The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program is a flexible program intended to support services and activities for individuals with low-income. The goals of the program include the reduction of poverty and revitalization of low-income communities. The program does not provide direct grants to individuals, but rather provides services and assistance to empower households to become self-sufficient.
Lee County receives CSBG funds through the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. As a requirement for the receipt of these funds, Lee County completes an annual CSBG workplan to outline community needs and the programs intended to address those needs. The 2019 workplan includes the following projects:
- Homelessness Prevention and Intervention
- Financial Literacy
- Employment Services
Community Needs Assessment
Lee County Human and Veteran Services completed a community needs assessment June of 2019. The analysis is used to conduct strategic planning and work plan development for the use of CSBG funds. The work plan includes a community profile and data for poverty, education, health and safety, special populations, housing, civic and community engagement. This data is used to identify anticipated needs of Lee County for future program development.