Community Services (CSBG)
The purpose of the Community Services Block Grant Program (CSBG) is to provide assistance to Community Action Agencies for the reduction of poverty, the revitalization of low-income communities, and the empowerment of low-income families and individuals in rural and urban areas to become fully self-sufficient. The CSBG program is made up of Emergency Stabilization Programs, Family Development Projects, and Community Programs funded by the State of Missouri Community Services Block Grant Unit. All programs are subject to income eligibility guidelines.
Community Services / Emergency Services
Our CSBG crisis funds are set aside to help clients through an immediate emergency. These funds are typically a one-time service that helps clients get back on their feet. This program cannot pay utilities.
(CSBG Community Services Application)
Community Partnership Funds
This program is designed to provide funding and assistance to groups, organizations, and companies that serve at least 50% low-income individuals and/or families. Our hope is these funds will utilize the strengths and diversity of our community partners to build strong communities.
Human Trafficking Symposium & Awareness
Our agency hopes to open discussions & share information in order to raise awareness of human trafficking, it’s causes and lasting effects, as well as empower survivors in the continuing fight to stop human trafficking in all its forms.
Senior Tax Funds
Help for the Elderly Our service center also utilizes what are known as “Senior Tax Funds” to help individuals who are over the age of 60. These funds are available in Harrison, Grundy, Putnam, and Livingston counties only. Each County Tax Board stipulates what their particular funds can be used for and so assistance offered varies by county.
Low-Income Home Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP)
LIHWAP is a program that can offer one-time assistance with a water and/or wastewater (sewer) bill from November through September. This program can help with disconnection/reconnection fees, threat of disconnection, and past-due bills.
(Water LIHWAP Application)