Community Progress Council, York County's community action agency, received the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency's "Best Agency Award" during a Nov. 13 event in Harrisburg. 

The Community Progress Council (CPC) was among four out of 72 agencies across the state to be honored, according to a news release. 

The CPC was recognized for its work with York County residents regarding home-ownership, home foreclosure, rental assistance and personal finance. 

Its housing program provides one-on-one counseling, as well as educational workshops for residents. 

The CPC has two of Pennsylvania's six Housing and Urban Development (HUD)-certified counselors; home-buyers are often required to meet with certified counselors before securing some loans. 

It is the only housing counseling agency in York County approved through HUD. It was first HUD-approved after an initial filing in 2015 and passed a review in June 2018. 

HUD-approved services the CPC provides at no cost to consumers include rental housing educational workshops, rental counseling, financial literacy workshops, budget and credit counseling, pre-purchase home-buyer educational workshops, predatory lending and fair housing education workshops and pre-purchase counseling as well as mortgage delinquency and default resolution counseling. 

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