CSBG Program

CSBG Program History at Coastal Community Action, Inc.

Coastal Community Action, Inc. (CCA) is a private nonprofit organization that was created to assist low-income-to-moderately low-income individuals and families. The agency was chartered in 1965 with only a few anti-poverty programs, and to date, the agency continues this legacy of serving low-income individuals and families. The administrative office is located in Newport, NC, and serves as the fiscal agent for various federal, state, and local programs in Beaufort, Carteret, Craven, Duplin, Jones, Lenoir, New Hanover, Onslow, and Pamlico Counties.

CCA, Inc.’s CSBG Program has received funding through the office of Economic Opportunity since 1965 to use for assistance to low-income families with helping them move out of poverty in the counties of Carteret, Craven, Jones and Pamlico. Since that time, thousands of families have received much needed assistance that has in turned allowed them the opportunity to achieve their goals of higher education, better employment with benefits, home ownership, entrepreneurship, and successfully moving themselves and their families above the poverty guideline.

CSBG Supports Projects that Helps you Become Self-Sufficient 

  • Reducing the causes of poverty in local communities
  • Providing services, supports and resources for individuals to obtain employment, education, safe & secure housing, homeownership, and successful budgeting
  • Addressing the needs of low-income individuals, including persons who are homeless, migrant, disabled, and/or elderly
  • Assisting individuals and families to alleviate crisis situations through interventions that address the lack of skills with income management, finding or maintaining standard housing, access to emergency services, health care and good nutrition.

Benefits for participants of The family development services csbg self-sufficiency program

  • Employment Search and Assistance
  • Ongoing Case Management
  • Goal Setting
  • Education Assistance
  • Housing Assistance/Support
  • Budgeting
  • Free Comprehensive Services Training Workshop
  • Minimum Car Repairs

The family development services Self-sufficiency program


  • Provide financial assistance directly to the vendor on behalf of the active participant who has requested assistance for support in their goal achievement
  • Provide value and support to all participant’s efforts with their goal establishment and achievement.
  • Give equal opportunity to all qualified person’s interested in participating in the Self-Sufficiency Program.
  • Collaborate with community partners to collectively provide support to participants who are working effortlessly to improve the economic solvency of themselves and their families.


  • Act as a supplemental income to utilize in addition to one’s own earned income
  • Act as a financial resource for paying one’s bill(s) outside of the Emergency Assistance Program that is allotted once in a lifetime for qualified individuals who are elderly, disabled, or recently unemployed only.
  • Provide financial assistance that does not align with the established goals of the participant, (ex. going to school, maintaining one’s household, obtaining and maintaining employment, obtaining standard housing, buying one’s own home, etc.
  • Provide ongoing support to any participants of the Self-Sufficiency Program who are not working towards their goal achievement and remaining in compliance with the requirements of the program.


CSBG - Self-Sufficiency Project – The CSBG Self-Sufficiecy Project through the Family Development Services Program is a goal setting tool that is designed to work collaboratively with eligible families to establish and achieve their goals, which over time helps to achieve the economic solvency of the participants and their families. The Self-Sufficiency Program provides financial assistance towards the achievement of S.M.A.R.T (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely) goals. All eligible participants who remain in compliance with the Self-Sufficiency Program and working effortlessly on their goal achievement can remain on the program as long as 5 years or until they have successfully achieved their goals and/or moved themselves above the poverty guidelines. The CSBG Project directly links all participants with a Family Development Specialist to work directly on the participant’s goal achievement and produce successful outcomes

The Relief NC Program supports families/individuals that have been greatly impacted by Hurricane Florence and are still living with unmet needs. The Relief NC Program has been providing funding to families within the service counties of Craven, Carteret, Jones, and Pamlico since July 1, 2020 and will continue to be implemented through September 30, 2021.

Relief NC specifically targets individuals and families that have unmet needs as a result of Hurricane Florence that occurred in 2018. Eligible funding domains are employment, education, cognitive development, housing, health and social/behavior development, transportation, home repair and stabilization assistance.

1. Participants who are eligible for the Relief NC funding must be the homeowner of the estate and self-certify and attest that proposed services and activities were not covered by FEMA or their own personal homeowner’s insurance. In addition, participants must attest that falsification or misrepresentation may result in the rejection of application and may be subject to prosecution under applicable State and Federal statutes.

2. Relief NC funding shall not be available for costs that are reimbursed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), under a contract for insurance or by self-insurance. Funding is for non-duplication of FEMA assistance and non-duplication for life, health, automobile, homeowners, renters, and property insurance.

3. Households are under the 200% Federal Poverty Guidelines

If you have a need for this program, please contact:

CSBG Program Director – Stephanie Cox: 252-223-1670 or Stephanie.Cox@coastalca.org

Intake Specialist - Lloyd Stiles: 252-342-4831 or lloyd.stiles@coastalca.org

Intake Specialist – Agatha Morris: 252-342-0606 or Agatha.Morris@coastalca.org



The CARES NC program is a 24-month program that has been in effect since June 1, 2020. Applications for the CARES NC program are being received for all four county service areas of Craven, Carteret, Jones, and Pamlico.

  1.  The CARES NC supplemental funds specifically targets individuals and families that have income below 200% of the poverty rate and are experiencing unmet needs because of COVID-19. Funding supports a range of emergency assistance activities including employment, education, health, transportation, housing, and stabilization services among other activities.


COVID-19 Support Program

Southeastern Community Action Partnership has been awarded COVID-19 support funding through the Duke Endowment.

The North Carolina Community Action Agency funds are available to provide support for families in need who were adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Allowable costs include: 

  • Housing
  • Transportation
  • Employment
  • Food/Nutrition
  • Childcare
  • Education/Training
  • Mental Health
  • Technology
  • Utility payments
  • State of Federal Identification
  • PPE

Unallowable Costs

  • Car Purchase
  • Needs NOT directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Beth Henry – CARES NC Case Manager: 252-342-4827 or beth.henry@coastalca.org
  • Diane Mcmillian – Part-time CARES NC Caseworker: 252-342-2421




Participants must be:

  • A resident in each service area of (Jones, Crave, Pamlico, and Carteret) for 90 days
  • Income eligible based on the most recent NC Poverty Guidelines for their household size (income is calculated using the total gross income for anyone living in the home who is related by blood, marriage and/or adopted for the last 90 days)
  • Willing to contractually agree to the goals of the program

Do I have to have a Head Start child to qualify?

No. Any single individual who are income eligible can qualify.

Is there a waiting list for acceptance?

Yes; Depending on how many participants each FDS is actively working with you may be placed on a waiting list however, applications are still accepted. You cannot be considered if you do not apply!

Do I have to be enrolled in the Self-Sufficiency Program to attend training sessions?

No. The CSBG/Self-Sufficiency trainings are open to the public.

Will the program give me money to pay my bills?

No, all funding expunged by the CSBG Self-Sufficiency Program is paid directly to the vendor. All approved and distributed gas and or gift cards are provided directly to the participant as needed towards their own goal achievement. All recipients of gas cards/gift cards must sign a gift card agreement and provide all receipts to the Family Development Specialist they are assigned to.

2021 HHS Poverty Guidelines

125% of Poverty


Family Size   Income  
  Annual Quarter Month
1 $16,100 $4.026 $1,342
2 $21,775 $5,445 $1,815
3 $27,450 $6,864 $2,288
4 $33,125 $8,280 $2,760
5 $38,800 $9,699 $3,233
6 $44,475 $11,118 $3,706
7 $50,150 $12,537 $4,179
8 $55,825 $13,956 $4,652

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A common thread through all of our services, be they Family Services, Senior Services, or Housing Services, is that we help change lives by providing needed resources and support. Coastal Community Action, Inc. provides needed services to thousands of residents in our region annually.

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