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Program E: Community Based Services

Program Authorization: R.S. 23:61

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The mission of the Community Based Services Program is to review, correct, help develop, and approve subgrant agreements with all forty-three eligible community action agencies facilitating the delivery of needed Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) and Community Food and Nutrition (CF&N) supported programs and services (direct and indirect) to the state's needy, low-income population.

The goal of the Community Based Services Program is to reduce the impact of poverty on low income families, children, the handicapped, homeless, migrants and the elderly poor in Louisiana through financial and technical support to local Community Action Agencies.

The Community Based Services Program reduces the impact of poverty on low income families, those below 125% of the federal poverty level, by providing Federal Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) funds and technical assistance to 43 Community Action Agencies in 64 parishes. The Community Based Services Program activities include the following activities: Administration of the CSBG Program and CAA-Community Action Agencies.

OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

1. In FY 1998-99, the Office of Employment Security, through its Community Based Services Program, will have 100% of its subprograms with 43 eligible entities approved by December 1, 1998.

1 Program year for subgrants runs from January 1 through December 31.

2. In FY 1998-99, the Office of Employment Security, through its Community Based Services Program, will increase to 80% the number of requests for funds processed within ten days from the date received.

1 Program year for subgrants runs from January 1 through December 31.

3. The Office of Employment Security, through its Community Based Services Program, will monitor, obtain audits and/or fiscal reviews on 100% of subgrantees by June 30, 1999.

4. By June 30, 1999, the Office of Employment Security, through its Community Based Services Program, will increase to 50% the number of Louisiana's disadvantaged population served.

1 Projection based on figures received for the report period of January 1, 1997 - June 30, 1997. This data may include some duplication and individuals with incomes up to 150% of the poverty level.

2 Based on 1990 Census figures for the total number of persons in Louisiana considered disadvantaged (16 years of age or older). Disadvantaged individuals include, but are not limited to, low income, handicapped, and elderly individuals.

RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR THE PROGRAM

SOURCE OF FUNDING

This program is funded with Federal Funds from the Community Services Block Grant (C.S.B.G.) under the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1981, Public Law 97035-Sub Title B. This grant is for services aimed toward the alleviation of problems caused by poverty.

ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION

GENERAL FUND

TOTAL

T.O.

 

DESCRIPTION

 

 

 

 

 

$0

$11,671,647

11

 

ACT 18 FISCAL YEAR 1997-1998

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BA-7 TRANSACTIONS:

$0

$0

0

 

None

 

 

 

 

 

$0

$11,671,647

11

 

EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET - December 10, 1997

 

 

 

 

 

$0

$100,000

0

 

Equipment/Major Repairs Adjustment(s)

$0

$15,612

0

 

Annualization of 1997-'98 Merit Pay Adjustment(s)

$0

$15,612

0

 

1998-'99 Merit Pay Adjustment(s)

$0

($2,279)

0

 

Retirement Rate Adjustment(s)

$0

$200,000

0

 

Additional funding provided to assists the Community Action Agencies in (jobs, energy assistance, food and shelter, transportation), etc.

 

 

 

 

 

$0

$12,000,592

11

 

TOTAL RECOMMENDED

 

 

 

 

 

$0

$328,945

0

 

DIFFERENCE (TOTAL RECOMMENDED AND EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET)

The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 103% of the existing operating budget. It represents 100% of the total request ($ 12,021,327) for this program. The increase is primarily due to providing additional funding to assist the Community Action Agencies and Acquisitions/Major Repairs. This program does not have any positions that have been vacant for 1 year or more.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

$8,745

 

Accounting/Auditing services for Employment Security Grants as required by federal regulations

 

 

 

$8,745

 

TOTAL PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

OTHER CHARGES

$11,127,179

 

Grants funded by Community Services Block Grants to state agencies - these funds go to Community Action Agencies to be used for the following purposes: Jobs (in some parishes there are not enough jobs to accommodate its growing population); Energy Assistance (to assist low income families/individuals with an additional supplement for energy cost, on a monthly basis of heating and cooling bills); Commodities (to supplement the food for needy families/individuals, by increasing the food supply, therefore enabling them to sustain existing funds); Clothes Closet (to provide a sufficient amount of clothes to supply the needy - to search out and secure donations to accomplish these goals); Transportation (to provide safe, efficient, and adequate transportation to the low-income individuals requiring the service to meet their personal transportation needs); and Community Food and Nutrition (to supplement the food supply to the needy families, households, and/or individuals).

 

 

 

$11,127,179

 

TOTAL OTHER CHARGES

ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS

$100,000

 

Funding provided for the following equipment: IBM Enterprise Server Upgrade, EMC DASD Upgrade, Highlight Printer Intelligent Mail Inserter, Nearline-Silo Cartridge, Almis, Networking, Thin Client Win Frame, Halon System Enhancement and year 2000 compliance

 

 

 

$100,000

 

TOTAL ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS


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