The purpose of the Community Services Block Grant Program (CSBG) is to provide assistance to Community Action Agencies for the reduction of poverty, the revitalization of low-income communities, and the empowerment of low-income families and individuals in rural and urban areas to become fully self-sufficient.

The CSBG program is made up of Emergency Stabilization Programs, Family Development Projects, and Community Programs funded by the State of Missouri Community Services Block Grant Unit. All programs are subject to income eligibility guidelines.

The Community Services Block Grant helps fund two full time positions within our agency, allowing us to offer high quality direct-client services to families and individuals who come to the agency via the service center.

A few of the services we can provide via our Service Center are:

Emergency Funding Assistance

Direct Client Services

Senior Tax Fund Assistance

Program Enrollment Assistance

Our Service Center is located at

1506 Oklahoma Ave
Trenton MO 64683

Community Development Programs

Offender Empowerment Program

The Offender Empowerment Program seeks to assist offenders in finding and retaining gainful employment and securing housing, helping them to once again become productive members of society. Offenders will receive individualized coordinated case management services and a mentoring component. This approach will analyze an offender’s educational and environmental skill sets, as well as employability. Offenders will be selected and referred by area Probation & Parole offices to the Offender Empowerment Program for development of an individualized case management plan. This will allow customized supports to be in place to promote self-sufficiency through improved/enhanced skill sets. Offenders possessing improved employability skills will help strengthen themselves, their families, and ultimately the communities in which they reside.

In addition, our hope and belief is that community members will become more actively involved in the re-integration of the offenders back into their communities. This can be accomplished through development of employment worksites and securing or locating resources across our service area. This positive integration between community partners and offenders will help strengthen linkages and encourage offenders to become vested in the communities where they reside; ultimately strengthening both the social and human capital within the counties of the GHCAA region.