Congressman Thompson Aims to Reauthorize, Modernize Block Grants
For the first time in over 20 years, a top anti-poverty program could get some much-needed help from Washington.
Congressman Glenn Thompson introduced a bill Thursday to reauthorize and modernize community services block grants.
Those grants provide funding for more than 1,000 local community action agencies that cover local program for low-income families and other things like head-start in schools.
The law has not been updated since 1998.
Under the proposal, Congress would expand the grants to cover opioid treatment and recovery programs and other modern problems.
"This is the only federal program that addresses poverty regardless of the cause," said Thompson.
“This bill provides hope, opportunity and a pathway to self-sufficiency,” said David Bradley, CEO of the National Community Action Foundation.
The government provided nearly $700 million in community service block grants last fiscal year, including 30 million in Pennsylvania.