The region is supported by several housing authorities and other organizations that low income families and individuals can turn to when they need rental assistance. Case managers, social workers, and other specialists can advise local residents on their options and help them apply for a wide array of housing and rent programs. The main goal is to help people who are faced with a crisis pay their rent and avoid homelessness.
If you are faced with an eviction, or falling behind on your monthly rent payments, then do not hesitate to look for help. Northampton County and many of the organizations would much rather work with you pro-actively in order to prevent someone from being evicted. This is better for both the county as well as the tenant. After all it is much cheaper for the county to prevent homelessness then it is to find new housing and resettle someone.
Also, if it turns out that you just can’t afford to pay your rent over the mid to long term, then many of the non-profit organizations and housing authorities will work with you to find more affordable homes or apartments to rent. They may also offer self-sufficiency services such as credit counseling and job training.
Public Housing can be arranged by the Emergency Shelter Allowance, welfare department. They can help facilitate and find low income housing that is both safe, affordable, and that will meet a client’s needs. They can also arrange emergency rental assistance grants for the very low income, working poor, and people who are faced with poverty. All funding is limited and comes with restriction.
The homeless may also get access to funds for paying security deposits or help in locating low income apartments in Northampton. Whether the individual seeks rent help or a deposit, case management is required. Address is 201 Larry Holmes Drive, Easton, Pennsylvania, 18044, 610-250-1700.
VA Homeless Services offers government benefits. These can include an array of services to help veterans and their families live as independently as possible, including housing, transition, case management, rehabilitation and income supports. Office is at 1111 East End Blvd, Wilkes Barre PA 18711, call 610.766.4664. Or click here for additional veteran housing programs.
City of Easton Housing Authority is very similar to above in the type and number of services and resources offered. Emergency rent assistance, section 8 vouchers, public housing, and much more is offered. The address is 157 S. Fourth St, Easton, PA 18042.
Northampton County Housing Authority is located at 15 S Wood St, Nazareth, PA 18064, telephone 610.759.8488.
The Easton and Northampton County Homelessness Prevention Agency provides rental assistance case management, transitional and short term emergency housing and shelter. Call the Northampton Department of Human Services which is at the Government Center. Location is Easton, Pennsylvania 18042. Phone 610.559.3010
Area Agency on Aging. Services will vary by agency, but can include referrals to housing and rental programs. The non-profit, which is called AAA for short, can provide info, referrals and resources for senior citizens, older adults and their caregivers. Stop by 45 N Second St, Easton, Pennsylvania, 18042-7740, or call 610.559.3245
Bethlehem Salvation Army may rarely have emergency funds for a partial rent payment to stop an eviction. In some cases, loans may be issued for this need. Resources are very limited, but the non-profit may be able to help seniors, the disabled, and others with their housing and rent expenses. 521 Pembroke Road, Bethlehem, PA 18018, 610-867-4681.
Northampton County Department of Human Services - The HAP assistance program offers emergency rent assistance, motel vouchers, and may have funds for security deposits. These and other services are run from this office. Call (610) 559-3010
Center for Independent Living (CIL), Lehigh Valley is another organization for resources and services. Each CIL provides 4 core services to the needy. Examples of these may be peer mentoring, advocacy, information, social services, referral, and more. Main phone number is 800.495.8245.
Department of Community & Economic Development can be reached at (610) 559-3200. May have information on local homeless and eviction prevention programs and resources. Has information on government resources too.
Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley, Inc. also supports residents of Northampton County. In general, Community Action Agencies will assist lower income families and individuals, and case managers will work with them toward offering self-sufficiency while strengthening communities. They try to eliminate proverty in the community. Location is 1337 E Fifth St, Bethlehem Pennsylvania, 18015, call 610.691.5620
Mental Health - Housing Specialist can help people with mental disorders or health issues. The Northampton County Housing Specialist provides housing and rental support so people with mental illness and co-occurring disorders can be integrated into a community living environment. Dial 610.974.7507
United Way, UW of the Greater Lehigh Valley refers people to public assistance and local non-profits. Some of these may be emergency rental assistance and eviction prevention. 2200 Avenue A, Third Floor, Bethlehem, 18017-2189, call 610.758.8010
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