This website is a resource for YOU to access an array of information and assistance designed to support your efforts in serving low income families and address the causes of poverty in local communities. Through this site you may download toolkits, listen to webinars, register for training, engage in online dialogue with colleagues, submit requests for training or technical assistance , read the latest evaluation reports about evidence-based program models, and search a consultant bank for experienced professionals serving the Community Action network.
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The CSBG Network is a national network of 1,000+ Community Action Agencies, State CSBG-Offices, State Associations, Tribal Organizations, National T/TA Partner organizations, and the federal Office of Community Services working together to alleviate the conditions of poverty and help families and communities achieve economic self-sufficiency.
The Community Action Partnership (The Partnership) is the nonprofit, national membership organization representing the interests of the 1,100 Community Action Agencies (CAAs) across the country that annually help more than 20 million low-income Americans achieve economic security. Whether it's a Head Start program, Weatherization, job training, housing, food bank, energy assistance, financial education, or any of more than 40 distinct programs and hundreds of community-based innovative initiatives, CAAs work to make America a better place to live.
In order to help CAAs meet ever-changing community needs, the Partnership provides: training and technical assistance opportunities in a wide variety of areas; sponsors an annual convention as well as a management and leadership training conference; and publishes a quarterly magazine and a weekly electronic newsletter. The Partnership sponsors a national certification program for individual CAAs (Pathways to Excellence, based on the Baldrige standards) and a rigorous training program for individual Community Action leaders (Certified Community Action Professional, CCAP).
National Association for State Community Services Programs (NASCSP) is the premier association charged with advocating and enhancing the leadership roles of states in creating economic opportunity for low-income populations. Its members are state administrators of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP).
At its core, NASCSP works toward more efficient and effective government and serves as a link between federal and local programs. It provides the states with the support they need to make sure their programs are well run and meet federal requirements. It also provides federal agencies and Congress with the depth of knowledge, data and input necessary to make program improvements based on state experience.
The Community Services Block Grant administered by the states, provides core funding to local agencies to reduce poverty, revitalize low-income communities and empower low-income families to become self-sufficient.
CSBG is a federal, anti-poverty block grant which funds the operations of a state-administered network of local agencies. This CSBG network consists of more than 1,100 agencies that create, coordinate and deliver programs and services to low-income Americans in 96 percent of the nation’s counties.
The Weatherization Assistance Program reduces heating and cooling costs for low-income families, particularly for the elderly, people with disabilities, and children, by improving the energy efficiency of their homes while ensuring their health and safety.
The energy conservation resulting from the efforts of Weatherization Assistance Programs helps our country reduce its dependence on foreign oil and decrease the cost of energy for families in need while improving the health and safety of their homes.
The Healthy Homes Initiative is another important component of NASCSP’s Energy Services efforts. This nationwide effort encourages better coordination of resources to benefit low-income households through health and safety improvements.