The Federal Community Service Block Grant (CSBG) is flexible dollars that can be used to support activities designed to lessen poverty in communities, assist low-income, elderly, migrant and seasonal farm workers, and provide services addressing employment, education, housing, nutrition, emergency services and health.
Community Action Kentucky works in partnership with the Commonwealth's Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the local community action agencies to achieve the following 6 broad anti-poverty Results-Oriented Management and Accountability (ROMA) goals, which guides the Community Services Network.
Goal 1: Low-income people become more self-sufficient. (Family Goal)
Goal 2: The conditions in which low-income people live are improved. (Community Goal)
Goal 3: Low-income people own a stake in their community. (Community Goal)
Goal 4: Partnerships among supporters and providers of service to low-income people are achieved. (Agency Goal)
Goal 5: Agencies increase their capacity to achieve results. (Agency Goal)
Goal 6: Low-income people, especially vulnerable populations, achieve their potential by strengthening family and other supportive systems. (Family Goal)
The local Community Action Agencies report quarterly on outcomes attained for each of these goals for low-income individuals, communities and agency:
- increased self-sufficiency;
- improved living conditions;
- ownership of and pride in their communities; and
- strong family and support systems.
ROMA, a performance based initiative promoting outcome-based management strategies, was designed to preserve the anti-poverty focus of community action and to promote greater effectiveness among state and local agencies receiving CSBG funds. ROMA incorporates the use of outcomes or results into the administration, management and operation of community action agencies.