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  • LIHEAP DCL Contracts Awarded in September 2014

    Published: October 10, 2014
    LIHEAP Contracts Update.
  • CSBG DCL 1st Quarter Allocations FY 2015

    Published: October 20, 2014
    The purpose of this message is to provide you with an update on allocations of Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) funds during the first quarter of Fiscal Year (FY) 2015. Based on the Continuing Resolution (CR) passed by Congress and signed by the President on September 23, 2014, CSBG funds will be allocated through December 31, 2014, based on the previous year's CSBG State allocations. A chart outlining the amounts allocated to all States, Territories, and Tribes through December 31, 2014, is attached. Final FY 2015 award amounts will be determined after passage of a full-year appropriation.
  • LIHEAP DCL Reallotment of Funds FY 2013

    Published: June 2, 2014
    Reallotment of FY 2013 LIHEAP Funds.
  • LIHEAP DCL Family Violence Awareness Month in October

    Published: October 22, 2014
    LIHEAP Dear Colleague Letter to provide grantees with information about domestic violence resources.
  • SSBG DCL Domestic Violence Awareness Month

    Published: October 29, 2014
    Dear Colleagues:   The purpose of this letter is to provide  Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) Network with information about domestic violence awareness resources because SSBG grantees and service providers have an important role in helping families struggling with domestic violence.  This message is released in partnership with the Family and Youth Services Bureau, Division of Family Violence Prevention and Services celebrating 30 years as the primary federal funding stream for domestic violence shelters, supportive services, and the national domestic violence hotline (www.acf.hhs.gov/fvpsa). An important message from Acting Assistant Secretary Mark Greenberg is attached.  
  • CSBG DCL Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Opportunities for Prevention and Action

    Published: October 22, 2014
    The purpose of this Dear Colleague Letter is to provide the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Network with information about domestic violence awareness resources because the Network has an important role in helping families struggling with domestic violence.  This Dear Colleague Letter is released in partnership with the Family and Youth Services Bureau, Division of Family Violence Prevention and Services, celebrating 30 years as the primary federal funding stream for domestic violence shelters, supportive services, and the national domestic violence hotline (www.acf.hhs.gov/fvpsa). An important message from Acting Assistant Secretary Mark Greenberg is attached.
  • CED DCL Domestic Violence Awareness Month

    Published: November 14, 2014
    The purpose of this Dear Colleague Letter is to provide Community Economic Development (CED) and CED-Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) grantees and partners with information about domestic violence awareness resources.
  • LIHEAP DCL OMB Clearance of New Performance Measures and Upcoming Webinars

    Published: November 18, 2014
    OMB Clearance of New LIHEAP Performance Measures and Upcoming Webinars on Federal LIHEAP Performance Reporting Requirements.
  • AFI DCL Family Violence Awareness Month in October

    Published: November 20, 2014
    Dear Colleagues: The purpose of this is to provide Assets for Independence (AFI) grantees with information about domestic violence awareness resources because AFI grantees have an important role in helping families struggling with domestic violence. The attached letter is released in partnership with the Family and Youth Services Bureau, Division of Family Violence Prevention and Services, celebrating 30 years as the primary federal funding stream for domestic violence shelters, supportive services, and the national domestic violence hotline (www.acf.hhs.gov/fvpsa).
  • LIHEAP DCL Tribal Webinars

    Published: November 28, 2014
    LIHEAP Webinar for Tribal Grantees.
  • LIHEAP DCL Reminder of Deadline for Final LIHEAP HHR Data FY 2014

    Published: December 15, 2014
    LIHEAP Dear Colleague Reminder of Deadline for Final LIHEAP Household Report Data for FFY 2014.
  • CSBG DCL Performance Management Update

    Published: December 19, 2014
    In the coming weeks, the Office of Community Services (OCS) will be releasing important new information and guidance related to the implementation of the CSBG performance management framework. As part of an effort to ensure efficiency and effectiveness at all levels of the CSBG network, we will be releasing a final information memorandum on organizational standards for CSBG eligible entities as well as an information memorandum on State and Federal accountability measures. We will also be soliciting feedback on a revised and automated CSBG Model State Plan. The draft Model State Plan streamlines and automates the current Model State Plan content while also incorporating new information on State organizational standards and accountability measures.
  • LIHEAP DCL Second Funding Release FY 2015

    Published: January 21, 2015
    FY 2015 Second LIHEAP Funding Release.
  • LIHEAP DCL Affordable Care Act (ACA) Outreach and Enrollment

    Published: November 10, 2014
    Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment.
  • CSBG DCL Draft State and Federal Accountability Measures and Appendices

    Published: January 28, 2015
    As part of a strengthened performance management and accountability framework for the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG), the Office of Community Services is releasing a new draft Information Memorandum (IM) on State and Federal accountability measures. The attached draft IM includes proposed measures intended to ensure that both State and Federal administrators of CSBG are accountable to high standards of performance management. It is our expectation that these State and Federal accountability measures will be implemented alongside the new organizational standards for Community Action Agencies.
  • CSBG DCL Model State Plan Revision: Open Comment Period

    Published: January 29, 2015
    The Office of Community Services (OCS) is requesting feedback from the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Network on the proposed revision of the CSBG State Model Plan Application (Model State Plan).
  • AFI DCL 2015 Poverty Guidelines

    Published: January 30, 2015
    Dear Colleagues, The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation has released the 2015 Poverty Guidelines.  The Poverty Guidelines have a key role in eligibility determination for the Assets for Independence (AFI) program. Please make sure that your program policies and procedures are updated and accordingly. An updated Eligibility Worksheet is available in the AFI Grantee Toolkit section of the AFI Resource Center or can be downloaded directly by clicking here.
  • SSBG DCL 2nd Quarter Allocations FY 2015

    Published: February 5, 2015
    The purpose of this message is to provide you with an update on the second quarter allocations of the Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) funds for fiscal year (FY) 2015.
  • LIHEAP DCL Grantee National Grantee Training Meeting FY 2015

    Published: February 11, 2015
    Grantee Participation at the FY 2015 OCS National LIHEAP Grantee Training Meetings.
  • CSBG DCL 2nd Quarter Allocations FY 2015

    Published: February 11, 2015
    The purpose of this message is to provide you with an update on the second quarter allocations of Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) funds for fiscal year (FY) 2015. These awards represent the third release of funding to-date for FY 2015.
  • AFI DCL EITC Awareness Day

    Published: April 1, 2015
    Dear Colleagues, The federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is one of the largest IRS public benefits for low-income households. The EITC is a refundable credit for families and individuals that work but earn low wages. It is a powerful work incentive and anti-poverty tool.
  • LIHEAP DCL Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Program

    Published: March 2, 2015
    Announcement to the launch of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Peer-to-Peer Mentorship Network.
  • LIHEAP DCL President's Budget Proposal FY 2016

    Published: March 4, 2015
    President’s 2016 Budget proposals.
  • SSBG DCL 1st Quarter Allocations FY 2015

    Published: March 5, 2015
    The purpose of this message is to provide you with an update on the first quarter allocations of the Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) funds for fiscal year (FY) 2015.

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