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Community Services Block Grant

The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) provides funds through the Mississippi Department of Human Services Division of Community Services to alleviate the causes and conditions of poverty in communities. 

CSBG funding supports projects that: 

  • Lessen poverty in communities.
  • Address the needs of low-income individuals including the homeless and elderly.
  • Provide services and activities addressing employment, education, housing, nutrition and health services.

The Division of Community Services distributes CSBG funds to local Community Action Agencies and Human Resource Agencies to address the needs of low-income families by:

  • Increased self-sufficiency.
  • Improved living conditions.

Who is eligible for CSBG?

In order to receive a Community Services Block Grant, individuals must be within 125 percent of the current Federal Poverty Guidelines.

How do I apply for CSBG?

Individuals who have never received services may apply through the Virtual ROMA website at https://virtualroma.mdhs.ms.gov. This site is available nationwide but services and funds are for residents of Mississippi only.

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age or an emancipated minor. Individuals without access to a computer may call the Community Action Agency (CAA) or Human Resource Agency (HRA) in their area. Refer to the agency directory for agency contact information and service locations.

Division of Community Services
800-421-0762 | 601-359-4768
750 North State Street | Jackson, MS 39202

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