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Recovery Projects

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)

Programs Funded
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: $1 million
  • 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.

Project Objectives

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.

Contextualized literacy:

  • 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.

Jobs Created/Retained

ITo be determined, pending final grant decisions.


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