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Community Services Block Grant Program

CSBG is designed to provide services that assist low-income people to attain the skills, knowledge, and motivation necessary to achieve self-sufficiency.

Components of the program include:

Rental Assistance

Call-in day: 1st & 3rd Fridays
Appointments: 1st & 3rd Mondays

Eligibility is every two years.

All callers for rent appointments must have first attended the 3-hour financial literacy workshop for each year they call and are eligible.  The next time the caller calls and is eligible, the caller must show evidence of further progress toward self-sufficiency.

Non-Emergency Rental Assistance will be defined as  households who need rent if their circumstances have changed and have been out of their control (guardians of children whose parents are incarcerated, divorce, death of a spouse, job loss, bills from illness.) Assistance can be up to $500.00.

Emergency Rental Assistance will be defined as households who face eviction due to extenuating circumstances out of their control within the 90-days prior to appointment. Examples are fires, floods, tornados.  Families with children will be the priority for both emergency and non-emergency rent programs.

Parents of children who are on disability and are not working will be required first to submit documentation of emergency/non-emergency need before assistance is considered.  If parent is able to work, case manager will first refer parent to job search, education, organizations that need volunteers, financial literacy workshops, etc. programs to complete.  If parent calls again and receives appointment, he/she must show evidence of a certificate(s) or other progress toward self-sufficiency to receive any rent.  Otherwise, he/she will be ineligible for CSBG services until progress is verified by documentation.  Progress is determined by case manager and coordinator.

All applicants must also attend a 3 hour life skills workshop and will receive a $30 gift card if they submit proper documentation.

Employment Support Program

Call-in day: 1st & 3rd Fridays
Appointments: 1st & 3rd Mondays

Employment Supports is a program that provides support to working families who encounter situations out of their control which can or is causing a domino effect potentially resulting in crisis.  Providing one-time assistance per household for rent, car payment, car repair, license plate sticker, uniform required by the job, or one child care co-pay is necessary to be able to retain self-sufficiency. Assistance can be up to $600.00 for employed parents (at least 30 hours per week), to better assure they can retain stability or self-sufficiency.  An agency financial literacy class must be completed before attending the appointment.  When the certificate of completion for class is received, the applicant may call for an appointment. If the class cannot be attended due to work schedule, an on-line version well be made available.

After the appointment, the applicant must also attend a 3 hour life skills class and earn a $30 gift card with proper documentation.

Emergency Dental Services (Adults & Children)/Medications

Call-in day: 2nd & 4th Thursday
Appointments: Friday as long as funding is available

Services will cover procedures covered by Medicare for eligible applicants.

Pediatric Dental Anesthesia Assistance

Call-in day: Anytime
Appointments: Scheduled as needed

Appointments taken on same day as scheduled. Head Start students are priority, school district and FQHC referrals follow as funding available.

Scholarship for Higher Education in High-Growth Career Sectors (SLICE)

Overview

  • Scholarship applications are available from Community Resources in February and due by the first Friday in May.
  • Scholarships are awarded in July of each year.
  • Awards range from $500 to $2,500 per year. 
  • Funding may be used for tuition, room and board, and books and fees.

Requirements

  • Applicants must have a B Average if enrolled in an area other than the areas listed below.  Otherwise, your educational/training program must be in a designated area as determined by local employment opportunities.

2017 Approved Career Training Areas include:

  • Accounting
  • Administrative Assistant/Clerical
  • Airframe & Power Plant Mechanic
  • Arch & Construction Tech
  • Auto Body
  • Auto Tech
  • Biomedical Equipment
  • Business Management
  • Business Office Tech
  • CDL
  • Certified Logistics Technician
  • Certified Nurse Aide
  • Commercial Electrical Maintenance
  • Computer Aided Drafting
  • Computer Science
  • Construction
  • Criminal Justice
  • END (Electroneurodiagnostic/Electroencephalographic Tech)
  • HVAC
  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Manufacturing
  • Mechanical/Electrical Engineering
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Coding
  • Multi Media Tech
  • Networking Tech
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Para Professional (Education)
  • Radiology Tech
  • Registered Nurse
  • Respiratory Therapy Tech
  • Surgical Tech
  • Teacher Ed. Elementary
  • Water Waste Management
  • Web Design
  • Welding/Pipefitting
  1. Complete the application process to determine eligibility
  2. Be a resident of Sangamon County
  3. Demonstrate financial need
  4. Be accepted for full time enrollment at an accredited Illinois College, University, or vocational school
  5. Must submit all required documents a.  Application, b.  Photo ID, c.  Social Security Cards, d.  household income for the past 90 days.
  6. Maintain a “C” Average
  7. Three letters of reference
  8. Be a full-time student
  9. Written paragraph about most rewarding experience.
  10. ACT Score if available
  11. Second interview – meet with scholarship committee.

Application Process

  • Applications available in February – call 535-3120
  • Two categories of applications – Graduating  H.S. seniors and Adults
  • Completed applications due to SCDCR by the first Friday in May.
  • Applicant is called by staff to attend an appointment determine if income eligible.
  • Applicant is called again to schedule and attend an interview with the CSBG Scholarship committee.

Awards

  • Based on GPA and need.  Other funding also considered such as MAP (tuition) and PELL (tuition and room and board) grants from your Student Aid Report (SAR) & WIOA Funding.
  • Funding levels per year are $500 - $2,500 in increments of $500.

Other

  • Awards only for Associates or Bachelor degrees.
  • Must submit grades each semester.

Pre C.N.A/C.N.A. Funded Courses with Transportation Assistance

In partnership with LLCC, up to 10 students are selected for 2 cohorts each year to attend a college-ready academy, a 8-week pre-C.N.A. and a C.N.A. module. There is no cost to students selected for the program. CSBG funding provides all tuition, books, supplies, uniforms and certification exam.  Interested persons should contact LLCC at 786-2069.

The pre-C.N.A. module consists of 16 weeks of College Success Skills, Keyboarding, ALEKS  Math and Pre-Healthcare. Each student also meets at least bi-weekly with a Community Resources case manager through the program and submits travel forms for re-imbursement at a rate of $7.50 per day. Once the program is completed, 12.5 college credits are earned by each student.  Once the certification test is taken and successfully passed, each certified C.N.A. is expected to seek and find employment and communicate with Community Resources regarding employment progress - for C.N.A. module only.

Adult Career Pathway-Healthcare Flyer (PDF)

GED Test Funding Assistance

In partnership with LLCC and Lawrence Education Center (LEC) Community Resources provides up to $120.00 for the four parts of the GED test. Students who have passed the GED practice test are referred to Community Resources by LLCC or LEC instructors. Contact LEC at (217) 525-3233 or LLCC at (217) 786-2349 for further information.

School Uniform Clothing Assistance

Objective:  The school uniform program is designed to provide CSBG eligible families in Sangamon County with new school uniform clothing for their children who attend a Sangamon County school that requires uniforms, ages 5 years to 18 years and attend a Sangamon County school full-time. The purpose is to satisfy the need for uniform school clothing, reduce truancy and to increase the self-esteem of the child.  Call the agency for details at 535-3120.

High School Summer School Tuition Assistance

High school summer school financial assistance to students who need required courses to graduate.  Contact the agency for more information. Please contact Cheree Morrison at chereemo@sps186.org to explain your reason for summer school tuition need and to request summer school assistance appointment information.

Weekly Financial Literacy Workshops

(Required for rental assistance callers, employment support applicants and agency C.N.A. students.)

Take advantage of the Financial Education Workshops offered by area professionals every Wednesday from 9:00 – 12:00 at the Sangamon County Department of Community Resources. You will learn ways to help you live within your means and manage debt so it doesn’t manage you.  You will also learn how to develop a spending plan that will help you reach your goals.  In addition, you’ll learn why banks and credit unions are a great choice for your money, and be shown how to manage expenses if you have children and other tips on deductions you may be able to take on your taxes. Call to reserve a seat on anytime for Wednesday classes held from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. each week.  Walk-ins welcome if space allows.  No late arrivals over 10 minutes will be allowed to participate that day and must attend another day.

2016 CSBG POVERTY INCOME GUIDELINES

Size 125% of Poverty 125% 3 Months
1 $14,850.00 $ 3,712.50
2 $20,025.00 $ 5,006.25
3 $25,200.00   $ 6,300.00
4 $30,375.00  $ 7,593.75
5 $35,550.00 $ 8,887.50
6 $40,725.00 $10,181.25
7 $45,912.50 $11,478.13
8 $51,112.50 $12,778.13 

For families with more than 8 members, add $4,160 for each additional member. At 125%, yearly amounts are increased by $5,200.00 for each additional member.

Approach to CSBG services to continue in 2016 & Beyond:

Because numerous customers return every year for services, all programs in 2016 & beyond will be written to better assist all customers to improve or gain stability or self-sufficiency.  Providing services to those in most need due to circumstances out of their control and those who wish to participate in case management to achieve self-sufficiency have been the agency priority in 2015 and beyond.

Staff will offer eligible customers opportunities in the form of agency services and community partner referrals.  Customers who do not follow through with referrals and obtain tools to progress toward self-sufficiency will be ineligible for services until they can verify progress. Services provided will be incentivized with opportunities for self-improvement through short term training, job-search workshops, financial literacy workshops, volunteer opportunities and mentoring.