Hudson Falls, NY – Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) was recognized by community leaders at a Community Action Roundtable hosted by Learning, Employment, Assistance & Partnership (LEAP), the Community Action Agency in Washington County, for her efforts in the 115th Congress to increase funding for the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program. LEAP provides funding assistance to low-income individuals and families in Washington County, and is supported in part by the CSBG program. This year, Congresswoman Stefanik led a group of House Republican lawmakers on a letter urging the House Appropriations Committee to increase CSBG funding to $750 million.

"In order to create vibrant communities, we must start by building strong families, and I applaud LEAP for their continued support of our region’s most vulnerable,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “CSBG grants are critical to local agencies working to tackle issues ranging from poverty to combating the heroin and opioid epidemic, and we must prioritize their funding. I am grateful to Washington County LEAP and the countless community organizations who attended today’s Community Action Roundtable to discuss the implementation of CSBG funding and presented ideas for future projects to help those in need. I will continue working in Congress to ensure the CSBG program is supported so that our district’s low-income families receive the resources they need to thrive.”

In June, the House Appropriations Committee agreed to Congresswoman Stefanik’s requested CSBG funding increase by including it in the recent appropriations bill that was signed into law. Click here to read more.

Congresswoman Stefanik is a cosponsor of the Community Action Opioid Response Grant Act. This bipartisan legislation would benefit many of the community organizations present at today’s roundtable by establishing the Community Action Opioid Response Grant as a competitive grant program within the Department of Health and Human Services. Click here to read more about this legislation.