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Lycoming County 2021 Community Needs Assessment 

Community Needs Assessment 2021 Report for Lycoming County

Clinton County 2021 Community Needs Assessment 

Community Needs Assessment 2021 Report for Clinton County

The Lycoming-Clinton Counties Commission for Community Action (STEP), Inc. is the Community Action Agency for Lycoming and Clinton counties, and as such is required to complete a Community Needs Assessment every three years and upon any major change in service area. The last full Community Needs Assessment (CNA) was completed in 2018. In April of 2020, STEP completed a CNA in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which was a major community change that brought unprecedented challenges to the community. The 2021 Community Needs Assessments follow the traditional timeframe of three years, yet will also be a follow-up to the 2020 documents and gauge where the COVID-19 pandemic has created or heightened community needs.

The Lycoming County CNA and Clinton County CNA combined objective and subjective data sets for each county, including: demographic data, community/customer surveys, partner surveys, and focus group meetings. The information presented in these documents is the comprehensive analysis of the information gathered. Overall, six key need categories were identified: Children and Youth, Education and Employment, Families in Crisis, Housing and Homelessness, Health and Nutrition, and Seniors and Persons with Disabilities. For the 2021 CNAs, the COVID-19 pandemic-related needs were viewed as ubiquitous to each of the key need categories. They appear through the survey data and focus group meetings. Likewise, substance abuse was evident within each of the key need categories.

The 2021 CNA reports are a resource and asset for various stakeholders in the community. All of them, including funding agencies, government officials, nonprofits, businesses, and institutions, are encouraged to use the information within. The CNA's value and utility will be realized only if it is embraced and used within strategic and comprehensive planning, grant writing, program development, and partnerships. Within the document, analysis of the data is illustrated in various ways, but by no means is it all-inclusive. The data provided can and should be further examined to be most useful to the reader.