The Hawaii Office of Community Services (OCS), Hawaii State Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, solicits public comment on the new proposed State Plan for the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Program to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) for Federal Fiscal Years 2018 and 2019 (FFY 18 and 19).  The CSBG program provides services to low-income and impoverished populations across the State.  The plan outlines how OCS will meet the U.S. DHHS requirements for the CSBG program in FFY 18 and 19.  CSBG services and activities are delivered statewide by designated Community Action Agencies located in each county.  The public is invited to comment on the proposed CSBG State Plan for FFY 18 and 19.

The proposed CSBG State Plan can be found at the OCS website,  Paper copies may be viewed at OCS and the Community Action Agency responsible for each County.

Hawaii County Economic Opportunity Council Honolulu Community Action Program, Inc.
47 Rainbow Drive   1132 Bishop Street, Suite 100
Hilo, Hawaii 96720   Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Tel:  (808) 961-2681   Tel:  (808) 521-4531

Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc.  Kauai Economic Opportunity, Inc.
99 Mahalani Street   2804 Wehe Road
Wailuku, Hawaii 96732   Lihue, Hawaii 96766
Tel:  (808) 249-2990   Tel:  (808) 245-4077

A combined-purpose Legislative and Public Hearing on the CSBG State Plan is scheduled for Wednesday, July 26, 2017, at 10:00 a.m., at Conference Room 309 at the State Capitol, 415 South Beretania Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813.  The hearing is being jointly convened by the Senate Committee on Labor and the House Committee on Labor and Public Employment.  Persons with special needs, including oral language services, should call OCS at (808) 586-8675 by Monday, July 24, 2017, to make arrangements.

The public is welcome to attend and provide comment at the hearing.  Written comments may be submitted to OCS (email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), mail: Office of Community Services, 830 Punchbowl Street, Room 420, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813; fax: (808) 586-8685) for consideration at the hearing by Monday, July 24, 2017.  Alternately, testimony can be submitted directly to the Legislature at:


Joint Hearing by the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor, and House Committee on Labor and Public Employment on the CSBG State Plan for Federal Fiscal Year 2018 and 2019 as presented by Hawaii Office of Community Services (OCS):

1. Call to Order
2. Presentation of Model State Plan by OCS
3. Public Comment

By:  Rona M. Suzuki, Executive Director
    Office of Community Services

(TGI1010349   7/17/17)~