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Help with Finding Social Services for Adults and Children

Published: December 15, 2014
Social Services Block Grants (SSBG)
Service Eligibility, Resource Guide

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Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) is a federally funded program that 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.

Services Available

Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) is a federally funded program that supports the delivery of the following 29 social services:

1) Adoption
2) Case Management
3) Congregate meals
4) Independent/transitional living services
5) Information and referral services
6) Legal services
7) Counseling services
8) Day care-adults
9) Day care-children
10) Education and training services
11) Employment services
12) Family planning services
13) Foster care services-adults
14) Foster care services-children
15) Health-related services
16) Home-based services
17) Home-delivered meals
18) Housing services
19) Pregnancy and parenting services
20) Prevention and intervention services
21) Protective services-adults
22) Protective services-children
23) Recreational services
24) Residential treatment services
25) Special services-disabled
26) Special services-youth at risk
27) Substance abuse services
28) Transportation services
29) Other

For description of these services, please see Social Services.

States will determine what services will be provided, locations, and the eligible populations.

How to Receive Services/Assistance

Contact your local social services provider or your SSBG State Contact.

Please contact the State or local social services provider directly for assistance.  See Contact Information section.

The SSBG Program does not provide social services directly to individuals.

Contact Information

SSBG State Contact information includes the name, address, telephone number and email address for the State organization that manages and administers SSBG-funded services.

Last Reviewed: July 30, 2019