Below you will find information on Reading and Berks County Pennsylvania rental assistance programs. Some of the agencies can help by providing direct financial assistance for paying rent, and many others will help by offering referrals, information, and case management. Every year thousands of Berks County families and individuals face eviction, and the organizations and non-profits below often do a great job in helping people when they are faced with a financial hardship or crisis.
Non-profits across the area will partner with various agencies and programs to encourage the coordination of rental programs and other social services for people of all ages across the region. While unfortunately not everyone will be able to qualify, and funds are always limited, if you need help, advice, or are facing eviction do not hesitate to contact one of these Berks County PA locations for any available solutions.
Berks Community Action Program, Inc. (BCAP) is located at 518 Washington Street, Reading, Pennsylvania 19603. Call (610) 406-5045. A wide number of services and programs are offered to help low income individuals across the region. Among them include receiving help and guidance in applying for federal and state of Pennsylvania government benefits. The non-profit also provides payments for mortgage arrearage and rent expenses for home and trailer owners, security deposit assistance, funds for rental costs for trailers and the lots that are being leased, and even utility assistance that can help prevent and/or end homelessness. Other services include general housing assistance and case management.
Other locations of BCAP are at 40 N. 9th Street, Reading, dial (610) 374-3195, 30 Liberty Street, Shillington PA (phone 610-777-5577), and 109 West Vine Street, Fleetwood (610) 944-9242.
Boyertown Area Multi-Service Inc. is at 200 West Spring Street, Boyertown, Pennsylvania 19512. Telephone number (610) 367-6957. The non-profit helps with the coordination of social services and government programs for people of all ages in the greater Boyertown area. The non-profit provides services such as rental assistance, food pantry, energy, and access to senior center. Covers the regions of Boyertown School District, Amity, Oley, District, Hereford, and Pike Townships.
Catholic Charities – The charity provides community support services and parish outreach. Some resources include housing assistance, case management, and possibly emergency rent assistance. All programs have a goal of helping families and individuals attain self-sufficiency. Counselors work to empower and advocate on behalf of the poor. Location is The Madison Building, 400 Washington Street Suite 100, Reading, PA 19601. Call (610) 376-7144
Centro Hispano Daniel Torres - Berkshire Building. Location is 501 Washington Street, Reading Pennsylvania 19601. Dial (610) 685-1265. Can provide referral to community services.
Reading Corps Salvation Army. Focuses on crisis intervention. The non-profit charity provides rent and housing assistance, and a number of other services for those in an emergency. The Berks County Supportive Housing Program also helps homeless and disabled families find at first short term, then permanent solutions to their homelessness. Other resources include disaster services. 301 South 5th Street, Reading, PA 19602. Call (610) 373-5208
United Community Services – 116 North 5th Street, Reading Pennsylvania 19601 (610) 685-7166. United Community Services builds partnerships to help assess community needs and develop strategies to meet those needs. UCS connects families to needed resources, helps workers improve the workplace, and prepares youth for apprenticeships in the building trades.
Berks Coalition to End Homelessness provides the following direct services. The HPRP - Homeless Prevention and Rapid Rehousing Program is administered, and this is a rental and utility assistance program for those who are being evicted or those who are already homeless. This is a federal program and relies on an annual allotment of government grants. To schedule an assessment to see if you are eligible, please dial 610-372-7222.
Opportunity House Rent Assistance – Resources include the federal government Homeless Prevention Rapid Rehousing Program (HPRP). A focus is on people faced with eviction and who are about to become homeless. People who are currently homeless can also receive help. Reading, Pennsylvania 19601 based, call 610-374-4696. Applicants need to meet income limits.
Reading Community Development Department – The rapid rehousing and homeless prevention program was created from stimulus funds, and it can help them low income pay their rent and avoid evictions. Call (610) 655-6211. The larger county region is also served by this program. Call (610) 478-6325 for information on countywide services.
The County Services Center (call (610) 478-6194), specifically the Human Services Coordinator, also administers homeless and rental assistance programs.
Berks County Senior Citizens Council – Social workers offer info and referral, client assistance, consumer advocacy, and rent assistance. 40 N. 9th St., Reading, Pennsylvania 19601, call 610-374-3195
Berks County Housing Authority main office is at 1803 Butter Lane, Reading, PA 19606, phone 610-370-0822. This government organization offers housing assistance to low-income, working poor and elderly individuals. The objective is to ensure decent, safe, and affordable housing, create opportunities for low income to become self-sufficiency and lead to economic independence. Subsidized housing, section 8 vouchers, and other aid is available.
Bridge of Hope has on-site staff and church based mentoring services to empower and support homeless and at-risk single mothers and help them achieve permanent housing and financial self-sufficiency. So this non-profit is really focused on housing solutions for single parents in Berks County. Location is 300 Church St, Reading, Pennsylvania 19601, phone 610-568-1250. Click here for additional single parent programs.
The Salvation Army of Kutztown offers emergency rental assistance and funds for other needs, such as security deposits. Other resources include medications, utility programs, shelter, and information on low income apartments. The location is 658D Noble Street and phone number to call is 610-683-7790.
Human Relations Commission in the city
815 Washington Street, Reading, PA, 19601
Telephone - 610-655-6141
Assistance or cash grants for paying back rent is only for residents that live within the city and that are facing eviction.
City of Reading Housing Authority is another option. They also offer public housing and Section 8 HUD voucher programs. Location is 815 Franklin St, Reading, PA 19606, phone 610-376-2422.
Department of Public Welfare County Assistance Office - Cash Assistance – Works to improve the quality of life. Provides temporary cash assistance to very low-income families and individuals. Can help pay for housing, rent, utilities, food and clothing. Also a great place for referrals and to apply for other public aid, and in some cases the family will be issued a loan in an emergency for their rental costs. 625 Cherry St, Reading, PA 19601, main number 610-736-4211
Mid Penn Legal Services can provide free legal advice and services for issues such as evictions and domestic issues. 124 S. 5th St., Reading, Pennsylvania 19602, phone 610-376-8656
Family Promise of Berks County is located at 325 North Fifth Street in Reading. Occasional funds or loans for rent can be provided to low income families, including seniors and other that meet application conditions in place. The phone number is 610-373-3323.
Emergency Solution Grant Funds is a rental assistance programs provided by the federal government and run at a local level in Berks County. While resources are limited, this cash assistance is distributed on a one-time-basis to low income families and residents in need. Money can be used to pay for expenses such as rent or mortgage. If this is operating, more information or referrals may be obtained at 800-932-4616.
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