CSBG Appropriations and Reauthorization

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CSBG Appropriations

The House Labor-HHS Appropriations subcommittee released its FY 2020 appropriations bill in May 2019 which contains increased funding amounts for both the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) and the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The House bill set CSBG funding at $760 million for FY 2020. This is an increase of about $35 million over FY 2019.

On September 18, 2019 the Senate Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee released the text of its FY 2020 appropriations bill. The Committee recommends $700 million for CSBG in FY 2020. This is significantly lower than the $760 million that the House recommended. It is also less than the FY 2019 enacted level of $725 million for CSBG. The Labor-HHS bill also contains report language recognizing the important role of Community Action Agencies in fighting the opioid epidemic; however, the bill does not provide additional funding to support these activities.

CSBG Reauthorization

In March 2019,  HR 1695- The Community Services Block Grant Reauthorization Act, was introduced in the House. It is sponsored by Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN), Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH), Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA), and Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY). A companion bill has not yet been introduced in the Senate

CSBG Authorizing Statute

CSBG was last reauthorized in 1998. Public Law 105-285: The Community Opportunities, Accountability, and Training and Educational Services Act of 1998 (October 27, 1998) can be found here:

Information Memorandums

To view all IM’s issued by the Office of Community Services click here.

Dear Colleague Letters

To view all Dear Colleague Letters issued by the Office of Community Services, click here.