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Community Services Block Grant


See below for more information on the Community Services section:
​Organizational Standards
Funding Information, Documents and Links​
Alabama CSBG Information System Reports​




The Community Services Block Grant Act was enacted to assist low-income individuals and families to achieve self-sufficiency. Serving the citizens of Alabama while reducing welfare dependency is a daily function for ADECA's Community Services section. The staff help manage a variety of programs and community activities to help low-income citizens become gainfully employed and improve their quality of life.


The activities in the Community Service Block Grant Program include but are not limited to the following:

  • To secure and retain meaningful employment
  • To encourage and enhance economic development
  • To attain an adequate education
  • To make better use of available income
  • To obtain and maintain adequate housing and suitable living environment
  • To obtain emergency assistance through loans or grants to meet immediate and urgent individual and family needs including the need for health services, nutrition, food, housing and employment related assistance
  • To remove obstacles and solve problems which block the achievement of self-sufficiency
  • To achieve greater participation in the affairs of the community
  • To make more effective use of other programs related to the purpose of the Community Services Block Grant Act
  • To enhance youth and family development, including after school child care and youth mediation
  • To provide an emergency basis for the provision of such supplies and services, nutritious foodstuffs, and related necessary to counteract conditions of starvation and malnutrition among the poor
  • To coordinate and establish linkages between governmental and other social services programs to assure the effective delivery of services to low income individuals

In accordance with the Community Services Block Grant Act, Alabama’s 21 Community Action Agencies will assist in meeting the needs of whole family structure as well as addressing the needs of an individual in the areas of:

  • Customer/client evaluations and assessments
  • Information and referral based on client needs for education, employment or other assistance services (some services and assistance provided in house)
  • Job readiness and skills counseling
  • Limited skill development computers, day care and others (not all agencies)
  • Job placement and development with local employers
  • Employability skills orientation and classes
  • Limited on-the-job training (not all agencies)
  • Programs for youth and family development
  • Day Care and Head start services (not all agencies)
  • After school and summer programs for youth
  • Transportation (not all agencies)
  • Emergency and special needs
  • Client/customer case management, follow-up/tracking and results management


Organizational Standards

The State of Alabama is proposing to implement the new CSBG Organizational Standards as part of the 2015 program year.  The following information includes the draft monitoring tool, the proposed implementation schedule, and a link to the most current information regarding the progress at the federal level.  Questions and comments should be directed to Rhoda Tally ar 334-242-5412 or Maureen Neighbors at 334-242-5467.

Organizational Standards State Monitoring tool

Alabama Organizational Standards Implementation Schedule

Link to Office of Community services Organizational Standards IM Draft


Funding Information, Documents and Links

Funding for this program comes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Community Services. ADECA receives about $12 million annually, and 95 percent of the grant funding is distributed to 21 Community Action Agencies statewide.

Click here for a list of the Community Action Agencies and their service areas.

Read the FY 2015 and 2016 State Plan

CSBG Policies and Procedures

To ensure that these agencies stay in compliance with regulations, ADECA staff monitor each agency every three years. We use this "Field Review Instrument" in our monitoring activities.

Click here for the federal Community Services Block Grant website.


Alabama CSBG Information System Reports

The following reports provide detailed reports of expenditures and statistics related to services provided by each agency.

2014  State of Alabama.pdf2014 State of Alabama
2014 Alabama Council on Human Relations Inc.pdf2014 Alabama Council on Human Relations Inc
2014 CA of Etowah County.pdf2014 CA of Etowah County
2014 CAA of Central Alabama.pdf2014 CAA of Central Alabama
2014 CAA of Northeast Alabama.pdf2014 CAA of Northeast Alabama
2014 CAA of Northwest Alabama.pdf2014 CAA of Northwest Alabama
2014 CAA of South Alabama.pdf2014 CAA of South Alabama
2014 CAA of Talladega Clay Randolph Calhoun Cleburne.pdf2014 CAA of Talladega Clay Randolph Calhoun Cleburne
2014 CAC of Chambers-Tallapoosa-Coosa.pdf2014 CAC of Chambers-Tallapoosa-Coosa
2014 CAP Huntsville Madison Limestone Counties.pdf2014 CAP Huntsville Madison Limestone Counties
2014 CAP of North Alabama.pdf2014 CAP of North Alabama
2014 CSP of West Alabama.pdf2014 CSP of West Alabama
2014 Eleventh Area of AL Opportunity Action Com.pdf2014 Eleventh Area of AL Opportunity Action Com
2014 Human Resource Development Corp.pdf2014 Human Resource Development Corp
2014 Jefferson Co Committee for Economic Opportunity.pdf2014 Jefferson Co Committee for Economic Opportunity
2014 Macon Russell CAA.pdf2014 Macon Russell CAA
2014 Marion Winston CAC.pdf2014 Marion Winston CAC
2014 Mobile Community Action.pdf2014 Mobile Community Action
2014 Montgomery CAC and CDC.pdf2014 Montgomery CAC and CDC
2014 Organized Community Action Program.pdf2014 Organized Community Action Program
2014 Pickens Co CAC and CDC.pdf2014 Pickens Co CAC and CDC
2014 Walker County CAA.pdf2014 Walker County CAA



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