Jim Costa

From the office of:

Jim Costa


From: The Honorable Jim Costa
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Date: 3/31/2017


LAST CALL: COB on March 31, 2017

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Dear Colleague:

Please join us in requesting continued support of the Community Service Block Grant (CSBG) program, an initiative that provides critical assistance to local efforts aimed at reducing poverty and expanding economic opportunity for all. Specifically, this
bipartisan letter requests level funding ($714.9 million) for the program to maintain the federal commitment to targeted, innovative approaches to improving economic conditions.

More than 1,100 Community Action Agencies across the nation offer services every year in 99 percent of U.S. counties to 16 million low-income individuals, primarily members of working families and seniors. These agencies are partnerships of local leaders,
private sector interests, and low-income representatives aimed at helping at-risk populations achieve financial independence.

90 percent of CSBG funds go directly to local communities to provide critical services such as child care, job training, housing and financial education that improve self-sufficiency. The tremendous results of these programs not only pull countless individuals
out of poverty, but also allow local organizations to leverage nearly $2.30 in private capital from every federal dollar invested in CSBG.

Please join us in requesting that $714.9 million in level funding for the Community Service Block Grant be included in the FY18 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies bill. To sign on this letter, please contact Scott Petersen
in Congressman Costa’s office (; x53341) or Charlotte Pineda in Congressman Fitzpatrick’s office (
by COB on March 31, 2017. Thank you for your consideration of this request.


JIM COSTA                                                                                        BRIAN FITZPATRICK
Member of Congress                                                                          Member of Congress

Dear Chairman Cole and Ranking Member DeLauro:

As the Subcommittee begins the arduous task of preparing the Fiscal Year 2018 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill, we respectfully request the Committee pay particular attention to funding for the Community Services Block
Grant (CSBG). We recognize and thank the Committee for its longstanding support for CSBG funding. We also recognize the incredible demand placed upon the Committee for program funding. With these difficulties in mind, we respectfully request funding for CSBG
be no lower than the annualized FY2017 level of $714.9 million.

As the Committee’s past support indicates the Community Services Block Grant is a unique and valuable resource that enables local communities to address poverty and economic insecurity in innovative ways. Annually, some 16 million of our most vulnerable
citizens receive a hand-up through their CSBG-funded agency. This simply would not be possible absent CSBG funding.

More than 1,100 Community Action Agencies nationwide use their CSBG funding to allow local elected officials, the private sector, and representatives of the low-income community to develop unique, locally driven responses to circumstances surrounding poverty
in their particular community. Each CSBG dollar then leverages nearly $2.30 in private, non-governmental funds.

We believe strongly that CSBG funding gives our local communities a valuable weapon in the fight to reduce poverty, one of our nation’s most daunting economic challenges. We thank you for your leadership and consideration of this request on behalf of the
Community Services Block Grant.


JIM COSTA                                                                                       BRIAN FITZPATRICK
Member of Congress                                                                         Member of Congress