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Community Progress Council will remain open in December

Jessica Schladebeck
505-5438/@JessDispatch

Community Progress Council will be able to remain open through the end of December, a change from previously announced closures that were triggered by the state budget impasse.

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CPC in October announced that it would be closed Dec. 21-23 and 28-31 but will now be able to keep its doors open due to several factors including "receipt of payments that were not flowing at the time the agency announced the planned closures," according to a press release.

The council has been stretching out the additional $2 million line of credit they took out this year and did close in the later weeks of November to help the facility weather the state budget impasse.

The council, which last year served more than 16,000 of York County's impoverished, last month shut down all of its operations, some of which include a women and infants nutritional program, early childhood education programs, and rent assistance for homeless and near-homeless people. The closure also put the nonprofit organization's 250-plus employees out of work for a week.

“We have been faced with some difficult decisions this fall due to unprecedented delays in an approved budget for the State of Pennsylvania,” Community Progress Council president and CEO Robin Rohrbaugh, said in the press release. “It is vital to understand that Pennsylvania still does not have an approved state budget. But our top priority is the clients we serve and our employees, and our leadership team felt it important to reconsider our options and remain open during this time frame.”

CPC's leadership will continue to monitor agency spending and consider options for prolonging operations without full funding, the press release said.

The council, located on  226 E College Ave., will close as planned on Dec. 24 and 25 and Jan. 1 for the holidays.

Reach Jessica Schladebeck at jschladebeck@yorkdispatch.com.