Helping People. Changing Lives.
Community Action was initially established on November 14, 1965, and was incorporated as Central Pennsylvania Community Action, Inc. (CPCA) on December 14, 1967. The organization embarked on providing services to families and individuals with low to moderate incomes in Centre and Clearfield counties. Today, we have five (5) outreach offices located in Clearfield, Houtzdale, Philipsburg, Bellefonte and Aaronsburg, plus three warehouses in Clearfield, to provide quarters for our Weatherization Programs. With all of the various locations, CPCA is able to provide many services to our target sector.
In 1983, CPCA formed an affiliate corporation, Central Pennsylvania Development Corporation (CPDC), to develop, own and manage the real estate holdings of the agency. Today, CPDC has approximately 200 affordable rental units in its portfolio, which includes HUD subsidized housing from four other affiliates: Community Action in Clearfield County (T/A Lawrence Park Village, Clearfield), Curwensville Housing Corporation (T/A Park Avenue Tower, Curwensville), Moshannon Housing Corporation (T/A Moshannon Valley Apartments, Houtzdale), and Leonard Housing Corporation (T/A Leonard Court Apartments, Clearfield).
CPCA has a long and successful history of meeting the diverse needs of low income families and individuals, providing quite an array of services such as affordable housing, weatherization measures to owner-occupied homes and rental properties, as well as supportive services, such as case management that helps address food insecurity, medical transportation, utility assistance, and employment opportunities, while maintaining partnerships with other organizations to fill the gaps, as needed by the clients.
The agency also supports eighteen (18) Food Pantries throughout Centre and Clearfield Counties, which provides the many low income families with various food products, to supplement their monthly needs and also provides some individuals with emergency food when necessary. CPCA also operates a Congregate Meal program, in conjunction with the Area Agency on Aging, for Senior Citizens, at our Houtzdale Family Service Center, that provides nutritional meals on a daily basis.