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About Us

Welcome to The State of Poverty, the official blog of The National Association for State Community Services Programs (NASCSP).

About The State of Poverty

The State of Poverty blog is brought to you by the National Association for State Community Services Programs (NASCSP). We’ll share the latest news, legislative updates, and our insights on the role States play in preventing and reducing poverty across the nation. We look forward to your feedback!

About NASCSP

The National Association for State Community Services Programs (NASCSP) is the premier national association charged with advocating and enhancing the leadership role of States in preventing and reducing poverty. NASCSP’s vision encompasses the empowerment of low-income families to reach self-sufficiency in its broadest context, through helping States attain full utilization of their resources and implement an extensive array of services to these families, including weatherization, energy assistance, childcare, nutrition, employment, job training, and housing in urban, suburban, and rural communities.

NASCSP MISSION: Building capacity in States to respond to poverty issues.

Want to be a Guest Blogger? 

Our guest blogs touch on a wide range of topics! Some guest blogs focus on some aspect of community action, either through the CSBG or a program managed by a local CAA. Others highlight the great work done with Weatherization, and the impacts on healthy homes, energy efficiency and improving the lives of low-income families. Prior posts have also illustrated the great work of state offices, associations, RPICS, and community-wide collaborations featuring Weatherization or CSBG staff and programs, among other topics. For experts and thought leaders outside the WAP or CSBG network, guest blogs often feature cutting edge or best practices related to poverty alleviation. (Topics include but are not limited to: bundled services, two-generation approach to poverty, reducing energy burdens, affordable housing, criminal justice reform and its impact on poverty, safe and healthy homes, toxic stress etc.) As you can see, this is an open-ended call for guest bloggers, geared at enabling our blog to highlight and share important information with the wider network and readership.

Blogs can be submitted to us at any time. We will try to get them posted under a month. Blogs will be posted in order of receipt, unless the post deals with a time-sensitive issue or event, in which case, it will be posted prior to others to remain relevant and timely to the network.

However! Just a few specific guidelines:

When you reach out to NASCSP to start a conversation with us about being a Guest Blogger, please be sure to include the following:

 Subject of email = Interested Guest Blogger
 A little about you!
 Proposed blog topic
 Links such as Twitter handle, webpage link, and/or Facebook profile link so we can link back to you and any organization or agency mentioned in your post.

When you submit your blog to NASCSP, please be sure to include the following:

 Subject of email = Guest Blog: Submission Finalized Post.
 Title for your post around 50 – 100 characters, excluding spaces.
 If relevant JPEG, GIF, or PNG photos plus a caption for each.
 Waiver/release – if you mention an individual by name or include photos of people, please include a scanned copy of their consent form. We won’t post it, but we need it!
 Links such as Twitter handle, webpage link, and/or Facebook profile link so we can link back to you and any organization or agency mentioned in your post.
 Your name and title. If you prefer to be anonymous, credit will be given to you as “State CSBG staff member” or “Local CAA Executive Director” for example.
 A sentence or two indicating you understand and agree that NASCSP can make small edits to formatting, sentence structure and grammar for best presentation of the post. Should major edits be made, we will contact you for consent before posting.

As a final note – if you’re not already subscribed for blog notifications, sign up to get alerts when your post and others are live!

 


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