Community Action Commission assistance programs.

Assistance from the Community Action Commission is focused around housing preservation, heating and energy bill assistance, and general financial literacy. Case managers from the non-profit work with clients in an effort to stabilize their living situation.

Energy bill assistance is available from the state’s PP&L On-Track program and other resources as noted below. Electricity customers with limited incomes (including seniors and the disabled) are offered with a special reduced monthly payment on their account. This will be based on their total house hold income, electricity usage and family size. The customers are also provided with a chance to erase any back utility bills owed to PPL. Dial 800.342.5775 for information or to apply. Community Action Commission runs On Track for PP&L customers who reside in the region of Cumberland, Perry and Dauphin County.

If you are able to enroll, PP&L will provide you with energy education and free weatherization services. Also a household may qualify for a reduced monthly payment for your bills, and the company will also eliminate a portion of any debt or unpaid bills you owe for every month you make your OnTrack payment.

Energy conservation from E-Power is available from CAC - Community Action Commission. The company, working with partners in Cumberland, provides free energy efficiency education and measures to help residential customers save money at their apartments or homes. The program has been created to offer quality energy conservation education to low income customers so they can make informed choices about their energy usage.

Case managers from Community Action Commission’s Family Self Sufficiency Program enables working poor families to move out of poverty. Throughout this process, clients get help with developing goals, creating budgets, finding employment, manage finances, and more. The non-profit will provide support and assistance for up to five years at most. The agency will work closely with families and individuals to help them become more self-sufficient over the long term. This includes help in locating a job in Dauphin or nearby counties, as indicated below.

Goals will be set. A results oriented model is used to address family needs in the areas of Housing, Education, Finances, Employment, Affordable Child Care, Transportation, Health Care, and other areas that present barriers to the ability to achieve self-sufficiency. These specialized Family Self Sufficiency services are available in each of the Satellite Offices that are open including in Cumberland County Pennsylvania.




Housing assistance from family centers, including affordable housing options, are offered to families. The goal is to get residents on the path to stability and remain self-sufficient. Eviction prevention and referrals to rental assistance in Cumberland County may be provided. Certified housing counselors from the non-profit provide an array of services and educational programming to assist families in each area of the continuum.

The Prepared Renter Education Program, called PREP for short, is a collaborative effort of the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency and CAC. Another group known as the Self-Determination Housing Project of PA (SDHP) is a key partner. It offers consumers access to tools for becoming successful tenants.

Highly trained specialists from CAC help renters. They can get information that they need to start looking for housing and details on programs for paying a security deposit. Also get insight into the challenges they may face based on their personal circumstances.

First-time Homebuyers Education services are offered to current homeowners, homebuyers and low– to moderate– income renters. HUD certified counselors provide guidance and advice to help families and individuals improve their housing conditions. This includes learning how to meet the responsibility of homeownership.

Both individual and group education workshops are available for Pre Purchase/Homebuyer Education. Topics covered in these classes include but are not limited to credit report analysis and repair, evaluating mortgagor readiness, understanding fair housing laws, money management skills, and how to Budget for mortgage payments.

Homeowners can also get guidance on alternative sources of home loans and mortgage credit; tips on how to apply for special programs available to potential homebuyers, advice on how to avoid predatory lending practices. Or work with a HUD counselor on how to purchase a home using Section 8 Homeownership Voucher Program, assistance in locating low income housing and free referrals to community services and regulatory agencies.





Free foreclosure counseling is for Resolving or Preventing Mortgage Default or Delinquency. Housing counselors cover topics such as obtaining mortgage subsidy recertification; debt restructuring, support in establishing reinstatement plans, seeking loan forbearance, and managing household finances. Other services include helping homeowners that are affected by predatory lending,

Community Action Commission also helps with homeownership preservation and foreclosure process, providing referrals to other regional sources/government programs, and assisting clients in other ways.

The United Way of the Capital Region, working with the Community Action Commission, runs a Prosperity Center offering services and programs which promote financial stability. Through the assistance offered at the center, clients are given the tools through which they can effectively manage their finances.

Qualified clients are also provided with assistance while applying for various social benefits available through COMPASS. This includes assistance in obtaining employment in Pennsylvania so that they can sustain themselves. Online job search and resume writing classes and assistance is also provided.




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.


By Jon McNamara

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