The Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) Services Program is a flexible funding source that allows states and counties to offer a variety of services to children, adults, and families in need.
Common services offered include:
- Institutional care arrangements as appropriate and preventing unnecessary institutional care
- Housing solutions
- Prevention and education of neglect, abuse, and exploitation
- Resources to achieve economic self-sufficiency
In total, the SSBG Services Program provides funding for 29 different categories of social services, with an estimated impact on 23.5 million Americans per year according to the most recent 2020 data.
Since 2001, Congress has authorized a total of $1.7B to be distributed to recipients through the SSBG Services Program. The flexible nature of SSBG funds means they can be applied by recipients towards social services that are most needed by individuals residing in the state or country that receives funding.