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State sending $30.1 million to 48 local organizations
Houston County Courier -  January 2010

AUSTIN - The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) has announced funding awards totaling $30.1 million to 48 eligible nonprofit and local government agencies offering a wide array of services designed to transition low income Texans out of poverty and toward self-sufficiency, reducing future dependency on other government programs.
TDHCA made the awards through its Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Program which funds local agencies providing direct essential services to very low income individuals as well as helping meet the administrative expenses of these local organizations.
 The Greater East Texas Community Action Program, which serves Houston County, will receive  $938,606.
“Helping Texans achieve self-sufficiency is the first priority of the CSBG Program and a critical component of the Department’s charge,” said TDHCA Executive Director Michael Gerber. “Transitioning individuals from poverty toward self-sufficiency brings greater stability to low income Texans and the neighborhoods in which they live. Some agencies measure success by the number of individuals it assists. Through the CSGG Program, TDHCA is able to measure success by the number of individuals who no longer need that assistance.”
The CSBG Program assists households earning no more than 125 percent of the federal poverty guideline, which equals an annual income of $26,500 for a family of four. Funding for the program comes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The program supports a network of local agencies providing services that include access to child care; health and human services for children, families, and the elderly; nutrition; transportation; job training and employment services; housing; drug and alcohol abuse prevention; migrant farm labor assistance, and a host of related services.
Together with its network of partners, TDHCA in 2008 assisted more than 500,000 low income Texans through the CSBG Program.
According to the 2000 U.S. Census, there are some 3.1 million individuals in Texas living at or below the federal poverty level.
For more information about the CSBG Program, CSBG eligible organizations and their designated service area, please call TDHCA’s Community Services Section at (512) 475-3950 or visit the Section’s Web site at www.tdhca.state.tx.us/cs.htm#csbg.
About The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs
The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs is the state agency responsible for The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs is the state agency responsible for affordable housing, community services, energy assistance, colonia housing programs, and disaster recovery housing programs. 
It currently administers $2 billion through for-profit, nonprofit, and local government partnerships to deliver local housing and community-based opportunities and assistance to Texans in need.




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