CSO Community Action Agency 2020
Newsletter July 2020
UPDATE on Rent Relief Program

Deadline Extended Until September 30

Renters who were financially impacted by the economic slowdown related to the coronavirus pandemic can now get CARES financial assistance to help with the payment of past-due rent. People who lost income due to the pandemic-related economic slowdown may be eligible for rent assistance to help them stay in their homes.

Renters who qualify the CARES Rent Relief Program may receive assistance equal to 100% of their monthly rent up to $750 a month for a maximum of six months of assistance for the period between March 1 and December 31, 2020. Payments will be made to their landlord on their behalf. Renters or landlords can apply for rent relief for apartment tenants, but renters are responsible for submitting all the documents needed to ensure their eligibility.

CSO has been designated the lead agency by both the Northumberland County and Columbia County commissioners for processing applications for their counties’ residents. 

The three applications you need are available on our website: Central Susquehanna Opportunities, Inc.

Supplemental documents are required, like proof of income and residence. Get the application checklist and a Question & Answer sheet, so you know what you will need to submit when applying.

All materials must be submitted together and can be mailed to:
Central Susquehanna Opportunities, Inc., 2 E. Arch St., Shamokin, PA 17872

Learn more about the program by visiting the PHFA website.

Want to get your rent assistance faster? Watch this helpful video!
CSO can help with the application process
Please call us- 570-644-6575 ext. 171

Knowing that incomes have changed due to reduced hours or lay-offs, CSO is helping individuals and families create and manage their budgets.

CSO can help with rental security deposits or monthly payments in non-COVID times too! Homelessness prevention services are available, as well as rapid rehousing.
CSO helps customers find safe and affordable housing.
Meet Our Summer Interns!
Myia is a junior Psychology major, Criminal Justice minor, at Bloomsburg University. This is her second summer internship with CSO. Part of Myia’s duties are completing intakes for customers who need assistance with basic needs like housing, food, utility assistance, and budgeting. She enters and reviews data, assists with compiling monthly reports, as well as helping distribute food at CSO’s food pantry.

When not at CSO, Myia enjoys spending time with her family and friends and playing with her dogs Oliver and Snickers.

Myia plans on attending graduate school after her Spring 2022 graduation. Whatever she chooses to do, her enthusiasm to help others will ensure her future success.
Cameron is entering his senior year at Susquehanna University where he is majoring in Finance. This is Cameron's first year with CSO. During his internship he has been assisting with accounts payable and payroll processing, as well as working on a salary analysis project.

Cameron had the opportunity to spend part of the Spring 2020 semester studying abroad in London, England. After finishing work for the day (or week) he likes being active by playing soccer, basketball, swimming, or hiking.

After he completes his education and begins employment, Cameron hopes to have the chance to travel more. With his positive attitude he is sure to go far!

Thank you for the generous donation!
Gale Zalar, CEO of CSO, accepts a $1,000 donation from Aqua for the food pantry. Eric Haupt presented Gale with the check.

Fresh Food Pantry
Now in Full Swing
Northumberland County residents can now get meat, dairy, and produce every other Friday at CSO's central office, 2 E. Arch St., Shamokin.

Registration is required, please call 570-644-6575 ext. 171 to schedule an appointment for food pick-up.

Curbside delivery and social distancing are observed to keep everyone safe! Pull to the top of the parking lot; staff brings items to your car.
Home Delivered Meals Program
One of the lesser-known, but vital, programs CSO has is its Home-Delivered Meals program.

The program is designed to enhance the health and independence of
home bound individuals residing in Northumberland County.
Read the entire article.
In conclusion...
Don't delay or wait until moratoriums end.
CSO is ready to help you now.
Thriving Individuals, Thriving Families, Thriving Communities
Provide Opportunities. Empower People. Strengthen Communities.
2 E. Arch Street, Shamokin, PA 17872
570-644-6575 X171 | www.csocares.org