What is CSBG?
CSBG is the acronym for Community Services Block
Grant, a federally funded program that targets
individuals and families living in poverty. The
program provides an array of services and
activities designed to assist eligible clients
improve their lives by becoming self-sufficient.
Who provides the services?
There are 18
entities; Community Action Agencies and/or Human
Resource Agencies throughout the state that
administers the CSBG program to eligible clients
in all 82 counties. The agencies use a case
management plan approach as mandated by the
What are the eligibility guidelines?
The CSBG Program is
available for individuals and families making up
to 125% of the federal poverty guidelines or
about $27,563 a year for a family of four.
What are the types of services CSBG
CSBG funds can be expended for a broad range of
services; which may include; employment and job
skills training, income management, health and
safety issues, affordable housing and
homeownership, assistance to homeless and
at-risk@ families and individuals, emergency
services (such as, temporary shelter, hunger,
medical assistance, clothing, conflict
resolution, etc.), youth development programs
geared to prevention of youth problems and
crime, domestic violence counseling and
emergency assistance, food and nutrition
assistance and referrals to other organizations
based on client needs. The agencies, through the
Case Management approach, assess clients’= needs
and determine resources available to them.
How can I find the Community Action Agency
in my county?
Please call the
Mississippi Department of Human Services at