Dear PoP – Community Service Block Grants

“Dear PoP,


I would love to see what ideas your readers generate on how these funds could be well-used to help our community.


David Tumblin

Commissioner, Single Member District 4C06″


District Receives $16.4 Million in Community Services Block Grant Funds From Recovery Act

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced April 10, 2009 plans to make $1 billion available for the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program. Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the new resources will be allocated to states across the country. The District will receive $16,427,550 that will be distributed to community groups that help Americans through tough economic times.

Under the Recovery Act, organizations receiving CSBG funding must use the resources to help get our economy back on track. Funds must be used to reduce poverty, revitalize low-income communities, and assist low-income families to become self-sufficient. Eligible entities use funds to provide services and activities addressing employment, education, housing, nutrition, and emergency services to combat the central causes of poverty.

Services currently provided by community organizations that receive CSBG funds include:

  • Job training and placement assistance.
  • Financial literacy programs such as credit counseling.
  • Housing assistance programs that help keep Americans in their homes.
  • Nutrition programs that provide meals for vulnerable families.
  • Community agencies that bring public and private resources together to assist families in need.

The United Planning Organization, which is the District’s federally-recognized community action agency, is responsible for determining how these funds are distributed. Interested parties should contact Harvey Johnson, III, UPO’s Director of Public Awareness, for more information. He can be reached at (202) 238-4696 or by email at [email protected] or [email protected].


Any ideas?

One Comment

  • As the weather changes for the better, and the DC mosquitos return to devour the population, perhaps the funds could be invested in training and employing young men and women to repair and replace screens and screen doors for elderly and indigent people in the city. I recall that this was fairly successfully done in Texas back in the late 80’s after the oil bust hit town. The skills needed are very limited, for instance I could teach anyone to make a replacement screen frame in 5 minutes (15 minutes if they are from New York like PoP). I also believe such screen replacement programs have been successful in housing authorities all around the country (i.e. retrain the residents to help themselves and their neighbors). Other benefits include the fact that materials and tools are minimal and cheap – for window screens all you need is a hacksaw, a box cutter, and a spline roller.

    Just an idea.

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