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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

State of Maryland
State Assessment Summary

From December 12, 2006 to January 17, 2007, a State Assessment was conducted in Maryland regarding activities implemented with FY 2005 CSBG funds.  The SA team examined program operations, fiscal operations and governance issues of the eligible entities providing CSBG-funded services.  The SA team also explored the State’s oversight procedures for the eligible entities.  A review of the information received indicated that the State has in place administrative, program, and financial systems to oversee CSBG funds.  The SA team determined that there were no major findings and that the State is operating in compliance with the provisions of the CSBG Act. 

Program Operations
Maryland has designated the Department of Housing and Community Development as the lead agency to administer its CSBG program.  The Maryland CSBG program provides funding, technical assistance, and support to a network of 19 community-based eligible entities serving 23 counties throughout the State.  Each eligible entity provides an array of services which may include employment assistance, educational assistance, income management, housing, emergency services, nutrition services, health care, self-sufficiency planning, and other anti-poverty program services. 

The largest groups of clients served were African American, high school graduates/GED recipients, single adults, renters, and those with family incomes up to 50 percent of the Federal poverty guidelines.  The following table illustrates the number of reported characteristics of individuals and families served throughout the State.

Client Characteristics and Statistics for the State of Maryland

CSBG Client Characteristics and Statistics Reported by State

Persons

Hispanic or Latino

91,512

African American

135,713

White

75,577

Other

55,789

Multi-race

709

Education:  Years of Schooling by Number of Persons

PERSONS

0-8 Years

29,877

9-12 Years, Non-Graduates

36,303

High School Graduates/GED

52,268

12+ Some Postsecondary

15,013

2 or 4 Year College Graduates

14,264

Family Structure by Number of Families

PERSONS

Single Parent Female

37,502

Single Parent Male

2,671

Two Parent Household

16,282

Single Person, No Children

34,318

Two Adults, No Children

7,448

Family Housing by Number of Families

PERSONS

Own

21,854

Rent

61,555

Homeless

3,920

Level of Family Income as a Percentage of Federal Poverty Guidelines by Number of Families

PERSONS

Up to 50%

31,219

51% to 75%

19,153

76% to 100%

16,108

101% to 125%

12,847

126% to 150%

10,093

151% or more

11,550

 

 

Uses of CSBG Funds
State officials and eligible entities reported the following program activities associated with FY 2005 CSBG funds:

Employment Programs
Maryland reported spending $412,476 in CSBG funding to support a range of services designed to assist low-income individuals in obtaining and maintaining employment.

Education Programs
Maryland reported spending $590,062 in CSBG funds to provide education services.

Housing Programs
Maryland reported spending $878,659 for CSBG-coordinated housing programs to improve the living environments of low-income individuals and families.

Nutrition Programs
Maryland reported spending $344,052 in CSBG funds to support nutrition programs.

Self-Sufficiency Programs
Maryland reported spending $792,780 on self-sufficiency programs to assist families in becoming more financially independent.

Health Programs
Maryland reported spending $141,850 on CSBG-funded health initiatives that were designed to identify and combat a variety of health problems in the communities served.

Income Management Programs
Maryland reported spending $506,527 on income management programs using CSBG grant funds.

Linkages
Maryland reported spending $3,874,506 on linkage initiatives to mobilize and coordinate community responses to poverty.

Programs for Youth and Seniors
Maryland reported $355,045 on programs serving seniors and $300,159 on programs serving youth.

Eligible Entities Monitoring and Assessments
The State is required to monitor its 19 eligible entities to determine whether they meet performance goals, administrative standards, and financial management standards, as well as other State-defined criteria.  The State of Maryland abides by this requirement and monitors each of its eligible entities once every three years.  The State’s compliance review is an onsite review that focuses on administration, planning, fiscal functions, board governance, agency director’s leadership, and other requirements of the State.  OCS SA team members visited the following three agencies:  

Anne Arundel County Economic Opportunity Committee, Inc.
Anne Arundel County Economic Opportunity Committee, Inc. (AACEOC) serves low-income individuals and families in Anne Arundel County.  The agency is located in Annapolis, Maryland.  AACEOC has an annual budget of $5,817,930 that includes $333,301 in CSBG funds.  AACEOC used CSBG funds to support administrative functions and empowerment services designed to help low-income participants become self-sufficient.  AACEOC’s programs include Head Start, Early Head Start, Annapolis Youth Services Bureau, home energy assistance, housing, senior nutrition, senior employment, and micro-enterprise development.          

The State conducted a monitoring visit in December 2006 and concluded that AACEOC was in compliance with the requirements set forth by the CSBG Act.  While the SA team was onsite, it observed the State’s monitoring process, reviewed files, and tested a sample of transactions from the general ledger.  The SA team also interviewed staff in order to gain a better understanding of internal controls and case management.  The SA team learned about personnel and property management procedures and the implementation of Results Oriented Management and Accountability (ROMA).  No irregularities were found and the SA team agreed with the State’s determination that the agency was in compliance with statutory requirements.   

Neighborhood Service Center, Inc.
Neighborhood Service Center, Inc. (NSC) provides services to address the needs of low-income individuals and families in Talbot County.  NSC has an annual budget of $1,037,826 that includes $243,969 in CSBG funds.  NSC used CSBG funds to provide direct services and administrative support.  NSC programs include home energy assistance, Electric Universal Service Program, emergency food pantry, emergency and transitional housing, after school services, summer youth services, and rental assistance. 

The State conducted a monitoring visit in November 2005 and concluded that NSC was in compliance with the requirements set forth by the CSBG Act.  The SA team reviewed files, interviewed key staff and board members, and examined transactions from the general ledger.  This was done to gain an understanding of NSC’s internal controls, case management, personnel and property management procedures, and the implementation of ROMA.  The SA team recommended improvements for the ROMA data files.  The SA team found no major irregularities and agreed with the State’s determination that NSC was in compliance with statutory requirements. 

Harford Community Action Agency, Inc.
Harford Community Action Agency, Inc. (HCAA) provides services to address the needs of low-income individuals and families in Harford County.  HCAA has an annual budget of $1,500,000 that includes $245,178 in CSBG funds.  HCAA assists low-income residents with payment of utility bills, eviction prevention, emergency food, training, summer meals, and counseling programs.  HCAA has a special outreach program for Harve de Grace, a community in Maryland.

The State conducted a monitoring visit in November 2006 and concluded that HCAA was in compliance with the requirements set forth by the CSBG Act. The SA team met with key agency officials including the board treasurer and HCAA’s audit firm.  At the conclusion of the site visit, the SA team determined that HCAA was operating in compliance with the requirements of the CSBG Act.