Programs and Services

Human Services Development Fund

The Human Services Development Fund, HSDF, provides funding for programs at the County level that help all Pennsylvanians who may need a little help, from youth to senior citizen. Services are provided for Adult Services, Aging, Children and Youth, Drug and Alcohol, Homeless Assistance, and the Community Mental Health/Mental Retardation programs.

If you or someone you know has problems due to aging, is disabled, or has an addiction problem, please contact our Human Services Department to get more information.

Community Service Block Grant

The Community Service Block Grant, CSBG, program provides states and federal and state-recognized Indian Tribes with funds to provide a range of services to address the needs of low-income individuals to ameliorate the causes and conditions of poverty. CSBG is administered by the Division of State Assistance in the Office of Community Services.

Homeless Assistance Program

The Homeless Assistance Program, HAP, makes available a continuum of services to homeless and near homeless individuals and families. HAP funding is provided to county governments by the Department of Public Welfare.

HAP funds help to assure: 1) homelessness can be avoided through a variety of prevention services assisting clients to maintain affordable housing; 2) people who are homeless can find refuge and care; and 3) homeless and near homeless clients are assisted in moving toward self-sufficiency.

Medical Assistance Transportation Program

Medical Assistance Transportation Program, MATP, consumers residing in Pennsylvania are entitled to transportation services necessary to secure medical care provided under the Medical Assistance, MA, program. The County assures that medical transportation services are provided to eligible County residents.

Medical transportation services are defined as non-emergency transportation of MA recipients to any MA compensable service for the purpose of receiving treatment, medical evaluation or purchasing prescription drugs or medical equipment. Medical transportation does not include transportation that would normally be provided by an ambulance.

The Emergency Food Assistance Program

The Emergency Food Assistance Program, TEFAP, is a federal program that helps supplement the diets of low-income needy persons, including elderly people, by providing them with emergency food and nutrition assistance. USDA buys the food, including processing and packaging, and ships it to the states.

The amount received by each state depends on its low-income and unemployed population. State agencies work out details of administration and distribution. They select local organizations that either directly distribute to households or serve meals, or distribute to other local organizations that perform these functions.

State Food Purchase Program

Pennsylvania leads all states in providing food assistance for the needy under the State Food Purchase Program, SFPP. SFPP provides cash grants to counties for the purchase and distribution of food to low-income individuals. The program is intended to supplement the efforts of food pantries, soup kitchens, food banks, feeding programs, shelters for the homeless and similar organizations to reduce hunger.

Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program

The Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program, EFSP, was created in 1983 to supplement the work of local social service organizations within the United States, both private and governmental, to help people in need of emergency assistance. This collaborative effort between the private and public sectors has disbursed over $2.3 billion in Federal funds during its 21-year history.