Community-Focused Assistance and Development: Selected Programs and Analyses


Theodore Mclaughlin (Editor)

Series: Hunger and Poverty: Causes, Impacts and Eradication
BISAC: SOC045000

Community Services Block Grants (CSBG) provide federal funds to states, territories, and tribes for distribution to local agencies to support a wide range of community-based activities to reduce poverty. Smaller related programs—Community Economic Development (CED), Rural Community Facilities (RCF), and Individual Development Accounts (IDAs)—also support antipoverty efforts. CSBG and some of these related activities trace their roots to the War on Poverty, launched more than 50 years ago in 1964. Today, they are administered at the federal level by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This book provides information on the CSBG; describes several smaller related programs that are administered by the same federal office that currently oversees the CSBG; discusses a proposal pending in Congress to reauthorize CSBG and related activities; summarizes a new “Upward Mobility Project” initiative of the Obama Administration; and discusses current and recent funding activities affecting the CSBG. Furthermore, this book describes the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund’s (CDFI Fund) history, current appropriations, and each of its programs; and informs the congressional debate concerning the Community Reinvestment Act’s (CRA) effectiveness in incentivizing bank lending and investment activity to low- and moderate-income (LMI) borrowers. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Community Services Block Grants (CSBG): Background and Funding
Karen Spar

Chapter 2. Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund: Programs and Policy Issues
Sean Lowry

Chapter 3. The Effectiveness of the Community Reinvestment Act
Darryl E. Getter


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