Community Services Block Grant-Recovery (CSBG-R)

General Information
Program/Project Name:
Community Services Block Grant-Recovery (CSBG-R)

Funding Category: Growing Philadelphia’s Businesses, Economy & Workforce

Program Description
Federal Grant Name: Community Services Block Grant-Recovery (CSBG-R)

Programs Supported Through Funding: In brief summary, the grant will support the following:

  • Jobs for sustainable neighborhoods and contextualized literacy
  • Job readiness and placement for ex-offenders
  • Job training in the construction trades
  • Job training and case management for homeless individuals
  • Assist low income Philadelphians in accessing unemployment benefits & legal assistance
  • Data system improvements, program evaluation and fiscal monitoring

As of September 30, 2010, this grant is completed. To read a fact sheet about CSBG-R, which provides a summary of the grant and its accomplishments, please click here.

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.

Program Objectives
Use of Funds:

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 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 ex offenders.

Job training in the construction trades:
Funding for 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.

Support Community Legal Services to serve low-income Philadelphians by providing advice and counsel in legal matters regarding unemployment, health care, income supports, housing, rental assistance and language access.

Actual # of FTE jobs created for the quarter*:

Q3: 41.1 (This was the first quarter where jobs were created or retained.)

Q4: 51.6

Q5: 69.41

Q6: Grant is complete as of 9/30/10

*In the City of Philadelphia’s quarterly federal report, also know as Section 1512 reports, jobs are calculated based on hours worked, instead of the number of people at work. It also looks only at jobs funded directly by the Recovery Act, and does not include jobs created indirectly. Direct jobs are counted quarterly and are not cumulative.

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