CPC AND THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS

CPC AND THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS

In following guidance from federal, state and local governments, CPC will remain closed until further notice to help slow the spread of the Coronavirus. CPC will still offer a variety of services including housing/financial counseling, workforce development, nutrition (WIC) and our Self-Sufficiency Program.

 

CPC’s Head Start and Early Head Start classrooms will not reopen for the 2019-2020 school year, as per the orders of the governor. Teachers, family engagement/development specialists and other staff will continue to work with children and families remotely through the remainder of the school year.

 

 

Community Progress Council remains committed to providing children and families a healthy environment for all. We also understand the importance that our programs have to our clients and their families. Before reopening, our staff will ensure that each of its facilities is safe for children, clients and staff.

 

CPC is encouraging all clients to reach out to us to see how we can help you through these circumstances – whether it be job-related, you’re facing eviction, or are in need of supplemental food for your family.

HOW CAN WE HELP?

Community Progress Council is a valuable resource for programs and services available to residents of York County who are facing financial struggles.

GENERAL INFORMATION

CPC’s facilities are closed during this time, but the agency remains committed to assisting residents of York County with the help they need to overcome financial struggles during this time and beyond.

To reach Community Progress Council with general questions, call (717) 846-4600 and follow the menu of programming available to you, or email info@yorkcpc.org, and someone will return your message.

 

CPC also recommends that residents in need, call 2-1-1 – a free, confidential, 24-hour information and referral service that connects local residents with all the health and human services available to help.

SEARCH THE 2-1-1 ONLINE DATABASE

HOUSING AND RENTAL CONCERNS

If you are worried about an eviction, foreclosure or other housing concern during this time, CPC’s HUD-certified counselors can help you navigate these circumstances.

CPC’s Housing Education Department is currently providing all rental and homebuying services remotely through video conferencing. CPC’s staff can assist clients with the help they need to get connected online or over the phone.

Residents in need of housing/rental counseling should call to speak with a housing counselor to determine the necessary steps. Assistance is available in Spanish.

Contact CPC’s Housing Education Department at (717) 846-4600, ext. 221, or email housing@yorkcpc.org.

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EMPLOYMENT ISSUES

Are you facing unemployment, layoff or termination as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic?

Workforce Development coaches work with unemployed and under-employed residents to overcome barriers to long-term sustainable employment.

Currently, due to the number of layoffs related to the Coronavirus crisis, our team has been working remotely with newly unemployed residents to secure jobs throughout the county, as well as connecting them with other resources throughout the region.

To connect with CPC’s Workforce Development Program for any employment questions or needs, call (717) 846-4600, ext. 236 or email workready@yorkcpc.org. Spanish-speaking is available.

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NUTRITION (WIC)

CPC’S WIC program is accepting new clients!

WIC provides supplemental food and nutrition education for pregnant and breastfeeding women, mothers who have given birth within the past six months and children up to 5 years old.

Eligible participants meet with a WIC nutritionist quarterly and receive monetary benefits loaded onto a EBT card for qualified food purchases in stores throughout York County.

For more information or to set up your first appointment, call
(717) 843-7942. You can see if you qualify at www.PAWIC.com.

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NOTE: WIC is providing benefits to all clients at this time. However, due to the Coronavirus issue, WIC is providing services remotely. Participants are asked not to visit any WIC location until further notice for the safety of clients and staff. Benefits, loaded on a EBT Card, will be mailed to participants.

FINANCIAL COUNSELING

CPC’s counselors are also ready to assist residents of York County with crisis budgeting, financial planning, and advice to avoid predatory lending during this time.

Residents in need of financial counseling should call to speak with a coach to determine the necessary steps. Assistance is available in Spanish.

CPC’s Housing Education Department is currently providing all rental and homebuying services remotely through video conferencing. CPC’s staff can assist clients with the help they need to get connected online or over the phone.

Contact CPC’s Housing Education Department at (717) 846-4600, ext. 221, or email housing@yorkcpc.org.

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FOOD BANKS AND FOOD PANTRIES

There are numerous organizations in York County that assist local residents in need of food. A full list of food banks and food pantries can be found through Central PA Food Bank (www.CentralPAFoodBank.org or (717) 564-1700.)

A few local food banks/pantries are listed below for quick reference.
CPC recommends that residents in need call first.

– York County Food Bank (York) – (717) 846-6435
– Salvation Army (York) – (717) 848-2364
– New Hope Ministries (Various Locations) – (717) 432-2087
– Hanover Area Council of Churches (Hanover) – (717) 633-6353
– Community Reach Inc. (Red Lion) – (717) 244-6934
– Southern Community Services (Shrewsbury) – (717) 235-0446

 

School districts throughout York County are offering free meals to students at this time. For more information, call your local district.

UTILITY PAYMENT ISSUES

Met-Ed, Columbia Gas and York Water Company announced that each company would not cut off service for customers with past-due bills during the Coronavirus crisis.

Met-Ed customers facing hardships should call 1-800-545-7741 to speak with a Met-Ed representative. Met-Ed also offers a program (MCAP) to assist customers who experience trouble paying their energy bills. Electric customers may also file an application for assistance at www.dollarenergyfund.org/myapp.

Columbia Gas is offering a flexible payment plan to customers experiencing a hardship during COVID-19 by suspending late payment charges until May 1. Columbia Gas also offers its CAP Program that provides assistance to customers in need. Columbia Gas can be reached at 1-800-272-2714.