The Maynard Street and Messiah Senior Community Centers in Williamsport temporarily are closing, as the state budget crisis continues, according to Fred Shrimp, aging director for STEP Inc.
"This is a temporary measure, which has to do with the state budget," he said. Shrimp said senior centers are receiving no funding, and after a budget is signed, funding will take time to re-establish.
The Maynard Street Center, 312 Maynard St., and the Messiah Center, 324 Howard St., South Williamsport, will be closed until further notice, along with the Carter Towers and Lock Haven Senior Community Centers in Lock Haven and the Renovo Senior Community Center in Renovo.
Other area senior centers in Lycoming and Clinton counties will remain open, but for reduced hours, according to Shrimp.
Shrimp said the open senior centers - the Lincoln Senior Community Center, Faxon Senior Community Center, Jersey Shore Senior Community Center, Mill Hall Senior Community Center and the George C. Meck Senior Community Center at the East Lycoming YMCA in Muncy - will serve any area senior.
"All seniors can go to any senior center. They are not restricted by geography," he said.
The centers will continue to provide transportation to area residents, and all health screenings and exercise classes will go on as scheduled, according to Shrimp.
The Meals on Wheels program, which the senior centers run, will continue from different locations. The Renovo Meals on Wheels will be run out of Bucktail Medical Center.