Almost $500,000 in state grants and funds will be available to help residents in Indiana County pay their rent and other hosing costs. The intent of the housing assistance grants is to aid people who are not able to pay their rent or who are otherwise danger of becoming homeless because of loss of employment or the overall weak economy.
Indiana county has decided that it will use the entire $500,000 for a Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program and to provide housing assistance, rather then divide the funds into other aid programs. The money will go into a new initiative that supports existing housing programs in the County.
This additional Pennsylvania state money will increase the amount of assistance that is available for emergency rental assistance, case management, security deposits, and related services to prevent homelessness, to get displaced people back into homes, and ensure people do not get evicted.
This assistance program will be jointly administered by the Indiana County Department of Human Services, the Indiana County Community Action Program, and also the Indiana County Office of Planning and Development group.
Assistance with bills and expenses
The Indiana County Community Action Program offers residents several programs that can help people pay bills and get back on their feet. Their main office is located at 827 Water Street, Indiana, PA, and phone number is 724-465-2657. Some of the programs offered include below.
The Columbia Gas Customer Assistance Program
This is for income-eligible Columbia Gas customers. People who need help with the Columbia Gas bill may contact Columbia Gas to determine eligibility for various programs they offer and also referral to ICCAP to arrange a gas payment plan that is based on a percentage of their gross monthly income.
Dollar Energy Fund
This energy assistance program is for individuals and families who have exhausted their Crisis Energy Assistance and LIHEAP benefits, and if they need further help with paying for their electric, gas, utility, and water bills.
Dominion-Peoples Natural Gas Usage Reduction Program
The Peoples Natural Gas Usage Reduction Program offers Dominion-Peoples Natural Gas customers with various energy saving improvements, including low-flow shower heads, hot water tank wraps, furnace tune-ups, attic and basement insulation, and other energy conservation measures, depending on gas consumption and the families income.
Emergency Food as well as Shelter Program
This assistance program can help people with paying for a current one-month heating or utility bill, or also aid them with a minimum fuel delivery. As funding allows, help is also available once each year from this program.
Homeowners' Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program
The Pennsylvania Homeowners' Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program (HEMAP) is an emergency loan/mortgage assistance program for any homeowners who are 60 days behind on their mortgage payments and if they are facing a foreclosure filing due to uncontrollable circumstances. To be eligible, the Homeowner must have received an ACT 91 (or Act 160) notice. Areas served include Indiana, Clearfield, Cambria, Westmoreland, Jefferson, and Armstrong Counties.
Rent and Housing Assistance Program
This Housing Assistance Program will provides temporary, short term financial help to families by paying rent and/or security deposits for those who are homeless or nearly homeless. Grants are also used to prevent an eviction.
This is for income eligible FirstEnergy/Penelec customers. They can contact the Indiana County Community Action Program office to arrange utility, electric, or heating payments and they are based on a percentage of their gross monthly income. This program can greatly reduce the cost of monthly electric bills and help people manage their bills.
Weatherization Assistance Program
The Weatherization Program helps people reduce their heating bills and will save them money. It provides free installation of energy conservation measures to your home, such as weather-stripping for doors, window reglazing, hot water tank wraps, caulking, furnace tune-ups, attic and basement insulation and storm or replacement windows where needed. This service is available for free to low and middle income homeowners and renters, regardless of heating source, and all improvements are free to the homeowner,
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