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Community Service Block Grant

Provides services and activities addressing employment, education, better use of available income, housing, nutrition, emergency services and/or health. Lessens poverty in communities and addresses the needs of low-income individuals including the homeless, migrants and the elderly.

Community Service Block Grant provides emergency food, housing, utilities and other emergency needs to support family self-sufficiency in low income population as a designated Community Action Agency.

Eligibility

Eligible  persons fall within 125% of the poverty guidelines and receive SSI, SSA, TANF or live in public housing.

Services

  • Emergency assistance in the form of vouchers paid to the vendor for past due utility assistance which may be electric, natural or propane gas, water, or past due rent/mortgage payments.  Applicants must have experienced a loss income or a portion of income within the past 30 days or experienced an unexpected documented expense. 

  • Housing assistance may be provided in the form of rent/mortgage payments and utility deposits.  CSBG staff provide intake services for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

  • Health assists individuals who are elderly and/or disabled with prescription drugs for non-narcotic life-sustaining medication, medical items such as braces, canes, hearing aids, glasses and dental needs.  Over the counter items such as Ensure and Depends are also a included. Assistance with opioid addiction treatment and rehabs through partnership with ETHRA’s Community Corrections program.

  • Employment provides assistance with special items or equipment needed to obtain a job.  CSBG staff work with WIOA and Families First to assist those in need to secure or maintain employment.

  • Education needs such as testing fees, tuition, books, uniforms and school supplies  may be provided in this component.

  • Nutrition  assistance is provided by CSBG staff at Commodity distributions in each county quarterly.  The food is provided by USDA and income guidelines are determined by TEFAP.  CSBG staff also assists ETHRA’s home delivered meal program by delivering meals to elderly/disabled shut-ins in the community.

 

Mountain Valley Economic Opportunity Authority (MVEOA),  a division of East Tennessee Human Resource Agency (ETHRA) administers the CSBG grant in the following counties:  Campbell, Claiborne, Morgan, Scott and Union. 

Eligibility is determined by the need for service and the household income.  The household income can not exceed 125% of the poverty guidelines.

Referrals to community partners are provided when MVEOA is unable to provide direct assistance.

 

Program Quick Stats

4,957

Customers served in 2016

Contact

Alicia King
Email: agking@ethra.org
Cell: (865) 705-8428
Office: (423) 286-6929 x.6701
Fax: (423) 286-6923

Funding

Funds for these services are provided through a contract with the Tennessee Department of Human Services (DHS)

Counties Served

Claiborne County, Campbell County, Morgan County, Scott County, Union County