Housing – Food – Clothing – Utility Assistance – Emergency Assistance
This program provides counseling/education in the areas of credit counseling, loss mitigation and homebuyer/owner education, and serves all consumers regardless of socio-economic standings throughout, but not limited to, Crawford, Mercer, and Venango Counties. Specialized services offered include:
- Pre and Post Purchase Homebuyer Education
- Predatory Lending Counseling Click here to view a Predatory Lending Brochure.
- Foreclosure Prevention
These programs focus on preparing consumers for homeownership and providing services to current homeowners experiencing financial challenges or mortgage defaults. http://www.phfa.org/
Got ot PHFA website for Eligibility Criteria
Criteria for eligibility varies between programs.
This program provides rental assistance to individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. The goal of the program is to provide financial assistance to maintain permanent housing by preventing evictions and/or to aid the homeless in obtaining housing. Applications are accepted and processed for consumers who qualify, and assistance is provided directly to the landlord. The payment amount is based on consumer need. A maximum amount for the consumer, to be used within a twenty-four month period, is determined by the funding source. Referrals are made to the Emergency Shelter Program at the Department of Public Welfare, if eligible, before this service can be accessed at CFS.
Consumers must meet the income eligibility requirements of 200% of the poverty guidelines. Other criteria includes consumers who are homeless or facing eviction, overcrowded housing situations, unfit housing, and consumers who were released from correction, mental health, or shelter facilities.
CFS is the lead agency in Crawford County for the State Food Purchase Program (SFPP) and The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP). The goal of this program is to provide for basic food needs on an emergency basis for individuals and families in crisis situations. Our Satellite pantries are located in seven outlying communities within Crawford County, with the central pantry located in Meadville. Click here to view the Food Pantry page
Eligibility is based on the U.S. Department of Agriculture income guidelines of 150% of the poverty level.
- Clothing and Household Vouchers The Center for Family Services accepts donations through our Center Thrift Store. Adults and Children in need are given an in-house voucher to use at the Thrift Store. Household Item Vouchers are given to identified homeless consumers. Our staff reserves items such bedding, basic cookware, curtains and tableware for these cases. Donations are accepted for both programs year round.
- Best Foot Forward The Center for Family Services is able to provide this service due to a partnership with the PA WorkWear Program, throught the Department of Public Welfare. Please see the site page for more information.
- Winter Coats
Back to School Assistance
- CACTUS : Community and Children Teaming Up for Success
- Sol Stern Shoe Program: Shoe distribution made possible by a local trust that benefits children living in the 16335 zipcode. For more information on distribution and qualifications, please contact us
The Center works as a partner for the following programs to provide utility assistance to those in crisis.
- Neighbor for Neighbor Program
- Member to Member Program
- United Way Funded Assistance
Because we see so many families and individuals in a crisis situation, the Center is often a jumping board for them to get in contact with other service providers. The agency relies on the generosity of our community to provide basics such as diap, formula and personal care items. We are very grateful for the continued support from the United Way of Western Crawford County that enables us to be a force of positive change in so many lives.
- United Way Funded Emergency Assistance
- Diapers and Formula
- Personal Care Items and Cleaning Products