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Community Services Block Grant (CSBG)

CSBG Funds to Eligible Entities

Ninety-percent of CSBG funds are provided to CSBG eligible entities for the delivery of services to very low income Texas residents in all 254 counties. For PY 2014, the state received approximately $31.9 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.

Award Subrecipients

CSBG State Discretionary Funds

Five-percent of CSBG funds, referred to as State Discretionary Funds, are utilized by the State to provide disaster relief to areas of the State impacted by natural or man-made disasters, to provide funds for the provision of training and technical assistance to CSBG eligible entities, to provide funds for entities providing services to low-income migrant seasonal farm worker and Native American populations; to fund statewide initiatives, to fund innovative and demonstration projects which assist low-income persons overcome barriers to attaining self-sufficiency; and to fund other projects/initiatives, including providing funds to CSBG eligible entities for self-sufficiency projects and/or to provide funds for outstanding performance.

Draft Texas FFY 2016 and FFY 2017 CSBG State Application and Plan

The Draft 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 June 16, 2015. It is now available for public comment. Once the Board approves the final Plan, it will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (USHHS). 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. Download the Draft 2016 & 2017 CSBG State Application and Plan (PDF)

The public comment period to accept comments regarding the draft plans will be open from June 16, 2015 through July 14, 2015 at 12:00 p.m.  Written comments concerning the draft plans may also be submitted to the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, Community Affairs Division, P.O. Box 13941, Austin, TX 78711-3941, or by email to rita.garza@tdhca.state.tx.us, or by fax to (512) 475-3935. Comments will not be accepted after 12:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 14, 2015. Any questions regarding the public comment process may be directed to Rita D. Gonzales-Garza, CSBG Program Administrator, in the Community Affairs Division at (512) 475-3905 or rita.garza@tdhca.state.tx.us

The document may be obtained by contacting the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs at P.O. Box 13941, Austin, TX 78711-3941 or by phone at (512) 475-3905.

Public hearings for the Draft 2016 and 2017 CSBG State Application and Plan will be held as follows:

Tuesday, July 7, 2015, 1:30-2:30 p.m. in Conference Room 116, TDHCA headquarters located at 221 East 11th Street, Austin, TX 78701

Wednesday, July 8, 2015, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Willie Velasquez Center, 1302 N. Zarzamora Street, San Antonio, TX 78207

Thursday, July 9, 2015, 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the Gulf Coast Community Services Association, 9320 Kirby Drive, Houston, TX 77054

Monday, July 13, 2015, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Southside Community Center, 959 E. Rosedale Street, Fort Worth, TX 76104

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. Download the State Plan (PDF)