Welcome to the Division of Community Services/CSBG

elcome to the Division of Community Services. We are responsible for Community Service Block Grant (CSBG) administration, including the distribution of New York’s federal CSBG allocation. We work with a network of Community Action Agencies (CAAs) and Community Action Programs to provide the services and activities that combat the central causes of poverty. The CSBG program supports a web of CSBG-funded anti-poverty programs, and allows these agencies to leverage other federal, state, local and private funds to expand the breadth of programs and services targeting the root causes of poverty.


2014 ANNUAL REPORT: Community Services Block Grant Program (CSBG)

A Letter to the Community Service Network from Secretary of State Cesar A. Perales (pdf)

Storm Recovery Resources


To work in partnership with the community service network, federal, state and local governments and community-based organizations to effectively carry out the purposes, goals, and assurances of the community services block grant.


To be a highly organized workforce and an active member of the national community services network, dedicated to promoting self-sufficiency and vibrant, healthy communities for low-income people.


The following ethical and moral values and principles guide program administration.

  • Respect all persons, treating everyone with fairness, honesty, and trust.
  • Speak and listen with courtesy.
  • Serve our customers in the most effective way, with the least burden.
  • Promote and develop individual and collective ability to attain the highest degree of personal and professional mastery.
  • Recognize, respect, and honor human diversity.
  • Preserve the dignity of our customers.
  • Encourage teamwork, while promoting creativity and innovation.
  • Uphold confidentiality and human rights.
  • Assess program effectiveness and institute continuous improvement.