The Human Services Division receives grant funds annually through the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Program to assist low-income residents who meet the eligibility criteria. This program helps residents attain the skills, knowledge and motivation necessary to achieve self-sufficiency.
CSBG was initiated in 1981 and is provided through federal grant funding to aid in the reduction of the causes of poverty in communities. The grant requires that programs focus on services that will have a major impact on the causes of poverty in the community. Priority is given to those individuals or programs that assist low-income participants in activities such as securing employment, attaining education, making better use of income, obtaining adequate housing, achieving self-sufficiency, greater community involvement, and participation in other related programs.
In St. Lucie County, these funds are used specifically for necessary supports associated with successful employment or completion of education that can lead to self-sufficiency.
Other Related Departments and Services:
Transit Bus Service - The Transit Coordinator works with the contracted provider, Community Transit, a division of the Council On Aging of St. Lucie, Inc., to provide public transportation and Transportation Disadvantaged trips.
Veteran Services - A representative is available to meet the needs of the veterans in our area.
Treasure Coast Community Action - An advisory board that oversees the Community Services Block Grant and is committed to building self-sufficient individuals and families by providing services in response to challenges of diverse communities.
Emergency Support Function 15 (Volunteers & Donations) - Community Services is the lead agency during and after a disaster for volunteers and donations.
Other services include:
- Indigent cremations for unclaimed bodies.
- Administration of funds for the Health Care Responsibility Act (HCRA).
- Administration of funds for the Care to Share program through Florida Power and Light. The Salvation Army screens applicants and determines eligibiity.
- Community Services also provides public access computers in the 437 N 7 Street lobby, so that residents can complete benefit applications for SNAP (Food Stamps), Medicaid, Nursing Home Assistance; Social Security, Lifeline, etc. search for employment; apply for unemployment; file taxes and access financial education websites.
- Community Services also offers Financial Education to assist with more effective managment of income and spending and saving.
Staff serve on statewide advisory committees that relate to human services that serve the community and participate on the Emergency Disaster Team and in the staffing of the Special Needs shelter.
One of these statewide advisory committees is the Florida Association of County Human Service Administrators (FACHSA).
To Contact the St. Lucie County Resident Support Services Division:
437 N. 7th Street
Fort Pierce, FL 34950
Ph: (772) 462-1777
Fax: (772) 462-2094