The U.S. Conference of Mayors


WHEREAS, the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) provides assistance to low-income families; and

WHEREAS, community action agencies administer and coordinate services, and leverage approximately $9.9 billion in other federal, state, local, and private resources to develop and provide a coordinated array of resources to help families and individuals achieve self-sufficiency, and build stable and healthy communities as a means of combating poverty; and

WHEREAS, each Community Services Block Grant dollar leverages $5.40 in non-federal funds; and

WHEREAS, the nationwide network of community action agencies leverage resources to provide services including Head Start, literacy and job training programs, health care, child care, and after-school programs; and

WHEREAS, community action agencies support LIHEAP, weatherization assistance, housing and home ownership services, transitional housing, financial literacy, asset development, community and economic development, food pantries, and meal programs; and

WHEREAS, demands on community action agency services from the working poor, older Americans, families struggling with unemployment, and the number of people departing TANF increase; and

WHEREAS, CSBG has received level funding in the amount of $650 million since FY 2002; and

WHEREAS, the President's proposed 2008 federal budget reflects the elimination of CSBG funding without any other funding identified to provide the bridge in funding for services needed by poor and working poor,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the United States Conference of Mayors strongly supports investment in CSBG, and thereby, supports increasing FY 2008 CSBG funding at a minimum level of $700 million, the level consistent with the final FY 2002 appropriation with proper adjustment for inflation.

2007 The U.S. Conference of Mayors
Tom Cochran, Executive Director
1620 Eye Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006
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