Community services

Statement by Léger Fernández on the Community Services Block Grant Modernization Act

U.S. Representative Teresa Leger Fernández


WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Representative Teresa Leger Fernández recently spoke in the House in support of the Community Services Block Grant Modernization Act.

“Last week I was approached by someone who was there when the Community Services Block Grants started. He told me that my dad was working tirelessly to get funds so the State of New “Mexico can match this new program. He called it the conscience of the state senate. My dad knew these funds would have a real impact on the lives of New Mexicans.”

And he was right. It made a difference. The benefits are undeniable.

Instead of a family shivering in the cold northern New Mexico, we have families using LIHEAP to keep their children warm. Instead of a family being kicked out of their home because they couldn’t afford to raise their rent, CSBG provides housing assistance. Instead of a promising young man falling into homelessness or despair with no income, we have CSBG programs that help with job training and job search.

CSBG touches all facets of our community because these people understand that there is no single root cause of poverty. We must uplift our most vulnerable by meeting them where they are.

The Community Services Block Grant Modernization Act would strengthen the CSBG by increasing its annual appropriation authority. The bill would allow CSBG and the Community Action Network to serve more people by increasing eligibility for services.

These are changes that will not only strengthen CSBG, but also strengthen our communities.

I urge my colleagues to support this bill.