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Community Services Block Grant


To help communities address poverty and the needs of low-income Ohioans in their area. Funding supports programs to help families and individuals achieve self-sufficiency, secure and retain employment, get an education, make better use of income, obtain and maintain housing, receive emergency assistance, and get more involved in their communities. The program also addresses the needs of youth in low-income communities and helps with emergencies.


Funding goes to designated Community Action Agencies to deliver services that address the causes and conditions of poverty in a community. It also helps recipients become self-sufficient. Programs and services supported by the grant vary according to the needs of the area served by the Community Action Agency.

For Whom

Households with incomes equal to or below 125 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.

Program Contact

Office of Community Assistance, Toski Flemister, (614) 466-4394

How Much

Ohio receives about $26 million a year. Roughly 95 percent is passed through to community action agencies. $2 million is typically set-aside for training and technical assistance. Agencies receive a formula-based grant.

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