Pennsylvania eviction prevention and Homeless Assistance Program.

Families facing eviction or foreclosure in Pennsylvania can get help from the Homeless Assistance Program. This is administered by non-profits across the state in partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare. Using government grants, there are emergency funds available for paying rent, energy bills, security deposits, and other housing expenses. For those that are currently homeless and seeking a new home, support is offered to them as well, including access to shelters and transitional housing.

The state tries to take a pro-active approach to tacking homelessness. Government officials and representatives from the various non-profits listed below know it is better for the individual, and less expensive for the state, to provide emergency help to stop the eviction or foreclosure from occurring in the first place. So this is a key goal of HAP.

In addition to financial support, individuals will have access to ongoing case management services. Staff from an intake site will work with clients on identifying their needs and challenges. This will touch on a number of topics, including budgeting, employment, and credit counseling.

The objective to solve the underlying cause of why someone became homeless in the first place or why they are facing eviction. Another goal of the Case Management component of Homeless Assistance Program is to provide clients with the tools and skills they need to gain stability and end a cycle of homelessness.

While the case management approach will vary by county and agency, the many services that may be available include, but are not limited to, home management, budgeting, life skills, job preparation, and referral to public benefits, if needed.

Emergency rental or mortgage assistance may be offered, depending on county and funding levels. Families facing eviction or foreclosure may qualify for help. In addition to that, the currently homeless may be offered assistance with paying a security deposit as part of HAP. Regardless, all emergency assistance is very limited, and some families may be issued a loan as part of the Homeless Assistance Program. Most of it is offered on a first come and served basis to those that qualify.

Your county will also offer mediation and counseling with your landlord. In some case, free legal aid may be provided in an effort to stop the eviction from occurring. Grants that are issued from HAP may also be applied in order to move a family out of shelter into a low income apartment in Pennsylvania. So this is where a deposit or first months rent may be paid.

 

 

 

Short term shelter is for the currently homeless. This is only for those with no permanent residence due to an eviction or foreclosure. There are also shelters in Pennsylvania for victims of domestic violence, veterans, children, and others. Guests of the centers will also be provided with case management services to assist with securing employment, stability and more permanent housing.

Vouchers for motels or hotels may be distributed in some counties using HAP funds. These will be issued when all shelters are full. They can generally be issued when the homeless families’ health or safety is at risk, such as during cold winter weather or when a family (such as a single mom) needs to keep their children safe. Or free vouchers can help individuals that were just evicted and that need a place for a nigh. Many charities may also offer emergency motel vouchers.

Those who exist the shelter may take part in the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare Bridge Housing. It is the state’s name for a transitional situation. It is the next step up from an emergency shelter to a permanent home. This service will allow income qualified families to live in a shared facility or apartment for up to 18 months. They will need to pay a portion of their income for rent and receive support from case managers from the non-profit in their county. If the Bride program is not available, additional short term transitional housing programs may be provided.

Organizations that offer Homeless Assistance

Adams County
Courthouse, 117 Baltimore Street
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325
Phone - (717) 337-9820

Allegheny County
Bureau of Hunger and Housing Services
One Smithfield Street, Human Services Building, 2nd Floor,
Pittsburgh, PA 15222-2225
(412) 350-4354
Whether it is a cash grant for a security deposit, or legal aid, non-profits will try to stop an eviction. Learn more on Allegheny County.

 

 

 

Armstrong County
Community Action Agency
705 Butler Road
Kittanning, PA 16201
Telephone: (724) 548-3433

Beaver County
Community Services Program of Beaver County
1013 8th Avenue
Beaver Falls, PA 15010
(724) 847-3889

Bedford County
Center for Community Action
Address is 195 Drive In Lane
Everett, Pennsylvania 15537
(814) 643-4202

Berks County
Human Services/ Grants Coordinator, County of Berks
633 Court Street, 13th Floor
Reading, PA 19601
Main number - (610) 478-6194

Blair County
Human Services Office
423 Allegheny Street Suite 443
Hollidaysburg, PA 16648-2022
(814) 693-3112

Bradford County
Human Services
220 Main Street, Unit One
Towanda, Pennsylvania 18848
(570) 265-1761

Bucks County
Opportunity Council
Administration Building, 100 Doyle Street
Doylestown, PA 18901
(215) 345-8175
The Welfare Department runs the ESA program. This can provide financial help to stop an eviction or homelessness as well as other support, including loans and more for rehousing services. More information..

Butler County
Community Action Program
Butler, PA 16003-1208
(724) 284-5125

Cambria County
Human Services Department
Location is Central Park Complex, 110 Franklin Street, Suite 400
Johnstown, PA 15901-1831
Call the center at (814) 534-2658

Cameron County
Northern Tier Community Action Corp.
P.O. Box 389
Emporium, PA 15834
(814) 486-1161

 

 

 

 

Carbon County
County Action Committee for Human Services
267 South 2nd Street
Leighton, Pennsylvania 18235
(610) 377-6400

Centre County
Office of Adult Services
Willowbank Office Building 420 Holmes Street
Bellefonte, PA 16823
(814) 355-6768

Chester County
Departments of Community Development
Government Services Center, Suite 365, 601 Westtown Road, P.O. Box 2747
West Chester, PA 19382-4541
(610) 344-6900

Clarion County
Human Services Building
214 South 7th Avenue, Suite B
Clarion, PA 16214
Main number - (814) 226-9280

Clearfield County
Central PA Community Action, Inc.
P.O. Box 792, 207 East Cherry Street
Clearfield, PA 16830
(814) 765-1551 or (800) 822-2610

Clinton County
Planning Commission,
232 East Main Street
Lock Haven, Pennsylvania 17745
(570) 893-4081

Columbia County
Human Services Department, Courthouse Columbia County
P.O. Box 380,
Bloomsburg, PA 17015
(570) 389-5700

Crawford County
Human Services
18282 Technology Drive, Suite 101
Meadville, PA 16335
(814) 373-2613

Cumberland County
Aging and Community Services
401 E. Louther St., Suite 204
Carlisle, PA 17013
Number for intake is (717) 243-4691

Dauphin County
Mental Health & Mental Retardation
100 Chestnut Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101
Tel: (717) 780-7050

 

 

 

Delaware County
Department of Human Services, Office of Adult Services
20 South 69th Street, 4th Floor
Upper Darby, PA 19082
(610) 713-2332

Elk County
Citizens Against Physical, Sexual and Emotional Abuse, Inc. (CAPSEA)
28 Morgan Avenue, P.O. Box 464
Ridgway, Pennsylvania 15853
(814) 772-3838

Erie County
Department of Human Services, Office of Mental Health & Mental Retardation
154 West Ninth Street
Erie, PA 16501
(814) 451-6800

Fayette County
Office of Human & Community Services, FACT Transit Center
825 Airport Road
Lemont Furnace, PA 15456
(724) 628-7433

Forest County
Courthouse, 526 Elm Street, Box 3
Tionesta, Pennsylvania 16353
(814) 755-3537

Franklin County
Human Services
425 Franklin Farm Lane
Chambersburg, Pennsylvania 17202
Phone - (717) 263-5060

Fulton County
Services for Children
219 North 2nd Street
McConnellsburg, PA 17233
(717) 485-3553

Greene County
Department of Human Services
19 S. Washington Street, Ft. Jackson Bldg. 3rd Floor
Waynesburg, PA 15370
(724) 852-5276

Huntingdon County
Center for Community Action
207 Fifth Street
Huntingdon, PA 16652
(814) 643-4202 or 1 (888) 644-4202

 

 

 

Indiana County
Department of Human Services
300 Indian Springs Road, Suite 203, P.O. Box 187
Indiana, PA 15701
For information on rental or grant programs, dial (724) 463-8200

Jefferson County
Community Action, Inc.
105 Grace Way, Millcreek Center
Punxsutawney, PA 15767-1209
(814) 938-3302

Juniata County
Mifflin/Juniata Human Services Department
20 North Wayne Street
Lewistown, PA 17044
(717) 248-6733

Lackawanna County
Department of Human Services
200 Adams Avenue, 6th Flr.
Scranton, PA 18503
(570) 963-6790
Other services are also available. Find Lackawanna County resources.

Lancaster County
Community Action Program
601 South Queen Street Box 599
Lancaster, PA, 17608
(717) 299-7301
Non-profits and the Department of Welfare coordinate eviction prevention and rehousing programs. While funding is limited, help is arranged for families living in poverty, senior citizens and others. More on Lancaster County.

Lawrence County
Community Action Partnership
241 West Grant Street, P.O. Box 189
New Castle, Pennsylvania 16103
Main number - (724) 658-7258

Lebanon County
Human Services
503 Oak Street
Lebanon, PA 17042
(717) 273-9328

Lehigh County
Aging & Adult Services
17 S. 7th St.
Allentown PA 18101
(610) 782-3251
Whether it is a free hotel voucher for the homeless, or grants to stop an eviction, various forms of assistance are provided by Allentown based agencies. More on Lehigh County eviction and homeless prevention programs.

 

 

 

 

Luzerne County
Luzerne County Office of Human Services
111 North Pennsylvania Boulevard
Wilkes Barre, PA 18701
(570) 826-8800

Lycoming County
United Way
1225 Clayton Avenue
Williamsport, PA 17701
(570) 323-9448

McKean County
YWCA
24 West Corydon Street
Bradford, Pennsylvania 16701
Dial (814) 368-4235 for details on the HAP - Homeless Assistance Program.

Mercer County
Shenango Valley Urban League
601 Indiana Avenue
Farrell, PA 16121
(724) 981-5310

Mifflin County
Mifflin/Juniata Human Services Department
20 North Wayne Street, Courthouse
Lewistown, PA 17044
(717) 242-5452

Monroe County Administrative Center
One Quaker Plaza, Room 204
Stroudsburg, PA 18360-2164
(570) 517-3129

Montgomery County
Community Based Services, Office of Aging & Adult Services, Montgomery County Human Services Center
Location 1430 Dekalb Street, P.O. Box 311
Norristown, Pennsylvania 19404-0311
Dial (610) 278-3601 for information on homeless prevention. Or learn more on Montgomery County.

Montour County
Director of Human Services, Human Service Building
112 Woodbine Lane, Suite 3
Danville, PA 17821
(570) 271-3028

Northhampton County
Department of Human Services, Northampton County Government Center
669 Washington Street
Easton, PA 18042-7491
(610) 559-3010

Northumberland County Adult Services
322 North Second Street, Building B-Second Floor
Sunbury, PA 17801
(570) 495-2204

 

 

 

Perry County
Human Service Department
P.O. Box 436
New Bloomfield, PA 17068
(717) 582-8703

Philadelphia County and City
Office of Supportive Housing
MSB-10th Floor, 1401 JFK Blvd.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107
(215) 686-7105
Tenants that are in a crisis as well as the homeless can apply for help from local agencies. There are a number of non-profits that may provide rental deposits, legal aid, or other forms of homeless prevention listed above and below. Or try a local, program in Philadelphia County.

Pike County
Human Services at the Administration Building
506 Broad Street
Milford, PA 18337
Telephone: (570) 296-3494

Potter County
Human Services
P.O. Box 241, North Street
Roulette, PA 16746
Call - (814) 544-7315

Schuylkill County
Block Grant Programs
Address: 420 North Centre Street, Room 6
Pottsville, PA 17901
Dial (570) 628-1190

Somerset County
Tableland Services, Inc.
535 East Main Street
Somerset, Pennsylvania 15501
Telephone - (814) 445-9628

Sullivan County
The Trehab Center
10 Public Avenue
P.O. Box 366
Montrose, PA 18801
(570) 278-5227

Susquehanna County
The Trehab Center
10 Public Avenue, P.O. Box 366
Montrose, PA 18801
(570) 278-5227

Tioga County
Human Services
Location is 1873 Shumway Hill Road
P.O. Box 766
Wellsboro, PA 16901
(570) 724-5766

 

 

 

Union County
Union-Snyder Community Action Agency
713 Bridge Street, Suite 10
Selinsgrove, PA 17870
(570) 374-0181

Venango County
Office of Economic Opportunity
1 Dale Avenue, P.O. Box 1130
Franklin, PA 16323
(814) 432-9767

Warren County
Economic Opportunity Council
1209 Pennsylvania West, P.O. Box 16365
Warren, Pennsylvania 16365
(814) 726-2400

Washington County
Homeless Services
100 West Beau Street, Suite 703
Washington, PA 15301
Main number is (724) 228-5935

Wayne County
The Trehab Center, Susquehanna / Wayne Counties
10 Public Avenue, P.O. Box 366
Montrose, PA 18801
For information, dial (570) 278-3338

Westmoreland County
Department of Human Services
Location is 2 North Main Street, Room 303
Greensburg, PA 15601
Main phone number is (724) 830-3305

Wyoming County
Commission on Economic Opportunity, Wyoming County Division
P. O. Box 74
Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania 18657
(570) 836-4090

York County
Department of Human Services
100 West Market Street, Suite 401
York, PA 17401
Main phone - (717) 771-9347
The homeless can apply for rental or utility deposits, and families with a vacate notice may be provided help as well. Various support services are arranged. Continue with York County.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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