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Community Services Block Grant (CSBG)
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Client Eligibility and Documentation

Program Year 2015 Income Limits for CSBG
(effective January 22, 2015)
Persons in Family/Household 100% of Federal Poverty Guidelines 125% of Federal Poverty Guidelines
1 $11,770 $14,712
2 $15,930 $19,912
3 $20,090 $25,112
4 $24,250 $30,312
5 $28,410 $35,512
6 $32,570 $40,712
7 $36,730 $45,912
8 $40,890 $51,112
Families with more than 8 persons Add $4,160 for each additional person Add $5,200 for each additional person

For CSBG PY 2015, beginning January 1, 2015, eligibility for CSBG will remain at 125% of Federal Poverty Income Guidelines.

SOURCE: Federal Register, Volume 80, No. 14, Thursday, January 22, 2015

Data Collection and Reporting

Monthly Reporting

National Performance Indicators


CSBG Organizational Standards

On January 26, 2015, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (USHHS), Office of Community Services, issued Information Memorandum No. 138 establishing Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Organizational Standards. States must establish organizational performance standards for CSBG eligible entities. The Organizational Standards can be found at USHHS website http://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/ocs/im_138_csbg_organizational_standards_fy_2015.pdf. The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs will adopt the Organizational Standards through the Texas Administrative Code rule-making process in the fall of 2015.

The Community Action Partnership (CAP) has developed self-assessment tools, one for private CSBG eligible entities and one for public CSBG eligible entities. They have also developed a document with a Glossary of Terms related to the organizational standards and a Organizational Standards and Community Action Boards document. Go to the CAP website to download these documents at http://www.communityactionpartnership.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=96&Itemid=291

Training and Technical Assistance

Technical Assistance


Requests for Training and Technical Assistance

Community Affairs Training Staff is providing quality training and technical assistance to CSBG subrecipients. Please submit training and technical assistance requests and or questions using the links below.

Additional Requirements for CSBG Eligible Entities Only

Open Government Requirements

Community Needs Assessment

  • Community Needs Assessment Guide and TDHCA Submission Requirements (DOC) (PDF) (04-06-15)
  • Strategic Planning

  • Strategic Planning Guide (PDF) (June 02, 2015)
  • Community Action Plans

    Allocations, Budget Forms, Public Hearing Forms and Board Certification

    CSBG Board Information

    CSBG Board of Directors Roster Form (DOC)

    National Survey