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  • If you or someone you know is in need of assistance, please visit our Help for Texans page.

Community Services Block Grant (CSBG)

CSBG Funds to Eligible Entities

Ninety-percent of CSBG funds are provided to CSBG eligible entities (Subrecipients) for the delivery of services to very low income Texas residents in all 254 counties. For PY 2015, the state received approximately $32 million in CSBG funding. These funds support a variety of direct services in addition to helping maintain the core administrative elements of these local organizations. The funds to CSBG eligible entities are non-competitive. Eligible entities are designated by the Governor to provide a broad range of services designed to eliminate poverty and foster self-sufficiency and must provide these services in a geographic area not served by another eligible entity.

CSBG Subrecipients

How to Apply for CSBG Assistance

If you need assistance with poverty elimination, self-sufficiency, and case management services (CSBG), review the above lists and/or map to find the local CSBG service provider nearest you. Also, you may:

  • Visit Help for Texans and select Utility Bill or Rental Help.
  • Call 2-1-1 and the operator will direct you to your local utility/rental assistance service provider.

CSBG State Discretionary Funds & Disaster Relief

Five-percent of CSBG funds, referred to as State Discretionary Funds, are utilized by the State to provide the following:

  • disaster relief to areas of the State impacted by natural or man-made disasters,

  • provision of training and technical assistance to CSBG eligible entities,

  • provide funds for entities providing services to low-income migrant seasonal farm worker and Native American populations;

  • fund statewide initiatives, innovative and demonstration projects which assist low-income persons overcome barriers to attaining self-sufficiency; and

  • fund other projects/initiatives, including funds to CSBG eligible entities for self-sufficiency projects.

Texas FFY 2016 and FFY 2017 CSBG State Application and Plan

The State of Texas Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2016 and FFY 2017 Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) State Application and Plan (the State Plan) was approved by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs Board of Directors on July 30, 2015 and submitted to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The State Plan describes the State's activities and the proposed use of CSBG funds and distribution of pass-through funds, state administration funds, and state discretionary funds.

Texas FFY 2014 and FFY 2015 CSBG State Application and Plan

The State of Texas Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2014 and FFY 2015 Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) State Application and Plan (the State Plan) was approved by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs Board of Directors and submitted to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (USHHS). The State Plan describes the State's activities and the planned use of CSBG funds and distribution of pass-through funds, state administration funds, and state discretionary funds.  USHHS approved the State Plan September 2013.