Community Action Programs

CSO, Inc. Community Action Programs

Case Management

  • Clients will receive intensive guidance and counseling to help address current needs, set goals,   develop an action plan, and move to self-sufficiency.


  • This program provides help for paying home-heating costs to eligible households during the winter months only.

CSO C.A.R.E.S. Savings Program

  • Client enrolls to save up to $300 in 6 months to receive 100%  match to purchase heating fuel.

Financial Literacy Workshops

  • A basic understanding of money and how it works is a crucial step in a person’s journey toward self-sufficiency.  Introducing clients to the financial mainstream encourage better consumer habits and assisting clients to create and maintain a budget is the goal of CSO, Inc. Financial Literacy Program.

No Cost Electronic Income Tax Preparation

  • CSO, Inc. will help you file your tax return for free and also help you claim the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) on your tax return.  This service is available to those families and individuals having $50,000 or less in total earned income per year.  CSO, Inc. only files basic tax returns.

SNAP / Food Stamp Outreach Program

  • Food Stamp Program helps people with little or no income buy nutritious food.  CSO, Inc. provides education and assistance with eligibility, the process for applying, and the benefits of the program.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.

Housing/Rental Assistance

  • CSO, Inc. employs a full time housing coordinator.  CSO, Inc can provide assistance with your housing needs.

Referrals to Other Programs

  • CSO, Inc. will provide referrals to programs and services run by other area agencies and organizations and help guide individuals through the network of available resources.

For Assistance or Additional Information, Contact CSO, Inc. Community Action Agency:

Northumberland County:      570-644-6575 x. 171
Columbia/Montour:                570-412-2830



This publication was financed in part by a CSBG Grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development

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