Housing & Rental Assistance

Housing Counseling and Education

Community Progress Council and The York Housing Opportunity Center offer housing counseling and education services to the York Community.  At this time, both physical offices are closed. Staff are working remotely to offer York residents the following services: 

COUNSELING: Free Housing Counseling Services are available for BOTH homebuyers/owners and renters, through Community Progress Council (CPC) and the York Housing Opportunity Center.

  • Counseling Services are being provided remotely.  Community Progress Council can accommodate limited and urgent Face to Face Counseling services on a case by case basis.
  • Community Progress Council Counseling During COVID-19 (Remote, in-person as needed):
  • Rental Counseling
  • Budget and Credit Counseling
  • Pre-Purchase Counseling
  • Pre-Closing Counseling
  • Foreclosure Counseling
  • York Housing Opportunity Center Counseling During COVID-19 (Remote):
  • Budget and Credit Counseling
  • Pre-Purchase Counseling
  • Pre-Closing Counseling
  • Foreclosure Counseling

 

HOMEOWNERSHIP WORKSHOPS:

Community Progress Council is offering Homeownership workshops in both English and Spanish remotely via videoconferencing.  Contact 717-846-4600 x221 or email housing@yorkcpc.org.

York Housing Opportunity Center is working towards remote workshops. Please check www.lhop.org or call 717-827-4334 for more information.

HOMEOWNERSHIP ASSISTANCE: 

York Housing Opportunity Center offers First-time Homebuyer Down Payment & Closing Cost Assistance through the York Homebuyer Assistance Program, helping first time homebuyers get into their first home.  Please call Jeffery Miller at 717-827-4334 for more information.

HOMEOWNER FORECLOSURE ASSISTANCE:

RENTERS: Both Community Progress Council and The York Housing Opportunity Center can help Renters with questions regarding Landlord-Tenant or Fair Housing Concerns.  

  • The York Housing Opportunity Center Fair Housing and Landlord/Tenant Hotline is still open.  Staff from both agencies are available to answer questions from renters, landlords, case workers, and anyone one involved in the rental housing community.  This service provides information  regarding fair housing issues, landlord/tenant rights and responsibilities, as well as updated information regarding how COVID-19 is impacting housing.  Call 717-827-4334 to speak to Alaina for assistance.

For other updates regarding housing during the COVID-19 shutdown please feel free to call for questions, concerns, or assistance.  You can also find updates via both the Community Progress Council and the York Housing Opportunity Center Facebook pages.

 

Community Progress Council Contact:

Phone: 717-846-4600 x 221

Email: housing@yorkcpc.org

 

York Housing Opportunity Center Contact:

Phone: 717-827-4334

Email: YHAP@lhop.org

Next Door

Bell Socialization Services opened its Next Door program in 2017 to offer support services and rental assistance to homeless, near homeless, and low-income individuals and families in York City and York County.

At this time, the office is closed to the public, but staff can be reached by calling the office, 717-356-2957.

Read more about their services here

The Coalition on Homelessness

The Coalition is charged with the planning to end homelessness in York County, managing the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), managing the Pathways to Home (Coordinated Assessment/Entry process), and coordinating and applying for funding for projects to end homelessness.

Read more about their services and useful resources here

York County Planning Commission

The York County Planning Commission is offering the York County and York City Home Improvement Program as well as the the York County and City Weatherization Assistance. To see if either of these programs can be of assistance to you, click here for more information.

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps families living on low incomes pay their heating bills in the form of a cash grant.

Households in immediate danger of being without heat can also qualify for crisis grants.

For more information and eligibility requirements, click here

Temporary Assistance for Homeowners:

Homeowners with a Federal Housing Authority (FHA) Mortgage

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced on Wednesday that it will temporarily suspend all eviction and foreclosure actions for the next 60 days.

Link to HUD Release

PA Supreme Court Orders Eviction Protection
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court extend a moratorium that ordered courts closed to eviction proceedings due to the COVID-19 state of emergency. The Court’s order is applicable to all Pennsylvania property owners, managers, landlords, as well as mortgage brokers and lenders. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered that renters and homeowners could not be evicted from their homes during the COVID19 pandemic, until April 30.

Attorney General Josh Shapiro wrote a letter to landlords and lenders seeking to build on the Court’s order to suspend evictions for a period of time after the lifting of the COVID-19 state of emergency.

The state Department of Banking and Securities suggests that people who can’t pay their rent due to a loss of income or illness should contact their landlords to work out a plan for their payment. 

 

If you believe that you have been wrongfully evicted from your home or wrongfully had your property foreclosed, you can file a complaint with the Office of Attorney General.

Utilities

Met-Ed:

If a First Energy/Met-Ed customer (residential or commercial) contacts Dollar Energy and alerts them that they have been affected by COVID-19, the following guidelines will be followed:

  Scenarios

  •       If your household has experienced a complete loss of income: The household will be enrolled in PCAP at zero-income, requiring recertification in 6 months. 
  •       If your household has experienced a partial loss of income: household will be enrolled in PCAP based on the remaining income that is being received. 
  •       Household has experienced a loss of income and remaining income is for individual(s) under 18: household will be enrolled in PCAP at zero-income, requiring recertification in 6 months. 

To sign up for these programs, please contact their credit and collection department at 1-800-545-7741.

At this time, First Energy/ Met-Ed are not pursuing termination of any services, however, 10-day notices are being mailed out to all customers.  These notices are important because customers may need proof of delinquency to qualify for some assistance programs.  This notice serves as their proof document and will not cause a termination of services.

Comcast:

Will not disconnect or issue out late fees for services during this time.
Will also provide families with 60 days of free internet services.

To sign up, applicants can simply visit www.internetessentials.com. The accessible website also includes the option to video chat with customer service agents in American Sign Language. There are also two dedicated phone numbers 1-855-846-8376 for English and 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish.

Please visit https://corporate.comcast.com/covid-19 for the most up-to-date information on Comcast’s response to the COVID-19 epidemic.

The York Water Company Response to COVID-19

Your water will not be shut off

We have suspended billing-related service shutoff in order to ensure the proper hygiene and health of our customers. You, as a York Water customer, are still responsible for any outstanding balance that you currently have, as well as any new charges. We recommend that you pay as much as you can when you are able, but rest assured that we will not apply late charges or turn off your water service during this public health crisis. Your water service may potentially be interrupted for a brief period of time for emergency work if that work becomes necessary. 

We are practicing social distancing

For employee and customer safety, The York Water Company has closed its front office in historic downtown York to the public. Customers can visit our website at www.yorkwater.com to pay their bill, apply for service, or request to end service. Our Customer Service team is also available by phone to take payments and answer any questions regarding your water service between the hours of 8:00 AM-5:00 PM. Our helpful Customer Service team can be reached at: customer.service@yorkwater.com or by calling 717-845-3601. 

Eligibility and Criteria

For more information, please visit the website.
Updated 3.3.21
Subject to Change

Background
On February 5th, Governor Wolf signed into law Act 1, legislation that set aside $145 million in funds to aid hospitality industry businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. York County will receive $5.08 million to award to hospitality businesses with the NAICS designation 721(Accommodations) and 722 (Food Services and Drinking Places), and to cover administrative costs for operating the program. The York County Economic Development Corporation serves as the Certified Economic Development Organization (“CEDO”) for York County and is an affiliated entity of the York County Economic Alliance (“YCEA”). As such, the County of York has contracted with the York County Economic Alliance and its affiliated entity York County Economic Development Corporation as the authorized CEDO to administer this program. Most of the guidelines for eligibility and criteria for this funding program were created by the legislation included in Act 1 of 2021.

YoCo CHIRP Eligibility

  1. The YoCo CHIRP (COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program) Fund is awarding grants to eligible hospitality businesses ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 that do not require repayment to alleviate revenue losses and pay eligible operating expenses due to the COVID-19 pandemic incurred commencing on March 1, 2020, to the date of application submission.
  2. An eligible business must have been in operation by or prior to February 15, 2020.
  3. An eligible business must be a for-profit entity and not a publicly traded company.
  4. An eligible business must not have a tangible net worth more than $15 million as of February 15, 2020.
  5. An eligible business must have 300 or fewer full-time equivalent employees (FTE’s).
  6. An eligible business must have a physical location in York County, Pennsylvania and must file a federal and state tax return. The grant program’s priority will be to exhaust all funds to individual award recipients before funding multiple entities with common ownership.
  7. An eligible business must have a NAICS designation within the accommodation sector (721) or Food Services and Drinking Places sector (722). These are the ONLY eligible NAICS codes, pursuant to PA Act 1 of 2021.
  8. An eligible business may be structured as a C-corporation, S-corporation, limited liability company, partnership, or sole proprietorship.
  9. An eligible business must be open, or have a plan to reopen, and cannot cease operations following check disbursement.\
  10. Grant awards may not be used to pay the same eligible operating expenses for which an eligible business received payment, reimbursement, or loan forgiveness from the CARES Act of 2020, Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, or the COVID-19 Emergency Supplement to the General Appropriations Act of 2019. Receipt of a prior Federal or Commonwealth grant does not disqualify an applicant.
  11. An eligible business must demonstrate:

If the business started between prior to January 1, 2019:
A reduction in annual revenue decline of 25% or reduction in quarterly revenues of 25% or greater when comparing quarterly revenues from the same quarters in 2019 and 2020.

If the business started between July 1-December 31, 2019:
Quarter 3 or Quarter 4 revenue of 2019 must show at least a 25% decline compared to any quarter in 2020.

If the business started between October 1-December 31, 2019:
Quarter 4 revenue of 2019 must show at least a 25% decline compared to any quarter in 2020.

If the business started between January 1-February 15, 2020:
The entity must demonstrate at least a 25% revenue decline when comparing the first quarter of 2020 to any other quarter in 2020.

2019 Business Quarters are defined as such:
Q1 2019: January 1 - March 31
Q2 2019: April 1 - June 30
Q3 2019: July 1 - September 30
Q4 2019: October 1 - December 31

2020 Business Quarters are defined as such:
Q1 2020: January 1 - March 31
Q2 2020: April 1 - June 30
Q3 2020: July 1 - September 30
Q4 2020: October 1 - December 31

Ineligible Applicants

● Businesses that do not have a physical location in York County, Pennsylvania.
● Government-owned entities or elected official offices.
● Businesses that have ceased operations with no plan to reopen.
● Businesses that spend more than 51% of their budgeted expenses engaged in political or lobbying activities.
Applicant or business currently in bankruptcy proceedings or guilty of criminal fraud felony within the last five years or under current investigation for fraud.
● Businesses delinquent with 2019, or prior years, County Hotel Tax or County Property Tax with no documented plan for repayment (not on a payment plan).
● Nonprofit Organizations
● Applicants not in the specified eligible hospitality NAICS codes pursuant to PA Act 1 of 2021.

Other YoCo CHIRP Grant Details
Grants range from $5,000 to $50,000 and do not require repayment for businesses adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The YCEA will provide application assistance and technical support, subject to the release and indemnity set forth in the applicant certification. The YCEA staff is NOT permitted to submit the application on the applicant’s behalf.

Grant funds are eligible to be used for COVID-19 expenses as defined by Act 1 to alleviate revenue losses and pay eligible operating expenses due to the COVID-19 pandemic incurred from March 1, 2020 to the date of the application submission.

Eligible businesses must agree and complete an applicant certification form at the time of submitting an application.

Applications will not be reviewed until the application window has closed on March 31st at 5:00 p.m. It is anticipated that the total application funding request will exceed the amount of funding available to disburse. In which case, applications will be compiled, reviewed, and scored. A list of recommended approvals will be presented to the County Commissioners for their approval. This list will be presented using unique identification numbers to ensure anonymity of the applicant, until a final award has been made. If funding is awarded, the applicant will be notified. A grant contract will be required to be executed prior to fund disbursement. Upon execution of a grant contract, the grant award will be transferred electronically via ACH. Upon completion of the program and all funding disbursements made, the cumulative award list will be made public in accordance with the Pennsylvania Right to Know Law.

Grant Funding Priorities
Priority in the awarding of grants shall be given to eligible applicants that:

●  Have not received a loan or grant issued under the authority of the Commonwealth, the Commonwealth's political subdivisions, or by the Federal Government under the CARES Act

●  For example: SBA Payroll Protection Program, other SBA Disaster/Emergency Funds, PA COVID-19 Working Capital Access program, YoCo Strong Restart Grant Fund or City of York COVID-19 relief program.

●  Were subject to closure by the proclamation of disaster emergency issued by the Governor on March 6, 2020, and any renewal of the state of disaster emergency; or can demonstrate one of the following:
●  A reduction in revenue:

●  A reduction in gross receipts of 50% or more for the period beginning after March 31, 2020, and ending before Dec. 31, 2020, in comparison to the period beginning after March 31, 2019, and ending before Dec. 31, 2019.
●  If the eligible applicant was not in operation during the entire comparison period, but was in operation on Feb. 15, 2020, a monthly average reduction in revenue of 50 percent or more for the period beginning after March 31, 2020, and ending before Dec. 31, 2020, in comparison to the period beginning after Jan. 1, 2020, and ending before April 1, 2020.
●  Historically disadvantaged businesses federally defined as businesses that are 51% or more owned and operated by persons of color.
●  Businesses that are 51% or more owned by a woman or armed service veteran.

Although applicants meeting these criteria will receive prioritization, we encourage all eligible applicants to apply and anticipate awarding grants outside these prioritization areas.

Funding Tiers
Grant requests shall be the lower of the: (1) eligible grant amount based on the revenue or, (2) the amount of eligible expenses incurred between March 1, 2020 and date of application submission, not already paid for with other government COVID relief funding programs, including but not limited to: SBA Payroll Protection Program, other SBA Disaster/Emergency Funds, PA COVID-19 Working Capital Access program, YoCo Strong Restart Grant Fund or City of York COVID-19 relief program.

Grant awards will range from $5,000 to $50,000 per applicant in $5,000 increments. Award amounts may be adjusted to accommodate grant eligibility and application demand as necessary.

Annual RevenueGrant Amount
Up to $25,000$5,000
$25,001 -$50,000-Up to $10,000
$50,001 - $100,000Up to $15,000
$100,001- $250,000Up to $20,000
$250,001 - $500,000Up to $25,000
$500,001- $750,000Up to $30,000
$750,001 - $1,000,000Up to $35,000
$1,000,001 - $1,500,000Up to $40,000
$1,500,001 - $2,500,000<Up to $45,000
Above $2,500,001Up to $50,000

Eligible Use of Funds
This grant program was established to alleviate revenue losses and pay eligible operating expenses due to the COVID-19 pandemic incurred from March 1, 2020 to date of the application submission:

●  Funds can be used for working capital/operating expenses including payroll and non-payroll expenses, that are both ordinary and necessary. An ordinary expense is one that is common and accepted in an eligible applicant’s industry. A necessary expense is one that is helpful and appropriate for an eligible applicant’s trade or business. The operating expense must have been incurred between March 1, 2020 and the date of application submission.

●  Examples include, but are not limited to

●  Payroll costs, costs related to the continuation of group health care benefits during periods of paid sick, medical, or family leave, and insurance premiums.
●  Working capital for the purpose of paying mortgage principal and interest payments (but not mortgage prepayments); and principal and interest payments on any other debt obligations that were incurred before February 15, 2020.
●  Rent payments, utility payments.

●  For rent, lease or mortgage payments, the obligation must have been in force before February 15, 2020. A mortgage or lease agreement in force before February 15, 2020 that was refinanced or restructured after February 15, 2020 is deemed in force and is still eligible. For utility costs, service must have begun before February 15, 2020.
●  Working capital for the purpose of covering the costs of re-opening business operations after being fully or partially closed due to the state-mandated business closure period as long as the expense was incurred due to COVID-19.
●  Any expenses (costs) incurred related to the expense of implementing COVID-19 preventative measures, including but not limited to specialized equipment, barriers, PPE, and employee training expenses to ensure compliance with state and federal CDC guidelines for reopening.
●  Any COVID-19 related expenses not already paid for with other government COVID relief funding programs, including but not limited to: SBA Payroll Protection Program, other SBA Disaster/Emergency Funds, PA COVID-19 Working Capital Access program, YoCo Strong Restart Grant Fund or City of York COVID-19 relief program.

Grant awards may not be used to pay the same eligible operating expenses for which an eligible business received payment, reimbursement, or loan forgiveness from other government COVID relief funding programs, including but not limited to: SBA Payroll Protection Program, other SBA Disaster/Emergency Funds, PA COVID-19 Working Capital Access program, YoCo Strong Restart Grant Fund or City of York COVID-19 relief program.

Receipt of a prior Federal or Commonwealth grant does not disqualify an applicant.

Documents Needed to Apply
The following documents will help the applicant prepare their application and will be needed at the time of submission. It is possible that the applicant will be required to provide additional documentation throughout the review period.

●  Applicant businesses will be required to submit their filed business 2019 tax return – must be in an electronic form for online upload, such as PDF or JPEG

●  If the applicant does not have a 2019 tax return due to starting their business in 2020 prior to February 15, 2020 then a Profit and Loss (P&L) statement for the entire year shall be permitted. In addition, the applicant shall provide a profit and loss statement from January 1, 2021 through the date of application. The P&Ls must be provided in an electronic form for online upload, such as PDF or JPEG.

●  If you are unsure how to prepare these documents, there will be a series of webinars on https://www.preparedyork.com/chirp/ for you to attend and learn how to prepare these documents.

●  Applicant will also need to provide internal financial statements showing revenue for 2019 and 2020.

●  A template is available in Spanish and English on https://www.preparedyork.com/chirp/.

●  Any form of acceptable government-issued photo ID for primary business owner; must be in an electronic form for online upload, such as PDF or JPEG.
●  Signed Application certification
●  W-9 with business mailing address, and a business voided check to process grant check if selected as a recipient.
●  Proof of tax payment plan- required only if the applicant is found delinquent on 2019, or prior years, York County property tax or 2019, or prior years, County Hotel Excise Tax. Please call the York County Tax Claim Bureau office at 717-771-9232 if you believe you are delinquent on your 2019 business property/hotel tax.


Revenue Tier List
Annual Revenue Grant Amount
Up to $25,000 $5,000
$25,001 -$50,000 Up to $10,000
$50,001 - $100,000 Up to $15,000
$100,001- $250,000 Up to $20,000
$250,001 - $500,000 Up to $25,000
$500,001- $750,000 Up to $30,000
$750,001 - $1,000,000 Up to $35,000
$1,000,001 - $1,500,000 Up to $40,000
$1,500,001 - $2,500,000 Up to $45,000
Above $2,500,001 Up to $50,000
 
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