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Community Services Block Grant Program

Overview

CSBG, or the Community Services Block Grant is an anti-poverty block grant which provides the core funding to more than 1,000 Eligible Entities across the United States for services that reduce poverty, promote self-sufficiency, and revitalize low-income communities.

The CSBG is federally funded and administered by the state through the Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS). The CSBG funds are distributed to a network of local organizations known as Eligible Entities or Community Action Agencies. There are 15 Community Action Agencies in Arkansas that provide assistance to low to moderate-income individuals in all 75 counties.

The Community Action Agencies are characterized by their tri-partite board of elected public officials, representatives from the low-income community and from the private sector to maintain the network’s focus on community representation and accountability. They have a designated geographic service area not served by another Community Action Agency.

Eligibility

Client eligibility is determined by the Federal Poverty Guidelines which are updated periodically in the Federal Register by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under the authority of 42 U.S.C. 9902(2). Eligibility for CSBG is calculated at 125% of Federal Poverty Guidelines

Poverty Guidelines, all states (except Alaska and Hawaii)

2020 Annual

Household
/Family Size          50%   *100%*    125%     130%     133%  135%   138%   150%    175%      185%       200%

          1                6,380   $12,760   15,950   16,588  16,971 17,226  17,609  19,140  22,330    23,606    25,520

          2                8,620   $17,240   21,550   22,412  22,929 23,274  23,791  25,860  30,170    31,894    34,480

          3             10,860    $21,720   27,150   28,236  28,888 29,322  29,974  32,580  38,010    40,182    43,440

          4             13,100    $26,200   32,750   34,060  34,846 35,370  36,156  39,300  45,850    48,470    52,400

          5             15,340    $30,680   38,350   39,884  40,804 41,418  42,338  46,020  53,690    56,758    61,360

          6             17,580    $35,160   43,950   45,708  46,763 47,466  48,521  52,740  61,530    65,046    70,320

          7             19,820    $39,640   49,550   51,532  52,721 53,514  54,703  59,460  69,370    73,334    79,280

          8              22,060   $44,120   55,150   57,356  58,680 59,562  60,886  66,180  77,210    81,622    88,240

          9              24,300   $48,600   60,750   63,180  64,638 65,610  67,068  72,900  85,050    89,910    97,200

        10              26,540  $53,080   66,350   69,004  70,596 71,658  73,250  79,620  92,890    98,198  106,160

Service Provision and Use of Funds

CSBG funding supports projects that:

•Lessen or eliminate poverty in communities and foster self-sufficiency

•Address the needs of low-income individuals including the homeless, migrants and the elderly

•Provide services and activities addressing employment, education, better use of available income, housing, nutrition, emergency services and/or health

Related Documents

Title Type Posted Date
Arkansas Community Action Agencies 2020 PDF 09/21/2020
Arkansas Department of Human Services
Arkansas Department of Human Services

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