Sending Office: Honorable Betty McCollum
Original Cosponsors: Glenn “GT” Thompson, Marcia Fudge, and
Cosponsors (81): Amodei, Bonamici, Brindisi, Butterfield, Calvert,
Carbajal, Cartwright, Case, Katherine Clark, Cole, Chris Collins, Comer, Cook, Costa, Courtney, Cox, Craig, Cuellar, Cummings, Rodney Davis, DeFazio, DeSaulnier,
Diaz-Balart, Doyle, Fitzpatrick, Fortenberry, Gabbard, Gallego, Vicente Gonzalez,
González-Colón, Gottheimer, Granger, Guthrie, Haaland, Harder, Hayes, Herrera Beutler, Himes, Horsford, Jayapal, Bill Johnson, Katco,
Keller, Mike Kelly, Kilmer, Kind, Kuster, Larson, Lawrence, Levin, Lynch, McKinley, Meuser,
Moolenaar, Moore, Morelle, Pappas, Phillips, Pocan, Reed, Reschenthaler, Hal Rogers, Rouda, Scanlon, Austin Scott, Simpson, Slotkin,
Stevens, Stivers, Bennie Thompson, Trahan, Trone, Upton, Visclosky,
Watkins, Welch, Wild, Womack
We urge you to cosponsor the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Reauthorization Act of 2019 (H.R. 1695) which renews the nation’s commitment to reducing poverty through an established network of more than 1,000 local Community Action Agencies
that operate in virtually every county in the United States.
For more than 50 years, CSBG has empowered Community Action Agencies to help local individuals identify obstacles and needs contributing to poverty in their communities and develop plans to address those needs, drawing on resources from all levels of government
as well as the private sector. This bill would further enable their critical work by achieving three overarching goals:
- Preserves and strengthens the time-tested core principles that have made Community Action unique for more than 50 years – low-income participation, local control, comprehensive needs assessment, and strategic planning in collaboration with extensive
community partners. The bill ensures continued support through the Community Services Block Grant for this network of local agencies and their holistic approach to identifying local causes of poverty and barriers to opportunity, and in designing solutions
to address these local needs.
- Reinforces and expands existing efforts to continuously improve the performance and management of Community Action at the federal, state, and local levels. The bill ensures results-driven performance and accountability through more rigorous performance
measurement at all levels. The bill strengthens provisions requiring federal evaluation of state programs, state monitoring of local agencies, and mandatory corrective action, including termination of local agencies that fail to correct deficiencies.
- Invigorates the historic commitment of Community Action to innovation and evidence-based practice to ensure measurable results in reducing poverty.
Consistent with Community Action’s origin as a laboratory for innovation, the bill establishes a Community Action Innovations Program to allow agencies to replicate and expand practices that are proven effective, and to test innovative new approaches with
potential for success. The bill encourages expansion of the evidence-based “two-generation” approach already in use by many agencies, and establishes a new grant for Community Action Agencies to address unmet needs in low-income communities affected by the
Please see the
attached document to review what has been preserved in this legislation compared to previous versions as well as what previsions have been added. If you have any questions or would like to be added as a cosponsor, please reach out to Patrick Maillet (Patrick.firstname.lastname@example.org)
in Rep. Betty McCollum’s Office or Nick Rockwell (email@example.com) in Rep. Glenn Thompson’s Office.
Betty McCollum Glenn “GT” Thompson
Member of Congress Member of Congress
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