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Union County assistance programs.

The community action agency known as Union-Snyder Office of Human Resources administrates assistance for the needy and low income. Services that are available can help pay rent, provide food, health care, and other support and financial aid.

Housing programs operate for those residents that are currently living in a temporary residence, shelter, or that have an eviction notice. The community action agency, working with other non-profits and charities, may be able to assist those that qualify. Families in need of emergency rental assistance may be eligible for help with paying your security deposit or rent. Call for more details regarding eligibility requirements for housing. In many cases the community action agency will provide a referral to another local rental program or organization if the household does not meet eligibility criteria set by Union-Snyder community action office.

Energy bill assistance is an option. This can include cash grants and financial to households, including senior citizens, that need help paying some type of utility bill, including gas, natural gas, and heating. Or if you are out of fuel you may be able to qualify.

The agency also can offer people PPL's and UGI Penn Natural Gas Customer Assistance Programs. This provides a reduced rate to customers based on their family size, income, amount of usage and other factors. Some arrerage components are administered too for past due balances. Read utility bill assistance in Pennsylvania.

Work Ready can offer outreach and other services. It focuses on TANF individuals in Pennsylvania who should be engaged in job training and employment activities. The agency will also help facilitate their reporting to their local County Assistance Office for a decision on their status. A case manager will perform a home visit and provide more information on Work Ready. Additional community resources and supportive services are offered to assist with overcoming barriers.

Transportation assistance known as STEP/Self-sufficiency Transportation Employment Program is available in Union County. Some of the transportation assistance includes help with the purchase of a car, access to USTA, driving lessons, assistance with car repairs, and the possibility for car insurance costs.




Staff from the community action agency work with the client to set and complete goals that help remove your immediate transportation problems. A focus is on helping people keep a job and get to critical appointments. More on free car programs.

The Supportive or Transitional Housing Program is for currently homeless individuals and families. If you are selected, the Union-Snyder Community Action Agency will help pay security deposits and up to three months of rent. Then the tenant will need to pay and contribute to their rent as well. Through this process case management, individualized life skills classes, employment assistance and counseling and other resources are made available.

Apply for section 8 housing and also the Family Self-Sufficiency Program. They are run in partnership with the local Housing Authority. While someone is in this program, they will, among other things, earn an escrow account to help them save money.

Call Union-Snyder Office of Human Resources, 713 Bridge Street in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania 17870. The main number is (570) 374-8938. They also administer several other services for the poor and low income. Click here.

Medical clinics and health care

A Community Clinic serves people in the region. It is based in Sunbury Pennsylvania and the center provides help to low income and uninsured individuals and families. The clinic will assist them with medical assistance and getting the care they need. Services include appointments, prescriptions, help with testing and specialty care. Call (570) 988-1270.





Susquehanna River Valley Dental Health Clinic - Provides affordable care to patients, families and individuals in need. Patients with insurance such as Access Dental are accepted as well. For those individuals without dental insurance, services are provided on a sliding scale based on their total household income. 335 Market St., Sunbury, PA, (570) 286-7500.

Head Start is available for both Union County and nearby regions. It is government funded as a free early childhood development and family support program for children from low income families. The program is a fully comprehensive preschool readiness program designed to meet the emotional, social, health, nutritional, and physical needs. It can provide dental care, education, early intervention, medical assistance, mental health, and food/nutrition. It also addresses parent involvement and provides them with social services. Call (570) 374-8938.

Food banks and pantries in Synder and Union County

First Baptist Church is located at Corner of Third and St. Louis Streets, Lewisburg, PA 17837, call 570-374-0181.

Mifflinburg Food Pantry, 279 Market Street, Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania 17844.

St. Paul's UCC Church is located at Corner of Market and Mill Streets, Selinsgrove, PA 17870. Call 1-877-497-1257 for hours. The center may have free groceries, canned goods, Christmas and Thanksgiving meals, and surplus government commodities.




By Jon McNamara

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