ERIC Number: ED273700
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-May
Reference Count: 0
Community Services: Block Grant Helps Address Local Social Service Needs. Report to Congressional Committees.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Div. of Human Resources.
The overall objective of this review was to obtain information on several issues raised in the Congress pertaining to the reauthorization of the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program. The information includes: (1) what CSBG funds are used for and whether CSBG-supported services duplicate other local social service programs, (2) what role CSBG funds have in the opinions of local service providers, (3) what impact terminating CSBG might have on the services provided by these local agencies, and (4) what the State and Federal roles are in administering CSBG. The report also contains two case studies of community action agencies (CAAs)--one rural and one urban--which describe the roles they have in their communities and how the issues raised during the reauthorization process could affect them. General findings based on field work in eight states and 16 local communities indicate that: (1) CSBG funds primarily support a variety of direct services but also fund administrative functions of CAAs; (2) CSBG-supported services satisfied unmet needs and complemented services offered by local social service agencies rather than duplicated them; (3) loss of CSBG funds (without replacement) would reduce staff, consolidate operations, and reduce or eliminate services; and (4) State and Federal involvement consists of various types of oversight and assistance. (ETS)
Descriptors: Block Grants, Community Resources, Community Services, Federal Aid, Federal Legislation, Federal Programs, Local Issues, Social Agencies, Social Services
U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD 20877 (First 5 copies free; additional copies $2.00 each).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Div. of Human Resources.