Purposes and Goals:

The purposes of the Community Services Block Grant are to reduce poverty, revitalize low-income communities, and to empower low-income families and individuals in rural and urban areas to become fully self-sufficient.


The CSBG legislation is explicit in mandating the use of nine strategies:

  1. Strengthen community capabilities for planning and coordinating the use of a broad range of resources: federal, state, local, including private resources.
  2. Increase use of innovative and effective community-based approaches.
  3. Maximize participation of residents of low-income communities and groups served, and empower them to respond to community problems and needs.
  4. Broaden the resource base of programs directed to the elimination of poverty; secure a more active role for citizens, organizations, and groups.
  5. Achieve greater participation in the affairs of the community, especially through grassroots partnerships with public and private partners.
  6. Make more effective use of and coordinate with other related programs.
  7. Coordinate and establish linkages between governmental and other social service programs.
  8. Provide a range of services and activities, especially youth development programs.
  9. Provide emergency direct services.


The Missouri Department of Social Services, Family Support Division administers the CSBG. The state provides guidance and ensures both financial and programmatic accountability of CSBG funded programs in Missouri.

By federal statute, CSBG-funded agencies must participate in a system for measuring their performance and results in promoting self-sufficiency, family stability and community revitalization. In Missouri Community Action Agencies are utilizing the Results Oriented Management and Accountability (ROMA) System developed by the National CSBG Monitoring and Assessment Task Force. The ROMA system is based on the following six goals:

Goal 1:
Self-Sufficiency: Low-Income People Become More Self-Sufficient
Goal 2:
Community Revitalization: The Conditions In Which Low-Income People Live Are Improved
Goal 3:
Community Revitalization: Low-Income People Own A Stake In Their Community
Goal 4:
Partnerships Among Supporters And Providers Of Services to Low-Income People are Achieved
Goal 5:
Agencies Increase Their Capacity To Achieve Results
Goal 6:
Family Stability: Low-Income People Achieve their Potential by Strengthening Family and Other Supportive Systems