Shue Li and El Centro de la Raza’s food bank program

Shue Li is originally from China.  Having been here more than seven years, Shue has had some time to adjust to her new country.  With four kids, though, she runs around a lot.  Cooking, cleaning, transportation, and all of the other responsibilities of motherhood mean that Shue’s time often runs low.  Saving time, and money, are essential to her responsibilities as a mother.  That’s what she values about El Centro de la Raza’s food bank program.

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How we help

The Washington State Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program receives federal funds to:

  • Help alleviate poverty
  • Revitalize communities
  • Empower low-income families to become fully self-sufficient through a network of public and nonprofit agencies.

The program contracts with community action agencies to administer funds locally and provide assistance. CSBG eligibility criteria include households with incomes at, or below, 125 percent of the federal poverty level as defined by the Office of Management and Budget and is based on the Census Bureau’s most recent data.

Services include:

  • Housing
  • Energy assistance
  • Nutrition
  • Employment
  • Training
  • Emergency food and shelter
  • Asset development

The CSBG State Model Plan (PDF) for Federal Fiscal Year 2017-18 describes how the state of Washington, in partnership with community action agencies, the Washington State Community Action Partnership, and other community partners, will meet the requirements of federal and CSBG assurances.

112 STAT. 2736 PUBLIC LAW 105–285—OCT. 27, 1998
‘‘(b) STATE APPLICATION AND PLAN.—Beginning with fiscal year 2000, to be eligible to receive a grant or allotment under section 675A or 675B, a State shall prepare and submit to the Secretary an application and State plan covering a period of not less than 1 fiscal year and not more than 2 fiscal years. The plan shall be submitted not later than 30 days prior to the beginning of the first fiscal year covered by the plan, and shall contain such information as the Secretary shall require.”


Program Contact

Community Services Block Grant
Karen Dunn
Program Manager
Phone: 360-725-2903