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Second Chances in Texas: CSBG and Re-Entry Services

I walked out of a Texas prison on December 15, 2015. My actions that took me to prison cost me everything; my family and my livelihood. Upon release, I had nowhere to go except to a transitional house in Austin, Texas. A 2×2 red bag now contained everything I owned. In prison every decision is … Continue reading

CSBG: Empowering States and Local Communities to Lead on Poverty

By: Eric Behna, Program & Policy Analyst Critics of the U.S. social safety net have often painted federal antipoverty programs as being overly proscriptive and out of touch with actual Americans in need. The Republican authored “A Better Way” antipoverty plan repeatedly emphasizes the need for state and local leadership, asserting that “state and local … Continue reading

The Passion of a Weatherization Practitioner

By: Ray Judy, NASCSP Energy Services Director Every once in a while there is an event or set of circumstances that causes you to pause and look at seemingly normal or routine things in a different manner. As many of you are aware, NASCSP held an event in Washington, DC on September 7th celebrating the … Continue reading

“The weatherization program was life-changing for me. It inspired me to pay it forward and help others live lives of hope and dignity.”

By: Kelly Fonteijn My name is Kelly Fonteijn. I live in Pullman, WA with my husband and our seven- and nine-year old kids. Together we run a campus ministry at Washington State University. My home was weatherized as part of the Weatherization Assistance Program by Whitman County Community Action Center in 2013. Before weatherization, our … Continue reading

Poverty Reduction in 2015: A Network Behind the Numbers

On Tuesday this week, the U.S. Census bureau released its annual report on income, poverty, and health insurance in the U.S. The results were encouraging – namely a significant drop in the poverty rate between 2014 and 2015. The CSBG network has been on the forefront of efforts to combat poverty and will be critical … Continue reading

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