What is CSBG?

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CSBG is a federal investment to reduce poverty in the United States. Funded under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, CSBG provides States, U.S. Territories, Native American Indian Tribes and other organizations funds to alleviate the causes and conditions of poverty in local communities.

 What kinds of services are available through CSBG?

CSBG funds result in innovative programs that address the leading causes of poverty as determined locally by administering community based organizations. To name a few, CSBG helps low-income individuals obtain employment, increase their education, access vital early childhood programs, and achieve or maintain their independence. CSBG funding supports projects that:

  • Lessen poverty in communities
  • Address the needs of low-income individuals including the homeless, migrants and the elderly
  • Provide services and activities addressing employment, education, better use of available income, housing, nutrition, emergency services and/or health

Services under CSBG are determined and provided by non-profit and public agencies in local communities throughout the state. Due to the unique block grant requirements of CSBG, services offered throughout the state will vary depending on the local needs assessment conducted in each community.

Services vary by county. Look up your county's services here.

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  • Child/Youth Services
  • Drought Water Assistance
  • Education Services
  • Emergency Services
  • Employment Services
  • Food/Nutrition Services
  • Health Services
  • Homeless Services
  • Housing Services
  • Income Management Services
  • Senior Services
  • Transportation Services
  • Plus Other Services


 CSD Awards $1.2 Million to Local Agencies to Reduce Childhood Poverty, Provide Youth Employment Services and Help Homeless Veterans

The California Department of Community Services and Development (CSD) awarded $1.2 million to anti-poverty programs under targeted initiatives focused on reducing childhood poverty, cultivating youth employment opportunities, and increasing support services for homeless individuals and families, including homeless veterans.

“The hurdles faced by low-income families and individuals moving out of poverty can be overcome through a targeted and coordinated approach,” said CSD Director Linné Stout. “These programs target particularly vulnerable populations to address barriers to education, housing stability, employment and career training, and financial security.”

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Use our Eligibility Wizard or
Reference our Income Guideline Chart

NOTE: You must also meet all other program eligibility requirements.


Our interactive map will direct you to a CSBG agency
in your area.