Assistance from the Community Action Partnership of Mercer County can help homeowners, renters, seniors, and the poor. Several resources are available for the less fortunate, struggling, and unemployed. Programs can address housing issues, include foreclosure prevention. Funds and grants can also be used to pay heating bills and address other basic needs of the less fortunate in all sections of Mercer County Pennsylvania.
Mortgage and foreclosure counseling is part of what CAPMC offers. The agency is a government certified HUD Housing Counseling organization. They also work closely with the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency on coordinating resources. The center provides HUD housing counseling services such as Budget Counseling, Homebuyer Education, Landlord Mediation, Rental Housing Assistance, Default and Foreclosure Prevention Counseling, and Loss Mitigation. There is also Credit/Budget Counseling for prospective home buyers.
The Community Action Partnership of Mercer County also provides Closing Cost Assistance Grants as well as Homebuyer Education workshops. This is all done as part of as well as foreclosure and refinancing assistance.
The non-profit $1 Energy Fund is an option in Mercer County. The community action agency can provide support, assistance and financial aid to low-income families and individuals who are having problems settling their utility bills. A focus is on paying natural gas expenses and heating bills. Only applicants who have paid at least $150 on their account during the last 3 months are potentially eligible for assistance with this program.
There can be some exceptions from the $1 Energy Fund, such as for seniors age 62 and over, who must have paid at least $100 during the last 90 days. All applicants will need to furnish proof of payment by submitting the most recently paid bill. Other proof of income, past payment practices and more is required in order to get a cash grant for heating bills.
Water Heating Repair or Replacement Program repairs, fixes or replaces faulty, hazardous or non-working primary heating systems, such as furnaces. It is also for water heating equipment.
Customers who have an active account with National Fuel Gas and who use natural gas as the primary heat source are eligible to apply, provided that the family's total gross income for this program is at or below 200% of the Federal Government Poverty Guideline, so it is for low income families. This program is only for owner occupied units provided that the individual or family has been living in the dwelling for at least one year. If someone qualifies for help, then normally the arrangement to replace or repair the equipment is made within 2 days of referral notification.
Housing assistance is available from CAPMC for seniors and the disabled. They operate housing units in the region, including those below. Others may get referrals to rental assistance, or case managers from the agency can help coordinate loans for housing or rental expenses. The transitional housing units are as follows.
Westfield Towers, Tushim Manor, 20 Coolspring Street, Mercer, PA
North East Manor,4132 South Washington Street, North East, PA
Garden Way Senior Apartments, 2350 Garden Way, Hermitage, PA
Hempfield Apartments, South, 94 Hadley Road, Greenville, PA 16125
The Hempfield Apartments community is located at 92 Hadley Road, Greenville, PA 16125
William A. Gargano Towers,941 Sharon-New Castle Road, Farrell, PA
The CAP - Customer Assistance Program agreement is an alternative payment program for struggling, low-income, payment-troubled customers. It is offered directly by energy companies. It is the lowest possible payment arrangement Penn Power can offer a customer.
Everyone who qualifies has also to sign an agreement to have the home weatherized through Penn Power's WARM Program, which is also managed through Community Action Partnership of Mercer County. All of these resources, such as CAP and weatherization, is only for income qualified families.
Financial assistance is also part of the Neighbor for Neighbor Heat Fund. It is paid for by donations and is a voluntary program that provides financial aid to qualifying families and individuals to prevent disconnection of a utility service.
Money can also be used in order to pay overdue bills for any energy source, replace furnaces or equipment, or to purchase any type of heating fuel . To be eligible for Neighbor for Neighbor Heat Funds, a person must be receiving disability benefits or unemployment income, 55 years or older, able to demonstrate a certified medical emergency and be a resident of the National Fuel Gas service territory.
Aid is as a last resort, so is only for those households that who have exhausted all other energy assistance programs, such as LIHEAP. They need to do this prior to applying for this program are eligible. Assistance is limited and provided only once per calendar year.
Housing from SSVF is Supportive Services for Veteran Families in the county. The community action group offers assistance to Veterans in Mercer County who are experiencing a housing crisis and helps them improve their living conditions. It can assist with eviction prevention, emergency rent help, shelter, and more.
CAPMC provides eligible Veterans and their families with support. This can be outreach, case management, and assistance in obtaining VA and other benefits. Some of the other services include affordable child care, Daily living, Healthcare, Personal financial planning, free Transportation, and Housing counseling services.
Veterans may also be eligible for time-limited financial assistance, such as money for rent or a security deposit. The funds can help them and their families stay in or acquire permanent housing on a sustainable basis.
Weatherization Works helps low-income families reduce their home energy consumption through the installation of energy conversation measures such as floor, attic, celling and sidewall insulation. In addition to that, contractors will also correct minor existing safety and health issues. Any household whose income is at or below about 200% of the federal poverty level is eligible to receive help from this weatherization program.
The state of Pennsylvania Work Ready Program helps participants become more self-sufficient through appropriate evaluation, assessment, social services and job training activities. The Work Ready Program helps participants focus on their strengths and overcoming hardships rather than the barriers. Case managers teach them problem solving skills that promote independence and self-sufficiency. Other services include Self-sufficiency counseling, Remedial Education, access to Subsidized Employment, Employability Skills, Job Readiness Skills and classes on Microsoft Office & Computer Skills.
Mercer County and CAPMC Head Start Program is a Federal government resource that provides free services to children, pregnant women, new moms, and their families. It is for those that are income eligible as defined by the Federal poverty guidelines. Services from Head Start and schools include Education, Health and Nutrition, Mental health and Disabilities, and referrals to Social Services. Call 724.346.4482 .
Community Action Partnership of Mercer County Location is 75 South Dock Street, Sharon, Pennsylvania 16146. Members of the community can dial toll free 888.508.5216.
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