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Assistance programs York County Pennsylvania.

Free food, rent or security deposit assistance, medical care, and other support is available in York County. Find the primary government programs, charities, churches and social service assistance office in York that offer short term financial help. They may not only assist with bills or housing needs, but also address poverty, employment, as well as consumer debt problems among other assistance programs.

Charities in the area also offer other support. This ranges from transportation programs to uninsured and low income prescription drug programs, cash assistance from welfare, free job training or SNAP food stamps. The goal of the charities (as well as York County PA assistance office) is to offer both emergency help as well as long term self-sufficiency to the needy.

Emergency assistance for bills

A number of different local organizations (as listed below) can help people who are facing a crisis, or are experiencing a short term hardship. New Hope Ministries, Inc. provides residents of York Pennsylvania with a variety of assistance programs and crisis assistance services. People who need help can turn to this organization to get access to housing and rent assistance. The non-profit may also offer free emergency food,  referrals for free medical and dental care, fuel, heating and utility bill assistance, as well as access to programs and social services for children or youth.

New Hope also partners with other local charities, businesses and non-profit organizations. This allows them to offer people many additional services through these partnerships. They work with local business owners, pharmacists, physicians, dentists, and with local fuel, utility, and gas companies. New Hope can refer people to these other local York County resources.

But the financial aid doesn’t stop there. They can also help clients receive financial and budget counseling, help them get out of debt, goal-setting, and provide individuals with emotional support to assist them in achieving long-term stability and success.  Call the agency at 717-432-2087.

The York County Salvation Army, which can be reached at 717-848-2364, also administers several emergency and crisis programs. The Salvation Army will help people meet their basic needs. Some of the services and programs they offer can assist with paying heating bills and energy expenses or other utility bills. There are also vouchers to pay for prescription drugs, rent payment help, food assistance, clothing and other needs.




The faith based charity organization in York County also operates an after school as well as summer program for youth and teenagers. Christmas meals and free gifts may be provided in York County as well as well as back to school supplies. Another one of the primary services offered is case management, and this provides clients with services such as credit counseling, employment programs, and more. Click here for more information on York County Pennsylvania Salvation Army.

People of all ages can be helped by York County Assistance Office. They are the main welfare/public/government assistance office. Some examples of programs offered include Pennsylvania Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which helps low income individuals and families pay their utility and heating bills through energy assistance grants. People need not have an unpaid bill to receive energy assistance. Both regular cash grants, as well as crisis grants from LIHEAP, are available to help pay bills.

This York County Assistance Office is known as DPW, or Department of Welfare. Programs offered include food stamps, information on public health care such as Medicaid, and TANF. The office also has information on Rental Assistance. Social workers from the office will refer people to FIRST, which is known as Free Information & Referral Service Teleline. There is also information on free health care and medications for the uninsured as well as low income, and learn more on uninsured prescription drug programs.

Reach FIRST by dialing 1-800-673-2529. LIHEAP is also administered at this location. Phone number for energy bill assistance is 1-800-991-0929. Stop by or call the county office, which is located at 130 N. Duke St, York, Pennsylvania 17401. Phone (717) 771-1100, for more information on any of these assistance programs or social services.

Another option is weatherization, which will install energy conserving upgrades to home. Weatherization is free to qualified individuals. Other resources include food stamps, cash assistance, Medicaid applications, free dental care, and homeless prevention/rent help. Call (717) 771-1100 for more information on either program, or read public assistance York County.





Community Progress Council Inc.’s mission is to empower individuals and families to move toward self-sufficiency. CPC offers a variety of programs and services to help low-income residents of York County, Pennsylvania., to become financially stable. Call (717) 846-4600. Community Progress Council’s programs include:

  • Housing and Financial Education. Rent assistance and homeless prevention - Funds to pay rent and/or prevent evictions
  • Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Program and Emergency food for people in a crisis
  • Early Childhood Education – Head Start, Early Head Start and Pre-K Counts
  • Workforce Development and Sufficiency Program as well as Job training and employment programs
  • Energy bill assistance - Get help for paying utility, heating, and water bills
  • Clothing bank
  • Technology for making money on an Iphone or Android, including free money making android apps.
  • Social services and child development such as Head Start.
  • York City Community of Hope

In addition to these programs, Community Progress Council offers residents who are ready to take steps toward self-sufficiency integrated and coordinated coaching to best assess current situations and set goals for achieving financial stability.

Learn more about Community Progress Council at, or call (717) 846-4600. All services are available in Spanish, and interpretation in more than 200 languages is available to residents.

Community Progress Council can help those people who are near homeless maintain housing. Assistance is also offered for York County families that are homeless, including rehousing, security deposit assistance, and more.

This is the community action agency for York County. Case managers do their best to help low income families, GED graduates, the unemployed, immigrants and others. The resource is known as RAP, or the rental assistance program. (717) 771-5110 More information on financial resources from Community Progress Council.

Grace United Methodist Church may help with heating, electric, gas, and water bills. They can refer people to food banks. Only residents of Wrightsville Pennsylvania can apply for help.

New Hope Ministries, Dillsburg - Programs offered include food, access to medical and health care, gasoline vouchers and transportation, and access to utility programs. Call (717) 432-3053. Dover Pennsylvania also has a New Hope Ministries ((717) 292-3441))

Southern Community Services, Shrewsbury PA (dial (717) 227-0048) offers energy, housing, and childcare assistance. Food, case management, and other aid is also offered.

St. Matthew Evalengical Lutheran Church - Prescription assistance, food pantry, funds for paying utility and heating bills, water bill assistance, bus passes, and employment programs. York PA Call (717) 845-2721

The York County Food Pantry Clearing House can be called at (717) 846-8899. This location can assist people of all incomes in finding a free or low cost food pantry close to your current location. They will also review eligibility with applicants. For those people who are looking for a nearby soup kitchen or place to turn to for daily meals, the agency FIRST (see phone number above) will be able to help.

Northeastern Food Pantry may not only have free groceries, food, or meals, but the non-profit offers other programs too. This includes emergency help with prescriptions as well as rent/utility assistance if someone is faced with an eviction or disconnection. 4832 North Sherman Street Ext., Mount Wolf, Pennsylvania, 17347, call (717) 266-6785.





York County Area Agency on Aging can support people over the age of 55 as well as senior citizens. A number of assistance programs are available for senior citizens, including meals on wheels, information on medical assistance, referrals, and general case management. Resources are available for their caretakers too.

They also help seniors with other wide ranging needs. They have information on drug plans for the elderly as well as grants, retirement plans, and even recreational trips. Location is 100 West Market Street, York, PA, 17401, call (717) 771-9610.

Housing Authority of The City of York oversees federal government programs such as section 8 vouchers and the tenant based rental assistance program. This program can help subsidize someone’s monthly rent. (717) 845-2601

New Hope Ministries runs a USDA-government food program, provides housing, medical and dental clinics, and more. They may have financial assistance for gasoline, utilities, transportation, etc. A formal approval process is in place too. 6 North 2nd St., Dillsburg, Pennsylvania, call (717) 432-3053

Free programs that focus on holidays - The highest demand is for free toys, food, and presents at Christmas. Charities across York County use donations from the community and also volunteers to meet this demand. There may also be free Thanksgiving or Christmas feeding baskets for holiday meals. Children, the underemployed, elderly, and others can get help at the holidays, and find details on Christmas assistance in York County.

Housing and rent payments programs -  Residents that have an eviction notice, or that need help in locating and moving into a new home, care receive help with paying security deposits or back rent. Non-profits as well as the county government may issue a grant for housing expenses, coordinate landlord mediation, or even refer tenants to loan programs. They also partner with other York County rental assistance agencies.

Pinchot Park Assembly of God Food Pantry only supports northern York County, including Wellsville. May have financial assistance, as funding allows, for emergency needs, housing, and other bills. (717) 432-2869

Rent, water bills, free motel vouchers, and other support is from the Homeless Assistance Program (HAP). A few local non-profits participate in this federally funded grant program. Clients can apply for help for the following.

  • Shelters and bridge housing is for the homeless, and they can learn about employment programs and resources for security deposits.
  • Eviction prevention is available in the form of free legal aid, information on housing for the disabled or single moms, and cash grants.
  • Other resources can also assist families living in poverty and low income tenants. Learn more on York County homeless and rehousing assistance.

Caring Company/First Presbyterian Church of York -  May provide up to $50 once every 6 months for prescription medications, food once every 30 days and assistance with gas. Other resources may include CAP for natural gas bills, PCAP for electric and Dollar Energy for both. Christmas baskets including food and gifts. A number of conditions are in place. The main office is at 225 East Market Street, York, PA, 17403. Phone (717) 848-8869

York Benevolent Association Heating Fuel Assistance may be able to help people who already applied to LIHEAP heating assistance and who did not receive help in the previous year. Call (717) 845-2494 for details.

York shelters and low income housing can assist families in poverty as well as the homeless. There are also resources dedicated to helping survivors of domestic violence, veterans, and others that may have more unique needs when it comes to a housing crisis. Click more information York County transitional housing.

Basic needs, furniture and free clothing assistance - Non-profits and charities provide free items to the needy. This can include free winter coats, gifts, furniture and Christmas toys for children. Other items may include school supplies, work suits, and household goods. While not as common, some of the York County clothing closets may also have emergency financial assistance available. Click more information CYork County free furniture, school supplies and furniture.







Free and discounted health care services

If you are struggling with the high cost of medical and dental care, or can’t afford to pay for medical or dental bills, Family First Health provides low cost or free primary medical and dental care. There are programs for the uninsured, low income and medically under-served families and individuals in York County. The center accepts insurance, medical assistance, and offers fees based on family size and income.

If they can’t offer you the help you need, they also partner with other local doctors and hospitals in order provide the full range of services patients may need. They also offer a full range of dental care, including cleanings and more. Family First Health does accept health insurance if you have it, provides medical assistance, and offers fees based on family size and income. So people may qualify for free care. 717-845-8617. The center is at 1230 High Street, Hanover, Pennsylvania 17331. Or find other details on free dental clinics near you for cleanings.

Katallasso Family Health Center is a community clinic that also partners with churches in the region. They offer general primary healthcare services for children and adults, non-emergency acute care, immunizations and more. (717) 885-5637 or stop by 38 South Belviderere Ave in York.

East Side Health Center offers free or affordable care to the underserved, residents of public housing, and uninsured. Primary and family care is offered along with outreach and other social services. (717) 801-0971

Department of Welfare (York County Assistance Office) arranged other medical care as well. Much of it is for children, the low income, as well as uninsured. As the state and federal government combines to help with dental needs, cancer screenings, immunizations, and even Medicaid or Medicare applications. Find other Pennsylvania health care for the uninsured.

Debt assistance and foreclosure prevention

Consumer Credit Counseling Service - Provides free advice to consumers on debt, housing, and credit issues. Receive assistance with the following. Call (888) 511-2227.

  • HUD foreclosure counseling, including information on government mortgage programs.
  • Debt management counseling, including learn about settlement and consolidation.
  • Bankruptcy advice, budgeting, and other financial counseling.

Housing Alliance of Yorkalso provide foreclosure counseling. Call (717) 854-1541

Non-profit agencies help with debt issues as well. This may be credit card bills, medical debts, bankruptcy filings, and other needs. There are rules and regulations that debt collectors need to follow as well. Or learn about payment plans, forbearance, and other solutions. Dial (888) 511-2227, or find assistance in preventing debt collection calls.

Legal aid

If you need help with a civic legal case, MidPenn Legal Services may be able to provide assistance. Attorneys at this private, public-interest, non-profit law firm are committed to providing free legal advice and will do their best to provide free, equal access to justice and high quality legal services. They help with civil law matters, and the programs focus on low to moderate income persons, the elderly, disabled and survivors of domestic violence.

Get legal help for evictions, foreclosures, domestic and family issues, divorce, and other cases. Click here to learn more about free legal programs in Pennsylvania, or call MidPenn Legal Services at 717-848-3605.





York County Community Action Corporation

This non-profit agency offers several programs and services. Find a listing, as well as contact information, below.

  • Low Income Energy Assistance Program and Energy Crisis Intervention Program - Provides grants and financial assistance for the following types of energy. Heating oil, coal, kerosene, LP gas, electricity, wood, and more. They also run a separate crisis program that provides help to people in a crisis situation, and it offers emergency financial assistance for home heating fuel bills and even heating system repairs. Read more on heating system repair programs.
  • Housing and foreclosure counseling - Counselors can help people deal with credit problems, guide homeowners through the wide variety of foreclosure assistance programs, and provide additional mortgage help. Click here to learn more on Pennsylvania mortgage and foreclosure programs.
  • Medical services - They administer York County Community Health Care, which provides low income and others, including the uninsured, with access to free or discounted medical care, including dental assistance. They also accept various forms of insurance, including private as well as government programs including MaineCare, Medicare, and Medicaid.
  • Housing programs - Get information on low income housing, and access rent programs for the low income and unemployed.

Contact York County Community Action Corporation to learn more about these or other programs. The organization can be reached at (717) 846-4600.

Free or low cost food

Families of all income levels can contact a church, food pantry, or charity organization for support. Residents can get food, groceries, free personal hygiene supplies or meals. Many of the typical clients of these centers are facing a short term hardship situation, and a food bank in York County can help people make it through a difficult period. The primary centers to contact are listed below. However click here for a listing of other food assistance organizations including free food pantries in York County PA.

St. Jacobs Lutheran Church is based in New Salem, PA.

Susquehanna Area Senior Center - Call (717) 244-0340. Most of the programs administered from this location are focused on the elderly, and include Meals on Wheels.

Christ Lutheran Church of Spry. Call this York center at (717) 741-4639.


By Jon McNamara

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