Community Action Agencies use CSBG funds to address the following six conditions of poverty:

  1. Securing and Retaining Meaningful Employment
  2. Securing Adequate Education
  3. Making Better Use of Available Income
  4. Obtaining and Maintaining Adequate Housing and Suitable Living Environment
  5. Obtaining Emergency Assistance Through Loans, Grants, or Other Means to Meet Immediate and Urgent Family and Individual Needs
  6. Improving Nutrition

Each Community Action Agency develops local programs that respond to the needs of low- income families and communities. Typically Community Action Agencies use CSBG resources in conjunction with other federal, state and local resources to provide the following range of services:

  • Community Coordination and Planning
  • Advocacy
  • Intake Assessment and Referral
  • Emergency Food, Rental, Housing or Utility Assistance
  • Case Management
  • Mentoring and Tutoring
  • School Readiness for Children
  • Head Start and Early Head Start
  • Education Workshops (Money Management, Parenting, Nutrition, Interviewing)
  • Employment and Training Activities (Job Readiness, Skill Training, Work Experience, Job Placement)
  • Home Energy and Weatherization Assistance
  • Health Services
  • Adult and Child Literacy (GED Study)
  • Housing Development, Rental Assistance and Transitional Housing
  • Asset Development and Micro-Enterprise Development
  • Community Development and Revitalization
  • In-Home Services
  • Earned Income Tax Credit Outreach and Clinics