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CSBG Data T/TA Project Summaries FY 2010

State Exemplary Practices Projects Supported by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

Published: July 5, 2012
Community Services Block Grants (CSBG)
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FY 2010
Community Services Block Grant Training and Technical Assistance Program
Strengthening the Capacity and Ability of CSBG-Eligible Entities to Address Legal Issues

Office of Community Services
Administration for Children and Families

Community Action Program Legal Services, Inc. (CAPLAW)


Grant Recipient

Community Action Program Legal Services, Inc.
178 Tremont Street
Boston, MA  02111
Telephone: (617) 357-6915

Project Director

Ms. Anita Lichtblau, Executive Director and General Counsel

Organizational Description

Community Action Program Legal Services (CAPLAW) is a non-profit membership corporation.  Based in Boston, CAPLAW is managed by a board of directors composed of current and former Community Action Agency (CAA) executive directors from across the country.  CAPLAW’s mission is to provide legal education and assistance that enables Community Action Agencies to enhance their capacity to operate legally sound organizations.

Use(s) of Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Program Funds

During this two-year project, CAPLAW proposes to develop a coordinated training and technical assistance (T/TA) strategy that addresses the legal issues and needs faced by CSBG-eligible entities and other members of the CSBG network.  CAPLAW will provide individualized legal consultations; publish updates and analyses of legal requirements; make use of the nationwide CAA attorney network; report on exemplary legal practices; develop a web-accessible CAA Legal Issues Guidebook; and create online training modules on exemplary legal practices with model policies, toolkits and self-assessment tools. 

Expected Outcomes

The project will result in a coordinated T/TA Strategy that assures three nationwide program and management improvements for local CAAs, State CSBG offices, and national, regional and CAA associations:

  1. organizational stabilization and support for CSBG-eligible entities experiencing significant fiscal, organizational or legal challenges;
  2. capacity-building to enhance understanding of statutory and regulatory requirements and to ensure legally sound program management; and
  3. promotion of exemplary legal practices and policies for CSBG-eligible entities.