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Community Action Agencies are nonprofit and public groups funded by the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG), a federal program that allocates funding to states to connect Americans to greater opportunity.
The nation’s Community Action Agencies embody our nation’s spirit of hope, change people’s lives, and improve communities. When national, state and local leaders tap into these agencies’ experience, they can promote workable solutions that connect more families to opportunity – and make America a better place to live for everyone.
Community Action Agencies try to ensure that the assistance goes to the least fortunate. The agency helps with free financial help for paying bills, applications to public benefits, and other expenses. They also offer financial support to senior citizens, disabled, unemployed, and households living in poverty.
If you are stressed and dealing with a short term financial hardship, be sure to stop by or call your local community action agency for assistance. Community action agencies may help with the following, please check for available with the agency directly.
- Help for preventing homelessness.
- Pre-School Scholarship Program
- Foreclosure Prevention Programs
- Home repair programs, including low interest loans.
- Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
- Job training and placement.
- Mortgage, housing, and credit counseling services
- Childcare for poor working parents
- Head Start programs for children.
- Emergency Food and Shelter Program
- Free food and meals
- Job Development, Training and Computer Literacy Services
- Home Energy Assistance Program.
- Weatherization Assistance Program
- Home Ownership Planning Education
- Prescription Drug Assistance Vouchers
- Rental Assistance program
- Transportation & Aging centers for seniors
Allegheny County DHS-Office of Community Services
One Smithfield St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222-2225
Telephone number is (412) 350-6617
This location both processes application for public aid and serves as the local community action agency. They partner with the non-profit immediately below.
Pittsburgh Community Services, Inc.
249 North Craig Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Information and referrals are available from this community service affiliated agency.
Armstrong County Community Action Agency
Address – 705 Butler Road
Kittanning, PA 16201
Berks Community Action Program, Inc.
Mailing address is P O Box 22
Reading, PA 19603-0022
Call (610) 376-6571
Resources from the non-profit agency range from rent help to information on Pennsylvania mortgage assistance in the form of low interest loans. Head Start and other services, such as debt reduction, are offered too.
Blair County Community Action Agency
2100 Sixth Avenue, Suite 102
Altoona, PA 16602
Main telephone: (814) 946-3651
Bucks County Opportunity Council, Inc.
Address – 100 Doyle Street
Doylestown, PA 18901
Call the center for information on job training, energy bill assistance, and various case management services. Outreach and Stabilization services from the community action agency can provide financial aid to income qualified families.
The main offices of Bucks County Opportunity Council are as follows.
Doylestown Client Services, Neshaminy Manor Center, 1282 Almshouse Road, Doylestown, Pennsylvania 18901. Call the center at 215-345-3295
Bristol Client Services, 226 Mill Street, 1st Floor, Bristol, Pennsylvania 19007 dial 215-781-2661
Quakertown Client Services is at 347 New Street, Quakertown, PA 18951, call 215-536-0353 for intake.
Butler County Community Action and Development
Address is PO Box 1208
Butler, PA 16003-1208
Main phone number is 724) 284-5125
(724) 284-1063. Various programs are administered.
Carbon County Action Committee For Human Services
267 South Second Street
Lehighton, PA 18235
Primary phone – (610) 377-6400
CAP of Lancaster County
601 South Queen Street, P.O. Box 599
Lancaster, PA 17603-0599
Call (717) 299-7301 for intake
Apply for low income programs at this agency. Get help with nutritional needs, food, medical care, and more from social workers.
Center for Community Action
195 Drive In Lane
Everett, PA 15537
Several counties are supported by the non-profit. Residents of Bedford, Fulton, and Huntingdon should call this agency.
Central Pennsylvania Community Action, Inc. – Centre and Clearfield County.
Office location – 270 East Cherry Street
P.O. Box 792
Clearfield, PA 16830
Telephone: (814) 765-1551
Central Susquehanna Opportunities, Inc.
2 East Arch Street, Suite 313
Shamokin, PA 17872
Telephone number – (570) 644-6575
Information is provided to seniors. Call about grants, poverty fighting resources and free support services.
Commission on Economic Opportunity of Luzerne County
Address is 165 Amber Lane
P.O. Box 1127
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702-
Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc.
201 West Front St.
Media, PA 19063
Telephone: (610) 891-5101
One of the main locations for residents and the unemployed to call. Apply for emergency assistance, grants, job training and educational services.
Location is Boothwyn Office, 1414 Meetinghouse Road, Boothwyn, Pennsylvania 19061. Phone: (610) 874-8451
Community Action Commission
Location – 1514 Derry Street
Harrisburg, PA 17104
Telephone number – (717) 232-9757
Counties – Dauphin, Cumberland, and Perry
The non-profit services a wide region. Case managers work with qualified low income clients on energy bill assistance programs, weatherization/conservation, rent help and more. The center tries to help clients regain self-sufficiency.
CAC – Community Action Commission operates from several offices in the region. Numerous other emergency programs and social services are offered.
Perry County Office, 129 Market Street, Newport, Pennsylvania 17074, call (717) 567-6515
Shippensburg Office is located behind Memorial Lutheran Church, 130 South Penn Street,
Shippensburg, Pennsylvania 17257, telephone (717) 532-8611
West Shore Office, 125 North Enola Drive #204 B, Enola, PA 17025, dial (717) 732-1944
Main CAC Office is at 1514 Derry Street, Harrisburg, PA 17104, telephone (717) 232-9757
The Growing Center, 100 Hall Manor, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17104, (717) 232-2408
Royalton Office of CAC is at 201 Wyoming Street, Royalton, PA 17057, call (717) 616-8443 for intake.
Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley, Inc.
1337 East Fifth Street
Bethlehem, PA 18015
Call (610) 691-5620 for intake.
Residents of Lehigh and Northampton can call this agency. Some services, such as food and heating bill programs, are also offered for Montgomery and Bucks County. Other assistance includes job training, transitional housing, loans for certain expenses such as a partial rent payment, and referrals.
Community Action Partnership of Cambria County
516 Main Street
Johnstown, PA 15901
Dial the agency at (814) 536-9031
Community Action Partnership of Mercer County
Main address is 75 S. Dock Street
Sharon, PA 16146
Telephone number: (724) 342-6222. C
Housing assistance is available from CAPMC for seniors and the disabled. They operate housing units in the region, including those below. Others may get referrals to rental assistance, or case managers from the agency can help coordinate loans for housing or rental expenses. The transitional housing units are as follows.
Westfield Towers, Tushim Manor, 20 Coolspring Street, Mercer, PA
North East Manor,4132 South Washington Street, North East, PA
Garden Way Senior Apartments, 2350 Garden Way, Hermitage, PA
Hempfield Apartments, South, 94 Hadley Road, Greenville, PA 16125
The Hempfield Apartments community is located at 92 Hadley Road, Greenville, PA 16125
William A. Gargano Towers,941 Sharon-New Castle Road, Farrell, PA
Services from Head Start and schools include Education, Health and Nutrition, Mental health and Disabilities, and referrals to Social Services. Call 724.346.4482 .
Community Action Partnership of Mercer County Location is 75 South Dock Street, Sharon, Pennsylvania 16146. Members of the community can dial toll free 888.508.5216.
Community Action Southwest
Office is at 150 W. Beau Street, Suite 304
Washington, PA 15301-4425
The southwestern part of the state is covered, including the counties of Washington and Greene. If you need help and live in this area, call the community action agency for assistance.
There are two main locations of the Community Action Southwest, or CAS. They include the center in Washington County, which is at 150 W. Beau St., Washington, Pennsylvania 15301, dial 877-814-0788. Or the Greene County location can be reached at 58 E. Greene St., Waynesburg, PA, 15370, dial 724-852-2893.
Community Action Partnership of Somerset County
535 East Main Street
Somerset, PA 15501
Community Action, Inc. of Jefferson and Clarion
105 Grace Way
Punxsutawney, PA 15767-1209
Call (814) 938-3302
Several programs are available, including grants for paying security deposits and energy bills as part of LIHEAP. Job training, free Christmas meals, and more is available from community action. L
There are several offices of Community Action in Pennsylvania. The primary centers are below.
- Clearfield County, call 814-768-7200
- Elk County is at 301 Depot Street, St. Mary’s, PA 15857, dial 814-834-2857
- Clarion County center is at 30A S. Sheridan Road, Clarion, Pennsylvania 16214, dial Toll Free: 1-800-997-7661
- Jefferson County – 200 E. Mahoning Street, Punxsutawney, PA 15767-1209. Call 1-877-580-6739
- Grace Way Office is based at 105 Grace Way in Punxsutawney, PA 15767-1209. Dial 814-938-3302 or call 1-800-648-3381.
Community Progress Council, Inc.
226 East College Avenue
York, PA 1740
Phone number is (717) 846-4600
Provides services and aid to all of York County PA.
Community Services Program of Beaver County
Address is 1013 Eighth Avenue
Beaver Falls, PA 15010
Telephone number is (724) 847-3889
They offer information on many government benefits for struggling families.
While resources are limited, programs may be available. Or the agency will offer referrals to government aid or local non-profits. The phone number is (724) 847-3889, and the main office is at 1013 Eighth Avenue, Beaver Falls, PA 15010.
County of Chester Department of Community Development
601 Westtown Road, Suite 365
West Chester, PA 19380-0990
Programs include CareerLink job training and placement. Another focus is on homeless prevention, which may include funds or grants to pay rent, a mortgage, or security deposit. Or contact the community action agency for credit and debt counseling services.
Fayette County CAA, Inc.
108 N. Beeson Avenue
Uniontown, PA 15401
Call (724) 437-6050 for information and hours.
Greater Erie Community Action Committee (GECAC)
18 West Ninth Street
Erie, PA 16501
Programs include Head Start, worker training, and grants for LIHEAP and weatherization. This community action agency also has rent help and homeless prevention services.
Indiana County Community Action Program
827 Water Street
Indiana, PA 15701
Main number – (724) 465-2657
Lawrence County Community Action Partnership
Agency is at 241 W. Grant Street
New Castle, PA 16103
Telephone number is (724) 658-7258
LCCAP offers many low income programs. They can process applications to LIHEAP or refer single parents to affordable child care. Addressing lack of housing, including for rent and heating bill may also be arranged among other services.
Lebanon County Community Action Partnership
503 Oak Street
Lebanon, PA 17042
Weatherization services, referrals, and long term case management is offered. Also inquire about foreclosure prevention and rental assistance programs in the region.
Lycoming-Clinton Counties for Community Action, STEP, Inc.
Primary address is 2138 Lincoln Street
Williamsport, PA 17701
Main number is (717) 326-0587
Mayor’s Office of Community Services
990 Spring Garden Place, 7th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19123
This is the community action agency for the greater Philadelphia county and metropolitan area. A main focus in on employment, referrals to government benefits and utility company assistance programs.
Monroe County Grants Office
Address – 1 Quaker Plaza, Room 204
Stroudsburg, PA 18360
Telephone number is (570) 517-3129
Montgomery County Community Action Development Commission
113 East Main Street
Norristown, PA 19401
Call (610) 277-6363 for information
Examples of programs include water bill assistance from Helping Hands, SNAP applications and free income tax services.
Many other services may be provided by CADCOM. The main centers are noted below.
Norristown office is at 1931 New Hope Street, Norristown, PA 19401-3191, Phone No: 610-270-3500
Another center is at 113 East Main Street, Norristown, Pennsylvania 19401, Telephone No: (610) 277-6363
Pottstown region is covered by an office at 24 Robinson Street, Pottstown, PA 19464-5584, Telephone 610-327-4280
Northern Tier Community Action Corporation
Main location is 135 W. 4th Street
Emporium, PA 15834
Telephone: (814) 486-1161
Provides services to the counties of McKean, Potter, Elk, and Cameron. Referrals are provided from COMPASS, commodities from Emergency Food Assistance Program, or eviction prevention includes money for paying back rent, housing costs, or the deposit on a new home. Other aid is available too.
Schuylkill Community Action
Stop by the office at 206 North Second Street
Pottsville, PA 17901
Scranton-Lackawanna Human Development Agency
321 Spruce Street
Scranton, PA 18503-1454
Phone – (570) 963-6836
Resources are focused on the unemployed. Learn about job training. Or sign up for utility company assistance programs that operate in Pennsylvania. Other assistance includes job training from WIA and the center runs the Head Start program too.
South Central Community Action Programs, Inc.
Main location is 153 N. Stratton St.
Gettysburg, PA 17325
Adams and Franklin County. Some of what is offered includes the Work Ready Program, mortgage help from HEAMP, and assistance with paying a security deposit, moving expense, or rent.
TREHAB Center, Inc.
10 Public Ave.
Montrose, PA 18801
Telephone: (570) 278-3338
An extensive territory is covered. Families and seniors in the counties of Bradford, Tioga, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Wyoming, and Wayne should call this non-profit community action agency.
Union-Snyder Office of Human Resources
713 Bridge Street, Suite 10
Selinsgrove, PA 17870
Dial (570) 374-8938
Venango and Crawford County Office of Economic Opportunity
1 Dale Avenue
Franklin, PA 16323
Call – (814) 432-9767
Warren-Forest Counties Economic Opportunity Council
1209 Pennsylvania Ave., West
Warren, PA 16365
Main number is (814) 726-2400
Focuses on helping people deal with a short term crisis, and emphasizes employment programs. Get information on emergency grants for housing, heating bills, or rent while you work with a case manager.
Westmoreland Community Action (WCA)
Call 211 for information/referrals.
Numerous services are available. They operate transitional housing and may have grants for paying heating bills. Other assistance includes job training resources from Supported Employment, case management, and information on government benefits in Pennsylvania.
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