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Posted December 3, 2019 | 2:53 PM

Hillsborough County Emphasizes Importance of Self-Sufficiency through Grant

Community Services Block Grant's empowering programs help residents on the path to self-sufficiency

For more than 50 years, Hillsborough County has helped thousands of residents moving towards a more stable life through empowerment programs funded by the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG).

CSBG, a federal, anti-poverty block grant, is administered to organizations, like Hillsborough County Social Services, to fund programs focused on supporting and assisting low-income, eligible individuals and families in their journey towards economic self-sufficiency. The grant funds are administered locally by Social Services, with guidance from the Community Action Board, through several empowerment programs - education, family, and youth - in addition to creative community projects.

In 2018 alone, $1.02 million in CSBG funds directly assisted more than 2,000 Hillsborough County residents through empowerment programs and community projects.

CSBG funding infographic

Eligibility is based on annual household income of 125% or less of the Federal Poverty Guidelines (FPG), and enrollment in a 12-month customized case management plan.

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