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.
AFI is a community-based approach for giving low-income families a hand up out of poverty. Utilizing existing individual and community assets, AFI strengthens communities from within through the use of matched savings accounts called Individual Development Accounts (IDAs).
SSBG program enables each state or territory to meet the needs of its residents through locally relevant social services. SSBGs support programs that allow communities to achieve or maintain economic self-sufficiency to prevent, reduce or eliminate dependency on social services.
The Job Opportunities for Low-Income Individuals (JOLI) program is a federal grant program funding nonprofit organizations that address the economic needs of low-income individuals and families through the creation of sustainable business development and employment opportunities.
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps keep families safe and healthy through initiatives that assist families with energy costs.
The Community Economic Development (CED) program improves low-income communities across the country. CED awards federally funded grants for well planned, financially viable, innovative projects that enhance business development and create jobs for low-income individuals.
The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) provides funds to alleviate the causes and conditions of poverty in communities.
RCD is a federal grant program that works with regional and tribal organizations to manage safe water systems in rural communities.
The Tribal Liaison Workgroup works with tribes and tribal organizations to keep these populations informed of opportunities available to them within the Office of Community Services.
Last Reviewed: June 15, 2015