Statement of Support for CSBG

#AWiseInvestment2.jpgAction Pathways, as a Communtiy Action Agency, believes that our country can't thrive unless our communities and familes do. The future of America depends on everyone in urban, suburban and rural places doing well. Our communities are stronger when all people can realize thier full potential and contribute to their local community.

At some point in their lives everyone needs a helping hand. Community Action Agencies (CAAs) are trusted sources of support for over 15 million people in more than 6 million families, annually, across America. Their local control and flexibility form a solid foundation for generating solutions in addressing comples causes of poverty in local communities.  CAAs' use sophisticated management and accountability practives to intergrate a wide  array of federal, state and private resources to foster healthy and vibrant communities that provide opportunities for individuals and families to succeed. 



Action Pathways rejects the Administrations's FY2019 budget proposal to eliminiate funding for the Community Services Block Grant. We support funding at $750 million.


The CSBG Act, the federal legislation governing Community Action Agencies (CAAs(), requires states to work through the Community Action Network - the nationwide system of over 1,000 local CAAs - to connect families and individuals to opportunities to move from poverty to economic security. CAAs are trusted local organizations uniquely positioned to address the casuses of poverty specific to their individual communtiies. 

  • ​Through grants to states and local agencies, the CSBG Act defines, supports and enforces the unique features of Community Action Agencies. Local agencies must meet federal requirements to be formally designated as a Community Action Agency and receive CSBG funds. These requirements ensure that low-income individuals and others in the community have a voice in planning and oversight of local programs; that initiatives respond to locally identified needs, and; that resources are coordinated and used effectively. States use thier portion of CSBG funds to monitor local agency performance and coordinate antipoverty resources statewide.  
  • CSBG is the only dedicated funding source that supports core Commuity Action Agency functions. CAAs area highly succesful at leveraging their small CSBG funding allotments to obtain a wide array of other public an d private resources that address local causes and conditions of poverty. This success results from the agencies' formal designation as Community Action Agencies and from the extensive efforts of their staff and board members in conducting needs assessments, developing innovative strategies, coordinating with community partners, identifying public and private resources and securing competitive grant funds. CSBG funds support these critical activities, along with fundamental agency operations and infracstruture. 
  • CSBG provides felxible funds to support gap-filling activities that address unmet needs, innovative initiatives to combat poverty and promote self-sufficiency and rapid reponse to urgent community needs. CAAs identify causes and conditions of poverty that may not be addressed through an exisitng program or for which exisitng resources are not adequate. CSBG funds are used alone and in combination with other resources to support important antipoverty initiatives that would not otherwise be possible. 


Action Pathways, like all if its sister agencies, believe future American progress depends on families constructing stable and strong foundations so everyone can reach thier full potential. Providing support that help stabilize a family or indvidual helps create hope and builds well-being. Opening the opportunity for education and training, gainful employment and the ability to live in decency and dignity is both in America's best interest and a smart investment; it prevents the need for future services and contributes to stronger, more vibrant communities and economies.