Community Services Block Grant
The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) is a federally funded grant program created by the Omnibus Reconciliation Act of 1981. The program aims to combat poverty within communities by removing the barriers to self-sufficiency clients may encounter. Applicants meeting the income requirements may be eligible for a variety of services. The goal of the program is to provide services to eligible low-income individuals and families to improve the communities in which they live. Allowable services range from "safety net" emergency services through job development, adult education, and self-sufficiency programs. Client eligibility for all services is based on income eligibility and need for the service. Income eligibility means that the household income is at or below 125% of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Poverty Guidelines. Income eligibility and documentation of the client's need for service must be completed in order to establish client eligibility prior to delivery of services. The state administers the CSBG program through a network of 20 local agencies that reach all 95 counties. Agencies conduct annual needs assessments, develop a community action plan, and offer services based on identified local needs.
Social Services Block Grant
The Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) program in Tennessee provides funding for the Adult Homemaker Services and the Adult Day Care services. Services are limited to low-income elderly or disabled adults who meet federal poverty guidelines or are referred by the DHS Adult Protective Services Program due to allegations of abuse or neglect. Homemaker Services are limited in-home personal care services designed to allow participants to remain in their own residence and maintain independence. The Adult Day Care program provides limited Adult Day Care services in selected communities. Priority eligibility is given to protective service referrals. For information on Licensure standards for Adult Day Care programs, please contact the DHS office in your county. The program is administered through contracts with an established network of local non-profit agencies and local governments, serving all 95 counties. Services are limited to low-income elderly or disabled adults who meet federal poverty guidelines or are referred by the DHS Adult Protective Service program due to allegations of abuse or neglect.