Prevention and Wellness
Program Name: Community Services Block Grant (CSBG)
Point of Contact: Jennie Sparandara (Mayor’s Office), Mary Mariner (MOCS)
Amount Applied For: $8.3 million (formula grant)
Amount Awarded: $8.3 million (formula grant)
In Process: Programs identified for funding, levels are approximate:
In brief summary, the allocated $8.3 million will be distributed as follows:
- Jobs for sustainable neighborhoods and contextualized literacy: $3.1 million
- Job readiness and placement for ex-offenders: $1.2 million
- Job training in the construction trades: $2 million
- Job training and case management for homeless individuals: $600,000
- Assist low income Philadelphians in accessing unemployment benefits & legal assistance:
- Data system improvements, program evaluation and fiscal monitoring: $400,000
Why Apply for this Grant?
The Community Services Block Grant is a vital tool in the City’s commitment to
fighting poverty in Philadelphia. With the stipulations that funds must serve Philadelphians at or
below 200% of the federal poverty line and must “move people to self-sufficiency,” these
Recovery funds have been prioritized to address critical and timely needs related to connecting
low income people to employment and reducing barriers to work, with a particular focus on the
Administrative priorities of increasing opportunities for green jobs and jobs in the construction
trades, and addressing the special needs of vulnerable populations.
Jobs for Sustainable Neighborhoods:
- Development of new commercial corridor and neighborhood cleaning & greening job
program in partnership with Commerce, the Workforce Investment Board and community
based organizations. Funds will support job-based literacy training and workforce skill
development for approximately 100-150 individuals and leverage workforce and Commerce
resources to move part-time, seasonal workers into paid on the job training, and eventually,
full time, year-round employment.
- Support employment-focused literacy programming, including English as a Second Language
and “GED to College” programming. Expand the successful College & Career Advancement
Program (CCAP), implemented this year for the City of Philadelphia workforce, to
employees at the School District of Philadelphia.
Job readiness and placement for ex offenders:
- Contract with a job placement and career counseling organization (to be determined, based on
RFP outcome) and support wraparound services including literacy, GED attainment and job
readiness training for 250 ex offenders.
Job training in the construction trades:
- Funding for 160 individuals, as provided by the Philadelphia Housing Authority in their
nationally recognized apprenticeship program, to enter into job training and placement
services for the construction trades
Job readiness and training for homeless individuals
- Contract with multiple programs to offer job training and placement services to current and
formerly homeless individuals.
Making work pay and helping low income Philadelphians receive the benefits they are entitled
- Support Community Legal Services to serve approximately 2,000 low income Philadelphians
by providing advice and counsel in legal matters regarding unemployment, health care,
income supports, housing, rental assistance and language access.
ITo be determined, pending final grant decisions.