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A Brief on CSBG

The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Program represents the consolidation of several federal funding streams originating in Lyndon B. Johnson’s Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. The purpose of these funds, then and now, is to support programs that reduce poverty and address the needs of people with low income. CSBG funds, which totaled $770 million in FY 2016, are administered through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Community Services.

This is what “Financial Challenges” look like for Americans at different income levels

In May 2016, the Federal Reserve Board published its “Report on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households in 2015.” This report, based on a survey of thousands of adults nationwide, captures Americans’ perspectives, behaviors and concerns as related to their financial situation.

For Community Action Council, there’s no such thing as “poor people”

The Council doesn’t provide services to “poor people.” Instead, we talk about people in poverty, people living in poverty, or people with low income.

What’s the difference? Isn’t that just a lot of extra words to say the same thing? Why does it matter?

Here are five reasons we choose not to use the term “poor people”:

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