Lancaster County has more than 400 contracted human services vendors.
State money — supplemented with some federal dollars — comprises the majority of the county’s human services program funding; the county chips in a percentage match.
Because of the state budget impasse, the vendors have not been paid for work done since July 1, county officials said.
Payments will remain pending until a budget is passed and state money begins flowing again.
The same dynamic is playing out in counties across the state.
This week, United Way of Pennsylvania released the results of a survey of health and human services agencies.
About half of the 312 respondents said they would face cash-flow problems this month. Another 25 percent said they would run into problems in September.
Sixty percent said they would access lines of credit in August, and 110 agencies reported a total of $1.4 million in projected interest expenses through October.
Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposal to reimburse smaller nonprofits for their interest expenses would be helpful, said Kristen Rotz, the United Way of Pennsylvania’s president.
On the other hand, “I don’t think it’s going to take care of every circumstance,” she said.
The organization has not taken an official position on the proposal, she said.