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Tri County Community Action's "Families in Recovery" series is designed to provide essential education and support to help individuals and their loved ones overcome the challenges of addiction.

Tri County Community Action (TCCA) announces that the 11th Annual Great Harrisburg Litter Cleanup (GHLC) will be held on Earth Day, April 22, 2023. TCCA is the affiliate organization for Keep Harrisburg/Dauphin County Beautiful. Over the last decade, TCCA has rallied community members, businesses, and organizations to participate in the cleanup and make Harrisburg a cleaner and safer place to live, work, and play.

Tri County Community Action hosted The Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Public Utility Commission at our new Enola office to announce the start of the annual LIHEAP application process for the 2022-23 season.

We honor Kathy Possinger's legacy by holding a superhero-themed 8K in her name. Funds raised through this event will go toward building strong families and thriving communities in Cumberland, Dauphin, and Perry Counties.

Studies show that factors like food, shelter and transportation security can have a significant impact on a person’s health; managed care organization increases its community engagement to coordinate healthcare that goes beyond doctors and medicine.

Tri County Community Action (TCCA) will change the lives of more families living in Perry County thanks to a $10,000 grant from the Perry County Community Foundation, a regional foundation of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities. Last week TCCA CEO Jennifer Wintermyer accepted a grant for the Perry County Resource Center's Parents as Teachers (PAT) program.

Parent education programs like Parents as Teachers reduces the risk of child abuse and neglect through implementing positive parenting practices, and are one of the most commonly used interventions in child welfare.

The Great Harrisburg Litter Cleanup (GHLC) is an initiative of Tri County Community Action, Clean & Green Harrisburg, and Keep Harrisburg/Dauphin County Beautiful. The GHLC is a testament to community involvement, beautification, and partnerships.

Tri County Community Action nominated Capital Region Water (CRW) for Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful's Partner of the Year award for their involvement in making Harrisburg a safer and cleaner place to live, work, and play.

Operation HELP is an energy assistance program for low-income PPL customers who are struggling to pay for their energy bill. TCCA’s funding is available for eligible PPL customers living in Cumberland, Dauphin, and Perry Counties until December 31, 2021, or until funding is exhausted.

2021 marks the 55th year since Tri County Community Action was established to support families, strengthen communities, and eliminate poverty in Cumberland, Dauphin, and Perry Counties.

Situational poverty has the power to affect anyone in the community. This kind of poverty is typically caused by an unexpected emergency or loss. This could be a serious illness, divorce, death, a vehicle breakdown, or a global pandemic.

Tri County Community Action will be making the season a little brighter for 60 families in Cumberland, Dauphin, and Perry Counties. 

Find information for voting in the 2020 election for Cumberland, Dauphin, and Perry Counties. #CommunityActionVotes

Now more than ever, your community needs you to volunteer.

Vulnerable communities have been short-changed again and again, and cannot afford to miss out on the funding or fair representation that stems from the Census.

Harrisburg’s Heart of the Community Garden received some TLC recently through a partnership between The Giant Company, Greenprint, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and local affiliate Keep Harrisburg-Dauphin County Beautiful and Tri County Community Action.

Tri County Community Action is pleased to announce it has received a $5,000 grant from the PPL Foundation. These funds will support the Allison Hill Farmers Market.   

On July 1, 2020, the Perry County Family Center will become a program of Tri County Community Action.

Oppression underwrites our food system. The Allison Hill Farmers Market is dedicated to uprooting racism in the food system. Everyone deserves access to fresh, local, and equitable food!

During this very trying era, we wanted to reaffirm our promise to you: "We care about the entire community" and in love and unity we will interrupt the darkness of this time and will continue to "embody the spirit of hope". We love you all, and ask that you join us as we denounce all forms of racism, violence, discrimination, and all other acts that dehumanize anyone.

Dan Miller purchases land to continue the Atlas Street Community Garden.

Discover how COVID-19 is impacting the low-income families we serve. This is Steve's story. Steve and his family found themselves homeless, draining their savings on a hotel room as they try to find a new home during the COVID crisis, when many of the activities around moving are considered non-essential.

Since Northern Dauphin County Human Services and Tri County Community Action partnered to provide transportation to its residents, 18 families have registered. The Northern Dauphin Transportation Service (NDTS) provides individuals with transportation for non-emergency medical appointments, access to food, and employment.

Every 10 years the United States conducts the Census, authorized by the Constitution. The goal of the Census is to gain an accurate count of our entire population. This is the only time everyone in the United States is counted until the next Census. The Census counts everyone living in the United States regardless of age, housing situation, or citizenship status.

Because there is a lot of misinformation on the internet, we decided to compile a list of Myths vs Facts to provide you with accurate information and to ensure that you feel comfortable and safe completing the 2020 Census.

Filing Resources for 2019 Taxes

First Time Homebuyer Classes!
First Time Homebuyer Classes!

Our First Time Homebuyer classes are filling up fast and are now enrolling in to 2020! Give our Jake or Ray a call to find out when classes are available at 717-232-9757.

The HomeGrown Harrisburg Comunity Garden Network and Tri-County OIC Adult Learning Center will hold their First Annual Harvest Festival on October 26, 2019.

This event will be held at the Tri-County OIC Learning Garden, 500 Maclay Street, from 11am-3pm, and we invite everyone to come celebrate the end of harvest with us, and sample some of the food grown from our urban gardens!

We'll have an Open Mic for music (bring your instrument(s) and show off your talents), free food, face and pumpkin painting for children and the young at heart! We will feature Do it Youself (DIY) stations, including making your own herbal spice blends, compound butter with herbs and edible flowers, infused oils, caramel apples, and apple sauce!

Plus we'll have homemade hot cider, hot chocolate and fall desserts. Guest Chef Mario Gordian Jr., of Big Pappi's Pig Roast and Catering will be on scene, and our VIP vendor Nareem Harris, a 12-year old grower and entrepreneur will be selling his famous tea blends!

We'll also have produce giveaways, thanks to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank's Fresh Express program.

All activities are free but space is limited. Please register at

Tri County Community Action proudly coordinates HomeGrown Harrisburg, and we look forward to seeing you at the Harvest Festival!

Fatherhood and 24/7 Dad Graduation
Fatherhood and 24/7 Dad Graduation

We recently celebrated the graduation of 8 hard-working, dedicated dads from our Fatherhood program. Every one of them made a firm commitment to being an involved, caring father, and many of them explained that beyond that, the class has helped them become a better partner and a better man. We salute you, grads!

Homebuyers Class FULL for September and October
Homebuyers Class FULL for September and October

Our First Time Homebuyers classes for September and October are now FULL! We are now accepting registration for November and December classes.

The Harrisburg Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Program to open waiting list applications online for new applicants July 29 & July 30, 2019. Our office at 1514 Derry Street will have computers and help available to people wanting to sign up. The Housing Authority will ONLY accept online applications, so if you do not have internet access (or want a better solution than typing it in on your phone) come to our office, or to the Latino Hispanic American Community Center (LHACC) of the Greater Harrisburg Region at 1319 Derry Street. Bilingual assistance will be available at both offices.

Our thanks to PennLive for highlighting some of the amazing work going on in South Allison Hill! Our friends at Wildheart Ministries and our own Clean and Green Harrisburg initiative are working together for the Love The Hill summer project, which is an 8 week initiative to remove litter from illegal dump sites and secure unsafe areas, while creating beautiful green spaces for the community to enjoy. Click the headline to read the PennLive article.

Getting Ahead Graduation
Getting Ahead Graduation

We celebrated our Getting Ahead class graduation last night at Cornerstone Christian Church. We had a lovely dinner and enjoyed our keynote speaker, Kellie Munns of Inner Spirit Healing Self Care and Wellness. She talked to us about the importance of self care in our daily lives, and how important it is to refresh and refuel yourself. We wish the best to our graduates!

Block Party!
Block Party!

We had a fantastic time at this year's Block Party, hosted by our family center in our Derry Street parking lot. We had food, games, face painting, and raffled off bikes donated by Recycle Bicycle Harrisburg. We were excited to have many community organizations present, along with a DJ and a drum circle. Our thanks to all who participated!

Getting Ahead Graduation

Our Getting Ahead class in Perry County will be graduating July 9th, 2019! The public is welcome to come and hear our keynote speaker, enjoy dinner with us, and share their views about the current needs of the community.

When: July 9th, 2019, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Where: Cornerstone Christian Church
595 New Bloomfield Rd, Duncannon, PA 17020

Father's Day
Father's Day

We hope you had a wonderful Father's Day! We celebrated at Sunflower Fields with a special Father's Day fish fry.

Today on WITF Smart Talk, our own Derrick James spoke about fatherhood and its changing role today! Listen through the WITF website to hear this program in honor of Fathers Day.

Homebuyers Class FULL
Homebuyers Class FULL

Our June, July, and August First Time Homebuyers Classes are now FULL. See our First Time Homebuyers Class page to find the next available class dates and times!

Tri County Community Action is soliciting the submission of qualifications from established urban planning/design firms or individuals, with experience in participatory neighborhood planning processes.

After completing the first phase of the Heart of the Hill Plan for the next wave of revitalization activities in 2017, the community prioritized strategies that fall under their core community values: Safety, Youth Opportunity, Beautiful Physical Environment, and Sense of Community. In this phase of the process we are seeking a consultant who can continue to work with the community and stakeholders to develop strategy and design that will uplift these community values.

The appointment will last for a period of nine (9) months with the opportunity to engage in implementation stages. As projects are identified, one (1) firm or team of firms will be selected for the intended purpose, and an individual agreement or work order will be prepared.

Firms interested in this work must show a good faith effort to involve disadvantaged business enterprises (DBE).

Firms interested in this work should submit a statement of interest (SOI) no later than 4:00 PM on June 24, 2019. Further details can be found by clicking the hyperlinked headline.

We’ve reissued our RPF for a contractor to complete a facade improvement at 1410 Derry Street! Small business, W/M/DBE businesses are encouraged to submit a proposal. This project will include window, store front, signboard, stoop, and lighting improvements. Construction should be completed by July 31, 2019. For all of the details, please see the Request for Proposal by clicking the hyperlinked headline.

South Allison Hill Multicultural Festival
South Allison Hill Multicultural Festival

We celebrated our 17th annual South Allison Hill Multicultural Festival on May 11th, and had lovely weather for the event! Attendees enjoyed a live concert by Los Monstros, a local Latino band, and a variety of free, fun activities. We had a bouncy house, free cotton candy, popcorn, and snow cones, and games with prizes. The AETNA CORA bus offered smoothies and chances to play Wii dance games, while other vendors offered chances to win prizes or make crafts. The invitational cook-off was a huge success, with Atica Hatim as the winner for their exceptional dish, a Moroccan Beef Tahin with Apricots.

We were thrilled to kick off the event with our partner, Wells Fargo Regional Foundation, who presented us with a generous $80,000 planning grant! We accepted the check on behalf of the whole neighborhood, and it will help us and our partner organizations improve safety, provide opportunities for youth, build community, and create a beautiful, healthy environment on South Allison Hill.

First Time Homebuyers Seminar
First Time Homebuyers Seminar

Attention - our June and July courses are FULL! Register today to hold your spot in the next class!
Our First Time Homebuyer Seminar will walk you through all the details of buying your first home - the "ins and outs" of mortgages, why your credit score is so important, how to create a realistic budget, and issues involved with home ownership. We also cover the risks of predatory lending, and how to avoid foreclosure once you've bought your house.

Upcoming dates

August Course - Limited Space Available 

Wednesday, August 7th 2019, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Wednesday, August 14th 2019, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Wednesday, August 21st 2019, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM - Attendance at all three classes is required for a certificate of completion.

On Track Newport
On Track Newport

We will offer assistance in signing up with PPL's OnTrack Program at our office in Newport, 129 Market St, on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 from 9 AM - 4 PM. The OnTrack program is for income eligible people struggling with the costs of electricity - for more information, call 717-232-9757.

The Burg Magazine highlighted our HomeGrown Harrisburg program. Click through to see their piece!

First Time Homebuyer Classes!
First Time Homebuyer Classes!

We are now enrolling for our June, July, and August First Time Homebuyer classes. Pre-registration is required. If you'd like to register, just give Jake or Ray a call at 717.232.9757.