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The purpose of this letter is to remind Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) state, territory and tribal lead agencies and eligible entities of flexibilities and resources available to support response efforts related to Hurricane Ida.

Today, President Biden announced a six-pronged strategy to combat the variants of the COVID-19 pandemic. The plan includes a requirement that Head Start staff, across the country, take necessary steps to protect our youngest population by receiving their COVID-19 vaccination.

The purpose of this message is to provide the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Network an update on the status of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 CSBG Annual Reports. As of August 25, 2021, 34 percent of states have submitted all three CSBG Annual Reports. We thank you for your efforts to submit the reports by the due date.

We are pleased to provide the registration links for the Office of Community Services’ (OCS) 2021 World Water Week events. As indicated in the World Water Week Save-the-Date announcement that went out on August 11, 2021, OCS will host Building Resilience Faster: Partnering to Increase Availability, Affordability, and Access to Quality Water and Wastewater Services, a series of events in observance of World Water Week 2021, August 23 - 27, 2021.

This guidance serves as a reminder regarding the timeframes of available flexibilities issued by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Administration for Children and Families in response to the pandemic.
 

The purpose of this message is to encourage CSBG grantees to review and consider opportunities to support small household plumbing repairs and to coordinate a range of other services and supports for households receiving assistance through the emergency Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) grants administered by the Office of Community Services (OCS). Grantees are also encouraged to consider opportunities to coordinate intake services and, when possible, to link LIHWAP assistance to other household assistance provided by CSBG eligible entities.

The CSBG State Plan is currently under review for clearance with OMB as described in CSBG-DCL-2021-19 CSBG State Plan: 30 Day Comment Period. During the 30-day comment period, OCS received additional comments. Due to this, OCS decided to continue using the current version of the CSBG State Plan. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause; however, OCS is committed to thoroughly reviewing and responding to the comments we received.  

We want to share the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) updated COVID-19 Guidance for Operating Early Care and Education/Childcare Programs Visit disclaimer page . The updated guidance focuses on helping administrators of Early Care and Education (ECE) programs, including Head Start and childcare programs, along with state and local health officials, safely support in-person learning and care.

The Office of Community Services is requesting feedback from the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Network on the proposed revisions to the CSBG State Plan Application (State Plan), CSBG Eligible Entity List (formerly the CSBG Eligible Entity Master List), and the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) Survey for CSBG Eligible Entities.

The Office of Community Services (OCS), Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) is informing CSBG State Administrators regarding a temporary adjustment of CSBG Program Specialist regional assignments. The temporary assignments will be through the end of Fiscal Year (FY) September 30, 2021. In addition, OCS wants to remind State Administrators of the CSBG Quarterly Calls schedule during July 2021.