Charities, non-profits, and the local county assistance office may all provide rental assistance in a crisis. The programs support the two counties of Indiana and Armstrong, and the applicant needs to meet income criteria. Note the funding often runs out and there is also usually a waiting list in place for a grant to pay rent, however referrals may be given too.
Any housing support is combined with a number of other services. The agencies may not only offer money to pay a security deposit or back rent, but they are involved in everything from providing transportation to income management, outreach, and even running short term shelters. In fact, one time rental assistance is only given to individuals who agree to enrollment into a housing plan to assist them in both becoming self-sufficient and connect them to mainstream benefits in Armstrong or Indiana County.
Indiana County Community Action Program
Location - 827 Water Street
Indiana, PA 15701
Any type of financial help or loan for paying rental costs is combined with case management. The staff will work with the tenant in addressing underlying employment or money management issues.
The Armstrong County Community Action Agency also offers many of the same services to residents of their county. Everything from referrals to transitional housing, homeless prevention and rehousing, and rent or utility termination programs may be given. The phone number and address for their office is 705 Butler Road, Kittanning, Pennsylvania 16201, dial (724) 548-3408
Emerging Solutions Grant (ESGP) is a government program that offer funds to prevent evictions or homelessness. Applicants have an income at or below 30% of the area median. When qualified, ESG can provide security deposit help, assistance paying for moving costs, and rental arreage help. Dial 724-548-3408 in Armstrong County.
Indiana County Department of Public Welfare (Assistance Office)
Address is 2750 West Pike Road
Indiana, Pennsylvania, 15701
Phone - 724-357-2900
ESA - Emergency Shelter Allowance, ESA, stop evictions as well as foreclosures. There is rent help for people that lease their home/apartment or mortgage help to prevent a foreclosure. The office will also help single moms, the homeless, or veterans both find an affordable place to live and pay the deposit.
For information on the Armstrong County Emergency Shelter Allowance (ESA), the intake office is at 1280 North Water Street, Kittanning, Pennsylvania, 16201-0898. Phone: 800-424-5235.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul Indiana
200 Clairvaux Drive
Indiana, PA, 15701
Very limited financial or rent assistance may be offered along with furniture from the church.
Family Promise Indiana County
119 Highway North
Indiana, PA 15701
Main Phone Number – 724-464-5220
The charity operates shelters as well as transitional housing. The organization also help families regain their independence by helping them with addressing housing need.
The firm provides free legal aid to low income families and seniors in a multiple county area, including Armstrong and Indiana. One type of case handled can be contesting evictions and representation in housing court.
Emergency Shelter for Victim of Domestic Violence
Indiana, Pennsylvania 15701
There is only assistance for people impacted by domestic violence or assault.
Salvation Army - Family Caring Center
They operate a regional shelter for the homeless or people that have been evicted. Referrals are given to rent programs and other aid as part of the Bridge Housing Program.
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