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Community Services Block Grant New York City Fact Sheet Fiscal Year 2011

Community Services Block Grant New York City Fact Sheet Fiscal Year 2011

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Community Services Block Grant
New York City Fact Sheet
Fiscal Year 2011

What is the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Program?
CSBG provides flexible federal funding to states and localities to support a broad range of community-based programs to combat poverty, empower people to achieve self-sufficiency, and revitalize low-income communities. The New York State Department of State, Division of Community Services administers the New York State CSBG program overall. As the designated Community Action Agency for New York City, the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) administers the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) locally.

What does CSBG funding mean for New York City?
In addition to funding programs for youth, families, seniors, and immigrants, CSBG funding acts as
a catalyst for community development. Community-based organizations have used this support to
leverage additional resources and strengthen their ability to provide services.

In Fiscal Year 2011, New York City:

  • Receives approximately $31.9 million
  • Contributes $7.98 million in matching tax levy funds
  • Funds more than 200 community-based organizations
  • Will serve 30,000 people
  • How do New Yorker’s benefit from CSBG funded programs?
  • 5,500 youth will be enrolled in leadership, employment and educational support programs, keeping them engaged in productive activities
  • 3,500 seniors will obtain assistance allowing them to remain in their own homes and continue living independently
  • 5,000 people will seek housing assistance, preventing evictions, and ensuring appropriate and safe housing
  • 3,000 adults will be signed up for literacy instruction resulting in many passing their GED test and enabling them to get better jobs
  • 6,500 immigrants will file for citizenship, permanent residency, asylum status and/or attend English for Speakers of Other Language classes allowing them to adjust to this society and take advantage of its opportunities.
  • 4,500 families will receive assistance through case management with issues such as: domestic violence prevention, substance abuse, HIV/AIDS support services, and nutrition.
  • 2,000 fathers who are non-custodial will be reconnected with their children and become
    more emotionally involved and financially responsible for them.

What would the loss of CSBG funds mean for New York City?
The loss of CSBG funding would be devastating for every low-income community in New York City. For many people it would mean taking away the very tools they need, such as academic support, English language classes and job training, that are essential for overcoming poverty and achieving economic independence. It would mean eroding the social service infrastructure in the very neighborhoods that need support the most.

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