The homeless prevention programs available in Montgomery County are provided as the result of Emergency Solution Grants, or ESG, as well as donations from the United Way. There are several eviction and rapid rehousing programs that are available as the result of this federal government funding, and they include the following.
The assistance from ESG is arranged by one of many different non-profits in the county. Each organization is allocated money each and every year. They will process the applications for homeless prevention programs, enroll clients in budgeting classes, help them increase their income, and take other steps to stopping evictions in the region. All inquiries need to go through the call center referenced below.
The goal is to keep the renter in their current home or apartment. Emergency Solution Grants from HUD can pay for one of many other expenses, including the following. Note that the financial aid available is limited and comes with restrictions and a formal application process.
When an eviction is imminent, but if the financial hardship is short term only, then Montgomery County families may be able to get their rent subsidized. This can occur in either a private home or apartment or project based housing. When qualified, several weeks of subsidies may be provided, or it can even last up to 3 years.
Landlords may try to evict a renter if their heat or electricity is shut off. Lack of water can also be another cause. In these instances, ESG or grants from programs such as crisis LIHEAP can often help. There may be money to pay for the arrears on their utility bills, and this is above and beyond any money for rent.
Montgomery County Pennsylvania tenants can apply for stabilization. There are staff that are part of Your Way Home, and they will offer outreach to local landlords or apartment community managers. They will try to mediate a solution that prevents the eviction.
Legal services will also work to stabilize the individual or household. The form known as LASP has two offices in the county, including Norristown (dial 610-275-5400) as well as the city of Pottstown, and that law office can be reached at 610-326-8280. The lawyers will defend the tenant from an illegal (or even borderline) eviction. They will review the vacate notice, go over state of Pennsylvania rules and regulations, and may even represent the client in housing court.
When prevention does not work, then Montgomery County Pennsylvania Rapid Re-housing provides funds to the homeless and people that need to move. This includes some of the same forms of assistance above, such as mediation and legal aid, as well as the use of ESG grants for moving costs. Money can assist with paying security deposits, storage costs, credit repair classes, and general stabilization.
Emergency Solution Grants pay for other essential services that are required in the county. Low to moderate income families, seniors, and single mothers all have difficult in paying for the expensive monthly rent in the region. Many need additional support. This is where outreach comes into play. It is a form of eviction help and much more.
Staff will engage the tenant or homeowner to address the root crisis. Workshops include emergency health and mental health services, transportation to work or job training, and more. If someone is in a local shelter or staying in a motel, the outreach may provide that parent with child-care. Or many other services can also be arranged by the Continuum of Care affiliated agencies.
A call center has been established in Montgomery County. For more information on homeless prevention (from foreclosure or evictions) the intake number is 877.646.6306. An assessment will be done and referrals given based on the result of that.
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