In 1964, Congress passed the Economic Opportunity Act as part of America’s War on Poverty. This act created a funding stream for communities to address poverty on the local level. Today, each state receives Community Services Block Program (CSBG) funds according to a statutory formula. In turn, states fund a network of local entities for the purpose of assisting low-income individuals and families with activities and support services that empower them to overcome the effects of poverty and to support their progress towards greater self-sufficiency. In Wyoming, the Department of Health administers the CSBG funds. These funds are granted out to CSBG Eligible Entities.
In many states, these Eligible Entities are referred to as Community Action Agencies.