What We Do

The Office of Community Services (OCS) partners with states, communities and agencies to eliminate causes of poverty, increase self-sufficiency of individuals and families and revitalize communities. Our social service and community development programs work in a variety of ways to improve the lives of many.

OCS’s main goals are to:

  • Serve the economic and social needs of low-income individuals and families
  • Provide employment and entrepreneurial opportunities
  • Promote individual self-sufficiency through the creation of full-time, permanent jobs
  • Assist community development corporations in utilizing existing funding for neighborhood revitalization projects
  • Provide financial and technical resources to state, local, public and private agencies for economic development and related social service support activities
  • Provide energy assistance to low-income households

The Office of Community Services (OCS) administers 11 social service and community development initiatives.