The poor and struggling can receive assistance from various Catholic Charity programs. Centers are located across the central Pennsylvania region, including the counties of Luzerne, Lycoming, Lackawanna, and others. A summary of the resources and assistance programs provided are below. However there may be others and it is a good idea to call for details, hours, and information on the application process.
Mortgage and housing counseling is provided. Specialists from Catholic Charities can assist homeowners who are delinquent on their payments and the HUD approved agency can help people apply for the the federal government’s Home Affordable Mortgage Program (HAMP) and also the state of Pennsylvania's Homeowner’s Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program (HEMAP).
The center also works with other non-profits, such as Lackawanna Neighbors and credit counselors in Wilkes-Barre. Other support is one-to-one counseling for senior citizens contemplating Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (HECM), or reverse mortgages. In Stroudsburg call 570-476-6460 or if you live in Scranton dial 570-207-2283.
Assistance for the homeless and case management is offered too. Homeless families and individuals in Lackawanna County can get help in finding adequate housing, employment, furniture and in general assistance with gaining the financial stability needed to maintain self-sufficiency. Catholic Charities can provide referrals to appropriate social service agencies. Those facing eviction can learn about rental assistance, food, job training, and welfare benefits.
Work with a case manager on the Homeless Permanent Housing Program. Long term and supportive housing is offered as part of the federal government HUD's Homeless Continuum of Care.
Mentally ill individuals who are homeless can receive life skills activities, counseling and other services in a structured 24 hour residential setting. The Pennsylvania program is aimed at helping the lower income client become self-sufficient and to also help them to be able to live in an independent living situation.
Luzerne County VA Permanent Supportive Housing Program is available for veterans with a disabling condition. The federal government VA PSHP program assists with paying for apartment rental costs and it also provides ongoing case management and supportive services. This can include job training for veterans too. The primary goal of this housing program is to assist participants and help them remain in permanent housing while they work with a Catholic Charity social worker on self-sufficiency.
Job training, search, and placement is offered for qualified clients who are homeless. The Catholic Charity program of Pennsylvania aids clients with organizing, preparing for and implementing an effective job search. It also includes self assessment to define employability. Get free advice on where to look in cities such as Scranton and Wilkes-Barre. Also learn how to prepare an effective resume and practice job interview skills. Case managers work with clients individually. If needed work clothes, tools, and professional attire is provided when necessary. Some people may also be assisted in finding permanent housing. This program provides security deposit and first month’s rent when possible.
St. Jude Tri- County Permanent Supportive Housing Program is another option. It organizes intensive one on one case management services in Monroe, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Pike, Susquehanna and Wayne Counties. It is offered for people for people with a past history of mental health and/or alcohol or drug difficulties.
Emergency assistance and relief is an option. Catholic Charities partners with organizations such as FEMA, Diocese of Scranton, State Shelters, and the United Way. Apply for financial and non-financial assistance, food, credit counseling and referral to other appropriate services. Or learn about public assistance. The goal is to provide financial assistance to help people in a crisis. Case managers can also help guide clients toward self-sufficiency as any aid paid out is not intended to supplement their income over the long term.
Food banks can distribute food and groceries to a family for up to 6 meals. This also works with non-profits in the Wilkes-Barre Pennsylvania region. The clothing closet/room includes items for children, work attire, school supplies, and more. Most clothing items are gently used.
A child/day care center is operated by Catholic Charities in Hazleton. The location is a state licensed center offering high quality and affordable care for children age 6 weeks until they enter 1st grade. The location is a “3 STAR” center that is part of Pennsylvania’s Keystone STARS Quality Child Care Initiative.
A supportive service for seniors is available to people who live in Luzerne County Housing Authority buildings. The case workers in the various programs work closely with the client in question. Seniors can receive health and wellness activities; information on prescriptions and drugs from local pharmacy students; and participate in Catholic Charity social activities.
The Greater Hazleton area has access to a Legal Clinic from Catholic Social Services. Free advice may be offered to the elderly and qualified lower income residents.
Representative Payee will help senior clients budget and pay their bills. It is fully supported by the Social Security Administration and is available for the elderly or others who have been found to be incompetent.
The main Catholic Charity centers and locations for social services are as follows.
Wilkes-Barre, call 570-822-7118 for this Luzerne County location.
Scranton – Phone 570-207-2283
Greater Hazleton, call 570-455-1521
Williamsport and Lycoming County Catholic Charity location can be called at 570-322-4220
Stroudsburg, telephone - 570-476-6460
Tunkhannock, call 570-836-1101
Honesdale Pennsylvania Catholic Charity center can be reached at 570-253-4561
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