Community Services Block Grant (CSBG)

Highlight: Chicago’s Department of Family & Support Services (DFSS) is the agency that focuses on meeting the needs of Chicago’s most vulnerable residents. DFSS administers resources for CSBG and other workforce programs that provide critical workforce development services to individuals with low-incomes and limited work skills.

Read these issue briefs for more information on the critical role these services play in maintaining the health of residents and the community.


The federally-funded Community Services Block Grant program was created in 1981 to assist states and communities in reducing poverty, revitalizing communities, and increasing the self-sufficiency of low-income families.

Funding for CSBGs flows down from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) through the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), and then to Community Action Agencies (CAAs). CAAs are networks of community-based organizations formed to eliminate the causes of poverty. There are 103 CAAs in Illinois — one in each county, and one in the city of Chicago.

Funding and Outcomes Data:

DFSS Providers by Neighborhood

For a full listing of current CSBG workforce service providers, as well as lists from previous years, visit the links below.  For a map of 2014 DFSS service locations, which includes information about neighborhood unemployment rates and contact information for alderman, click on the image to the right.