| LANCASTER COUNTY HOMELESSNESS COALITION Our team has focused on gathering with partners at the Spring CoC meeting (nearly 50 attended), awarding funds (EFSP), presenting to the community, evaluating shelter service, and finalizing the Point-In-Time count. We have also celebrated the graduation of our Millersville University intern, Marjorie Shaffer, and welcomed her onboard at LCHRA. Marjorie joins Deb, Jody, Melina, Izzy, and Beth as a staff member and will be assisting with ERAP and housing efforts. EFSP FUNDS AWARDEDLCHRA in partnership with United Way of Lancaster County awarded a total of $834,029 in Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds to 16 local agencies serving people across the county. The funded categories are: Shelter: Mass shelter $418,918; Other shelter $105,336; Supplies $5,000|
Meals: Served meals $214,056; Other food $7,000
Eviction Prevention: Rent/Mortgage: $51,079; Utilities $15,959 EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM In mid-April procedural changes were made to the ERAP application process. The eligibility requirements remain the same, however, changes were made to require an in-person screening and application. As a result, there has been a 41% decrease in applications from March 2022 to April 2022. Of those pre-screened, 45% resulted in an application while others did not meet the requirements of the program. REFRESH LANCASTER SUMMER KICK OFFOn Friday, June 3rd at 9:00 a.m. the Refresh Lancaster mobile hygiene team will kick off the summer season with a special event at the Union Community Care Center, 304 N. Water Street, Lancaster. Event activities include showers, medical care, lunch, haircuts, social worker connections, and educational opportunities including hands-only CPR and Narcan administration trainings.
Mobile Hygiene Unit ScheduleColumbia – Columbia Shelter, 291 S. 4th St., Columbia – Monday 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Elizabethtown – ECHOS, 61 E. Washington St., Elizabethtown – Tuesday 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Lancaster – The Food Hub, 812 N. Queen St., Lancaster – Wednesday 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Lancaster – Union Community Care, 304 N. Water St., Lancaster – Friday 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
New Holland – CrossNet Ministries, 123 W. Franklin St., New Holland – Wednesday 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. LCHRA SUPPORTS YWCA RACE AGAINST RACISM On April 29th, a team from the LCHRA participated in the YWCA’s Race Against Racism 5K. Thank you to all the runners, volunteers, food vendors, musicians, sponsors, fans, and YWCA staff for being a part of this important event benefiting the YWCA Center for Racial and Gender Equity. MAY IS PRIMARY MONTH This year’s Pennsylvania primary election will take place on Tuesday, May 17, 2022. We encourage everyone to get out and vote. For more information regarding Voting and Elections in Lancaster County, please click the button below. LC Voter Registration & Board of Elections KINDERGARTEN EXPO & ENROLLMENT EVENTThe School District of Lancaster is hosting a Kindergarten Expo Saturday, May 14 from 10:00 a.m. – Noon at Victory Field, in front of JP McCaskey High School. This event is open to all incoming Kindergarten families. Offering free children’s activities, food, and on-site enrollment. In case of rain, the event will be moved indoors to the JP McCaskey gym. LCHRA BOARD MEETINGS The next meeting of the Lancaster County Land Bank Authority will be held May 24, 2022 at 4:00 p.m., followed by the Housing Authority Board, and then the Redevelopment Authority Board.