Social Services Block Grant
The Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) program provides flexible funding to assist states in providing a wide range of services to children and families, vulnerable older adults, persons with disabilities, and at-risk adolescents and young adults. Programs most frequently supported by the SSBG program include child care, child welfare, services for persons with disabilities, home-based services, and protective services for adults. For elderly persons and persons with disabilities in danger of abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation, services may include investigation, emergency medical services, emergency shelter, and counseling. For children in danger of abuse and neglect, services may include protection, prevention, intervention, and adoption services. Services provided for older adults may include home care, congregate and home-delivered meals, adult day care, case management, legal services, and transportation. For persons with disabilities living independently in the community, services may include adult foster care, transportation, case management, and treatment services. States and/or local agencies may provide services directly or purchase them from qualified providers.
The SSBG is a mandatory formula grant. States and territories are eligible to apply.
First level: states, territories, and the District of Columbia.
Second level: Sub-grants are made to service providers and local organizations.
Funding is allocated by formula to states and territories.