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Fiscal Year 2007 Community Services Block Grant Program Report to Congress

Published: July 20, 2012
Audience:
Community Services Block Grants (CSBG)
Tags:
authority, eligibility, guidelines, participant, uses

Community Services Block Grant Program
Report to Congress
Fiscal Year 2007

 

Table of Contents

Introduction
Summary of the Planned Uses of Funds by States and Eligible Entities
Description of How Funds Were Spent by States and Eligible Entities
Definitions of Direct and Administrative Costs Used for the CSBG Program
Funds Spent on Grants to Eligible Entities and Administrative Costs
Funds Spent on Discretionary Projects
Funds Spent on Direct Delivery of Local Services by Eligible Entities
Number of Entities Eligible for CSBG Funds
Number and Demographic Characteristics of Clients Served by the CSBG Program
Comparison of the Planned and Actual Uses of Funds by States
CSBG Special State Technical Assistance Grant
Program Integrity Initiatives

Appendix:  CSBG State Assessments, FY 2007

  • State of Florida
  • State of Maryland
  • State of Massachusetts
  • State of Ohio
  • State of West Virginia

Tables and Figure

Table 1:  CSBG Funds Spent on Programs, by Categories
Table 2:  CSBG Funds Spent on Youth and Senior Programs
Table 3:  State Uses of CSBG Funds in FY 2007
Figure 1:  Eligible Entities’ Uses of CSBG Funds in FY 2007
Table 4:  Types of Eligible Entities
Table 5:  Number and Type of Eligible Entities
Table 6:  Scope of the FY 2007 Demographic Survey
Table 7:  Client Ages
Table 8:   Level of Family Income as a Percentage of Federal Poverty Guidelines
Table 9:  Housing Status of Families Served
Table 10:  Sources of Household Income
Table 11:  Family Structure (By Number of Families)
Table 12:  Education Levels of Adult Participants
Table 13:  Ethnicity
Table 14:  Race
Table 15:  CSBG Planned and Actual Expenditures, FY 2007
Table 16:  State-Level Planned and Actual Expenditures, FY 2007

 

Introduction
The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program provides assistance to States and local communities through a network of CSBG eligible entities, the majority of which are Community Action Agencies (CAAs) and other neighborhood-based organizations.  CSBG-funded programs focus on reducing poverty, revitalizing low-income communities, and empowering low-income families and individuals to become fully self-sufficient.  State and local programs funded by CSBG create, coordinate, and deliver a broad array of programs and services to low-income Americans. 

The CSBG program is authorized at Section 674 of the Community Services Block Grant Act of 1981 (CSBG Act), as amended by the Community Opportunities, Accountability, and Training and Educational Services Act of 1998 (Public Law 105-285).  It is administered by the Office of Community Services (OCS), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

This report complies with Sections 678E(b)(2) and 678B(c) of the CSBG Act.  The CSBG Act requires that the Secretary submit together annually to the Congress the report required at Section 678E(b)(2) on the CSBG statistical database (CSBG Program Report) and the report required at Section 678B(c) on the results of fiscal year evaluations conducted in several States on the use of CSBG funds (CSBG State Assessments).  This report provides the information required for Fiscal Year (FY) 2007. 

In addition, Section 678E(b)(2)(E) of the CSBG Act requires the Secretary to report annually a summary of States’ performance outcomes as collected and submitted by the States in accordance with Section 678E(a); the CSBG Program Performance Measurement Report accompanies this report.

The FY 2007 program data for the CSBG Program Report was gathered by the Community Services Block Grant Information System (CSBG/IS) survey, administered by the National Association for State Community Services Programs (NASCSP).  The 50 States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico provided information about the level and uses of CSBG funds, their activities, and the number and characteristics of families and individuals participating in CSBG programs.

In addition, HHS conducted evaluations of State compliance among all 50 States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico during the reporting period through:  1) a State-by-State survey, and 2) State Assessments of five State CSBG agencies on their uses of CSBG funds.  The results of the State Assessments conducted in the States of Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, Ohio, and West Virginia are provided in the Appendix of this report.

Specifically, the CSBG Act requires HHS to report on the following topics, which are presented in this report:

  • A summary of the planned uses of funds by each State and the eligible entities in the State;
  • A description of how funds were spent by the State and eligible entities, including a breakdown of funds spent on:
    • administrative costs, and
    • delivery of local services by eligible entities;
  • Information on the number of entities eligible for funds, including:
  • Number of low-income persons served, and
  • Demographic data on low-income populations served by eligible entities;
  • A comparison of the planned and actual uses of the funds by each State;
  • A summary describing training and technical assistance offered by the State to help correct deficiencies during the year covered by the report; and
  • Results of fiscal year evaluations conducted in several States on the use of CSBG funds (State Assessments).

Summary of the Planned Uses of Funds by States and Eligible Entities
In FY 2007, States planned to use CSBG funds to provide resources for direct delivery of local services to individuals and families participating in eligible entities’ programs.  A comparison of planned and actual uses of funds is provided later in the report.

Description of How Funds Were Spent by States and Eligible Entities
Reflected in Tables 1 and 2, and summarized below, is a breakdown of State spending by program services category and populations served.  In total, States reported that eligible entities spent about $566 million on direct delivery of local services.  In most instances, the largest categories of CSBG expenditures were emergency services and linkages programs.  Uses of CSBG funds are reflected in the data tables contained in this report.