Community Services Block Grant
***CSBG Public Hearing***
A public hearing to offer comments on Tennessee’s Fiscal Year 2020-2021 Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Model State Plan has been scheduled for Thursday, August 15, 2019, at 2:30 p.m (CDT). The hearing will take place at the James K. Polk Building, 505 Deaderick Street, 16th Floor, in the Franklin Training Room. The Tennessee Department of Human Services is proposing to include the language in blue text in the document. Please submit any comments you have to Michelle.Fields@tn.gov by August 12, 2019. When submitting a comment, please title the email “Model State Plan Comment” and include the page number and section (e.g., 1.5) that you are commenting on in your email.
The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) is a federally funded grant program created by the Omnibus Reconciliation Act of 1981. The program aims to combat poverty within communities by removing the barriers to self-sufficiency clients may encounter. Applicants meeting the income requirements may be eligible for a variety of services.
The goal of the program is to provide services to eligible low-income individuals and families to improve the communities in which they live. Allowable services range from "safety net" emergency services through job development, adult education, and self-sufficiency programs.
Client eligibility for all services is based on income eligibility and need for the service. Income eligibility means that the household income is at or below 125% of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Poverty Guidelines. Income eligibility and documentation of the client's need for service must be completed in order to establish client eligibility prior to delivery of services.
The state administers the CSBG program through a network of 20 local agencies that reach all 95 counties. Agencies conduct annual needs assessments, develop a community action plan, and offer services based on identified local needs.