COMMUNITY SERVICE BLOCK GRANT (CSBG)
The CSBG provides direct services through the Job Promotion, Youth Leadership, General Emergency Assistance, Community Food and Nutrition and the CSBG Energy Support Programs.
The Job Promotion Program provides financial assistance for child care to low-income households to assist them in obtaining and/or maintaining employment, to attend school or college, or to participate in job training programs.
The YLP provides income-eligible middle and high school students educational opportunities targeting individual improvements in academic, behavioral and social achievement; longer range resulting in increased self-sufficiency. The program's goals are to assist in developing informed, committed and qualified young people capable of providing leadership in their schools and communities as they grow and mature into adulthood. The YLP provides services to 40 students annually.
The GEAP provides emergency financial assistance to income-eligible families and individuals in crisis to alleviate food, clothing, medical, housing-related, child care, and transportation emergencies; and to make repairs to home heating devices.
The CFNP collaborates with medical and social services providers to supplement the dietary and medical needs of low-income and elderly individuals in Chesterfield and Marlboro Counties.
The CSBG Energy Support Program assist in the delivery of energy-related emergency services to more than 1,000 low-income, elderly and disabled households to enable vulnerable individuals maintain an independent living situation as a result of services received.
CSBG leverage services to over 540 income-eligible seniors in Marlboro County through a collaboration with the South Carolina Department of Social Services Seniors Farmer's Market Nutrition Program. The CSBGstaff increased its capacity to serve by participating in training programs and academics such as the National Community Action Management Academy's (NCAMA) Core Competencies of Community Action Management and Accountability (ROMA) reporting system; and workshops on Making the Best of Community Assets.
Beneficiaries are low-income individuals that may be unemployed or receiving public assistance, including Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), at-risk youth, custodial and non-custodial parents, residents of public housing, persons with disabilities, persons who are homeless, and individuals transitioning from incarceration into the community.
The Federal Poverty Guidelines is used as the primary criterion in determining income eligibility. In order to receive assistance under any CSBG project involving direct services, an applicant's total household income must not exceed 125% of the poverty level. Household is defined by the Bureau of Census as consisting of all persons who occupy a housing unit (i.e., house or apartment), whether they are related to each other or not. Total household income is based on income at the time of application.
Total household monthly or annualized gross income should is used to determine eligibility. The monthly income is calculated for the thirty (30) day period preceding and including the date of application. In an effort to assist as many households/individuals as possible, the annual income is calculated either for the past 1 months, last 30 days, including date of application, times 12 or last 180 days times 2.