CSBG can, in some cases, offer direct emergency assistance to residents in the event of a fire, where no other resources are available and the victims meet the income guidelines.