Community Services, Office of

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Community Services, Office of

The Office of Community Services (OCS) was established within the Health and Human Services Department by section 676 of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1981 (95 Stat. 516; 42 U.S.C. 9905). Its mission, as stated on its website, is to "work in partnership with states, communities, and other agencies to provide a range of human and economic development services and activities which ameliorate the causes and characteristics of poverty and otherwise assist persons in need." The goal of OCS services and programs is to help individuals and families become self-sufficient and to revitalize communities throughout the United States.

The OCS administers the Community Services block grant and discretionary grant programs established by section 672 (95 Stat. 511; 42 U.S.C. 9901) and 681 (95 Stat. 518; 42 U.S.C. 9910) of the Reconciliation Act. The office awards approximately $4 billion in block grants and $47 million in discretionary grants. It also provides grant money and technical assistance to the over three thousand Community Action Agencies and the Community Development Corporations that are locally based throughout the United States.

In 2002, the Office of Community Services implemented some of President george w. bush's faith-based initiatives. It awarded almost $25 million from its Compassion Capital Fund to 21 intermediary organizations; these organizations will provide technical assistance to help faith-based and community organizations access funding sources, operate and manage their programs, develop and train staff, expand the reach of programs into the community, and replicate promising programs. The office also awarded $850,000 in research grants to study how religious-based organizations provide social services and over $2 million to start a national clearinghouse of information to help faith-based organizations obtain government grants.

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Substantial commitment by the State of Louisiana, the federal government and private funding sources have improved children's services," said Marketa Garner Gautreau, assistant secretary for the Office of Community Services (OCS) at The Department of Social Services for the State of Louisiana.
Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Community Services, will allow CORE Scholarships to target low-income and disabled students and families and recent high school graduates up to age 21 in addition to those in foster care.
This initiative enables the agency to visualize relationships, connections and patterns in data allowing informed decisions to be made as well as increase efficiency throughout the Office of Community Services.
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3 /PRNewswire/ -- The Ohio Department of Development's Office of Community Services along with the statewide organization Finance Fund are introducing the "Cars for Jobs and Diplomas" program.
She has worked with foster children--children who are taken into state custody because of abuse or neglect--through the Louisiana Department of Social Services' Office of Community Services since 2004.
Customers seeking HEAP or PIPP information should call the Office of Community Services at 1-800-282-0880.
Revenue maximization contracts have been awarded by the Florida Office of the Chief Financial Officer, the Connecticut Department of Social Services, the Louisiana Department of Social Services, Office of Community Services, and the Iowa Department of Human Services.
Customers seeking Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) information, should call the Office of Community Services at 1-800-282-0880.
9 million and will be administered by the Office of Community Services of the Department of Social Services.
Bucher, Director, Office of Community Services and Advocacy, Pennsylvania Department of Aging (alternate)
This collaborative project is led by the PLN in conjunction with the ICDL Urban/Rural Partners, which includes the Philadelphia Mayor's Commission of Technology, Mayor's Office of Community Services, Philadelphia Department of Recreation, Temple University, Lock Haven University, Penn State Cooperative Extension Program, Potter County Education Council, and the Keystone Community Network.
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