Community Programs & Resources

Community Services Block Grant (CSBG)

SETA is the designated Community Action Agency for Sacramento County for the provision of Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) services. CSBG funding originates with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and remains one of the last remaining efforts of the War on Poverty. The purpose of the CSBG program is to reduce the incidence and effects of poverty and empower low-income families and individuals to become self-sufficient. The program operates through neighborhood-based organizations that provide resources and services to produce measurable impacts on the causes and symptoms of poverty experienced by challenged families and communities.

CSBG provides a range of services to assist low-income people in attaining the skills, knowledge, and motivation necessary to achieve self-sufficiency. The program also provides low-income people with immediate life necessities such as emergency food, shelter, transportation, and access to available community resources.

In Sacramento County, programs funded through CSBG strive to eliminate the conditions of poverty affecting the county’s low-income residents. They provide case management, emergency shelter, transportation, emergency food, and counseling services for at-risk youth, frail elderly, disabled persons, low-income families, and the homeless. Only Sacramento County residents that meet federal poverty income guidelines or are recipients of TANF or SSI are eligible for CSBG services.

For a list of additional service providers, click here.

Refugee Program

Sacramento County has an extensive history of welcoming refugee groups from all over the world. Since 1983, the SETA Refugee Program has served refugees predominately from Southeast Asia, the former Soviet Union, and most recently the Middle East. Since 1983, the SETA Refugee Program has served refugees predominately from Southeast Asia, the former Soviet Union, and most recently the Middle East.Eligibility for the refugee program extends to refugee adults, asylees, Cuban and Haitian Entrants, federally-certified victims of human trafficking, and individuals granted Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs). Services are provided through local agencies and are intended to assist refugees in achieving economic self-sufficiency and reduced dependency on public assistance through employment and acculturation services.

Refugee Program Eligibility

The Refugee Program provides social and employment services to individuals who meet the following criteria are eligible for refugee services: Sacramento County residents who have been in the United States less than five years; are 16 years of age or older; are not enrolled full-time in primary or secondary school and are:

  • Refugees/Asylees
  • Special Immigrant Visa holders (SIVs)
  • Cuban/Haitian Entrants
  • Certified Victims of Human Trafficking
  • Amerasians

A refugee is a person living outside of his or her country of nationality who is unable or unwilling to return because of persecution, or a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.

For more information about SETA’s Refugee Program please call (916) 263-1661.

Refugee Services Provided

  • Vocational English-as-a-Second Language combined with Employment Services (VESL/ES)
  • Employment Services (ES) – Stand Alone
  • Social Adjustment and Cultural Orientation (SA & CO) – for older refugees

For a list of additional refugee service providers, click here.