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Community Services Block Grant (CSBG)

The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program is a federally funded anti-poverty block grant operated through a state-administered network of community and faith-based, not-for-profit organizations.  The objective of CSBG is to address the causes of poverty by implementing programs and services that empower low-income families and individuals, revitalize low-income communities and improve the economic self-sufficiency of low-income customers.  The Department of Human Services is the state agency responsible for the management, administration and oversight of the CSBG in the District of Columbia.


UPO is the designated Community Action Agency (CAA) for the District of Columbia, and represents a city-wide network of multiple organizations helping to create, coordinate and deliver CSBG programs and services.  The targeted program priority areas are as follows: Employment, Education, Income Management, Housing, Emergency Services, Nutrition, Coordination and Linkage, Self-sufficiency and Health.

CSBG and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) provided the District of Columbia with a one-time, Stimulus Fund grant for the purpose of creating jobs and generating sustainable economic activity.  The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) office administers these Stimulus Funds in a manner that meets the short-term and long-term economic and employment needs of individuals, families and communities, consistent with CSBG Program objectives. Through its city-wide network of organizations participating in ARRA-related activities, the CBSG office provides a wide range of innovative services tailored to the specific needs of the eligible population, including: securing and maintaining employment; securing adequate education; improving income management; securing adequate housing; providing emergency services; and improving nutrition.

To view and/or apply for jobs created using CSBG/ARRA funds, please visit the DC Networks One-Stop Career System website.


Low-income District of Columbia residents.

For More Information

Call (202) 698-4301 or visit the CSBG Program Office:

64 New York Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20002